OT Travel Itinerary: Your Weekend Guide To The Majesty Of Mount Abu

This hill station has it all: lakes, greenery, history, heritage and culture. Here's what you can do in two days at Mount Abu
Aerial view of Mount Abu
Aerial view of Mount Abusaiko3p/Shutterstock.com

Rajasthan’s only hill station is a paradise with rivers, lakes, waterfalls and forests amid a dry desert landscape. Mount Abu is where you will find the highest point in the Aravalli Range, Guru Shikhar, at 1,722m. It is home to stylish British bungalows and holiday resorts where visitors can truly let their hair down and relax away from city life. The town is also an important religious site for adherents of Jainism with numerous temples built for worshipping their deities.

Here’s your two-day weekend to this oasis in the desert.  

Day 1


The Brahma Kumaris Peace Park is a gorgeous place
The Brahma Kumaris Peace Park is a gorgeous placebrahmakumaris.com/Website

Start your day with a visit to Achalgarh Fort. It was built by rulers from the Paramara dynasty but was renovated by Maharana Kumbha in 1452. Its location on the top of a hill made it difficult for enemy armies to approach, and its massive walls and gates were designed to withstand attacks from all sides. A climb to the fort will greet you with a bird’s-eye view of Mount Abu, including Nakki Lake and the Aravallis.

Next, check out the Brahma Kumaris Peace Park next to the fort. With a rock garden, a wide variety of plants like succulents and orchids, an orchard, floral displays, playgrounds, picnic areas and walking trails, the park is a refreshing sight where visitors can truly relax. Being here invites visitors to slow down both physically and mentally.


The stunning interior architecture of the Dilwara Temples
The stunning interior architecture of the Dilwara TemplesRoop_Dey/Shutterstock.com

After lunch, walk out any sluggishness by marvelling at the Dilwara Temples. They are beautiful examples of Jain architecture and were built sometime between the 11th and 16th centuries. Their intricate marble carvings adorn everything from ceilings and pillars to the doorways. You will be entranced by their beauty at every turn.

Intrepid visitors should check out Trevor’s Tank next. This reservoir is known for its abundant wildlife such as crocodiles, birds and black bears. It is a popular spot with birdwatchers and photography enthusiasts because of the panoramic views of the surrounding greenery.


Twilight as seen from Sunset Point
Twilight as seen from Sunset Pointdeepak singhvi/Shutterstock.com

Wrap up your first day in Mount Abu with a trip to Sunset Point. While it is renowned for breathtaking views of the setting sun, the place offers plenty of hiking trails that allow visitors to savour being a part of the natural world.

Now’s your chance to check out the vibrant markets of Mount Abu. The Nakki Lake Market is the main shopping hub from where you can pick up jewellery, linens, handmade dolls, Rajasthani sweets and more. The Chacha Museum is the best place for purchasing quality antiques while the Fair Price Rajasthan Emporium is known for its extensive collection of Rajasthani handicrafts created by skilled artisans.

Day 2


Toad Rock
Toad Rockimagedb.com/Shutterstock.com

Your final morning should begin with a visit to Nakki Lake, which is sacred to the native Garasia tribe. Visitors can enjoy boat rides or stroll along the promenade while gazing at the trees and rock formations which surround the place. The lake is also dotted with islets which add to its charms.

Next, check out Toad Rock. The geological formation indeed looks like the amphibian it is named after and offers gorgeous views of Nakki Lake and the Aravallis.


Guru Shikhar is the highest point in the Aravalli Range
Guru Shikhar is the highest point in the Aravalli RangeKandarp/Shutterstock.com

Next, head to the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Visitors can explore the diversity of flora and fauna of the region such as Indian leopard, sambar deer, wild boar and birds in lush green surroundings. The place has a cool climate which makes it pleasant to walk the nature trails of the reserve.

Follow up the sanctuary visit with a hike to Guru Shikhar, the highest point in the Aravalli Range. At the top, the Dattatreya Temple's tranquil atmosphere and the crisp mountain air create a peaceful retreat for contemplation.


Arbuda Devi Temple is considered to be the most sacred pilgrimage point of Mount Abu
Arbuda Devi Temple is considered to be the most sacred pilgrimage point of Mount Abusaiko3p/Shutterstock.com

Reserve the final stop on your itinerary to the Arbuda Devi Temple. It is considered to be the most sacred pilgrimage point in town. The temple is constructed out of one solid piece of rock, making it one of the best specimens of rock-cut temples in India. The climb to the temple is arduous as visitors have to navigate 365 steps, one for each day of the year, but the view is worth it.

Where To Stay

The Sterling Mount Abu and the Sun Hotel and Resort are perfect for travellers looking for a luxurious experience. The Hotel Mamta Palace and the Hotel Narayan Villa are suitable for those on a budget. The Mani Mount Hostel and the Patel Hostel are suitable for backpackers.

Getting There

The nearest railway station is Abu Road, 28km from Mount Abu. Udaipur has the nearest airport, 176km away. There are well-maintained highways connecting Mount Abu to major cities like Ahmedabad and Udaipur. State-run buses and private taxis ply regularly.

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