A pleasant retreat set amidst the lush forested hills Mt. Abu is a green oasis in the barren desertscape that's Rajasthan. Situated at the southern tip of the Aravali range the hill retreat owes its cool climate to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. The road leading to Mount Abu is a curved one characterized by arid region dotted with huge rocks in weird shapes and high velocity winds. The only hill station in Rajasthan Mount Abu is more than just a summer retreat. Its stunning array of exquisite Dilwara Jain Temples dating back 11th 13th centuries make it a popular pilgrimage centre. Abu according to a legend stands for the son of Himalayan deriving its name from Arbuada the powerful serpent who rescued Nandi the sacred bull of Lord Shiva from a chasm.
Mount Abu has been home to many sages and saints. Most famous of them was Sage Vashishtha who is believed to have created four agnikula Rajput clans from a fire pit by performing a yagna or fire sacrifice to protect the earth from the demons.
The Yagna was performed besides a natural spring situated below Abu emerging from a rock shaped like a cows head and hence the site was called Gaumukh
What to see
Gaumukh Temple: A natural spring flowing through a sculpted cows head gives the shrine its name. The famous yagna of sage Vashishtha was performed here. A beautifully sculpted hill temple of Arbuada the mighty serpent stands against the beautiful backdrop. Nearby is the magnificent marble image of Nandi the celestial bull rescued by Arbuada.
Dilwara Jain Temple: These beautifully carved temples built between 11th and 13th century A.D. are sheer elegance in marble dedicated to the jain Tirthankaras. The Vimal Vasahi temple is the oldest of these dedicated to the first Tirthankara. Built in 1031 A.D. by Vimal Shah a merchant and representative of then Gujarat ruler it is a superb example of temple architecture.
Adhar Devi Temple : The temple is chiselled out of a huge rock reached by a flight of 360 stairs. A favourite tourist spot.
Sunset Point : Spectacular sight of the setting sun when the hills are covered in the golden glow can be viewed from here.
Honeymoon Point : Also known as Andra Point it offers an enchanting view of the verdant plains and valleys. The place looks most beautiful during the dusk hours.
Gardens and Parks : Beautifully laid parks and gardens are interspersed throughout the hilly paradise. Ashok VatikaGandhi park Municipal ParkShaitan Singh Park and Terrace Garden are some of the noteworthy gardens.
Museum and Art Gallery: Located at the Raj Bhawan it was a collection of archaeological excavations dating back to 8th 12th century A.D. It also has Jain bronze carvingsbrassworks etc. for viewing.
How To Go
Air : Nearest airports are Udaipur and Ahmedabad.
Rail: Nearest railhead is Abu Road 27 kms.
Road: By road Mount Abu to Ahmedabad 214 kms Bombay 835 kms Delhi 768 kms Jaipur 515 kms Udaipur 182 kms Jodhpur 291 kms Ranakpur 168 kms.
Bus : Regular buses connect Mount Abu with Abu Road Achalgarh Ahmedabad Ranakpur Ahmedabad Udaipur Abu Road.
Taxi: Taxis and Jeeps are available from Abu Road to Mount Abu.
Posted By : sima Karmarkar