Mount Abu: Lone hill station in Rajasthan

Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan and lies in Arravali ranges. From Vadodara it is around 350 km. Vadodara to Ahmedabad can be covered by Vadodara-Ahmedabad expressway then Mehsana then Palanpur which leads to Mount Abu through Abu road. The nearest railway station is Abu road from there Mt. Abu is around 27 km.

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In Mount Abu hotels of all ranges are available. Parking is problem but can be done on muncipal corporation parking which is walking distance far from Abu and is free.

Nakki lake is the largest artificially lake at the height of 3937 feet and it is said that it is dug by devtas (god) by their nails for the protection against the demon Bhashkali.

On 12 Feb 1948 Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed in Nakki lake and Gandhi ghat was built alongside.

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The pedal boating facility is there in lake for ₹150 per head, don’t forget to wear life jacket and carry umbrella because weather fluctuate there. One side of lake there is Mall road. Mall road one can find Rajasthani clothing and art works. On the other side one small amusement park and nearby food cafes’ are also there.

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 Around 2.5 km there lies historical Jain Dilwara temple complex which was made by Vastupal Tejpal between the 11th and 13th centuries and is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Adinath.

15 km from Mt. Abu the highest peak of Aravali range is situated called Guru shikhar at 5673 feet above sea level. And at the peak there is temple of Guru Dattatreya who is considered to be an avatar of the three Hindu gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva known as Trimurti. Huge bell hanging at the top of the temple adds to the beauty. There is also an observatory where astronomical experiments are conducted. View from the top is mesmerising and very peaceful.

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Other attractions are Sunset Point, AchalGarh, Adhar Devi, Trevor’s Crocodile Park, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary and Gaumukh.

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While going towards Mt.Abu from Abu road, the hilly road is narrow keep honking on curves and be on your side while driving. Try to avoid going on night and monsoon time because roads are badly covered by dense fog and visibility goes down. If feel foggy on the way better come back to Abu road and wait for clear weather.

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