Aravallis is one of the most ancient mountain belts in the world and trekking on some of the breathtaking routes of this mountain belt is one of a kind experience, which you must have. It is one of the best things to do in Mount Abu while you are travelling to this only hill station in the west.
The trails can be tough or easy but the view and the journey would be worth a detour in Mount Abu.
Best time to visit: October to March
Cost: The estimated price can range between INR 500 to 1200 for a day hike including a meal.
Location: Most of the trekking trails are found in the Mt Abu Wildlife Sanctuary.Type of treks: Easy to medium, there are hardly any tough treks in Mount Abu, most of them are a day hike.
A camping excursion in Mount Abu can take you far away from your busy life. In between large boulders and lush green fields, you would set a camp to watch the stars at night and eat the tasty vegetarian fire cooked meal on the bonfire made from the withered woods and leaves.
Aravalli Mountains are very different from the Himalayas in the north or the Nilgiris in the south and you will experience that while camping and trekking in Mount Abu.
Best time to visit: Overnight camps during the summer season is a better option than monsoon and winters.
Location: Most of the trekking trails are found in the Mt Abu Wildlife Sanctuary and the night can be spent in tents. There are also several adventure parks which offer unique camping experience.
Activities: Other activities are repelling, rock climbing, zorbing, flying fox etc.Cost: For a night camping experience, one can be charged between INR 500 to 2000
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
This Sanctuary covers about 290 sq. km of the hilly forest of Aravali mountains. The large variety of flora and fauna is mystifying and besides the extreme religious significance and reverence, Mount Abu can be a spot to encounter the wild. It is a paradise for wildlife photography enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and bird watchers.
Besides being a summer getaway and a sacred pilgrimage site, Mount Abu holds the highest Peak of the Aravalli ranges and that makes it an ideal place to spot the most exquisite animals. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and is a paradise for animal and bird watchers.
Presence of (last recorded in 1872) and Tiger (last reported in 1970) is a history now, but leopards are still abundant here. Other animals found here are sloth bear, sambhar, jungle cat, small Indian civet, wolf, hyena, jackal, Indian fox, common langur, wild boar, pangolin, common mongoose, Indian hare, porcupine, and hedgehog.
There are among 250 species of birds which are found here including the rare grey jungle fowl.
Open Hours: All days of the week: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Duration of the visit: 1-2 hours
Achalgarh fort is situated at a distance of 11 km from Mount Abu and is visited while touring the Achalgarh village and Achleshwar temple. It was built under the reign of Paramara dynasty and was
renovated by Maharana Kumbha in 1452 CE. The main purpose of the fort was to keep an eye on the movements of any intruder or enemy.
The fort sits atop a peak which needs to you climb. The Achleshwar Mahadev temple nearby is a Shiv Temple which is famous for a sculptured image of Nandi, who was the bull of Lord Shiva. The sculptured Nandi is said to be made of five metals which are gold, copper, bronze, silver, and brass.
Within the complex of the fort lies the beautiful Mandakini lake which serves as the best backdrop for clicking pictures.
Location: Jain Mandir, District Sirohi, Achal Gadh, Rajasthan, 307501.
Opening hours: 5 AM to 7 PM on all the seven days of the week.
Cost: There is no entry fee.
Visiting duration: 1-2 hours.
Best Time to visit: It is better to avoid monsoon season whilst other seasons are ideal for visiting.Things to know: Still, photography is not allowed.
Nakki lake has a backdrop that comes out of some fiction book, acclaimed to be the first man-made lake in India. Set away amid the dreamy background of the Aravalli ranges, this lake is a delight for nature lovers. It is often considered as the true gem of Mount Abu because it is the first spot hit by the tourist and much other attraction are in close vicinity to this lake.
Nakki Lake, locally known as the Nakki Jheel is a paradise for nature lovers. Take a boat ride and sail across the lake witnessing the slow life which is amazingly unfolding around it. Flanked by amazing natural wonders, this lake is truly a gem of Mount Abu. It is the first man-made lake in India with a depth of around 11,000 meters and a width of a quarter of a mile.
Located in the centre of the hill station, the fascinating lake is surrounded by lush greenery, mountains, and strangely shaped rocks. As you sail through the serene waters of Nakki Lake, it is exciting to see the life of Mount Abu unfolding in front of you.
The blowing winds and the soothing temperature of Mount Abu will add to the pleasure of boating and is sure to win your heart. The Gandhi ghat nearby was constructed after Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were pelted down on 12 February 1948, along with Gandhi ghats there are many such spots which you see on your boat ride excursion.
Location: Jain Mandir, District Sirohi, Achal Gadh, Rajasthan, 307501.
Opening hours: 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM on all the seven days of the week.
Cost: There is no entry fee but if you indulge in activities such as boating and zorbing etc then you will spend around INR 100 or 200 on each activity.
Visiting duration: 1-2 hours or more depending on the purpose.
Best Time to visit: November to April.Things to know: You can also enjoy a horse ride along the bank of the lake.
The highest peak of the Aravali is a much fascinating sight than any other place in Mount Abu. Around 15 kilometres from Mount Abu, a small trek leads to a phenomenal elevation of 1722 m above the sea level, which is the highest peak of Aravali. Fondly known as Guru Shikhar which was named after Guru Dattatreya.
Guru Dattatreya is the most significant temple on the route while there are several other temples too. There are steps for easy climbing and once you have covered 35 steps, you will find the first base settlement where refreshment stalls are found. With a mesmerizing view from the top, you also come across a huge bell, which when rung can be heard in the entire Aravali.
Best time to visit: October to March
Opening Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: FreeDuration of the visit: 1-2 hours
Boating at Nakki Lake
A visit to the lake is incomplete without pedalling your way out in the lake on a boat. The verdant surrounding and the pristine water is a delight to watch on a peaceful slow boat ride.
Enjoy the view of the Aravallis and the strangely shaped rocked around the lake.
Witnessing the slow life that unfolds in this quaint hill station in front of your eyes around the ghats is one of the blissful things to do in Mount Abu. You can either sail on the colourful spade shaped shikara boats which are very pretty and equally dreamy or go for a pedal boat.
Take a tour of the entire Nakki Lake in just thirty minutes of sail and you will be charged only a note hundred. thirty minutes in which you take a tour of the entire Nakki Lake.
Cost: It may range between INR 50 to 100 per person. Pedal boating is for INR 50 for 30 minutes and Shikaras can cost INR 100 for a 30-minute ride.
Opening Hours: Opening hours: 8 AM to 6:00 PM on all the seven days of the week.
Best Time to visit: November to AprilVisiting duration: 1-2 hours.
It is situated approximately 5 km from the Nakki Lake on the Guru Shikhar road and also from the main city and 2 km away from Dilwara temple. The name was coined after the British engineer who constructed it. Trevor’s Tank is a delight for nature seekers, crocodile lovers, and bird watchers; All and all, visiting Trevor’s tank is one the best things to do in Mount Abu that you really should not miss.
The densely wooded hills prove to be a safe haven for peacocks, pigeons, and partridges.The fascinating part of the reservoir is a beautiful lake which falls in the centre where a variety of fishes and fauna exist including crocodiles. You can either go by a vehicle or by walking from the forest check post. One finds a rough patch of roads for around 1 or 2 kilometers, however, the place lures anyone who is seeking for serendipity.
Location: Trevor Tank Road, Block No. 3, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, 307501.
Opening hours: 9 AM to 5 PM on all the seven days of the week.
Cost: The entry fee for Indians is INR 30 per head.
Visit duration: 2-3 hours.
Best Time to visit: Winter season and Monsoon.Things to know: You are not allowed to feed the crocodiles and one must carry water and comfortable shoes for the visit.
Mount Abu has something for everyone; from extreme wilderness echo of a waterfall to heart-throbbing activities like hiking, camping, rappelling and climbing, bird watching, to the pilgrimage walks in the famous Dilwara temple and Raghunath Ji temple- your expedition to this beautiful hill station will never be in vain.
Caving is one such activity which you can experience along with all the above adventure activities. One can opt for packages which combine overnight camping trips with caving, rock climbing or rappelling.
Location: Behind Dilwara Jain Temples, Mount Abu 307501, India
Things to carry: sports shoes and water bottles
Best time to do: During the dayCost: It can be a pre-included activity in a camping or a trekking package.
This waterfall is really an off the grid point and if you take a day tour to this point with family, you will explore the rustic beauty of Mount Abu. The hill station is indeed a paradise for nature lovers and finding a waterfall in the deciduous forest is like spotting pearl in the ocean.
Nobody regrets a trek to this waterfall, not only you have the glory to witness this cascading beauty but there are several tiny ones too.
Location: Sirohi District, Rajasthan 307001, India
Best time to visit: During the day, try to come back before sunset as it becomes quite foggy which makes driving real hard.
Visit duration: 1- 2 hours.Facilities: Bathrooms and toilets, small eateries selling packaged food.
After Nakki lake, Dilwara temple is the most famous destination that is visited by hordes of tourist every year. It is located amidst the verdant Aravalli hills, and it is a very holy and significant site for the Jains. the Dilwara Temple is the most beautiful pilgrimage site for the Jains. Built by Vastupal Tejpal between 11th and 13th century, this temple is renowned for the opulent use of marble and intricate carvings on every hook and corner.
From the outside, it looks quite austere but, once you enter the inside, you will go head over heels with the stunning designs and patterns carved on roofs, walls, arches, and pillars. It is a set of five temples- Luna Vasahi, Vimal Vasahi, Parshvanatha, Pittalhar and Mahavir Swami Temple dedicated to Lord Rishabhdeo, Lord Adinath, Lord Mahavir Swami, Lord Neminath and Lord Parshvanath respectively.
Location: Delwara, Mount Abu, Rajasthan 307501
Opening Hours: For Jains: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM,
Timing for Non-Jains: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Duration of the visit: 2-3 hours
The sunset point is located near Nakki lake and that makes it a quintessential spot to capture the bursting radiance of the sun. Watching the fiery sunset in the distant hills is one of the things to do in Mount Abu to let lose oneself. One can take a horse ride to the point or can hike up to a great spot with a good camera to capture the sunkissed mountains while it slides down.
The sunset point is located at a distance of three kilometres from the nakki lake and one kilometre away from the Town Centre road. Take a car or a local taxi, if you are travelling from Nakki Lake.
Location: Anadara Rd, Mount Abu, Rajasthan 307501
Visiting hour: Between 5:10 AM to 7:30 PM.
Entrance Fee: No entry fee
Visit Duration: Around 1 hour
This temple dates back to the 14th century which is devoted to Shri Raghunathji. Shri Raghunathji was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu on earth who saved his believers and followers from all sorts of
calamities. This temple is one of the most visited temples in the hill station because of its religious and spiritual significance.
Location: Nakki Lake, Mount Abu, Rajasthan 307501
Best time to visit: During the day to avoid the rush. Mornings and evenings during the ritual of worship.
Opening hours: 7 AM to 7 PM on all the seven days of the week.
Visit duration: 1 to 2 hours.
Nearby attraction: Nakki lakeFacilities: Lockers, food stalls, video camera allowed.
Toad rock is fondly known as the mascot of Mount Abu, as the name defines the shape of the rock, the elevated height of the rock is also scaled by visitors more often to capture the panoramic vistas of the entire hill station.The splendid lake and the green hilly region is a captivating site from atop the rock.
Nakki lake is the most visited landmark of this quaint hill station and glaring at the miniature lake from this toad shaped rock is one of the offbeat things to do in Mount Abu.
Opening hours: 6:30 AM to 6:45 PM
Best time to visit: Morning and evening.
Location: Mount Abu, Rajasthan 307501
Visit Duration: 1 hoursFacilities: Food stalls