Mount Abu Sanctuary
Mount Abu Sanctuary is spread across the rocky Aravalli ranges and declared as a protected area in 1960, The sanctuary is incredibly rich in flora and is a verdant haven that provides shelter to a number of fauna species.
There are around 820 species of plants, including 663 species of dicots and 157 species of monocots. In the desert state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is the only place where a variety of orchids bloom. Around three species of wild roses have been recorded here.
The south-west part of the sanctuary is covered with bamboo forests. Bryophytes and algae are also part of this sanctuarys habitat. Around 81 species of trees, 89 species of shrubs, 28 species of climbers and 17 species of tuberous plants having medicinal properties have been documented.
The rugged terrain also houses around 146 species of birds in the Wildlife Sanctuary, including four Red Data Book species, the near “threatened Darter, Anhinga melanogaster, the critically endangered Indian White-backed Vulture, and more.
The terrain is formed of igneous rocks, which have large cavities due to weathering. The altitude of other park varies from 300 meters at the base to 1722 meter at Guru Shikhar, which is the highest peak in Rajasthan.
Flora: Kacchar, kaionda, mango, champa, roses, khajur, phaludra and jasmine, and more
Fauna: Sloth bear, wild boar, sambar, chinkara, langur etc. leopard sloth bear, wild boar, sambar, chinkara and langur
Avian-Fauna: Grey jungle fowl, Indian Blackbird Turdus simillimus, Turdus merula, White-spotted Fantail-Flycatcher, Rhipidura albogularis, Green Munia, Red Spurfowl Galloperdix spadicea caurina Blanford, and more.
Exact Location:The sanctuary located nearly 8 km from Mount Abu in the state of Rajasthan
Area: 288 sq. km
Route: Buses regularly ply between Mount Abu and the sanctuary. Also, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is well connected by road to Delhi, Udaipur, Ajmer, Bundi and Udaipur. The nearest airport is at Udaipur. Reaching here, one can hire a taxi to reach the wildlife sanctuary.
There are several flights from Delhi, Mumbai and other parts of India for Udaipur.
The nearest rail head is at Abu Road, which lies on the Delhi-Mumbai rail route. There are trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Jaipur.
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
Things to keep in mind:
- Do not throw waste in the sanctuary area
- Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
- Entry is free
Nakki Lake: The Lake is the major attraction of Mount Abu. Here, you can go boating and view the Toads Rock. You can also spot birds at the shoreline. The hill station of Mount Abu is built around this lake.
Guru Shikhar: This is the highest peak of the Arvallis. Along with providing a grand view of the range, this place also houses Dattatreya temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Sunset Point: This point in Mount Abu offers a Panoramic view of the surrounding area. There is an amusement park for children here. Also, close to this point is located Honeymoon point which is popular among newly weds.