Rajasthan’s only hill station nestles among green forests on the state’s highest mountain at the southwestern end of the Aravalli Hills and close to the Gujarat border. Quite unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan, Mt Abu provides Rajasthanis, Gujaratis and a small number of foreign tourists with respite from scorching temperatures and arid terrain elsewhere. It’s a particular hit with honeymooners and middle-class families from Gujarat.
Mt Abu town sits towards the southwestern end of the plateau-like mountain, which stretches about 19km from end to end and 6km from east to west. The town is surrounded by the 289-sq-km Mt Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, which extends over most of the mountain.
The mountain is of great spiritual importance for both Hindus and Jains and has more than 80 temples and shrines, most notably the exquisite Jain temples at Delwara, built between 400 and 1000 years ago.