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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mount Abu

“Mount Abu, what and where is that? It kind of reminds me of Aladdin’s monkey Abu in the hit Disney movie Aladdin!” 

Well, similar names notwithstanding, Mount Abu is a hill station which is located in Rajasthan state’s only mountain range, the Aravalli Range which is in the Pindwara district. Mount Abu borders one of India’s westernmost states of Gujarat. Being a hill station, you can enjoy pleasantly mild summers and slightly cooler winters. Like most places in India, Mount Abu has a rich history that stretches back several centuries and is full of interesting places to see and things to do. Read further if you want to learn more!

Mount Abu Weather

“If Mount Abu is a hill station in an Indian state, I want to know more about its weather. This is because I want to visit places with milder climates and weather!”

To answer your question, Mount Abu weather is pleasant year-round. It has three distinct seasons: summer, monsoon, and winter. It may please you to read that the temperature rarely goes above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, even during the peak of summer! The seasons are briefly described in more depth.

Summer

This three-month season starts in mid-April and ends in mid-June. The temperature tends to hover in the late 80s in terms of degrees Fahrenheit. This is the perfect time to explore the hill station as it will be full of greenery and all living things. If you are like most tourists and decide to explore Mount Abu during this season, you should wear light cotton clothes because they will offer the most comfort and ventilation.

Monsoon

Like most places in India, Mount Abu temperature drops somewhat during the monsoon season which is India’s rainy season. Since rainfall is constant, you should always use an umbrella when traveling outdoors. You can easily and comfortably wear normal summer clothing during this season.

Winter

Mount Abu enjoys mildly cool winters. Therefore, you can enjoy mild and pleasant windy breezes without having to worry about being caught up in a cold draft! Moderate winter clothing suffices during the daytime. However, you want to wear heavy winter clothing at night because the temperature is known to drop somewhat!

Places to Visit in Mount Abu

“I imagine that there are many interesting places to visit in Mount Abu because I remember you mentioning that Mount Abu had a long and rich history!” 

There are indeed many points of interest in Mount Abu. Some of these are described in more detail below!

Dilwara Jain Temples

One amazing place to visit in Mount Abu is the Dilwara Jain Temples. It is a popular pilgrimage place and its breathtakingly amazing architecture is what put it on the map! It has a long history because the Jain religion is several centuries old. Its architecture and history make it great for photo ops!  

Admission is free and the temples are open every day of the week from noon until 5 P.M. It takes no more than 2 hours to tour and photograph the temples. It is within walking distance of Mount Abu, located two and a half kilometers away. These temples were built between 1,000 and eight hundred years ago. The Dilwara Jain Temples are constructed out of gleaming white marble and are full of intricately carved designs and drawings that look grand! It was designed using brilliant and flawless engineering and stone-laying techniques. 

Being temples that celebrate Jainism, the complex is comprised of five temples: Vimal Vasahi, Luna Vasahi, Pithalhar, Parshvanath, and Mahavir Swami. These temples represent the uniqueness of Jain culture and are only found amongst the Jains. The temple carvings and drawings represent scenes from Jain and Hindu mythology and are a work of art, as are its ceiling carvings which are in the shape of a lotus.

You will love visiting the Dilwara Jain Temples if you love to camp, hike or trek up a mountain and hillsides, and/or if you love to marvel at the beauty of nature!

Achalgarh

Achalgarh is one of the most awe-inspiring places to visit in Mount Abu largely because of its rich history. It also has great ruins and amazing viewpoints. Admission is free and the fort is open every day of the week from 5 A.M. to 7 P.M.  Expect tours of Achalgarh to last 45 minutes.

The Paramara Dynasty rulers built this fort which once protected an ancient kingdom in the 13th and 14th centuries A.D.  Achalgarh was reconstructed in 1452 by the then ruler of the Mewar Kingdom, Maharana Kumbha. He gave the fort is the current name which means ‘immovable’ in Rajasthani. The fort may have been a great place to visit in the previous centuries, but it is largely in ruins today. Still, tourists love the many great remnants which are a reminder of its deep and turbulent history.

When you enter Achalgarh, you will be greeted by twin, gray granite towers. If you tour the fort walls, you will be treated to a panoramic view of the fort and surrounding areas. 

Since Achalgarh is located on a mountain, it’s the perfect place for hiking. If hiking doesn’t impress you, do some sightseeing or souvenir shopping. Finally, you can tour the neighboring Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple.

Sunset Point

What better thing to do than see the sunset at an iconic place of interest in Mount Abu? This is exactly what Sunset Point gives you the opportunity to do! This place is great for sightseeing and for taking photographs of the setting sun and of surrounding areas. Sunset Point is open all day, every day of the week. Obviously, there is no admission fee. It will take you at most an hour to tour and view this place.  

If you love to see great sunsets, this is the lookout point for you! This and Sunset Point’s natural beauty is what makes it the most popular tourist destination in Mount Abu. A visit here will allow you to experience a pleasant climate and beautiful scenery throughout the year. Sunset Point was also the backdrop for the famous Bollywood movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak!

An interesting fact about Mount Abu!

Now that you know more about Mount Abu, it may pleasantly amaze you to learn that the oldest mountain range in India, the Aravalli Range is located in Mount Abu. Before you say, “Okay, so what’s so great about some old mountains?” read this!  The Aravalli Range consists of a chain of mountains which begins in Delhi and continues for approximately 692 kilometers until its stop in Gujarat. It intersects Southern Haryana, Western India, and Rajasthan. Mount Abu is 5650 feet above sea level making it Aravalli Range’s highest peak!

People have been mining these mountains for copper and other valuable metals for at least six thousand years. In fact, the Kalibangan, Kunal, and Haryana ancient civilizations obtained their metal from the Aravalli Range. It is also home to some of India’s oldest civilizations, some of which include the Aryan and Vedic. 

When can you visit Mount Abu

“Wow, I really want to visit Mount Abu because it seems like an interesting place to go to. However, I would love to know when is the best time to visit Mount Abu?” 

Here is your answer: The climate is the best and most pleasant from November until June, therefore, you should visit Mount Abu then!

Mount Abu is a hidden gem

“I had no idea that such obscure places in India have such an interesting history, culture, and natural beauty. I had never heard of this hill station, but now I think I’ll visit there! Thanks a lot!”

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