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Mount Abu is the popular hill station in the state of Rajasthan. Learn more on travel and tourism in Mt Abu, Rajasthan.

Mount Abu

Mount AbuLocation: Rajasthan
Climate: Fairly Temperate
Best Time to Visit: February to June and September to December
Main Attractions: Dilwara Jain Temples, Nakki Lake, Shri Raghunathji Temple, Gaumukh Temple, Adhar Devi Temple, Trevor's Tank, etc.

Mount Abu is the only hill station located in the state of Rajasthan. It is known as the 'Oasis of the desert' due to the presence of a number of lakes, rivers, waterfalls and lush green forests. The town is located on the highest peak of Aravalli Range in the state. Situated in the Sirodhi district the mountain forms a rocky plateau. All these facts have made Mount Abu a popular retreat for the natives of the state as well that of the neighboring states. The town provides respite from the scorching heat of the sun during the summer months.

Mount Abu has an interesting historical past. In the texts of Puranas, the region has been referred to as Arbudaranya, ("forest of Arbhu"), the short form of which is 'Abu'. According to Hindu mythology, sage Vasishtha retired to Mount Abu, after his differences with sage Vishvamitra. Moreover, the town once formed a part of the Chauhan kingdom and served as the summer resort for the regional Rajput Kings. Following this, it was taken on lease by the British and used as headquarter of Rajputana and even the sanatorium for the troops.

During the British rule in India, it was one of the most preferred holiday destinations, especially for those deployed in Rajasthan. Apart from this, Mount Abu is also considered a holy town due to various reasons. It is taken in high regard by Jains as the famous Dilwara Temples are situated here. It is also believed that the 24th Tirthankar of Jain religion, Lord Mahavira blessed the city. Today, the city offers a plethora of activities to be enjoyed by the visitors such as interesting sightseeing, scenic environs and an array of Rajasthani art and craft souvenirs.

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