Mount Abu is a popular hill station in the Sirohi, Rajasthan, India.
- The mountain forms a rocky plateau 22 km long by 9 km wide.
- The highest peak on the mountain is Guru Shikhar at 1,722 m above sea level where Dattatreya temple is built.
- Abu is a diminutive of this ancient name Arbudaanchal / Arbudaranya
- Sage Vashistha retired to the southern spur at Mount Abu following his differences with sage Vishvamitra.
- There is another mythology according to which a serpent named “Arbuda” saved the life of Nandi – Lord Shiva’s bull. The incident happened on the Arbudaranya mountain, after that incident which gradually became Abu.
- It is referred to as ‘an oasis in the desert’ as its heights are home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests.
- The Arbuda Mountains (Abu Parvat ‘ Mount Abu) region is said to be original abode of the famous Gurjars.
- The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1960 and covers 290 km² of the mountain.
- Dilwara Jain temples
- Adhar (Arbuda ) Devi Temple
- Raghunathji Temple
- Jains’ Dilwara Temples
- Headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris which is represented in 85 countries
- The Achalgarh fort and Nakki Lake.
- Achaleshwar Mahadev (Shiva) Temple
- The Durga temple,
- Ambika Mata.
How to reach & Accommodation
- Nearest Railway station is Abu Road Railway station which is 27 km away.
- Good accommodation is available with budget hotels and Dharamshalas
- Nearest approach by road is from Anadara village.