Mount Abu

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.

Nearby Places

  • 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.

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