Mount Abu, situated at an altitude of 1220 m above the sea level and is the highest point on the Aravalli Ranges. Mount Abu literally means the 'Hill of Wisdom' and is a green oasis located in the lush green-forested hills.
It is in direct contrast to the barren desert of Rajasthan where it is situated. It is the only hill station in Rajasthan and stretches along a 22 km long and 6 km wide plateau.
Mount Abu is known worldwide for its exquisite Dilwara Jain Temples. These temples date back to 11th and 13th centuries. These temples are the best examples of Jain architecture in India. The interiors of the temple are extravagantly carved on white marble. The Vimal Vasahi Temple and Tejpal Temple are the most remarkable among all.
This hill station is also very famous for its Nakki Lake. The lake derived its name from the legend that the gods dug out the lake with their nails.
An ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, Adhar Devi Temple, is located 3 km to the north of Mount Abu. It is built in a natural crack in a rock.
Other must visit places in and around Mount Abu include Guru Shikhar (15 km), Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple (11 km), Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary (8 km), Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University and Museum. Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is home to species of birds, panthers, sambhars and wild boars.