Mount Abu Hotels
Perched on a plateau, where mists roll in over lush, green mountains, Mount Abu is the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan. In monsoon season, Mount Abu becomes a verdant paradise, attracting Rajasthanis and tourists alike with promises of cool air, magnificent views and pleasant pastimes, such as boating on the lake. Mount Abu has plenty of culture too, with ancient Jain temples and beguiling Hindu legends. In this mystical mountain land, it’s easy to believe them. Things to see
The town’s focal point is the serenely blue Lake Nakki, which is encircled by forested hills. According to legend, the lake was scooped out by a god using his nails – or nakh. However it came to be, the lake provides a superb spot for paddle-boating, kayaking or just strolling along the banks and taking in the views. The city centre, with its bustling market, selling attractive handicrafts and fresh local produce, is also worth exploring. There are numerous cafés and restaurants to enjoy - it’s a typically casual and slightly chaotic dining experience, but worth it for delicious Punjabi vegetarian curries and South Indian inspired dosas. Once you’re fed and fortified, hike up to the Dilwara Temples, renowned as the most beautiful Jain temples in India. The intricately carved marble pillars and sculpted ceilings are exquisite, illustrating religious mythology. It’s a unique Jainist blend of breathtaking beauty and humble simplicity. Hotels in
Mount Abu has a delightful selection of characterful, independent hotels, ranging from budget to boutique luxury. In luxury hotels in Mount Abu, you’ll find opulent suites furnished in traditional Indian style. Private balconies and rooftop terraces make the most of the stunning mountain views while you enjoy a drink from the hotel bar or a snack from your minibar. The budget hotels have simpler rooms, but they still provide plenty of home comforts, including cable TVs and complimentary toiletries. Where to stay
Central Mount Abu has numerous hotels to choose from, several situated on the lakeside, offering beautiful views. Both budget and boutique luxury hotels are available here. It’s a convenient location, within easy reach of all the main attractions, and within walking distance of the market and restaurants. For a more rural retreat in these spectacular mountains, one of the upmarket resorts close to the Dilwara Temples would be ideal. The city centre is still within easy reach, but it feels utterly secluded and it is a perfect location for hiking. South of the town, there are several budget guesthouses available.How to get to Mount Abu
The nearest airport is in Udaipur, located 100 miles to the east. The airport receives flights from Delhi and Mumbai. From Udaipur, you can either hire a car or book a private transfer in advance. The journey by road takes about 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Udaipur to Abu Road, at the bottom of the mountain. From there, buses and taxis will transfer you to Mount Abu. There are also trains to Abu Road from other major cities, including Delhi and Mumbai. Once in Mount Abu, you can rent a bicycle or motorbike to get around.