Road to Mount Abu, a twisty road in India.

Mount Abu
Mount Abu

Mount Abu is a mountainous locality located at an elevation of 1183 m (3,881 feet) above sea level.
This city is located in the desert state of Rajasthan, in western India. The road that is going to that locality is called Mount Abu Road.

Where is Mount Abu located in India?

Mount Abu is a city at the end of the Aravalli range in Rajasthan, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Udaipur.

This location is known as a great place of pilgrimage in Jainism. It is also the only mountain station in Rajasthan.

Larger towns nearby are Udaipur and Ahmedabad.

You can locate the road on the map below:


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Some information about the Mount Abu

Road description:

The road is located in the Aravalli range in the Sirohi district, east and a two-lane tarred road. The drive is quite difficult, due to the many bends.

The road to the top is quite steep. It is 21 kilometers (13 miles) long. It begins at Pandoori, at 290 meters (950 feet) above sea level which makes a positive elevation of over 890 meters (2900 feet). The average slope is 4.25%, with some sections up to 8%. The pass is located on the way from Pandoori to the villages of Goa Gaon.


The region has a fairly cool climate and views of the arid plains below.

History

From the end of the 10th century to 1320, Mount Abu was the center of a vassal kingdom of Paramara, of capital Chandravati, and whose first raja, Aranyaraja was the son of a Paramâra of Malva.

This place has been one of the most important pilgrimage centers of Jainism since the 11th century and there are many white marble Jain temples.

The oldest is Vimal Vasahi, built in 1031 by Vimal Shah and dedicated to the first Tirthankara. The second one is, the Lun Vasahi, built in 1231 by the brothers Vastupal and Tejpal, ministers of Vir Dhawal, a râja from Gujarat belonging to the Porwal Jain community.

Located about 1220 meters (4000 feet) above sea level on the shores of Lake Nakki, Mount Abu has been a favorite vacation spot for the aristocracy of the region for hundreds of years. As evidenced by the honeymoon trip of the famous Hindu emperor Prithviraj Chauhan in 1778.

It is, however, during the British Raj that the city knows an important tourist development because it became the capital of the agency of Rajputana, and, was the place of residence of the Resident (colonial representative) and sheltered many sanatoriums for the troops fleeing the unbearable heat of the Indian summer.

The princely families of the various Rajput states (such as Jaipur, Kishangarh, Bharatpur, or Bikaner) had summer palaces on the banks and the heights of the city.

mount abu tourism
Mount Abu Tourism

How to get to Mount Abu ?

The majority of tourists come from Rajasthan itself and neighboring Gujarat. The city is only accessible by road. It has a bus station where buses leave to most of the major cities in the state. The road to Mount Abu starts in Pandoori.

Indeed, the nearest station is that of Mount Abu Road and the closest airport is that of Udaipur.

You can visualize how to get there on this map of the drive:

A preview of the drive:

If you don’t have the possibility to travel to Rajasthan, or you just want to watch a video of it, you can obviously just take a look at this video on Youtube :

Is the Mount Abu road open?

The road is open all year round. Although, always check the weather before driving there as it is a zone known for its speed-changing weather conditions.

Also, be aware of other people: as it is a tourist place, many tourists park on the road and can obstruct the passage and create dangerous situations. You could find many hotels near Abu road for your accommodation.

Today, Mount Abu is mostly frequented by tourists during the Indian summer holidays, and the winter months are also an important time. It should also be noted that important pilgrimages are organized according to religious festivals which can cause big traffic jams. Also, in recent years, ecotourism has been on the rise in the region, focused on-mountain activities such as hiking and wildlife observation.

Pictures sources: By Camaal Mustafa Sikander aka Lens Naayak – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40356908 / By Andreas Kleemann – Own work (Original text: eigene Fotografie), CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22820800


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