Mount Abu : A Nice Revelation

I had at all times dismissed Mount Abu as a crowded, touristy vacation spot and it it was by no means on our journey radar. Till at some point, a analysis led us deep into this ‘hill station’ and we had been pleasantly stunned.

Mount Abu is a ‘hill station’ on the Aravalli vary of mountains. The Aravallis are amongst the oldest mountains on the planet. Being at a excessive altitude, and maybe in a beneficial windward location vis-a-vis the distant Himalayas, Mount Abu will get very chilly within the winters. Very chilly. Folks have reported a skinny layer of ice on the lake our bodies within the larger elevations of Mount Abu in winters.

As a result of it was a analysis journey, we received to discover the non-touristy a part of Mount Abu and realised what an superior place it’s.

The drive up the hill to Mount Abu is thru a lazily winding highway by the dense Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. The forests are house to sloth bears, leopards, rhesus macaques and lots of different animals. The temperature retains dropping as you climb. End up a pleasant place to remain and also you shall be capable to actually take pleasure in this beautiful city within the hills.

Since Mount Abu is the one ‘hill station’ in Rajasthan, and likewise neighbouring Gujarat, many of the erstwhile royalty and rich individuals from these two states have had sprawling summer time and winter retreats right here. Jaipur Home, Bikaner Home, Kishangarh Home and so forth are notable examples that come to the thoughts. Most of those estates have been transformed into lodges, and kind some excellent locations prime keep.

Our personal journey to Mount Abu was about assembly individuals. We went into the city, visited properties that are over 70 years previous, mentioned a variety of tales and historical past. We went for walks contained in the sanctuary, and walks round Trevor’s Tank (Colonel Trevor was an Agent To The Governor Normal, in pre-Independence India), a person made water physique on the prime of Mount Abu which now harbours many crocodiles. We trekked by the slopes and search for tell-tale indicators of sloth bears on tree trunks.

Conversations and tales inspired us to go to extra of this city. We went to Trevor’s Pavilion, a Colonial period polo floor, the place the lettering says ‘1894’, maybe the yr the pavilion was constructed, making it 126 years previous in 2020.

Over subsequent journeys, we fell increasingly more in love with Mount Abu. There’s a lot to do right here and many to see. It’s stated Guru Nanak too had visited Mount Abu and there stands a Gurudwara to commmorate that, constructed by the First Sikh Governor of Rajasthan named S. Gurmukh Singh in 1960.

Road To Mount Abu
That’s Mount Abu straight forward.
Mount Aby Wildlife Sanctuary
The drive up Abu is through an exquisite drive by the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
An previous constructing from the colonial occasions.
Mount Abu Heritage
Mount Abu is filled with previous heritage buildings like this one.
Mount Abu Heritage
Due to our analysis, we had been fortunate to go deep inside Abu and go to locations most vacationers wouldn’t.
Trevors Tank, Mount Abu
Constructed by a British Engineer and named after him, Trevor’s Tank is now a crocodile heaven and a part of the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
Cenotaph, Trevor's Tank, Mount Abu
In quintessential Rajasthan model, Trevor’s Tank is flanked with these lovely ‘Chattris’ or cenotaphs.
Gurad at Trevor's Tank
Gratitude to forest guards like these who defend our pure heritage.
Watchtower at Trevor's Tank, Mount Abu
A stupendous previous watchtower subsequent to Trevor’s Tank. It’s not in use, however can be superb to attend right here and watch all types of animals come for a sip of the water.
Trekking in the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
Trekking by the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
Standing on Mount Abu, what might be the Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
Clear Blue Sky
There may be nothing like a transparent wealthy blue sky in opposition to a dry deciduous tree in winters…
Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
The ridges and forests down under are in all probability Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary. One other place we’ve got to go to…
Trekking in Mount Abu
Trekking again to our place of keep. Mount Abu is attractive for jungle walks.
Trekking in Mount Abu
Strolling by the forests of Mount Abu, we stored in search of indicators of bears and leopards, each of who’re discovered aplenty right here.
Village in Mount Abu
Lastly we exit the forest and are available into the village highway.
Village Road, Mount Abu
Wanting again, wanting to return for one more stroll by the forest.
Blue Skies
Oh these wealthy blue skies of winter Mount Abu
Jaipur House, Mount Abu
Since Mount Abu is teh solely ‘hill station’ in Rajasthan, (additionally for neighbouring Gujarat), most of the native kings and aristocrats and different wealthy individuals had constructed themselves summer time and winter retreats right here. That is Jaipur Home, in all probability belonging to the erstwhile royal household of Jaipur.
Mist over Mount Abu
Winter mist over the city of Mount Abu. Winters right here will be very chilly, generally the climate is understood to the touch -1 and even -3 levels celcius.
Lake at Mount Abu
There’s a large Lake at Mount Abu, however we averted going there.
Mount Abu town
As a substitute we headed over to the interiors of the city to satisfy some individuals.
Trevor's Oval Pavilion 1894
We went to see the Trevor’s Oval Pavilion in-built 1894. It was used as a polo floor. Now only for native recreation and generally for civil companies coaching.
Trevor's Oval Pavilion 1894
View of the grounds from Trevor’s Oval Pavilion 1894. The wrought iron work is fabulous.
Gurudwara in Mount Abu
Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Darshan,Mount Abu. It’s stated Guru Nanak had visited this city. The Gurudwara was constructed by the First Sikh Governor of Rajasthan named S. Gurmukh Singh in 1960.
St Saviour's Church, Mount Abu
There’s a church too, within the neighborhood of Trevor’s Oval Pavilion.
Because it seems to be like a very previous church, we needed to see it from inside. The church was in-built 1834 in reminiscence of 1 Mrs Elizabeth Smith.
St Saviour's Church, Mount Abu
Contained in the St Saviour’s Church, Mount Abu. A number of lovely previous stained glass work.
Cottage in Mount Abu
The Aravalli mountains are a few of the oldest and most lovely mountains of the world. having spent a lot time travelling by them, we’ve got developed a sopecial fondness for these magical mountains.
Sunrise in Mount Abu
Stunning dawn at Mount Abu.

When to go to: Mount Abu will get very popular within the summers. The most effective time to go to can be monsoons (July-August) and the winters (mid-late October until mid March).

The best way to Attain : The closest airport is Udaipur. Abu Street is the title of the railway station. You possibly can drive too, the roads are wonderful.

The place to remain: Although there are a lot of lodges in Mount Abu, we’d extremely advocate ‘Wordsworth Lodge’, one of many oldest buildings right here. It could be a tad costly, however value it. An alternative choice could possibly be one of many many ‘Homes’ of erstwhile royalty of rich individuals which have been transformed into lodges. We had as soon as stayed at Jaipur Home and do advocate it as nicely.