Mount Abu, built around a lake, is the only hill station in Rajasthan
. It is perched on a 1,220 m granite table mountain, in the southwestern end of the Aravalli hills
, amidst dense forests. Mount Abu is also one of the popular Jain pilgrimage sites in India and is 156 km west of Udaipur
According to a legend, the place derived its name from Arbuda, a serpent who descended to the spot to save Lord Shiva's bull, Nandi. Major attraction in Mount Abu is the
Dilwara temples and various archaeological sites that scatter throughout the place.
Interesting treks, delightful picnic spots, lovely lakes and the cool climate, which is quite contrary to the rest of the state, makes it a favored tourist destination. Places of tourist interest include Gaumukh Temple, Nakki Talav, Achalgarh, Adhar Devi Temple, Trevorís Tank (5 km), Mandakini Kund, Guru Shikhar (15 km), the enchanting view points of Honeymoon Point (Anadra Point) and Sunset Point.
Nearest airport is at Udaipur. Mount Abu is served by the
Abu Road Railway station on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Ajmer-Jaipur-Delhi route. Buses connect Mount Abu with Ahmedabad (222 km), Jodhpur (235 km) and Jaipur. Udaipur is a 156 km drive via Pidwara but a Journey along this route is advisable only during the day.