Mount Abu and around

Mount Abu, Rajasthan's only hill resort, stretches along a 20-km plateau. Away from the congestion and traffic of the tourist centres on the plains, Mount Abu is surrounded by well-wooded countryside filled with flowering trees, numerous orchids during the monsoon and a good variety of bird and animal life. Many of the rulers from surrounding princely states had summer houses built here and today it draws visitors from Rajasthan and neighbouring Gujarat who come to escape the searing heat of summer (and Gujarat's alcohol prohibition) and also to see the exquisite Dilwara Jain temples. Alas it is a bit like Margate with softy ice creams, pedalos on Nakki Lake and portrait sketches, but is great for a birds' eye view of Indians at play - it is overrun in the hot months between April and June and around Diwali when hotel prices can triple. There are some fabulous heritage hotels in the area, well off the beaten track and worthwhile experiences in themselves.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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