OASIS IN THE HILLS
pleasant retreat set amidst the lush forested hills. Mt. Abu is a green oasis in the
barren dessertscape thats Rajasthan.Situated at the southern tip of the Aravali
range, the hill retreat owes its cool climate to its rich flora covering the entire
hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. The road leading to Mt. Abu
is a curved one characterized by arid region dotted with huge rocks in weird shapes and
high velocity winds.
The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is more that just a
summer retreat. Its stunning array of exquistie Dilwara Jain Temples, dating back 11th
13th centuries, make it a popular pilgrimage centre.
Abu according to a legend, stands for the son of Himalayan,
deriving its name from Arbuada, the powerful serpent who rescued Nandi, the sacred bull of
Lord Shiva, from a chasm. Mount Abu has been home to many sages and saints. Most famous of
them was Sage Vashishtha who is believed to have created four Agnikula Rajput clans from a
fire-pit by performing a yagna or fire sacrifice, to protect the earth from
The yagna was performed besides a natural springs situated below Abu,
emerging from a rock shaped like a cows head and hence the site was called Gaumukh.