Jan 09 trip to Mount Abu - comments

#1 Jan 18th, 2009, 08:49
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I went to Mt Abu with my wife and kids 11 and 9 (their maiden India trip). My parents had arranged a prepaid taxi to take us from Abu Road to Mt Abu. The distance is about 28 kms and takes about 45-60 minutes. The ride was great. Lots of hairpin bends - made me notalgic for my summer trips from Mumbai to Mahableshwar. There were plenty of monkeys which was the main attraction for my kids; they quickly noticed that the passengers in the bus were throwing them food. The other thing that the kids noticed was the narrow roads and the tendency to pass in the lane for oncoming traffic. I tried to convince them that the driver drove relatively cautiously.

Mt Abu is a good destination with kids because there are several things that appeal to all ages. One can go boating in Nakki Lake (which the kids liked). The are some nice hiking and walking trails (we did Sunset Point and Toad Rock)which lets the kids burn off energy, and there are nice Jain temples (Dilwara and Achalgarh). The Achalgarh temple is on the top of a promontory and there is quite a hike to get to the top. When we got to the very top of the temple (climbed all the staircases) there was a panoramic view to be enjoyed in addition to the marvelous temple and we had the entire place to ourselves. There is something magical about being in a beautiful place when no one is around. We hired a taxi for half a day (1:30 - 6:30 pm) and saw Dilwara and Achalgarh temples. The rest of the time we walked or took a shared jeep to Sunset point.

Abu is a popular honeymoon destination and I do not remember seeing that many lovey-dovey couples in India before. Also it is just over the border from dry (no alcohol) Gujarat so it probably gets a lot of Gujarati tourists who come to relax and have some liquid refreshments. Recommend to go during the week.

The weather did dip down to -1 or -2 but it was warm during the day (16-20) so we would quickly shed our jackets and hang out in a tee-shirts.

Good family destination. There was no heat in the hotel - but we did not need to rent a space heater.
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Brings back memories, thanks..
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Thanks for the update -I've not been to Mt.Abu for a few years and am considering going on my next India trip in Feb-Apr.
I DO remember the lovey-dovey couples-they kept handing me their cameras to take pictures of them!
Another place for the lovey-dovies seems to be the Brindavan Gardens in Mysore where they flock by the score!!
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I just saw this now Pontesm. Glad you enjoyed this destination, as you said in another post that Bordi was not so great.

I always thought Mt Abu was just another group of temples. From your post, it looks like there is a lot more to see and do.
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Abu also has wildlife

But we did not take a guide and look around for it (there were warnings at all the trails that recommended that one should hire a guide or trek in a group rather than trek alone). We also had afternoon tea at both Jaipur House and Bikaner Palace. Their prices are somewhat expensive but their ambiance is delightful (and they are economical compared to similar heritage hotels in say Jodhpur). Jaipur House has a lovely view from the outdoor terrace where they served tea. Both hotels would really require a car as they are a bit away from the center of action. Abu has at least two good shops that sold exquisite fabrics at relatively reasonable prices. One of the shops (name escapes me) has a branch at the Mangaldas (?) main textile market in Mumbai.

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