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How To Reach Mount Abu
Mount Abu is like a mirage in the desert that is Rajasthan. Only, this mirage atop a plateau is real, very real. Imagine a hill station with surrounding valleys and a mist through winter, damp monsoons and pleasant summers. That is Mount Abu, a summer escapade used by the Kings and Queens of the yore, the British officers and now wander-lusting travellers. Already checking out ways to reach Mount Abu? Here’s a guide.
Mount Abu does not have an airport of its own, however, the nearest one is at Udaipur, only 185 km away. Udaipur has recently emerged as one of the prime airports in Rajasthan and shows a promising expansion with flights coming in from cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Indore etc. The road from Udaipur to Abu is well made and easy to traverse.
If you are looking at an airport with greater connectivity then it is the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport at Ahmedabad, 221 km away, where international flights also land.
If you are a regular train traveller in India and have used the Western Railways at all, you would have never not heard of Abu Road’s Puri-bhaji. Well, this is that station, called Abu Road of Mount Abu, situated only 28 km away from the main town. Trains from Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad etc make pitstops here and many passengers descend just to breathe in the mountain air and pick up a pipping hot plate of puri-bhaji before boarding their train again.
The road from here to Mount Abu is another uphill ride, for which you will find many ready cars on hire outside the station.
Being a hill station, the town of Mount Abu is most easily reached by roads from everywhere. Most tourists prefer it as a getaway from their trip to Udaipur or Ahmedabad. The highways and road networks are amazingly well developed, especially on the Gujarat side. NH14 is 24 km away and passes a scenic Mewad route of Rajasthan. The RSRTC buses, private AC and sleeper coaches also ply regularly from cities like Jaipur (480 km), Jaisalmer (442 km), and Udaipur (165 km).
In Mount Abu, you will easily find auto rickshaws from city squares, markets and even outside your hotels. Cabs can also be hired for sightseeing, per day basis and for the whole duration of your trip as well. These two are the most preferred ways to transport inside the town, along with share-rickshaws known as chakkdas or hired bikes that cost you around Rs. 300-500 a day.