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Best time to visit Mount Abu

Discussion in 'Rajasthan' started by MohitRaj, May 10, 2017.

  1. MohitRaj

    MohitRaj New Member

    Rajasthan is a hot place to visit especially during the summer season and our family has been there many times. This year round we are hoping to visit Mount Abu which is also in Rajasthan.

    Although it is a hill station we are quite unsure about the weather there and don't know if it would be a good time to visit or not. We would like some suggestions to know when the best time to visit Mount Abu is?

    It is not necessary that we would be going during the summer it can be a trip in the winters as well, we would make a decision after getting a response from the members.
     


  2. Arushi Jain

    Arushi Jain New Member

    Mount Abu you can visit during September-February, which is best time and its hill station in desert which you will enjoy definitely.
     
  3. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello, welcome to the forum!
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    Overview

    Mount Abu is the sole hill station of the desert state of Rajasthan. It is aptly given the title as Oasis of Rajasthan, set amidst the lovely hills of Aravalli and even having a lake of its own. After exploring the state, make your way unto this paradise of greenery and pleasant climate, truly the gem of the desert. That's not all, for those who enjoy checking off places to visit from their list, Mount Abu has a number of heritage sites and religious sites that are truly worth exploring. Scenic view points? Another check, because this hill station marvels in both its known and unknown peaks from where you can enjoy the view of the surrounding valleys. So for those already planning their trip to this green paradise, read on and find out when is the best time for exploring the hill station.

    Best Time to Visit Mount Abu

    We can divide the seasons of Mount Abu into three, namely: summer, monsoon and winter. In general, Mount Abu has pleasant climate almost all-year round especially as compared to the temperatures of the surrounding cities of the state. Located over 1,200 metres above sea level, you can enjoy the cooler breeze here that is accentuated more during the last season of the year. Below is a complete guide about these seasons, their average temperatures, also including their advantages and disadvantages.

    1. Summer Season (April to June)

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    (Images from Sampa, Correct Knowledge and Selmer)

    Being a part of western India, summer season in Rajasthan, including Mount Abu, extends from April to June. Summers here are quite warm, with temperatures in April reaching around 38°C. By May, temperatures can go as high as 40°C, sometimes even higher than that. In both months, rainfall is none to scanty so it adds to the scorching effect of the heat. June is somewhat cooler, as temperatures begin to drop to 36°C by the end of this month. Sporadic rainfalls can also be experience but not as intense as in other states. The saving grace is the cooler nights, with temperatures around 28°C or less, so you can certainly have a more comfortable sleep.

    When it comes to the crowds, summers see a lot of them, as the locals and tourists seek some respite from the heat of the plains. In addition, it's vacation time for schools so that's an added factor. Most hotels and resorts are open during this time though so you have plenty of options for accommodation. On the downside, their rates would be on the higher side being a peak tourist season. Sightseeing is possible but be prepared for queuing in some attractions. Light clothing would suffice during this time and make sure you bring water to keep you hydrated. For exploring the region, do so during early mornings or late afternoons, when the sun isn't glaring so harshly.

    So what attractions should you be exploring during this season? A recommended one is the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, an open wildlife reserve near Trevor's Tank. During summer, you might be able to spot animals here more easily like the sloth bears, langurs, sambars and wild boars. Trevor's Tank is a small lake area which has a number of crocodiles that you can view. The trail is around seven kilometres long, an enjoyable trek through the lush forests of the hill station. Indoor attractions like the Government Museum and Dadta Sea World Museum can be visited during this time as well. Do visit scenic view points such as Sunset Point and Honeymoon Point as they would have the best clear views during summer.

    2. Monsoon Season (July to September)

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    (Images from Praveen and Mount Abu)

    The monsoon season extends from July to September. During July, temperatures 30°C to 36°C and rainfall is frequent but intermittent during the day. In the month of August, temperatures can go as low as 28°C during the day. Rainfall is frequent as well but don't worry as despite this, it is not continuous throughout the day. They can be referred to as rain showers which occurs in intermittent schedules throughout the day. By September, rainfall lessens while temperatures remain roughly around 28°C still. Being a part of the desert state, Mount Abu experiences less rainfall but there were times that the hill station was ravaged by incessant rains and flooding, because it's really difficult to predict the course of nature at times.

    The beauty of the Aravalli ranges comes out more during monsoon season. Sure, humidity might be on the rise but if you're someone who always gets mesmerised by nature, this is your best bet for visiting Mount Abu. The lush greenery surrounding the hill station is evident during this time. There aren't as much tourists too but you can still find some in popular attractions. Hotels and resorts in the hill station are open during this time too, their rates might be on the lower side. A downside is that if you would be relying on public transportation, rates might be higher as there's not much tourists to share the fare with you, since the main mode of transport here is via shared jeep. Do bring rain essentials such as umbrellas and even boots if you intend to walk or trek a lot.

    Attractions worth exploring during this time are plenty. Do venture into the temples around the hill station which would provide some cover even in the midst of the rain. Include the most popular religious attractions such as the Dilwara Jain Temples, Adhar Devi Temple, Gamukh Temple and Achal Garh Temple. The serene Nakki Lake becomes fuller during this time too and surrounded by lush greenery, it's sure to enamour the nature lovers. You can enjoy boating or strolling around the lake. There are plenty of food stalls around the satisfy your tummy issues as well.

    3. Winter Season (October to March)

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    The last season is winter which extends from October to March. During October, rainfall can still occur during it's first few days but thereafter, the month remains dry. Temperatures usually remain below 27°C during this time. The months of November and December usually have temperatures ranging between 15°C t0 23°C. By January, temperatures remain below 20°C and sometimes can go as low as 10°C. For the last two months of February and March, temperatures climb back up, at around 15°C to 24°C, setting the way for the succeeding summer season. Do keep in mind that night time temperatures are lower as compared to the day time, and it's not unusual for temperatures to drop below 10°C when evening comes in.

    Winter is a good time for sightseeing as the pleasant climates would allow for lots of walking. During October, you can still enjoy the lush greenery of the hill station. The annual Winter Festival of Mount Abu happens during the end of December as well. You can enjoy the festivities during this time like dancing, musical performance, kite flying, fireworks display and more. Hotels and resorts have high rates during this time as this is one of the peak tourist seasons of the hill station. Crowds are thicker too, but if you want a lively and touristic approach to Mount Abu, then opt for the winter season. Do book your hotels or transportation in advance as you might face some problems with fully booked properties or full vehicles once you reach the hill station in winter.

    For sightseeing, you can cover all the attractions in the hill station during this season. So there's the usual Nakki Lake, Dilwara Jain Temples, Sunset Point and more. You also can't miss the Guru Shikhar, the highest peak of Mount Abu, which is approachable by over a hundred steps. Other offbeat attractions such as the Achalgarh Fort and Bailey's Walk also require some trekking to reach but are worth it for the adventure seekers. Speaking of adventure, visit the Thrill Zone Adventure Park where you can enjoy zip lining, rock climbing, rappelling and many more activities.

    Conclusion

    So there you have it, a guide on the seasons of Mount Abu and which is the best out of all of these seasons. As it goes with any hill station, Mount Abu can be visited at any time of the year. However, winter season is the best time for sightseeing, because the climate is pleasant enough to enjoy the attractions of the hill station. Monsoon season is suitable for nature lovers, as the whole hill station becomes enveloped in verdant greenery. Summer sees the highest temperatures so you won't enjoy much the pleasant climate during this time, except during night time when temperatures are comparatively lower. But if you love wildlife, then you might be able to spot animals in the sole sanctuary of the hill station.

    I hope this helps you!:)
     

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