Situated in the oldest mountain ranges of the country – the Aravalli Hills, the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most visited wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1980 and is home to a large number of wild animals, birds, plants and trees.
Measuring 19 km in length and 6 km in breadth, the altitude ranges between 300 metres to 1722 metres at the Guru Shikhar peak, which is the highest peak in Rajasthan. The most interesting feature about the rocks in the region is that they are igneous rocks and due to the effect of wind and rain, large cavities have formed on most of them.
The wildlife sanctuary is home to a large number of plants and trees. The sanctuary has as many as 112 plant families belonging to 449 genera and 820 species. As many as 81 species of trees, 89 species of shrubs, 28 species of climbers and 17 species of tuberous plants are found in the sanctuary.
A variety of orchid species are also found in the sanctuary. A part of the sanctuary also has bamboo forests. Among fauna, the wildlife sanctuary is home to a large number of animal species including lions, tigers, leopards, hedgehogs, porcupines, Indian hares, mongoose, pangolin, bears, wild boars, langurs, foxes, hyenas, jackals, small Indian civets, jungle cats, sambhars, and more. As many as 250 species of birds are found here. The grey jungle fowl is the speciality of the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary.
Best time to visit : April to June and November to February
Opening and closing hours : 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Type of Wildlife Safari : Trekking
Highlights of the park :
- Visit one of the oldest sanctuaries in the Aravalli range
- Spot Leopard, which is now the main attraction among the predators
- Witness 3 species of wild roses along with several species of orchids
- Explore the rock formations that are results of water and wind withering
- Enjoy picnic amidst the wilderness of the sanctuary