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Old 13th September 2018, 18:12   #1
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Default Mount Abu - A Monsoon Paradise

Hello,

This is my second Travelogue on Team BHP. In my first travelogue I had described my experience of completing the Spiti Valley Circuit from Ahmedabad.
The link is mentioned below in order to navigate to the Spiti Valley road trip Travelogue.
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/trave...ahmedabad.html (A Road Trip to Spiti Valley from Ahmedabad)

After a successful completion of Spiti Valley circuit from my hometown Ahmedabad it was time to retire the good old Xylo which had done 2.5 Lakh kms. We bought a Honda BRV after much of research and checking all the vehicles available in that segment.

It was the monsoon time and we decided to take the BRV for a weekend road trip to Mount Abu which is about 250kms from Ahmedabad. I have been there several times but never during the Monsoon and hence, we decided to take this up.

I was accompanied by my Wife Shweta, Rushi (Brother from another Mother) and Rushi's wife Dhruti. The vehicle as mentioned above was Honda BRV(Diesel) which we bought in June-2018.

Mount Abu is located in the Aravli ranges at an elevation of 1250 mtrs. and is about 5 hours drive from Ahmedabad. The road from Ahmedabad to Abu road is paradise and completely 4 lane. From Abu road you need to climb the hill and reach Mount Abu which is about 30kms and is 1 hour drive.

It was a weekend trip for us, we started our journey at around 8 am from Ahmedabad and reached the top by 1pm. We took the Ahmedabad-Mehsana-Palanpur-Abu road route which upto Palanpur (150 kms) is quite busy with medium to heavy traffic.

The moment we started our ascent to the hills we were greeted with Clouds passing through the road, rains and lush green landscape all around. For Nature lovers and adventure seekers this is the best time to visit.

We stayed at Hotel Mount regency which was not far from the city center and was decent from a weekend stay. After having lunch at the hotel,we started with our site seeing activities listed below in chronological order:

Day-1:

Gurushikhar:

Gurushikhar is situated 15 kms from Mt. Abu at a higher altitude of 1750 mtrs. The drive all the way was scenic and there was moderate rainfall the entire time. After every curve we were stopping by to grab a view of the natural beauty of the mountains and for some photography sessions. One can drive to a point after which you have to walk and climb 200 steps to reach the top.

While going to Gurushikhar all other attractions such as Dilwara temple, Peace Garden etc. fall on the same route. Since, we have been to these places several times we decided to skip and go to Gurushikhar directly.

Nakki Lake:

We started our descend to Mount Abu at around 5pm & by this time the beauty of the place was overwhelming all around. The roads were completely covered with Fog and all around the places you can see lush green vegetation.

Nakki lake is located at the heart of the town and takes around 30 minutes to walk around. Boating is also available for people along-with the main market which is located nearby.

Our Day-1 ended on a satisfying note as we got to see breathtaking views, raw beauty of nature, serene & soothing feeling.

We decided to skip sunset point as the weather was completely foggy with very minimal visibility. At night it is not advisable to linger in the dark since you can hardly see anything beyond a point.

Day-2:

Trevor Tank:

We got to know about a new place called Trevor Tank which was on the way to Gurushikar. Hence, we decided to explore the place before going for lunch.
Trevor Tank is a peaceful place with full of natural beauty, nature lovers can even spend the entire day admiring the beauty of this place.

You can drive your vehicle into the forest for about 7-8 kms after which you are on your own to walk and explore as much as you can. If lucky you can spot bears, crocodiles and other wildlife flora and fauna. The roads are pretty much jungle type and better to be careful especially in rainy season. We had spent around 2 hours in Trevors tank and then returned to our Hotel.

Lunch & onward journey:

We decided to have our lunch at Chacha Inn who are famous for their delicacy. As expected we were not disappointed with the food quality and the hospitality.

We started our return journey at around 3pm. We took multiple haults while descending from the mountains to capture the breathtaking views all around the place. It took us around 5.5 hours to reach Ahmedabad, bit delayed due to flyover construction at couple of points.

Though we all had been to Mount Abu several times but what we got to see this time was absolute wonder. It feels as if the mountains relish their beautiful side during the monsoon time and these places are indeed a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

It was a well spent weekend for all of us, far from the city crowd & into the lap of nature.

Talking of the BRV it performed extremely well, no turbo lagging on steep ascent, no body roll issue,firm suspension, clocked a mileage 21.5 Kmpl overall.

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Old 14th September 2018, 09:18   #2
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Thank you, abhikb. For sharing this short and crisp log with us.

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Trevor Tank:

We got to know about a new place called Trevor Tank which was on the way to Gurushikar. Hence, we decided to explore the place before going for lunch.
Trevor Tank is a peaceful place with full of natural beauty, nature lovers can even spend the entire day admiring the beauty of this place.
Can you share some more details and photos of this place? I am a regular visitor of Mt. Abu and next time want to visit this place.
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Old 14th September 2018, 11:06   #3
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Mt.Abu is the nearest port of call for us, Amdavadis to escape from the heat and dust. I must have been to Mt Abu umpteen times, but it still excites.
Seems you guys had a good time. Thank you for sharing.
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Thank you, abhikb. For sharing this short and crisp log with us.







Can you share some more details and photos of this place? I am a regular visitor of Mt. Abu and next time want to visit this place.

Trevor tank is on the way to Gurushikhar and is managed by the Local authorities. They charge somewhere around Rs.50 per person.

There isn't much of an attraction inside but during monsoons the greenery and surrounding make it worth visiting. You have to drive inside the jungle for 5-6 kms which is non tarred road. There is a lake which has got couple of crocodiles (didn't spot any). Further there are two points where you need to climb some 60 steps and gives a good view of the jungle.
You are allowed to walk inside the jungle as far as you like.

During monsoon it's worth visiting if you enjoy the admiring the beauty of nature.
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