Around 6kms from Mt Abu is a wildlife sanctuary spread over 290 sq.km. that is home to leopards, wild boars, crocodiles, sambars, foxes and bears. Birdwatchers will have a great time here as the Mt Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect destination to spot over 250 different species of birds. Spread out on a narrow strip of a plateau, this is by far the most topographically unique sanctuary in Rajasthan.
While the park is covered with over 100 different plant species, keep an eye out for rows of orchids, roses and bamboo trees that really add to the natural aesthetic.
The Mt Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is around an hour’s drive from the main town, and the most picturesque of places to visit in Mt Abu.
Situated within the sanctuary is the Aravalli’s and Rajasthan’s highest point- Guru Shikhar. Besides being an important pilgrim spot, the peak also offers unparalleled vistas of Mt Abu. The Atri Rishi Temple is at the summit (1772m) and draws as many tourists as it does pilgrims.
If you’re looking for a natural hotspot not too far from town, head over to Trevor’s Tank. This is a crocodile breeding zone 5kms from town and doubles up as a popular excursion spot. Don’t worry the crocodiles are segregated from the rest of the park. You can even spot black bears here and this is the perfect spot for a day picnic.