Located in the oldest ranges of the country, the Aravalli Hills, Mount Abu is home to a lesser known wildlife sanctuary, which spreads out into a plateau, about 19km in length with a maximum height of 1,700m.Main Attractions: Mount Abu is the only place in Rajasthan where one can observe a variety of orchids. The place is also rich in bryophytes and algae. Three species of wild roses and 16 species of very rare feras are also found. The biggest attraction of this sanctuary is the Indian leopard which is also apex predator in its ecosystem. Other animals found here are sambhar, jungle cat, small Indian civet, Indian wolf, striped hyena, golden jackal and Indian fox.
Declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1960, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary has numerous places for sightseeing. The floral biodiversity of the sanctuary is quite rich with subtropical thorn forest at the foothills to evergreen forest along watercourses and valleys at higher altitudes. 112 plant families with 449 genera and 820 species fill up the sanctuary. Some of the three species of wild roses and 16 species of feras seen here are quite rare. In the southwest area, the sanctuary abounds in bamboo forests.It spreads out into a plateau which is about 19 km in length and six km in breadth. In altitude, it varies from 300 meters at the foot to 1722 meters at Guru Shikhar, the highest peak in Rajasthan.
This was the most interesting point for me. The Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 288 sq Km and houses around 250+ birds along with leopard, wild boar, Sambar, Langu, Chinkara and Sloth bear. But we couldn’t see all of them and the excitement was limited to bird watching. Still the entire feel was awesome. This place is full of floral beauty and is for people who are more of a nature hound and explorers.