Mumbai is all about the gorgeous Arabian Sea, tall buildings.
On the other hand, Mount Abu is a paradise for the adventurous. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights connecting Mumbai and Mount Abu. So, if you are brave enough, why not make a road trip instead of taking hopping flights.
The road to Mount Abu is a discovery of India’s majestic palaces, serene lakes, rolling hills and sandy beaches. The experience of changing seasons, exhilarating encounters with the wildlife and meeting non-stop mix of people from across the globe.
The best time of the year to visit Mount Abu is during winter or summer. November to June are the ideal months to explore Mount Abu and experience the true beauty of the mountains.
Along the highway to Mount Abu, there are dhabas which serve some of the best cuisines ever to be plated for the hungry traveller. The notable outlets include:
The route to Mount Abu from Mumbai is a journey that is interesting, exciting and highways are bursting with activities. -Droves of people travel these roads to seek adventure and leave the humdrum of the buzzing city life.
There is only one route option between Mumbai and Mount Abu.
Mumbai – Daman – Surat – Vadodara – Ahmedabad – Mount Abu
The journey takes 13 hours and 35 minutes- and is approximately 759 kilometres on the NH48. The route takes you through the winding hilly roads and along the shoreline. The pit stops along the highway are fun places to eat and enjoy local treats from different states across a very diverse Indian sub-continent.
The Mumbai to Mount Abu highway is dotted with beaches, hills, plateaus, and forests. Along the roads are umpteen number of dhabas and restaurants where the food is wholesome, affordable and delightful to eat. Some of the places to eat are:
There are many places to stop over and enjoy the sites on the Mumbai - Mount Abu highway. Some of these places have historical backgrounds, while others are for pure pleasure only. If a romantic getaway is what you have planned for, then a long drive up to Mount Abu will certainly live up to your expectations.
Mount Abu is also one of the most popularly visited destinations within India. Tourists throng to Mount Abu every year because of the adventures and sightseeing opportunities that it offers. It is a place that is serene and beautiful and has activities to offer tourists -of all ages. The undulating landscape enamours people, and the culture of the place is rich with royalty.
The highway from Mumbai to Mount Abu is a drive through plateaus, hills and the Indian shoreline. The road is mostly smooth with a few places where the route is winding. However, try to leave early to avoid traffic congestions. The road conditions up to Surat to Vadodara is a smooth drive. When the winding hilly terrain towards the hills and Mount Abu begins- located just off the main highway, it is recommended that you should refrain from speeding too much. Here the roads become narrow and slightly tricky to navigate. Therefore, drive with care from Abu Road onwards.
Also, keep in mind that you need to dress comfortably. Wear sensible shoes since you may take breaks to sightsee along the way. Ensure your car has been serviced properly before you take off.
There are directional signboards along the highway. However, it is best to download the route map before you start your trip on the road. Follow the GPS as much as you can. However, if there is low internet connectivity where the GPS may fail, do not be hesitant to take directions from local residents.
The route between Mumbai and Mount Abu does have a decent amount of road traffic. Hence, finding petrol stations along the way should not really be an issue.
A 13-hour journey should have stopovers and overnight stops planned so that you get enough rest and a good night’s sleep. -Being rested is an absolute must on long drives. Take your pick from this list:
Climate changes are predicted from November to June, and since the journey takes you through different states, the temperature zones differ. The Maharashtra climate in November is cool and pleasant, while the state of Gujarat is arid, so, it can be dusty and hot during the day and cold at night. Rajasthan typically offers desert climatic condition. November is cold and breezy in the day time. However, at night the temperatures drop to almost 9 degrees. It is wise to carry warm clothes with you.
While summers are a different climatic zone altogether, with the searing heat in Rajasthan being unbearable, and Gujarat in an equally dry state. It is wise to carry water and stay hydrated. It also recommended trying not to expose your skin to the sun during the height of the summer month as the sun rays are intense and can singe the skin and burn it.
Mobile connectivity is not a problem if one sticks to the GPS route. Going off the GPS is not recommended. Follow the traffic signs and keep track of the major signboards along the way.
All major banks have ATMs along the NH48. It is one of the busiest routes.
It is a heavily plied highway, and there are mechanics along the highway who can just about repair every type of vehicle. However, it is recommended that the car jack, wrenches and pliers are a part of your tool kit. Also, carry a fully functioning spare tyre as well.
Medical facilities are available in every town and city along the Highway. There are government hospitals as well. The locals are accommodating and will assist people in case of an emergency. Highway Medical Services are also available and will help travellers in transit.
Power cuts along the highway are rare, but during monsoons and extreme winter months, the visibility can be low. In the slightly remote areas along with the highway, electricity can be a challenge, but there is nothing to worry about the hotels and restaurants along the road as they have power back up and are very friendly to travellers in need of help.
The most essential things to carry on your road trips is a travel kit is with screwdrivers, a swiss knife, a crescent wrench, a first aid kit, pliers – two sets, duct tapes, scissors, air pressure gauge for tyres (these are small and handy). Make sure that the spare tyre is functional.
You will find mechanics on your journey in case there is a puncture. However, for a quick fix, having that tool kit will be a real blessing.
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Article Author: Meenakshi Sircar
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