Gurushikhar is the highest peak in Mount Abu at an elevation of 1720 m / 5650 ft above sea level. It is also the highest peak in the Aravalli Mountain Range. Gurushikar is located at about 10 km from Mount Abu and is easily accessible by road. A small climb will take you to the peak of Gurushikhar where you can enjoy picturesque view of the surrounding Aravalli Range as well as the town of Mount Abu.
The last stretch of the road to Gurushikhar is a narrow road and is very steep. You can also watch several people trekking or hiking the way to the top. If you decide to walk your way up, you will not be disappointed. The views through the 2 km uphill stretch is so gorgeous that you will barely realize when you have reached the top.
Guru Shikhar translates to ‘The peak of Guru’, where Guru refers to Lord Dattatreya, who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Born to the sage couple Atri and Anasuya, Dattatreya is believed to have divine powers. Legends say that Dattatreya put his foot on this peak which adds to the holiness of this place.
At the top of the peak, you will also find a small cave temple that is dedicated to Dattatreya. You can also find footprints on the caves which is believed to be of Dattatreya. Several pilgrims also visit this temple to seek the blessings of the Lord. Very next to the cave temple, you can find another small shrine that is dedicated to the mother of Dattatreya, Anasuya.
The peak of Gurushikhar is a good stop if are around Mount Abu. If you plan to visit Gurushikar, you can club the visit along with Achalgarh Temple and Fort which is located closeby.
Where to stay?
- Mount Abu
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