A pilgrim spot, a land of serene lakes and stunning monuments – Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan and a charming one at that. A great place for a memorable holiday any time of the year, this place is especially attractive during the annual Mount Abu Summer Festival which is being held from May 23 to May 25 this year. Not only is it is an opportune time to visit this beautiful place but it is also a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the rich and diverse culture of Rajasthan.
Rajasthani Culture at its best
The cool climes and rocky terrain of Mount Abu are ideal to showcase the beauty of Rajasthan’s tribal and folk culture. Organized by Rajasthan Tourism the three-day festival begins with ballad singing and a traditional procession which begins from the RTDC Hotel Shikhar and gathers at the stunning Nakki Lake. The audience is treated to authentic Rajasthani and Gujarati folk dances and music as well as the beautiful and graceful Gair, Ghoomar and Daph dances of Rajasthan. Day two and three bring with them more exciting activities with a host of competitions, cultural performances and entertainment programmes. There are skating races, horse races, boat races on the lakes, tug of war competitions as well as matka races. The evenings are filled with dance and music, including a Sham-e-Qawalli, an eagerly anticipated events which sees the presence of several well-known qawalli singers. On the last day of the festival there is a spectacular display of fireworks which marks the end of the celebrations.
Sightseeing in Mount Abu
Mount Abu will regale you, not just with the natural beauty that has been endowed to it, but also with the beauty of its many man-made wonders. Primary among them are the Dilwara Jain temples – a spread of awe inspiring structures made in white marble between the 11th and 13th centuries. There are also beautiful Hindu temples worth visiting such as the Vimala Vashi Temple, Luna Vashi Temple and the Adhar Devi Temple which is carved out of a single, solid rock. Rajasthan is well-known for its mighty forts and palaces and Mount Abu has its fair share of them. You should visit the Achalgarh Fort constructed by Rana Kumbha of Mewar; and if it is history that interests you, visit the Archaelogical Museum too. The Nakki Lake is great for a relaxing evening walk. Those seeking adventure can head to the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. The headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris is located here as is the World Spiritual University for the spiritually inclined.
Places Around Mount Abu
Whether you are coming specifically for the Summer Festival or not, you must tour the state of Rajasthan to visit its many stunning cities. From the capital Jaipur to Udaipur, to Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and even Shekhawati – there are some great Rajasthan packages available and you can easily book any of these online through Makemytrip.com
How to get there
By Train: Trains are available from most cities to the Mount Abu Railway Station, from where you can hire a taxi to take you to the main city.
By Air: The closest airport is in Udaipur which is about 180 kms from Mount Abu. Private cabs, taxis and buses ply the route and connectivity is not a problem.
By Bus: Mount Abu has a good road network and is well connected to all major cities within Rajasthan as well as to New Delhi. You can also book bus tickets to Mount Abu from Udaipur.
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