Mount Abu is the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan – much like an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. With so much to experience and explore in Rajasthan, Mount Abu adds some more to the list with its fairs and festivals. Every year, religiously, Mount Abu organizes a Summer as well as a Winter Festival in the months of May and December respectively.
While Mount Abu gets its own share of popularity for its amazing weather, Nakki Lake, and the warm, cheerful locals; the Summer and Winter Festivals only add to this exceptional popularity.
A little bit about its history
Mount Abu Winter Festival is a joint initiative of the Municipal Board of Tamil Nadu and the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. The festival was started to break the monotony of everyday life.
What to expect at the festival
New year celebrations can go heavy on the budget, but what if I tell you there’s one place you can make the most of your holiday season without having to spend a fortune! The three-day winter festival is an ode to the rich culture and tradition of Rajasthan. The Winter Festival at Mount Abu is a perfect excuse to pack your bags and head out to the desert state of Rajasthan. So wear your winter jacket and enjoy the best of Rajasthani culture from December 29-31.
Quite a hit among tourists, the Winter Festival lets you enjoy the three-day cultural extravaganza which is a beautiful as well as an accurate display of the rich culture and tradition of the royal state of Rajasthan.
How often do you get a chance to listen to the folk singers on a cold winter night while your eyes feast upon the liveliness of the Ghoomar, Gair, Dhap and Kalbelia dance forms?
And it does not end there
The carnival is just not about good folk music and exceptional ghoomar performances – that is just the tip of an iceberg, precisely. There are a host of other activities that are sure to entertain people across all age groups. Get a chance to relive your childhood days with games like gilli danda, 20-20 cricket and kite flying; try your hands at owing and maybe get better at expressing love with the poetry reading sessions; not to forget, give yourself the much-needed pampering by stuffing your shopping bags with authentic Rajasthani souvenirs and of course the delicious cuisine.
Great, Grand Processions
Another important highlight of the festival is the grand processions. These are usually organized by the local authorities and these mark the inauguration of the Winter Festival. Each year, the procession starts from Hotel Shikhar of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and ends at Nakki Lake Chowk. These extravagant processions are undoubtedly a treat to the eyes.
On the last day of the festival, you will find a large number of lamps on the Nakki Lake. This particular practice is known as Deepdaan. The very sight of numerous lighted lamps floating in the river looks nothing short of magical. Also on all three days, the magical fireworks with Nakki Lake and towering mountains in the background mesmerize all tourists alike.
Mount Abu to your rescue
Sometimes our elaborate New Year plans fail miserably, and that’s where this gem comes to your rescue. This festival should be on every traveler’s list and experienced at least once.
Accessible both by road and rail, it can be easily reached from New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Mumbai. A road trip is also a good idea as the roads are well-maintained. And to top it all, both accommodation and food in Mount Abu are quite affordable so, you are sorted!
Stay here for a bit for taking home an epic experience. Visit the amazing, 9 centuries-old Dilwara Temples and be charmed for life. You can also soak in the serene quietude of the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University and Museum. Animal lovers should definitely visit the wildlife sanctuary housing wild boars, bears, langurs, hyenas and more.
So what are we waiting for? Christmas?