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SUMMER FESTIVAL OF MOUNT ABU IN RAJASTHAN, INDIA


Mount Abu of Rajasthan is a major pilgrim tourist center located near Udaipur in south-west of the state of Rajasthan in India and also happens to be the only Hill Station of Rajasthan. This beautiful paradise comes alive with festivities every summer in the Hindu month of Aashadh (May – June). The summer festival of Mt.Abu of Rajasthan is held every year during Buddha Poornima in the month of May or June. The Summer festival of Rajasthan celebrates the warmth and cheerfulness of the people of hill station, their colorful life and vivacious nature, who welcome the tourist from the depth of their hearts. The steep rocks, tranquil lakes, picturesque locations and the pleasant climate of Mount Abu of Rajasthan make it an ideal location for the Summer festival of Rajasthan. The festival of Rajasthan goes on for three-day and showcases the traditions, culture and the tribal life of Rajasthan. The hospitality of the people, their colorful culture and exotic location made this festival a never to be forgotten experience.

Folk dances and a general atmosphere of gaiety prevail in this tiny hill resort and the tourists have ample time to relax and enjoy. The Summer festival of Rajasthan is a feast of folk and classical music and a window to the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan. The Summer Festival of Rajasthan features dance forms like the ballads, Gair, Ghoomar and Daph folk dances, which enchant the spectators with their grace and variety. The hospitality of the people, their lively culture and exotic location make this Summer festival a memorable experience during your tours to Rajasthan. This Summer festival of Rajasthan is one of the most popular fairs and festivals of Rajasthan.

This Summer festival of Rajasthan begins with a ceremonial procession, which starts from the RTDC Hotel Shikhar and gather at the Nakki Lake Chowk followed by folk performances from artists of Rajasthan and Gujarat states. The grand finale of the Festival of Rajasthan is a display of dazzling fire works all three days. This three day colourful festival is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism, Municipal Board, Mt.Abu & District Administration.

Festivities of the Summer Festival of Mount Abu in Rajasthan, India

Mount Abu Summer festival of Rajasthan commences with the singing of a ballad which is followed by folk dances which mesmerize the spectators. Exciting boat race is organized on the Nakki Lake that adds variety to the festival of Rajasthan. The Rowing Competition at the Nakki Lake enjoys extreme respect and belief within the locals due to the legend attached to the Nakki Lake according to which it is believed that the Gods formed the lake-bed by digging it with their fingernails (called nakh in Hindi language) hence the name Nakki Lake. The second and third day of the Summer festival of Rajasthan is more attractive as various competitions are organized for the whole day. Skating Race, skater's Show, CRPF Band Show, Boat Race, Horse Race, Tug of War, Panihari Matka Race and Deepdan add more enthusiasm to the Summer festival of Rajasthan.

Festivities start from the morning hours so it’s a good idea to grab a cup of tea and a seat at one of the sidewalk cafes for breakfast as these talented locals entertain the morning crowd. Around lunchtime teams of locals and tourists participate in boat races along the splendid Nakki Lake. Selected streets are cordoned off for roller skating races (skates can be rented for less than $1) that catapult you past the food vendors and street performers and into the warm afternoon breeze.

As evening approaches the outdoor Sham-e-Qawwali Indian music extravaganza takes over the town center. The famous Qawwals or high pitch singers from all over the state come to perform here and captivate the audience with their vocal skills.   The grand finale of the summer festival of Mount Abu of Rajasthan is a display of dazzling fireworks which catches the fancy of every tourist.

Winter Festival of Mount Abu in Rajasthan, India

Similar to the Summer Festival Mount Abu of Rajasthan also celebrates the Winter Festival of Rajasthan every year during the last week of December. The festival of Rajasthan celebrates the warmth and cheerfulness of the people of hill station, who welcome the tourist from the depth of their hearts. This three days colorful festival of Rajasthan is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism and Municipal Board, Mt. Abu of Rajasthan. The hospitality of the people, their colorful culture and exotic location make this festival a never to be forgotten experience. The festival of Rajasthan begins with a ceremonial procession, which start from the RTDC Hotel Shikhar. The procession gathers at the Nakki Lake Chowk followed by folk performances of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana's folk artists. The grand finale of the festival is made brighter by a display of dazzling fire works all three days.

History and Legends of Mount Abu in Rajasthan, India

The history of Mount Abu of Rajasthan is as diverse as the city itself. It was once a part of the Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan and served as a summer resort for the Rajput kings of the region. After that, it was leased by the British government, from the then Maharaja of Sirohi, for use as the headquarters of the resident to Rajputana (another name for Rajasthan).

During the British rule in India, it was the favorite summer destination of the British, who came here to escape the dusty, dry heat of the plains particularly Rajasthan. It also served as a sanatorium for the troops. The small huts and cottages here tell stories of those times even today.

Mount Abu was the home of many saints and sages in the old days. Legend has it that all the 330 million gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon used to visit this holy mountain. It is also the place where the great saint Vashishth lived and performed a yagna (sacrificial worship on a fire pit) to create four Agnikula (four clans of fire) to protect the earth from demons. The yagna was supposed to have been performed near a natural spring, which emerged from a rock shaped like a cow's head.

According to another legend, once sage Vashishth's cow Nandini was trapped in a deep gorge and could not free herself. The sage appealed to Lord Shiva for assistance. The Lord sent Saraswati, the divine stream, to help flood the gorge so that the cow could float up. Vashishth then decided to ensure that such mishaps did not occur in future. He asked the youngest son of Himalaya, the king of mountains to fill the chasm permanently. This he did with the assistance of Arbud, the mighty snake. This spot came to be known as Mount Arbud and was later changed to its present form - Mount Abu.

This place is held in reverence by Jains as well since Jain scriptures record that Lord Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankar (spiritual leader), also visited Mount Abu of Rajasthan and blessed the city.

Tourist Attractions of Mount Abu in Rajasthan, India

There are a number of sites to visit in and around this small city of Mount Abu of Rajasthan. Besides being a hill station, Mount Abu of Rajasthan is also regarded as an important pilgrimage site, with the Dilwara Jain temples of Rajasthan, ashrams of saints and some Hindu temples within its boundaries. The landscapes, mountains and the holy Nakki Lake are some of the sites that would make the trip to this place a delight.

Location and Transport of the Mt. Abu Summer Festival in Rajasthan

Mount Abu is the only Hill Station of Rajasthan located near Udaipur in South West of the state of Rajasthan in India. Udaipur of Rajasthan (185 kms.) is the nearest airport to Mount Abu. Abu Road (29 kms.) is the nearest railway station. Taxis and buses are available from both the airport and the railway station. There is also a good network of bus services connecting Mount Abu of Rajasthan to important places like Ahmedabad, Udaipur of Rajasthan, Jodhpur of Rajasthan, and Jaipur of Rajasthan.

By Air
Udaipur of Rajasthan is the nearest airport to Mount Abu, 185 km away. Tourists can easily opt for various road transport facilities available at the airport for reaching Mount Abu of Rajasthan. A number of domestic airlines have their scheduled flight to Udaipur of Rajasthan, which connect the city of Rajasthan to the major cities in the country.

By Road
Mount Abu of Rajasthan is well-connected by roads, as it is in close proximity to National Highway No 8 and 14. A small roadway connects the city to National Highway no 8, which in turn connects it to major cities like Jodhpur of Rajasthan and Delhi. There is also a good network of roads making it accessible to other important places in the state.
With good road conditions you can also travel by private car/taxi.

By Train
The railway station at Abu Road of Rajasthan is a two-hour drive from Mount Abu of Rajasthan and is well-connected to the rest of the country through a number of trains. It is a major stoppage for a number of important long-distance trains of the Western and Northern Railways.

Facts of Mount Abu Summer Festival in Rajasthan, India

Location: Mount Abu, Rajasthan. 

Significance: Devoted to the tribal culture and folk music and dances.

Time of Celebration: For three days in Aashadh (according to the Hindu calendar), which usually falls in May or June. 

Highlights: Rajasthan folk music and dance, boat race on the Nakki Lake, Sham-e-Qawwali (a musical extravaganza) and dazzling fireworks. 

General Information of Mount Abu of Rajasthan
Population: 30,000
Area: 25 Sq. Km.
Altitude: 1220 Meters.
Temperature: Summer 33.3 to 23.3 Degree Celcius
                          Winters 23.3 to -2 Degree Celcius.
Rainfall: 153 to 177 mm.
Languages: Hindi, English, Gujarati, Rajasthani.

 

 
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