The Sizzling Summer Festival
Mount Abu in Rajasthan is touched by a festive mood on the eve of the Summer Festival that is held every year in the month of May. Oasis in the deserted land of Rajasthan and posses the honor of being the only hill-station in Rajasthan as well as north-west India, natural beauty world over, situated amidst lush green forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range is also the summer capital for the Indian state of Rajasthan, home to lakes, waterfalls and green forests, the hill retreat, has a very cool and soothing climate thanks to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. Summer festival in Mount Abu, a two-day festival is basically a feast of folk and classical music and it gives a vivid knowledge about the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan.
The Summer Festival, Mt.Abu is held every year during Buddha Purnima. The festival celebrates the warmth and cheerfulness of the people of hill station, their colorful life and vivacious nature. The hospitality of the people, their lively culture and exotic location make this festival a memorable experience during your tours to Rajasthan. This festival is one of the most popular fairs and festivals of Rajasthan.
Mount Abu Summer Festival 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 add variety to the festival.
The summer festival in Mt. Abu proceed with a ceremonial procession, which starts from the RTDC Hotel Shikhar and gather at the Nakki Lake Chowk where folk performances of Rajasthan & Gujarat states are mainly organized. The grand finale of the Festival displays glittering fireworks.
The second and third day of the festival 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 festival.
The Sham-e-Qawwali is a well- known musical extravaganza, as famous qawwals or singers from all over the country can be heard entertaining the audience. The grand finale of the summer festival in Mount Abu is a display of dazzling fireworks which catches the fancy of every tourist.
Reaching Mt. Abu Summer festival is very easy. Udaipur which is about 185 kms is the nearest airport. Abu Road about 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 linking Mount Abu to significant places like Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur etc.
Organized by the Rajasthan Tourism.