Mount Abu Summer Festival 2019 – A Complete Guide
Right before monsoon, the entire hill town of Mount Abu gets a festive makeover with Mount Abu summer festival. This festival brings the whole city together with cultural activities, feasts and colorful entertainment. The main purpose of this festival is to showcase all the exotic cultural activities of the land.
History of Mount Abu Summer Festival
Mount Abu has been linked to several mythologies and legend stories. It is said that 330 million demi-gods of Hinduism used to visit this hill to perform yagna. Summer is the prime tourism season. By the end of summer, the land conducts all extravaganza to attract tourists, just like numerous other hill stations around the country. The starting day of this festival falls on Buddha Poornima, which adds a religious value to the festival and celebration.
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How is Mount Abu Summer Festival Celebrated?
On day one, the celebration starts with traditional ballad singing. A grand procession starts from RTDC Hotel Shikhar. Later, the people gather closer to Nakki Lake to watching cultural performances of Rajasthani and Gujarati folk dance and music.
On day two and three, several local competitions and games will be conducted like band show, horse racing, skating race, Ghoomar dance, Panihari matka race, tug of war and others. The most important celebration of all is the Nakki Jheel boat race.
Every night, the celebration includes Shaam-E-Qawwali, a traditional music concert. By the end of the celebration, fireworks color the sky.
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Tourist Attractions In Summer Festival
The festival focuses on celebrating the cultural and historic beauty of the land. Top tourist attractions to enjoy in this festival are
1. Folk Dance and Music Performances
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2. Tribal Cultural Activities
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3. Daph folk dance, Gair dance, ballads and Ghoomar by local professionals
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3. Boating Competition in Nakki Lake
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4. Traditional games like horse race, Panihari Matka Race, CRPF Band Show, Skating Competition, Tug of War and others.
5. You can find feasts of local cuisine at different destinations, particularly around Nakki Lake.
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6. The Sham-e-Qawwali music show at the town center is the highlight of the festival.
7. The sky will be colored with exclusive fireworks to mark the end of the festival.
Other Tourist Attractions in Mount Abu
1. Dilwara Group of Temples – 10 am to 5 pm
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2. Guru Shikhar – 8 am to 6:30 pm
3. Nakki Lake – 9:30 am to 6 pm
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4. Sunset Point – throughout the day
5. Mount Abu wildlife sanctuary -9 am to 5:30 pm
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Entry Fee And Timing
There is no specific entry fee for the festival. Each activity of the celebration has its own ticket cost and timing. The festival starts early in the morning and ends by night. However, specific celebrations, games and activities have their own timing and day of activity.
How to Reach Mount Abu?
The only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is located closer to the southern region of Udaipur. The nearest airport to Mount Abu is located in Udaipur, which is 185 km away from the hill station. The nearest railway station is Abu Road, which is located 29 km away from the hill station. You can find buses and cabs from airport and railway station to the hill station.
From the railway station, it would take two hours to drive to Mount Abu. If you are choosing rails, you can find direct trains from many major cities of Rajasthan to Mount Abu like Udaipur, Jodhpur and others.
If you are in a different state, it is better to fly to Udaipur and then find road or rail transportation to reach Mount Abu. Domestic flights to Udaipur can be found frequently from various major cities and states of the country.
Best Time To Visit Mount Abu
The festival is celebrated every summer during the month of May or June. The festival is celebrated for three days. The exact day of the festival falls on Buddha Poornima, which changes according to the lunar calendar.