May is like the Sunday of Summer! As May ends, a new season(monsoon) begins just like a new week! However, a known tourist destination in Rajasthan reveres this transition. Which place do you ask?
Yes! It is Mount Abu; the only known hill station in Rajasthan. The entire hill town of Mount Abu gets a festive makeover to bid adieu to summer. In a grand way! Mount Abu Summer festival; brings the whole city together with feasts, artistic activities, and kaleidoscopic entertainment. The festival is commemorated to display all the famous and exotic cultural activities of the land.
Located in the Aravalli Ranges, Mount Abu provides an escapade from the heat in Rajasthan. A destination amidst the desert yet covered in green is a unique beauty! With its untouched beauty, it is also 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.
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 watch cultural performances of Rajasthani and Gujarati folk dance and music.
On days 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.
Dates of Mount Abu Summer Festival
Mount Abu Summer Festival will be celebrated from 17th to 18th May 2022.
Places to visit near Mount Abu while you are there
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
The sub-tropical vegetation of Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to different species of flora and fauna. This virgin forest in the Aravalli ranges is famous for leopards. Other animals such as jackals, jungle cats, Sambhars, India civets, etc. are also found here. Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit destination in this hill station.
A demon called Bakshakali is said to have dug Nakki Lake as the King had promised to marry off his daughter to the person who dug the lake. Yes, it is the story of Nakki Lake in Mount Abu. The beautiful Nakki Lake is explored while boating here. Hence, Nakki Lake is one of the best tourist places on Mount Abu.
Dilwara Jain Temples
The exquisite usage of marble in the construction of five Dilwara Jain Temples is worth a visit in Mount Abu. Dilwara Temple complex is an architectural marvel and a popular Jain pilgrimage site. Exotic carvings depicting the Jain mythologies are the major attractions of these temples.
Achalgarh Fort is an ancient fort in Mount Abu. Though the Paramara Dynasty built it, the fortress was renovated by Rajput King Rana Kumbha. Sadly, it is now mostly in ruins but the region is more famous for the Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple just outside the fort.
If you want to enjoy a panoramic view around Mount Abu, then head to Guru Shikar Point. It is the highest point in Aravalli Ranges and is around 20km from Mount Abu. Surely, Guru Shikar is one of the major viewpoints near the hill station. Mount Abu with many tourist attractions allures many visitors year-round.