Thursday, 21 June 2012

Mount Abu Summer Festival

Mount Abu Summer FestivalsThe very mention of Rajasthan brings bright colourful images in our mind. This state is known for its exquisite handicrafts and artwork, as well as beautiful locations. The palaces and forts of Rajasthan are famous all over the world. Much of Indian history has evolved here; making this state a land of mystery, mythology, history, art and culture.
Characteristic of North India, and due to the desert in Jaisalmer, this state experiences extreme weather conditions: blazing summers and freezing winters. God has provided relief from the scorching heat in the form of a natural retreat; Mount Abu, a hill station at a height of about 1250 metres from mean sea level. The highest peak is at 1772 metres. In fact it was the summer capital of the Britishers, who had built beautiful bungalows for relaxing. The town has grown remarkably since then and the annual tourist footage had crossed 1 million by late eighties.
Nakki LakeOften known as the “Oasis of Rajasthan”, Mount Abu is frequented by not only residents from Rajasthan, but from all over India and the world. Known for breathtaking natural landscape, this little town is located near popular tourist attractions near it such as Nakki Lake, Dilwara temples and other Hindu and Jain temples. Nakki lake is one of the largest natural waterbodies in hilly terrain and has number of mythological stories pertaining to it.  The architectural styles of the Jain temples are equally amazing. For example, it is said that the Dilwara temple had been cut out of a single piece of rock. Again, if you look carefully, you would see each of the 144 columns is different from the other.
Mount Abu FestivalDuring the month of May, a three day festival is hosted in Mount Abu, culminating in the Budh Purnima. This three day colourful festival is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism, Municipal Board, Mount Abu and District Administration. The steep rocks, tranquil lakes, picturesque locations and the pleasant climate of Mount Abu make it an ideal location for the festival.
The three-day festival is a feast of folk and classical music and a window to the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan. The festival celebrates the warmth and cheerfulness of the people.
The dates of the Summer Festival in 2011 is from 15th-17th of May. The next year, the festival is on 04th to 06th of May, 2012.
Rajasthani FolkThe festival begins with singing of a Rajasthani folk ballad and a ceremonial procession, which starts from the RTDC Hotel Shikhar and gather at the Nakki Lake Chowk. Folk dances from the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat enthral the spectators. The visitors are also encouraged to take part in popular folk dances such as Ghoomar and Daph. Sporting events such as the boat race on the Nakki lake add variety to the festival.
The second and third day of the festival is more interesting because of various competitions that take place the whole day. Skating Race, Skater’s Show, CRPF Band Show, Boat Race, Horse Race, Tug of War, Panihari Matka Race and Deepdan add to the excitements of the celebration.
The Sham-e-Qawwali (Evening of Poems) is a much-awaited musical extravaganza, as renowned qawwals (poet s cum musicians) from all over the country can be heard regaling the audience. Poetry and music indeed are not bound by barriers of language, as the atmosphere reverberates the spirit of the festival and is enjoyed by all, including those who do not understand the literal meaning of the recitations.
The grand finale is celebrated with a display of dazzling fire works, bringing a thundering close to the annual festivities.
Lovers of music, art and culture should not miss this festival under any circumstances. Mount Abu enjoys a strategic location with very string connectivity to all major cities of Rajasthan such as Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. In fact the railway station is only 29 km away and the airport is at a distance of about 185 km in Udaipur. Buses, taxis and hired cars provide the last mile connectivity to you.
And of course, if you are visiting Mount Abu, you should plan your trip in such a way that you can visit some parts of the state too. If you wish to get a feel of the Rajasthani traditions and culture, contact us at The Other Home. We have a plethora of comfortable homestays and vacation rentals all across India and our properties in Rajasthan are also on the rise. We shall plan your itinerary as per your taste and needs and extend to you a holiday experience to cherish.

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