Mount Abu is a hill station in Rajasthan (like an oasis in the desert) that hosts a winter festival from 29th to 31st December every year. This place in Rajasthan has a combination of cultural vibrancy, exquisite handicrafts, lip-smacking food and awe-struck scenic view. Apart from the winter festival, there are some prominent attractions in Mount Abu as well like Nakki lake, Dilwara temple, Peace Park, Mount Abu wildlife sanctuary, sunset point etc. In this blog, we will take you with us and tell you everything about the Winter Festival of Mount Abu 2019 that you must know.
How to reach
Located at an altitude of 4,003 ft, Mount Abu is a place that is known for its natural splendour with Aravali mountain range at the backdrop. This place is well-connected through all modes of transport. Here are several ways by which you can reach here.
By Train: The nearest railway station for train passengers is Abu Road railway station that lies 25 km away from the hill station. There are several trains that connect Mount Abu with major railway stations. Here is a link of trains that run between Delhi to Abu Road. After that, you can take a private or shared taxi that can take you further to Mount Abu.
By Air: The nearest airport for Mount Abu is Udaipur Airport which is 177 km away. You can easily find direct flights from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai etc. From there, you can hire a taxi that can take you straight to Mount Abu.
By Road: Many state and private buses ply To and From Mount Abu connecting nearby cities like Udaipur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Baroda. As per your budget and suitability, you can travel in deluxe, semi-deluxe or ac buses.
About Mount Abu Winter Festival
Winter festival in Mount Abu is jointly organized by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and the Municipal Board of Mount Abu. It highlights the rich culture and tradition of Rajasthan. This three-day festival is a perfect excuse to give yourself a break from the monotonous life and head to Rajasthan. Winter festival starts with a lavish parade in the hill station and ends at Nakki Lake. A ceremony known as Deepdan takes place at the lake in which hundreds of earthen lamps (Deep) are lit and set afloat on the lake water. Photographer enthusiasts must not miss this chance as you can capture some stunning shots here.
Prime Highlights of the winter festival
Here are some of the key highlights of the Mount Abu winter festival.
Folk dance and music
It features numerous traditional Rajasthani folk dances such as Ghoomar, Daph and Gair. The festival is not just about folk music and dance performances, it also hosts activities like Gilli danda, 20-20 cricket and kite flying. Don’t forget to stuff your shopping bags with the handicraft items and souvenirs of Rajasthan. In addition to this, you can also attend poetry reading sessions that will entertain people of all age groups. Countless performances are put up by various artists from all over the globe. The festival is also known for Sufi Kathak and mesmerizing Shaam-e-Qawwali that will soothe you to the core.
Another great attraction of this festival is the grand processions. This procession is organized by the local authorities that marks the inauguration of the Winter Festival. It starts off from Hotel Shikhar of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) and ends at Nakki Lake Chowk. These extravagant processions is truly a treat to the eyes.
Cultural attractions are not the only feature of the winter festival. For adventureholics and sports lovers, this festival is a must-visit. Ranging from popular sports like Cricket, horse racing to kite flying, rowing, tug of war, skating this festival offers a plethora of more such activities for a delightful vacation.
Apart from this, don't forget to visit the Dilwara temple which is 9 centuries-old. If you are into meditation then, soak yourself in the spiritual University and Museum of Brahma Kumaris. One must also explore the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary that is a home to leopards, wild boars, bears, langurs, hyenas and endangered animal species and over 250 species of birds.
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