Mount Abu is a very popular hill station nestled in the Aravalli ranges in Sirohi district of Rajasthan, at an approximate elevation of 1,220 meters above the sea level, the highest being ‘Guru Shikhar’ which reaches a height of 1,722 meters.
A leisure destination for many, Mount Abu in Rajasthan is nothing less than a divine retreat for the folks at Rajasthan and Gujarat, providing manipur matka them abatement from the otherwise harsh climate and scorching desert heat.
At a modest height, the only hill station in Rajasthan is often referred to as ‘an oasis in the desert’ and is home to a number of waterfalls, lakes and rivulets, and the whole neighborhood is encapsulated by greenery.
Mount Abu is an eclectic mix of experiences quite unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan; providing a stark contrast to the parched state, more than 60% of which is desert.
Come the month of May, when the rough summer beats down on the royal state of Rajasthan, the only hill station in state gets soaked in festivity and comes alive. It celebrates a 2 day long festival in the month of May which goes by the name of Summer Festival and is held every year, commencing at the day of Buddha Poornima.
Bestowed with steep rocks and pristine lakes, Mount Abu celebrates the Summer Festival, which is a feast of classical music, folk and Rajasthani heritage and culture, proffering rich knowledge about the state’s heroic past and its tribal life and forgotten way of living. It’s undoubtedly one of the most popular and vivid festivals in the entire state.
Organized by Rajasthan Tourism every year in the Hindu month of Ashadh, Summer Festival in Mt. Abu kicks off with soulful ballad songs and tranquilizing folk dances of Gair (a Rajasthani folk dance mostly performed by the Bhil community), Ghoomar (a folk dance performed by veiled women of Bhil tribe) and Daph (a folk act tracing its origins back to Haryana, performed to exhibit joy).
Then begins a traditional procession; commencing at the RTDC Hotel Shikhar, the procession then gathers near the Nakki Lake where the spectators are treated to folk songs and dance performances of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
The second day brings along an array of activities, cultural programs and events, and competitions like horse racing, skating, ‘matka’ races, tug of war, CRPF band show, and the most famous of all, the boat race at the Nakki Lake. The highlight of the first day, however, is the Shaam-e-Qawwali, featuring some of the best Indian folk and Qawwali singers. It’s a much anticipated event, the end of which is marked by a spectacular display of glittering fireworks across the hill station, catching the fancy of every tourist.
This year, the festival will be held on the 9th and 10th day of May. Go, witness the magnificent harmony of colours and love and spend a lovely vacation at the hill station of Mount Abu.