Not many know that Rajasthan has something else to offer to its visitors, beyond just the deserts. It is home to a beautiful and lush green hill settlement of Mount Abu that has plenty of natural beauty to boast off. There are snow-peaks, lakes, forests, rivers and lakes to pay a visit to. This hill town becomes all the more lively and colorful at the time of its annual Winter Festival, which is a three-day affair. The Mount Abu Winter Festival is a great way of welcoming 2015 amidst fun and frolic. This festival is well-known for depicting the original feel of the tribal life as well as the color of the state of Rajasthan. It will not be an overstatement that it is a good way to usher-in the new year in our lives.
This winter festival organized as well as managed by by the Rajasthan Tourism and Municipal Board of Mount Abu is paid a visit by millions of local as well as international tourists. The festival takes place from December 29th to 30th, every year. The visitors get a chance to catch a glimpse grand ceremonial procession, fireworks, folk performances and to various kinds of sports competitions too like tug of war, skating, boat race, horse race, gilli-danda and more.
At the time of the Mount Abu Winter Festival, one can not only take the tour of this hill town but can also take Rajasthan tours along with wildlife tours to Mount Abu National park. You can take pleasure in savoring the scenic beauty, the rich flora and fauna as well as visiting the Delwara temples, which is well-known for its marble art. Already famous hill station, becomes all the more lively and vibrant during this time.
The celebration of the festival starts from a hotel named Shikhar, a hotel managed by RTDC, while proceeding through the hill and finally coming to an end at the Nakki lake Chowk. This festival is a perfect blend of folk dance and song performances from groups who come from Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan along with various other cultural activities too like poetry reading competition.
One can relish sumptuous dishes of Rajasthani cuisine. You must not miss doing some shopping and buying most exquisite handicrafts which you get nowhere else in the whole world. The evenings come to an end by beautiful fireworks and deepdaan where numerous lighted earthen lamps are immersed in the river for floating. All this looks beautiful to the eyes. Other highlights are hot air balloon ride and a performance by the Army band.
A visitor to the the Mount Abu Winter Festival, can do so much and that too without shelling huge amount of money. This hill town, well-connected with other cities from all the modes of transport, has a number of comfortable accommodation options too.