The infamous Indian summer is turning up the heat, making it the perfect time of year to head to the hills!
Mount Abu is a beautiful hill station in Rajasthan. The tourists and the native’s alike head here to take a break from the smoldering summer blaze.
Mount Abu is probably one of the few places in the state of Rajasthan that endowed with lush foliage and a variety of flora and fauna. Besides being a summer getaway, Mount Abu is also a sacred pilgrimage spot. Revered sacred by the Hindus and the Jains, Mount Abu is associated with a number of shrines and the religious legends attached to this city.
The mystifying and beautiful city is known by many names such as “Hill Of Wisdom”, “Saint’s Pinnacle” and “Olympus Of Rajasthan“.
Places worth visiting in Mount Abu are:
- Dilwara Jain Temples
- Nakki Lake
- Toad Roak
- Gau Mukh temple
- Sunset Point
- Honeymoon Point
- Government Museum And Art Gallery
- Om Shanti Bhawan Or Universal Peace Hall
- Adhar Devi Or Arbuda Devi Temple
- Mount Abu Sanctuary
Though the place can be visited at any given time of the year but Summer or Winter Festival of Mount Abu has its own fascination.
Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, hosts the annual Summer Festival that lasts for 3 days, commencing from the day of Buddha Poornima. This year it will be held between 23-25th May, 2013
The festival begins with a ceremonial procession, which starts from the RTDC Hotel Shikhar and gather at the Nakki Lake Chowk followed by folk performances of Rajasthan & Gujrat states. The grand finale of the Festival a display of dazzling fire works all three days. This three day colourful festival is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism, Municipal Board, Mt.Abu & District Administration.
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.
How to Reach:
Udaipur (185km) is the nearest airport while Mount Abu railway station is about 28 km from the city. Regular trains connect Mount Abu with cities such as Ahmadabad and Jaipur. Taxis, jeeps and excellent bus services connect the mountainous town with the rest of the state and cities in Gujarat.
The gorgeous setting of Mt. Abu with its rocky hills and placid lakes forms an apt venue for this exuberant show. In addition to the various performances, tourists can enjoy the natural beauty of this hill station with its pleasant climate.