Winter Festival, Mt. Abu, Rajasthan


A puppet show in the Winter Festival at Mt. Abu in Rajasthan.
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Winter Festival at Mt. Abu is the last festival of the year among almost thirty major fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. It is a joint initiative of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) and the Municipal Board of Mt. Abu, held annually, for promoting tourism and providing the performers and craftsmen of state, a solid platform. This year, the festival is being observed for two days on 29th and 30th, December, 2019.

Mt. Abu is the only hill station of Rajasthan. Every year as the month of chilly December comes to end, the small beautiful town becomes vibrant and cosy with the warmth of hospitality of the people of Rajasthan specially people of Mt. Abu. This is second festival of Mt. Abu the Summer Festival being the first one (next to be held on 8-10th May, 2020). This two day extravaganza brings together talented craftsmen and performers from every corner of the state.

It is also known for its sporting and entertainment events, such as kite flying, rowing competitions and poetry reading sessions. It is the only festival in Rajasthan where cricket has been introduced as a part of the celebration. A grand procession starting from RTDC Hotel Shikhar, marks the beginning of the festival. It culminates at the Nakki Lake with the ceremony called ‘Deepdaan’, in the evening, where hundreds of diyas (earthen lamps) are set afloat in the water as a form of respect. This occasion is a photographer’s delight and a feast for the eyes. On the last day a stunning display of fireworks ends the festival on a jovial note.

How to Reach:

Udaipur airport is called Maharana Pratap Airport which receives regular flights from major cities. From the airport, one can hire taxis and private vehicles to reach the desired destination. Udaipur is at 163 km from Mt. Abu. On New Delhi – Ahmadabad railway route, Abu Road (ABR) is the nearest railway station to Mt. Abu at a distance of 30 km. From there, regular cabs and buses are available for Mt Abu.

Where to Stay:

Plenty of good options are available to stay in Mt. Abu. Many old palaces, clubs belongings to the Royal families and British offices are converted to heritage hotels and resorts. The Altus, Kesar Bhawan Palace, Connaught-House, Palace Hotel, Hotel Savera Palace, The Jaipur House, Sterling Mount Abu, Kishangarh House (more than 100 years old), Sheraton Hotel, Cama Rajputana Club Resort, The Fern Ratan Villas, Hotel Palanpur Palace, The Terraces, Colonial Manek Manor, Hotel Hilltone, Hotel Hillock, Hotel Royale Palace at Nakki Lake, Udai Garh, Hotel Silver Oak, Hotel Sunrise Palace, Hotel Mount Regency, Hotel Karnavati, Hotel Aravali, Hummingbird Resort are some of the best hotels/resorts in Mt. Abu.

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