Mount Abu is not just the only hill station amidst the mystic blanket of sand and desert in Rajasthan but also popular across the country for its status as a sacred religious spot. Having the status of earlier serving as the headquarters of British Rajputana Residency, the town is one of the most developed and structured infrastructures in Rajasthan with a lush green backdrop. The town is also known as ‘Olympus of Rajasthan’ and ‘Hill of Wisdom’ among locals as well as tourists.
Apart from its religious spots and scenic hills, the town is popular for its annual summer festival that takes place during the month of May. Organised by the Department of Tourism and district administration, it is a three-day affair that commences on Budh Purnima, another festival among Hindus and Buddhists.
The festival in its essence is to mark the lively spirit of the locals and to celebrate the cheerful attitude with which the town welcomes tourists. The festival begins with a colourful procession followed by picturesque conclusion cermemony at Nakki Lake. Here, the festival paints an interesting picture with boat races, horse race and band shows.
The celebration is accompanied by ballad singing, folk song and dance performance by the local artists and stunning fireworks at the end of the day. The second and third day is more eventful with its string of competitions such as musical chair, fancy dress, matka (pot) race, tug-of-waramong others.
Last year, an interesting addition was made to the festival with ‘Colours of Tribes’ section where tribal folklore performed a pleasing evening for the locals and tourists.