12 December, 2018
We all know Rajasthan for its rich, colorful culture and heritage, and of course, it is the land of kings, queens, and palaces. Rajasthan is also world famous for the Pink City Jaipur and the vast Thar desert and the sand dunes. Rajasthan has a lot to offer tourists and without a doubt, one of the best times to visit it happens to be in the winter. There is a Rajasthan Winter Festival being held from Dec 29th to 31st, at Mount Abu, as part of the Government’s tourism initiative. This is an annual affair now and happens every year.
If you have not yet visited this beautiful state, it may be a good idea to head there, this winter, primarily as this festival is held in Mount Abu, one of Rajasthan’s very famous and scenic hill stations. This festival is like an ode to the culture and heritage of Rajasthan and showcases it to the world. You may be surprised to know, that this Winter Festival was actually a joint initiative of the Municipal Board of Tamil Nadu and the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation.
What can you expect?
If you are one of those who has been mesmerized by the “Ghoomar” dance of Deepika Padukone in “Padmavat”, then perhaps, it is time you got to see it live at the festival. Not just the Ghoomar dance, this festival will put up a lot of beautiful performances of the folk artists to keep the atmosphere lively and joyous. The other local dance forms that you can enjoy here are Daph and Gair, which are also folk dances.
Apart from this, there will also be musical performances, including that of the folk artists. There are also poetry sessions to keep you engaged. Another big attraction of this festival is the burning lamps at night in Nakki Lake. These floating lamps are part of the local “Deepdaan” festival, and are a real treat to watch at night; you will just be mesmerized. In fact, during the day, there are also boat races and rowing competitions held on this lake. There will also be a fireworks display at night, and it lights up the winter sky so beautifully, you can feel a real thrill in the atmosphere around.
There will be kite flying competitions, and you can get to see kites of various hues, sizes, and shapes, dotting the day sky. You will also get to see the multi-colored Hot Air Balloons as people enjoy their rides in these. The festival is kick-started by a procession that gets going from Hotel Shikhar of the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. Many people in vibrant, multi-hued local costumes participate in this extravagant procession that ends at the Nakki Lake Chowk. It is a great sight to soak in, and tourists get a glimpse of the hospitality of the people of Rajasthan.
There will also be fairs set up in the place, wherein you can wade through lots of shops that showcase the local arts and crafts at its best. You could purchase handicraft items, or handlooms, that are inspired by the rich Rajasthani heritage of the erstwhile Rajput Kings and Queens. This festival will also provide you a chance to eat to your stomach’s fill and gorge on the local Rajasthani delicacies. The traditional Rajasthani cuisine will also be showcased, and you can pick your choice of food from the variety fare that will be put up.
How to reach?
Mount Abu is well connected by rail and road; the nearest railway station happens to be the Abu Road station, which is just 28 Km from the main city and can be easily reached by cab. Even the State Transport buses ply every hour to take you to the city. This station is well connected from many main cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur.
By Air, Udaipur happens to be the nearest airport, at 185 Km, from where you can pre-book cabs to take you to Mount Abu. You may also explore the option of the Ahmedabad airport which is at 221 KM and also has good connectivity to Mount Abu. By road, you could National Highway 14 connects Mount Abu to most major cities in the country. Check out your options and make the bookings now to have a lovely, colorful and mesmerizing New Year at the Rajasthan Winter Festival.
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