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Rajasthan is one such unique and culturally rich state of India that can make you fall in love with it at a glance! The state is known for its mesmerizing tourist attractions which comprise forts, palaces, temples and a long list of events & festivals which are highly intriguing for the locals and tourists alike. Very few people know about the annual Winter Festival that is celebrated in Mount Abu of Rajasthan. It is one of the much-coveted cultural festivals that display the rich heritage, art, culture, and food of Rajasthan.  

History of Winter Festival 

This 2-day annual festival is organised by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation along with the Municipal Board of Mount Abu. Winter festival begins with a long parade that culminates at the Nakki Lake where people lit earthen lamps (deep) and set them afloat on the lake. This ritual is known as deepdaan and is an adorable site to witness and capture in the camera. The festival is graced by cultural performances by local known and budding artists.  

Besides the fun and frolic performances and rituals, many games also form a part of the festival. Cricket, tug of war, kite flying, skating, gili danda, and horse race are other major attractions for the visitors. This festival is an amalgamation of fairs, fireworks, food, exhibitions, dance and music performances, and a lot of fun.  

Major Attractions of Winter Festival

2 Days that Celebrate Rich Rajasthan. The festival continues for two days straight and each day is full of fun and fervour around the magnificent location and energetic ambiance of Mount Abu. The motive behind organising the festival is to introduce the rich heritage and art of the state to the kids and tourists in a fun way.  

Cultural Performances. The festival has become a grand affair now owing to the talented performances put together by the artists who excel in different dance forms and singing classic folk songs. One may enjoy folk dances such as Ghoomar, Gair, and Kalbelia dance along with concerts by renowned folk artists. 

Also Read: Initiated in 1992, this amazing festival has reached a wider range of audience with time

Savour the Rajasthani Food. The food of Rajasthan is as unique as the state itself. The dishes are a fine blend of raw yet rich flavors that will only leave you to crave for more. If you are planning to visit the state then you must taste the following: Dal Batti Churma, Gatte ki Sabji, Laal Maans, Ker Sangri, Papad ki Sabji, Raab, Pyaz ki Kachori and Ghewar.       

Winter Festival Mount Abu Highlights and Dates 2019 

This year the festival will begin in the last week of the year on December 29, 2019, and will end on December 30, 2019. The venue for the festival is Mount Abu and this year the festival is expected to be graced by many renowned local folk artists.   

How to Reach 

The festival is celebrated in Mount Abu which is one of the best tourist cities in the state of Rajasthan. People can easily reach here by air, road or rail.

By Road. If you love road trips and are planning to visit Mount Abu by road then you may either take a tourist bus to reach the hill station or may drive to the place in your car or bike. In either case, you are required to cover nearly 750, 770, 1,900 and 1,700km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. 

By Rail. The railway junction of Mount Abu is known as Abu road and is connected to many major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru. After deboarding the train here one can take a taxi or a bus to reach the desired place in Mount Abu. 

By Air. The nearest domestic airport is Udaipur at a distance of 175 km and the nearest international airport is in Ahmedabad which is nearly 220km away. From the airport, one is required to hire a taxi or get on a bus to reach Mount Abu. One may consider traveling by air if comfort is a priority and budget is not a constraint.   

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    22 December 2019 - 21 March 2020

  • Venue

    Mount Abu

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