Summer Festival, Mount Abu

Mt. Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, is situated in the sylvan setting of verdant forests. Abu, according to legend, stands for the Son of Himalaya, deriving its name from Arbuda, the powerful serpent who rescued Nandi, the sacred bull of Lord Shiva, from a chasm.
Summer Festival, Mount Abu  
It is also believed that this was a retreat for the famous sage Vashistha. He performed a fire sacrifice to regenerate the human race and form it were born the Chauhans, a clan of warriors.
A picturesque resort, Mt. Abu has a beautiful lake, a complex of exquisitely carved Jain temple and an old fort which attract tourists from the world-over.
Mt. Abu is a major pilgrim centre located in the south western corner of Rajasthan. This picturesque hill station stirs to life during the three day Summer Festival.
This hill station comes in a festive mood with the Summer Festival, held every year in the month of June. The steep rocks, tranquil lakes, picturesque locations and the pleasant climate of Mount Abu make it an ideal location for the festival. The three-day festival is a feast of folk and classical music and a window to the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan.
The festival begins with enthralling ballad, followed by folk dances of Rajasthan like Gair, Ghoomer, and Dhap. Other gripping events include a boat race on the Nakki lake and a roller skating race.
Summer Festival, Mount Abu  
The Sham-e-Qawwali is a much-awaited musical extravaganza, as renowned qawwals from all over the country can be heard regaling the audience. The grand finale of the festival is a display of dazzling fireworks which adds to the tourist's delight.
Refresh yourself in the tranquil surroundings of Nakki lake. It is believed that the Gods formed the lake-bed by digging it with their fingernails nakki hence the name Nakki Lake.