Summers mean vacations and India is set to bloom this holiday season, offering its hill stations and beach destinations on platter. Be it a road trip through the hills or a walk by beach, this season is sure to give you enough reasons to visit India. With this promise, here we introduce a summer favourite destination of western India- Mount Abu.. Scroll down to know more about this beautiful hill-town, its festivals, food and our pick to enjoy a stay here.
We hope this edition tempts you enough to choose and see India like never before.
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The Colonial Manek Manor Resort, Mount Abu
Manek Manor, a jewel in the crown of Mount Abu is a majestically perched heritage castle on a hillock. It offers a breath taking view of surrounding mountain range. Manek Manor, true to its name is the gem of abode of the royals. The heritage resort is created to relive the experience of colonial era.
The Heritage Resort offers comfortable accommodation in well-furnished and neatly crafted rooms equipped with modern amenities and colonial charm. The rooms offer uninterrupted views of surrounding mountain ranges. In-house multi-cuisine restaurant Senate serves a wide array of delectable cuisines to its guests. 5 kilometres from Nakki Lake, The Colonial Manek Manor is an ideal place in Mount Abu to rejuvenate amidst nature.
Mount Abu Summer Fest
The festival is held every year in the month of May on Buddha Purnima to celebrate the warmth and cheerfulness of the people of the hill station. Rajasthan Tourism, Municipal Board of Mt. Abu and District Administration jointly organize this extravaganza.
The festival kicks off with a ceremonial procession which starts from RTDC Hotel Shikhar, and is followed by the folk performances of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The second and third day are more interesting as they bring out the adventurer in every tourist. Skating race, boat race, horse race, tug of war and panihari matka race along with CRPF band show, skaters’ show and Deepdan make the festival quite a success.
When:May every year Where:Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Rajasthan’s only Hill Station-Mount Abu, lies on the state’s highest mountain at the end of Aravalli Hills. And while the whole of Rajasthan bears scorching heat, Mt Abu is a respite for the tourists. Also known for its spiritual importance, the hill-town boasts of over 80 temples and shrines, most notable being the Jain Temples at Delwara.
Achalgarh is an imposing cute village nearby Rajmachi. This exquisite location is renowned for two major attractions the Achalgarh fort and the Achaleshwar Mahadeo placed interior to the fort.
Toad Rock is a mammoth rock structure in Mount Abu hanging over the south of calm and cool Nakki Lake. This is the best attractive rock formation found in the regions of Mount Abu. This rock by view seems to be overlooking the whole lake.
The Lake is known for its calm and cool atmosphere and set in the backdrop of picturesque hills. This has been credited as the only artificial lake in India at the height of more than 1200 meters.
Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
Established in 1960, the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary covers a large expanse of the Mount Abu forests and hilly regions of about 290 square kilometer. The highest peak Guru Shikhar in the Aravalli mountain ranges is situated in the region of this flora & fauna rich Sanctuary.
Delwara & other Temples
Dilwara temples, exquisite marvelous temples dating back to 11th century to 13th centuries AD, are a group of five legendary Jain temples. For spiritual seekers, there is a lot to explore here.
Placed perfectly to the south west of the calm Nakki Lake to view the magnificent sunset. The eye catching view of the sunset, setting behind the forest ranges of the Mount Abu peaks is amazing for any nature loving tourist.
From the Kitchen...
As the temperatures rise, Indians relish on the bright, juicy ‘n tasty fruits and one of the favourite is Watermelon. Relish this fruit like never before with this soothing mocktail recipe.
2 cups watermelon cut in small pieces
1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons ginger juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon black salt
Pinch of black pepper powder
A few mint leaves
Approx. 3/4 cup ginger ale
About 1 cup ice cubes
In a blender place watermelon, lemon juice, mint leaves, ginger juice, sugar, pepper and salt together and blend until it is smooth. Add ice and blend it again until ice is crushed.
Pour the drink in a glass filling the glass up to 3/4 and add ginger ale (optional). Serve with any Indian snack and relish the summer delight.