10 Best New Year Destinations in India
You think of New Year’s Eve and all that comes to mind is mad partying, dancing and those anticipated New Year wishes that you wish from the special someone. Most people look for some special destination filled with fun and frolic to spend their New Year’s Eve to end the past year with a bang and start the new with positive energy!
So, if you are looking for the best New Year’s celebration destinations in India read on and keep your party hats handy as you travel there.
The Sunburn festival during this time of the year is one of the most popular New Year carnivals in the country, filled with interesting people, cheap seafood and free flowing booze. Dance the night away on the sand to the beats of the most popular DJ’s under the stars. This is one place where the parties do not stop. In the mornings sit at one of the numerous beach shacks to watch the waves crashing on the beach or plunge in for a dive or a surf ride.
Nature lovers also get a special biodiversity treat during this season as Goa is blessed with water buffaloes and sea eagles visiting the party destination of India. This is the ideal place to be during the New Year’s Eve.
This union territory has always maintained a hipster charm and is slowly coming as the new hip place to contend with Goa. The French colonial charm of the streets of Puducherry coupled with the mix of cultures wherein there are large peaceful Ashrams as well as old school French architecture that coexist in harmony.
Just like Goa, Puducherry offers a large selection of quaint French style cafes, bars and lounges with cheap alcohol, visited by interesting people from all over the world. If you want a laid back New Year’s Eve then this is the place to be.
3. Udaipur, Rajasthan
The city of lakes is more than just a historical place. Famous for its glistening lake waters, massive Rajput Palaces, colorful people with vibrant handicrafts and surrounded by the Ravalli range with its dense wildlife.
All of this makes Udaipur get the title of being “Kashmir of Rajasthan”. If this New Year’s Eve you would like a taste of the past in royal style, then pay a visit to the heritage city of Udaipur in Rajasthan.
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4. Gokarna, Karnataka
Yet another beautiful beach destination that is still untouched by touristy commercial activity and offers a serene environment for a relaxing holiday. Gokarna has a dual life, on one hand it is a famous religious spot for the Hindus as it the abode of Lord Mahabaleshwar.
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On the other hand, it is a peaceful beach lover’s paradise with the azure blue meeting the blueness of the ocean, secluded and peaceful away from the noises of the city. You can also get cheaper accommodation at Gokarna for a peaceful New Year’s with close friends and family if you book early.
5. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
The infamous Sonar Quila which is the Jaisalmer Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, adds to the grandeur of royal Jaisalmer. While the forts and palaces are a big part of the city, its most popular attraction is the vast desert of golden sand – the Thar.
If you are planning to celebrate New year in Jaisalmer then you can travel with the Palace on Wheels train. On day 5, train will reach the destination.
The desert lends Jaisalmer its name of the “Golden city”, find yourself as you walk on the shifting sand under the clear blue sky of the winter sun for a New Year’s that is truly unique.
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6. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Yet another beach destination, but unique in its own right! The Andaman and Nicobar islands though unusual as a choice is one of the best destinations for New Year’s in the country. The calm and serene island, turns into a hub for crazy parties, all night on yachts at the middle of the ocean as well as at the various beautiful resorts and beaches.
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White sandy beaches, azure blue sky, pristine surrounding and the ocean at your doorstep makes this place ideal for New Year getaways. But due to the increased demand its best to book early to get cheaper deals.
7. McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh
One of the best sightseeing places, with verdant greenery, chilly mountain breeze during the peak winter season and great cafes and eateries, make this a great for New Year’s holidays.
It is the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama in exile and is also the home to the Bhagsunath Temple. If you love the hills and trekking is your sport of choice a visit to McLeodganj comes strongly recommended.
8. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
If you really want to end the year on a high, go to Manali. Go skiing, makes snow angels on soft snowy blankets everywhere, breathe the smell of fresh pine trees, visit fruit orchards and may be brush shoulders with a few hippies for those crazy parties.
When we say spend the New Year on a high, we mean it both ways, literally as well as figuratively. Manali is the still the most popular winter destination in the country and for good reason too.
9. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
The south isn’t hot and humid all throughout the year! It also has its fair share of green hill stations, quaint cafes in the valley villages, serving the best coffees in the country and lush surroundings with the best views all around it.
If you want to witness all of that and more, then visit Kodaikanal, also known as the “Princess of hill stations”. Ideal destination for family fun in cozy winter weather for a peaceful New Year.
10. New Delhi
The capital city of the country is rightfully the center of happenings in India, especially during the freezing Delhi winters. Great for indulging yourself in any activity you like, whether attending performing art shows, concerts, historical walks visiting the heritage of the old part of the city, going on a food walk through the various famous restaurants and cafes or partying with free flowing booze, great music surrounded by fun-loving people who don’t take themselves too seriously! Visit New Delhi for an all around fun New Year’s Eve.
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Here were the 10 best destinations to celebrate the New Year’s in your style of choice! If you have any others in mind feel free to leave them in the comments.