‘Eat-Drink-Party’ is the usual drill for a majority of people to celebrate New Year’s Eve. However, if you are tired of the same parties, the routine celebrations and wish to do something different without burning a hole in your pocket… Well, we have the perfect solution for you.
This year, instead of the customary party-sharty, why not ring in the New Year far from the madding crowd, exploring a beautiful location and that too without spending a bomb? Sounds like a great plant, isn’t it? But where to head?
Well, we’ve put together a list of some scenic off-beat places in India, which are just perfect to bring in the New Year. Check it out and start planning your off-beat NYE celebrations now.
This magnificent UNESCO world heritage site, located in the east-central Karnataka is ideal to welcome the New Year. The giant boulders and gorgeous ruins provide plenty of quiet nooks and corner for a cosy bonfire and one can welcome the New Year lying on the back and gazing at the sky full of stars. There are plenty of budget lodges, shops and restaurants located at Hampi bazaar. So, if you are one of those who gets ensnared by the ancient charm then the fantasy world of Hampi with its beautiful temples, ruins, rivers, ancient streets, boulders etc., is definitely your paradise to head to this NYE.
Tucked away in the evergreen hills at the southwest Indian state of Karnataka, Coorg is another priceless gem of South, which offers a plethora of options to celebrate NYE. Many of the coffee plantations offer a beautiful homestay option within the plantation with bonfire et al during the New Year’s week. So let the celebrations begin right in the heart of nature, sipping wine, digging into delicious Kodagu food, and with the chirping of the birds setting the perfect melody to welcome the New Year. The more adventurous souls can hike up the Irupu waterfalls or go for night hiking trails or welcome the first day of the New Year at Nagarhole Tiger Reserve with the majestic wildlife, including the great Bengal tiger for company.
So when you think beach and cheap booze, you think of Goa? Well, for a change head to the Indian territory of India – Puducherry, popularly known as Pondicherry. With its pristine beaches, delectable food and the mix of both modern and spiritual culture, Pondy is ideal for both the party animals as well as the ones who prefer quietude. While on one hand, one can party at the many happening events lined up especially for the NYE, on the other one can soak in the historical background and explore the French legacy of Pondy. Spending New Year’s Eve in this old world-meets-new age town is an experience in itself.
If you love the sea and just can’t have enough of it then another beach hot-spot to ring in the New Year is Mandvi. An hour away from Bhuj, Mandvi is a port town which is ideal to laze around and simply enjoy the hypnotic beauty of the ocean. One can celebrate the New Year’s Eve at the gorgeous Vijay Vilas Beach, a secluded beach, which is not crowded by the tourists. Rent out one of the many air-conditioned tents along the shore and spend the NYE night gazing at the beautiful sea and mapping stars out on the milky way. It’s a perfect spot for the ones who love the serenity and the sea.
Just 180 km from Mumbai, this wine city of Maharashtra is an ideal getaway for Oenophiles to celebrate NYE. One can enjoy the countryside experience at Vallonne Vineyards and soak in the beauty of the lush vineyards and the majestic Sahyadri mountains while sipping on to their fav wines. The first day of the New Year can also be spent by going on winery tours and wine tasting sessions. Apart from the rich wine experience Nashik also offers several trekking spots near to the city for the more daring types to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Fantasize skiing in the European Alps this New Year’s Eve but afraid you can’t afford it, then how about checking out Auli, the skiing destination of India. Located in the Himalayan District of Chamoli in Uttrakhand, Auli is the perfect getaway for this New Year’s Eve. Tucked in the Himalayan ranges, Auli is surrounded by apple orchards, oaks and deodars. The panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges definitely sound like a better idea than a glass of beer in a noisy pub, isn’t it? What’s more exciting is the route to reach Auli, it has a 4 kilometres cable car, a chairlift and a ski lift, along with a maintained trek route. With one of the longest ropeways in Asia, Auli should surely be on your list for this New Year’s adventure.
The mesmerizing beauty of Shillong can make your New Year’s celebrations as memorable as ever. There is a lot to do in this capital city of Meghalaya, which is literally tucked away in clouds. One can celebrate NYE in tents set up on the sprawling meadows or head to one of the many pubs in the city that hosts grand New Year’s Eve Parties replete with food, drink and live music played by local North-Eastern bands to make your NYE night a memorable one. The ones wanting quieter NYE celebrations can head to the area near the Sacred Forest and have their own private festivities there.
Also, check out our list of 10 EXOTIC LOCATIONS TO HEAD TO BRING IN YOUR NEW YEAR IN STYLE.
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