Doesn’t the spirit of New Year make you want to make some resolutions to do all the things that you have always wanted to do, but haven’t had the time or opportunity to pursue. And, if travelling and exploring new places tops that to-do list of resolutions, we’d say, begin even before the last sunset of Year 2015. Yes, go spend this New Year’s Eve at a new place…out of your comfort zone…out of your home, your street, your town.
Away from the buzzing metro cities, here are some exciting destinations where you can holiday and bring in New Year 2016:
- Goa: One can never get enough of this beautiful coastal wonder. From nightclub parties to dances on lit-up streets, and music festivals, this place has so much to offer. Explains why it is not only one of the most popular New Year party destinations in India, but remains to be one of the most favourite party hot spots in the world. And, if you feel like taking a small break from the party scene, the serenity of the churches should be yet another reason and excuse for you to get here.
- Puducherry: Want to experience the charm of the marriage of France with Tamil Nadu? Simply head to Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry (and most lovingly called Pondy). It has the perfect balance of a place that offers peace and tranquility, and is still vibrant enough to bring in the New Year in the most special way ever. The beauty of this place is in its simplicity. But ‘simplicity’ definitely doesn’t translate to ‘boring’. While on one hand you have backwaters surrounded by coconut trees, and bakeries and cafés, on the other, you have a number of event organisers setting up some really crazy parties here.
- Manali: So, Manali is your favourite summer holiday destination? Now, that’s an obvious one. But how about making it a winter destination, too? Blessed with unparalleled natural beauty, Manali gives you all the reasons to end the year on a high note (literally!). You can either go to one of the pubs or a party for a drink to bring in the New Year, or sit by the fireside and sip some yummy hot chocolate… it’s the unique appeal of this place that makes either extreme feel beautiful and festive.
- Shillong: The undisputed rock capital of India, Shillong is the place to be if you want to enjoy some beautiful greenery – right from waterfalls to mountains, adventure, music… all in a budget that is not going to make a hole in your pocket. If you want to keep it intimate, with just you and your gang of friends, drive out of the city and put up tents in one of the mesmerising meadows, or around Mawphlang Sacred Forest, which is approximately 25 km from Shillong.
- Jaisalmer: The Golden City, which in many ways mirrors the real colours and vibrancy of India, is one of the most popular cities in Rajasthan. Clear, starry nights, the chill of the desert, and the thrill of watching the gorgeous golden sand dunes come together to make Jaisalmer a place where you can enjoy a truly unforgettable New Year’s Eve night. And, the delectable local Rajasthani cuisine completes the experience.
- Wayanad: Located in north-east Kerala, Wayanad is the least populated district of the state. This should be enough to guess the amount of tranquility and peace that one can experience here. Tree houses, birdwatching, waterfalls, wildlife, caves, and so much more, this District of Kerala offers true bliss. So, if you want to be one with nature, Wayanad has got to be your chosen destination this year.
- Lakshadweep Islands: Who wouldn’t want to be marooned on an island, if it is as stunning as Lakshadweep Islands! Lesser commercialised than the Andamans, Lakshadweep Islands offer the beauty of blue till as far as your eyes can see. If you’re a newly-married couple and want to spend some unforgettable, quiet moments of intimacy, this blue beauty is where you need to head.
This article has been written By Benaifer J. Mirza