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In this post, we look into top 10 new year destinations in India.

With August rolling in, we are halfway done with the year 2019 and swiftly headed to its end. However, it also marks the anticipation of a New Year’s Start; and what better way to get a fresh start than to plan the perfect New Year’s holiday destination. You may be someone who loves the loud crowds and partying or someone who seeks the thrill of exploring new places. Whatever your idea of the perfect New Year is, here is a list of

10 Best Destinations to plan your New Year Holiday

  • Goa

music concerts during new year's in goaWith music festivals, beach parties and carnivals, Goa is one of the most ideal destinations for the New Year. It is blessed with the abundance of beaches and a wide range of flora and fauna, attracting both nature ‘lovers’ and the ‘party animals’. You can enjoy warm winters under the sun, surrounded by music, dance, and fun.

You can also enjoy a variety of seafood delicacies. The Sunburn music festival is hosted during the New Year, with some of the best DJs performing. This is one place where you can de-stress and start the new year with a newborn vigour.

  • Bangalore

Bangalore, the hub of technology runs on the motto of ‘work hard, play harder’. It enjoys a moderate winter climate and a pleasant mix of greenery and buildings. The city has huge malls and large party places as well as lush gardens. It is a great New Year’s destination with stadium concerts, DJ nights and numerous house parties.

The city is a one-stop destination for all your whims of shopping, nature, adventure, wildlife, religion, and history. You can enjoy a plethora of cuisines from roadside eateries to the finest restaurants in the country. If you wish to celebrate your New Year amidst the crowds celebrating the spirit of youth, this is it.

  • Mumbai

fireworks on the beaches during new year in mumbai

The place for hardcore party lovers, Mumbai is a city that boasts of never-ending nights. ‘Party all night’ is an apt description for this city that never sleeps. The people are enthusiastic and the food is divine. The night skies are lit bright with fireworks and lights. The New Year is celebrated with house parties, beach bonfires, and themed events.

However, you can also choose a quieter celebration by visiting the iconic Gateway of India, Nariman Point, Marine Drive and enjoy the land. The city is lined with various multinational hotels and exotic clubs, giving you a dazzling start to your New Year.

  • Delhi

The capital of our country Delhi is one of the best places to have a wild New Year. It houses some of the most elite and expensive parties in exclusive nightclubs. The best DJ shows are jam-packed with people dancing their nights away to the tunes. The India Gate is a prime location and is decked up to welcome the New Year. Moreover, the city itself has vibes of magic during the winters, with the mornings covered in mist and a chilly nip in the air.

It is blessed with the grandeur of the historic places of the Mughal era, and the luxurious malls of the city. The famous street food of Delhi is piping hot and extra delicious at this time. Enjoy the luxury of the upscale rich life or be the typical tourist exploring the history and culture, start your New Year with the best of both worlds.

  • Pondicherry

beachside bonfire in pondicherry

French up your New Year with a visit to this union territory and experience French life in your own country. From biking to chilling out on the rooftop cafes, there is a range of things to do in Pondicherry that make it one of the top New Year’s destinations.

The buildings are in French colonial style, with the locals speaking in fluent French and the beachfront cafes serving various French delicacies. You could spend time in the coconut laden backwaters while munching on baguettes.

You can also start the first day of the new year with a spiritual journey to the experimental township, Auroville (or the City of Dawn). If you want a laid back New Year’s Eve then this is the place to be.

  • Gokarna

You could be a party animal who wants to celebrate the new year by dancing all night long or a spiritual soul who wishes to start with pious vibes. Or you could be a bit of both. Gokarna is a place of dual life, a place of religion as well as a place of scenic beauty and fun. On one hand, it is known for the abode of Lord Mahabaleshwar, a famous Hindu religious spot.

On the other, it is a paradise for beach lovers, secluded and away from the chaos of the city. It is rightly considered the quieter version of Goa, with the beaches still untouched by tourist commercial activity. You could also try out the trek through the different beaches to satisfy the nature lover in you. Start the year by lying in hammocks of the beach shacks, watching dolphins in the horizon. This is your New Year’s destination if you’re looking to unwind and find peace.

  • Kerala

houseboats in the backwaters of kerala

Kerala is one of the best places to celebrate the New Year in South India, amidst the natural beauty and water bodies worth craving for. The beach parties and music concerts are as exciting as ever. You can book a houseboat and enjoy personal time in the backwaters of Alleppey.

The best New Year’s vibes are at the Cochin Carnival which is held in the last week of December till the first day of the new year. It is held at the Kochi fort, a tradition that’s come from the time of the Portuguese.

In Munnar, you can spend the days amidst the lush greenery of tea plantations, watching veils of mist clinging below the mountaintops. Kerala also has various ancient temples for those who wish to celebrate New Year spiritually.

  • Northeast India

Celebrate the new year with nature in the northeast of India, the most picturesque lands of the country. Set along the north-eastern Himalayas, Shillong is one of the modern hill towns and among the best New year destinations. You can have a week-long trek here, away from city life. Another place you could go to – Gangtok, which is one of Northeast India’s major tourist destinations. The city, covered in snow, looks stunning.

You can go skiing or snowboarding and head to any of the happening parties in local pubs and bars. It’s a place that might not be that extravagant place to groove and enjoy the new year, but its beauty will be worth everything. Adorned with scenic surroundings, these places are just perfect to relax and get away from the stress of ‘real-life’ and enjoy the beautiful sunset while welcoming the new year. Surrounded by beautiful lakes, enchanting waterfalls, and gigantic mountains, these north-east paradises is one of the best places to relax and enjoy the arrival of the new year.

  • Rajasthan

hawa mahal,rajasthan - a new year's destination

If you are looking for a getaway far from the maddening crowds of the cities, you can head to the Royal State of Rajasthan. Despite experiencing the cold climate of the northern winters, it happens to be the best time to explore the famed Thar desert. You will experience the magic of different forts and palaces, coupled with the folk dances and the well known Rajasthani hospitality.

The cities of Udaipur, Jaipur, and Jaisalmer are a must-visit, where you can live amidst the rich culture through their architecture, dressing, and markets. The food here is lip-smacking, served in authentic handcrafted platters. For a vibrant and colourful start of your New Year, this is your holiday destination.

  • Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is a place of worship, bliss, adventure, romance, and relaxation. One of the highlights here is Nainital, a small hill station that enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year, but is especially beautiful in winter with snow-capped peaks and lakes. You can visit the Jim Corbett National Park, which is one of the oldest wildlife reserves in the country and boasts of varied fauna.

The probability of spotting wild animals is also high in the winters. For the adventurous streak in you, head to the adventure capital of India – Rishikesh. From bungee jumping to rafting, the place offers various adventure sports, perfect for welcoming the New Year with a bang. Try skiing in the gorgeous slopes of Auli, which is fast gaining popularity as a winter destination. Nestled in the forests at the foothills of the Himalayas, it is definitely an up and coming New Year’s holiday destination.

 

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By Abhishek Saraswat

Abhishek (@himalayan_gypsy) is a travel photographer and blogger known as Himalayan Gypsy over the internet. Academically from an engineering background and born the Himalayan valley of Dehradun, he found himself in love with nature and ever since he has been on a journey to travel India and showcase the beauty of the country through his pictures, motivating and encouraging people on the go to feel the same and also take responsibilities to conserve our rich heritage, culture and environment. He is a Certified Digital Marketer and a Travel Influencer who is efficient to create visually appealing content for Travel Brands, Property Owners, Cafes and other Product Shoots. He also specializes in running Facebook & Instagram Ad Campaigns for Brand Awareness, Brand Promotion and Online Reputation Management.

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