New years is that time of the year when everyone lets their hair down while they party like there’s going to be no tomorrow. A new trend that has been picking up now is to take in experiences of New year parties and celebrations from different cities of India. A lot of people have started celebrating new year’s at different cities or totally unconventional place. So, let this year be different than any other year! Also, don’t worry if you are not a party freak. There’s something(actually, a lot) for you too!
Here’s a complied list of 10 places where you could celebrate new years this year. Some are conventional things and places and some will totally blow your mind! Read on to find out:
A post about partying in India can’t go without mentioning Goa. Goa is definitely one of the best party places in India especially when it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve. Right from the age old party trend to the recent times when they had sunburn every year to the crazy parties they have at different places now, Goa was and will probably be the place to celebrate new year’s in India.
Pondicherry is the perfect Indian land with a hint of foreign feeling. Known as the French Colony of India, Pondicherry is one of the best options if you are looking for a relaxing New Year celebration. Home to the Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville, Pondicherry is the land of pristine beaches and some of the finest restaurants. You will find some great restaurants and cafes in Pondicherry that have beautiful interiors and even better food! You can also choose to go for a retreat the Aurobindo Ashram if you are looking at bringing in the new year with some peace and calm.
3) Andaman and Nicobar Islands-
Located on the Eastern side of India, the Andaman and Nicobar islands offer opportunities to travellers to revel in its tropical climate. These islands are known to have a peaceful vibe that goes around all through the year but this very vibe of tranquillity transforms itself into a crazy party vibe during the month of December. Looking for some water-sports to bring in the new year? Go Scuba Diving at Andaman. The months from December to April also happen to be the best time for scuba diving in Andaman. If you don’t have any experience in the sport, worry not! There are various courses with different expertise levels that you can take before you jump into the actual sport.
Ladakh, ‘the land of high passes’ is a favourite among backpackers and trekkers. Take a road trip to Ladakh for an unforgettable new year celebration. While you are at it, you will pass picturesque valleys, narrow passes, tall mountains and the most touristy spots that you would have only dreamt of. You can go to Ladakh with your band of boys, group of girls, your friends, your better half or even solo! Ladakh has got something for every type of tourist and what better way to celebrate new years than stargazing in these high passes. If you’re not someone who can handle cold weather, you could miss this one.
What better place to celebrate the new year than Kerala, God’s own country. We suggest you take abode in a Kettuvallam (Kerala houseboats) at the Kerala backwaters to bring in the new year. These houseboats were originally used as modes of transport for harvested rice but have now emerged as floating cottages with dining areas and rooms. If you are travelling with a group of friends or even your family, choose larger houseboats where you can have the time of your life while you say hello to the new year.
6) Jammu and Kashmir-
Not a party person? Head to Jammu and Kashmir for some of the best views that the place has to offer. The land of snow-capped mountains, lush green gardens and blooming flowers, Kashmir is as rich in its culture as it is in craftsmanship. So hop onto a shikara in the Dal Lake for a little ride in one of the most beautiful lakes while you enjoy shopping some goodies from the floating markets in the lake itself. You can also stay the night in the shikara/ houseboats to experience the surreal beauty of Srinagar and wake up to a warm cup of Kahwa, a Kashmiri tea infused with cardamom and saffron threads. Explore the beauty of the lakes, snow clad mountains and pine trees, if you’re someone who’s into a bit of adventure, you can also check go for skiing. Make sure you also taste some authentic Kashmiri cuisine while you are in the territory, especially Wazwan, a multi-course traditional Kashmiri meal that consists of 36 courses. The spice and flavours of Kashmiri food are so delicately put together, you will be a fan in no time.
Even though Delhi might sound too mainstream for new year celebrations, it is one of the best places to bring the new year in. As cliché as this sounds, your trip to the capital city complimented with a visit to Taj Mahal that is less than a 3 hours drive from there, could be one of the most unique experiences of your life. The structural marvel, that also happens to be one of the 7 wonders of the world will leave you mesmerized. Make sure you reach the Taj Mahal in the morning to avoid the hustle and bustle so you can get a beautiful view of this archaic symbol of love. After visiting this marvel, you can back to the streets of Delhi to explore some mind-boggling street food! Head to Chandni Chowk and get your hands on some steaming hot parathas from the Parathe Wali Galli. You can choose from Kachoris to Parathas drenched in desi ghee to Kulhad lassi as you end the meal. Take advantage of being in Delhi around the winters and eat some Daulat ki Chaat which is almost synonymous with Puraani Dilli. This snow-like cloudy delicacy is made from pure milk and is only available in the winters. Crafted with lots of effort and care, Daulat ki chaat is prepared with buffalo milk and some cream whisked together. Aren’t you already tempted?
Mumbai hosts some of the best parties for new years. If you have a bigger budget, we suggest you check out some of the parties at the 5-star hotels in Mumbai. There are lots of party places in Mumbai that are known to host some superb New Year parties that will make your new year celebration one to remember. Before you begin to think Mumbai is only about fancy hotels and parties, let me tell you a little about the tasty street food options in the city. Grab the spiciest Maruti Pav Bhaji at Vile Parle, the Chhole-Kulche at Sion and the most popular snack of Mumbai, the vada pav from Ashok Vadapav (Prabhadevi) or near Mithibai College. If you believe in eating ice-creams in December weather, K Rustom’s ice cream is going to be your go-to spot when you visit Mumbai around new years. K Rustom is an age-old ice-cream parlour that serves yummy ice cream bars stuffed between crisp wafer biscuits. When in Mumbai, don’t forget to explore the street food options. Mumbai has something to offer for everyone! No matter what your budget or vibe is, you will find something that you need. That’s Mumbai for you!! Also, you can also hit me up when you’re in Mumbai to get to know about this city.
Bhimtal is the perfect place to bring in the new year if you are looking for something that is not too noisy but still has the magic that the new year deserves. Visit Bhimtal with your significant other and sit by the views of the Bhimtal Lake, then head for the most romantic candlelight dinner by the shores. Bhimtal also experiences snowfall in the winter months, especially December so if you get lucky, you might also get to experience snowfall when you are in Bhimtal to celebrate new years.
10) Manali- Another destination that tops the list for having breathtaking views just like Bhimtal is Manali. Visit the Tibetan Monastery, the Vashisht Temple and Van Vihar when you are in the city. Party till the wee hours of the morning when you are in Manali with the snowy hills making for the best backdrop as you dance the night away. If you are looking for a more adventurous new year celebration, try parachuting, paragliding and skating when you are Manali. Before you leave the city, try and go to the Gurudwara of Manikaran Sahib to seek His blessings for the new year that is about to unfold. If you’re someone who likes a bit more quieter experience, go for a one day trek with some experts and camp on the high peaks to experience something you’ve never experienced.
So, have you made up your mind? Where are you heading this year for celebrating new year’s eve? Do drop in your plans in the comments section below and let me know if you’re going to some other place as well.