The year is almost out. We have all had our share of highs and low — fun, challenges, work stress, deadlines. As we say prepare to say goodbye to 2016 and wait to ring in another new year, it’s time to decide where we would like to go for the year-end break. The New Year is a great time to be holidaying in India. While snow-covered peaks beckon you to north India, a warm winter sun alleviates the charm of beaches down south. The east and west have their own attraction at this time of the year. In a country as diverse as India, it’s tough deciding on the best year-end destinations. Here’s a list of exciting places to help you choose your New Year destination.
If you are the ‘adventure types’ this hill station is your ideal New Year getaway. For trekkers and mountain lovers, Darjeeling is a perfect place to recharge your battery and to give your soul and mind a dose of tranquility. If you enjoy the cold, Darjeeling is worth visiting in the year-end. It has broad canvas of natural beauty. Savour the majestic ‘Tiger Hill’ sunrise and the toy train joyride. Don’t miss the Ghoom Monastery, Mahakal Temple and Chow Rasta Mall, the heart and soul of the town. Darjeeling is especially vibrant around the New Year, with plenty of authentic momos and thukpas!
It’s that time of the year when everyone is in a festive mood and planning to spend the New Year at a happening destination. Goa is the most favorite and happening destination of all tourists. Whether you’re travelling solo or going to a bachelor party, you can certainly have lots more fun in Goa than you expected. Goa is also known for its hopping nightlife and bar scene. With so many beaches and frequent tourists, many cities and villages feature clubs, bars, and festivals where you can try local drinks, dance and food.
Manali continues to be a hot favourite of New Year revelers. Blessed with snow-capped peaks and lush coniferous around, it offers some of the most beautiful spots for sight-seeing. The lofty mountains around have the potential of bringing your mind to a state of tranquillity. If you are lucky, you can experience snowfall and indulge in skiing at the famous Rhotang Pass or try out paragliding at the Solang Valley. Don’t forget to take adventurous selfies that your friends will envy on social media. If you are not an adventurist, simply sit back and relax in your resort. Enjoy hot pakoras and the scenic beauty of the Himalayas from your balcony.
Now known as Puducherry, this tiny union territory, offers a rich cultural and monumental heritage especially for history-lovers, owing to its French connection. If you have watched Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’, you are probably in love with this place already. The Paradise Beach, Serenity Beach and Auroville Beach are the scene of amazing year-end parties. Join the merry gang here for the New Year. Enjoy the French and Dutch culinary delights and the great wine available at the local restaurants. Spend a day at Aurobindo Yoga Ashramfor a dose of self-introspection and spiritualism.
Bangalore,known as the city of pubs and nightclubs, offers one of the best year-end party experiences. So, if you’re looking forward to kick start the New Year with a lot of excitement and adrenaline rush, this is the place for you. From cocktails to mocktails, jazz to blues, and DJs to food plazas, Bangalore has a lot in store fun-loving holidayers. Even if you are not the partying type, the beautiful churches, rich museums and the serene lakes will make your year-end break exciting enough.
How about a rendezvous with a beach retreat this year-end in God’s Own Country? Yes, we are talking of Kovalam, a quiet little beach town in South India. Kovalam is indeed one of the most exotic beaches in India with plenty of sun, sand and surf. Just lie back and enjoy the sunset at the beach;rejuvenate yourself with an ayurvedic spa; or sit back and count the waves from the balcony of a sea-facing hotel room. Do not also forget to explore the lighthouse complex and crocodile rehabilitation park. And while in Kovalam indulge your taste buds with yummy seafood available here.
A well-known Hindu pilgrimage centre, Varanasi is probably an offbeat New Year destination, recommended for those who want to spend some quiet time engrossed in quiet reflection. Forget parties and embrace spiritualism this New Year. Learn all about its ancient culture and tradition sitting on the famous Dashashwamedh Ghats. A visit to Sarnath, is a must when you come to Varanasi. Enjoy the mouth-watering street food and don’t miss the famed Banarsi paan.
When you think of Kerala, you think of its backwaters. Lakes, lagoons, rivers and canals create a breathtaking watery world. Kerala is known as “God’s Own Country”. Meandering rivers, serene backwaters, palm-fringed beaches and gorgeous coconut groves – all add to the charm of this captivating state of India. The pristine Arabian Sea waters and the lush green Western Ghats make us wonder if Gods had actually chosen this paradise as their own.
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