4. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The islands have their own festival dhamakas as well as more laid back scenes for families and water lovers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 18 or 80, a new year’s celebration at Andaman’s is guaranteed to please. Say hello to the water elephants, definitely don’t say hello to the crocodiles and simmer under the curling mangrove bushes.
Good for: Beaches, Resorts, Peaceful
Go to one of the few newly opened islands in Lakshadweep that was uninhabited until recently. These islands still remain supremely empty, so it would be best to take your significant other and enjoy the most intimate new year’s eve ever doing whatever it is that love birds do on empty islands.
Good for: Beaches, Serene, Romantic, Coral reefs
Manali is the Indian favorite for witnessing snowfalls and skiing. Full of pine trees, fruit orchids and hippies, it’s an ideal place to spend new year in India for those who want to end their year on a high, both literally and figuratively. Take a ride on the Manali-Leh highway or visit the choicest little winter destinations nearby. The natural beauty of this place is sure to liven up your spirits as the year ends.
The silicon valley of India, Bangalore, is not just the Mecca for the IT crowd but also a tourist magnet. Head here on the occasion of new year for a an eclectic celebration. Another no-brainer, especially if you’re familiar with B-town’s bar culture.
Combine that with the new year party atmosphere and you’ve got the perfect place to enjoy a new year pub crawl while chugging some of the choicest brews. Hit up Arbor brewery first and sample the fruity homebrew: the best kind of buzz. Or you could head a little outside the city and enjoy the calming Cauvery fishing camp.
A small, quaint and cosy escapade in the scenic hills of the Himachal, Kasol gives you the best of both worlds.Parvati Valley, located here is one of the most beautiful destinations not only in India, but in the world. It would obviously be very cold here during New Year, but the great time you’ll spend here partying and breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the scenic beauty, is bound to make you forget about the chill. With its crazy party scenes and beautiful natural scenery, this is the place to be during New Year’s eve.
Good for: Hills, Hippiness, Trekking
10. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Here’s one from the South! A charming hill station located in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is often referred to as the“Princess of hill stations” and is a popular honeymoon and holiday destination in the South.
The cool and misty climate, waterfalls, the lush green hills and forests make it look like something straight out of a fairy tale! One must definitely visit this place during New Year, be it with family or friends. I’m sure you’re in for an amazing time here! Psst, don’t forget to try some of their amazing coffee.
Good for: Hills, Natural Beauty, Coffee
11. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Famous for the Sonar Quila or the Jaisalmer Fort (A UNESCO World Heritage Site), the city of Jaisalmer is also known for its golden sand dunes and of course, the mystery of the Thar Desert itself. The hue of the desert has given it the name of the “Golden City” and it’s one of Rajasthan’s most well known tourist destinations.
The clear, starry nights giving you a stunning view of the Milky Way, the slow and peaceful camel safari, the chill of the desert and of course, the local Rajasthani cuisine, make it one of the new year destinations in India where you can have the best time.
Good for: Desert, Clear Skies
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Losar, the Ladakhi new year, takes place in mid December. It is a good idea to visit during this time and witness the fervour with which the Buddhists make offerings to their Gods which makes its one of the best place to spend New Year.
Stick around after the festival and bring in your own new year with the unsurpassable sights of the mountains and lakes of inimitable Leh.