New Year is the time of the year to celebrate. We all want to welcome the New Year with our friends and family away from the normal routine of our daily lives. Planning a trip for the New Year with your wife and kids or with friends in India? We’d love to help. Here below we have compiled for your help a list of top 10 New Year destinations in India, which you can select from and trip to, depending on the type of place you want to visit this winter. Hit the jump to read on for the destination of your choice.
Mussoorie is a hill station in Dehradun District of the northern state of Uttrakhand. Located about 290 km north of Delhi, the hill station of Mussoorie lies in the foothill of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges and has been drawing tourists for over a century now. Encompassed in enticing beauty, Mussoorie has become a cool tourist destination for both the summers and the winters. Besides having a relaxed time in the lap of nature the tourists can shop on the mall road or walk and drive down to the Kempty fall, Mussoorie Lake or climb up to the Gun Hill.
Mcleodganj is the land revered by His Holiness the Dalia Lama. It is a small, quiet town nestled in the lap of Dharamsala in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. A great destination away from the pomp and show of the metros, Mcleodganj makes you feel home with the backdrop of beautiful Himalayan range, and a great tasty selection of cuisines right from Tibetan food to Italian and Japanese delicacies. If you want a secluded, calm and budget New Year celebration – Mcleodganj is the paradise to visit.
Known as Pondicherry formally, Puducherry (Tamil for new town) is the French Riviera of the east. Situated on the beaches of the Arabian Sea, the beautiful Union Territory comprises of four districts. Majorly famous as the New Year destination for the fireworks and sea and street celebrations carried out in the night, Puducherry’s amazing street artists who carryout electrifying performances also attracts visitors from around the country and abroad. Puducherry is indeed one of the greatest New Year destinations in India for a relaxed holiday.
Just another enchanting destination for a lovely New Year celebration, Ooty aka Udhagamandalam is capital city of the Nilgiris district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The popular hill station of the south India, Ooty is stationed at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level and is at times snow clad for the New Year, which could add wonders to your celebration. Hotels and resorts around the area organize New Year eve parties and events that can be attend by guests and tourists. If you are in Ooty you cannot miss the mountain train journey on a ratchet.
Gulmarg is a grandiose hill station situated at an altitude of 2730m above sea level in the Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir. Gulmarg is easily approachable by road from Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir in less than 2 hours by car or bus. Snow clad for the New Year, tourist have a wonderful time coming here and being a part of a white Christmas and a cold, wonderful, white new year. A must visit New Year destination for young couples and friends; Gulmurg attracts tourists to some of the most famous ski slopes of India. Another famous attraction here is the highest cable car route in the world.
No destination in India gets better than Kerala when it comes to choosing a place to spend that special time with your loved one. If you want the most romantic New Year ever, trip down to Kerala, hire a houseboat and be on the waves this New Year. Kerala is home for some of the finest beach parties which can be really exotic and enthralling. If you vision to spend a beautiful New Year amid natural beauty, Kerala should undoubtedly be the most innovative idea. Explore the natural splendor of the amazing beauty of the beaches and wonderful natives of the area.
If your New Year drive is to be amid colors and traditions, Rajasthan is the place to be. Go to any part of the state, you will be welcomed with colorful culture, traditions and wonderful food. Rajasthan is full of exotic sites, like forts and palaces to visit. A great destination for families and friends, Rajasthan has places like “the city of lake” – Udaipur, “pink city” – Jaipur and the “golden city of India” – Jaisalmer to visit. If you still like the hills, Mount Abu, the hill station of the west stands there to welcome you for the New Year celebration. If you want the fell of the sand dunes and desert traditions, don’t miss a trip to Sam Desert in Jaisalmer.
Shimla aka the Queen of the Hills is undoubtedly one of the best New Year destinations in India. Most of the times, the capital city of the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is covered with snow for the New Year, a reason it attracts a lot of tourist around the time of New Year. The city is full of amazing hotels and resorts which organize exotic events and parties for guests and visitors. The city has amazing tourist spots like Kufri and Chail in the vicinity which adds to the visitors galore. Shimla can be a great destination for winter shopping with remarkable showrooms on the mall road.
Manali is another famous hill station in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. If snow is essential for your spirit of New Year celebration this year, then Manali is certainly the place to be. The party fever immerses in Manali right after Christmas celebrations, and lasts until a couple of days into the New Year. Unique and amazing New Year parties in new and old Manali and in the outskirts of Manali, attract tourists from not only India, but from all over the world. Beside the party atmosphere you also have places like the Solang valley where you can go and visit and enjoy some winter sports.
If you have your foot on the pedal and are planning to go full throttle this New Year, then don’t stop anywhere before Goa – the ultimate place to be for New Year. Perfect place for amazing nightlife, exotic beach parties filled with mind-blowing music, streams of liquor and fun-filled food, Goa offers a truly international ambience for New Year parties. The beaches are prepared for splendid fireworks to lure one and all. You can be in Goa for New Year with friends or loved ones – it has a lot to offer for just about anyone tripping down. You can’t miss the beach parties at the Vagator and the Anjuna beaches if you are in Goa on the 31st of December. Have a fun-dur-ful year guys!