You’ve worked really hard this year. In some cases, slogged to meet deadlines. At the start of the year, you had envisioned something for yourself and you worked towards achieving that. ‘Dream it, do it’ was your motto. Looking back, it seems like a fulfilling year spent reaching pre-assigned targets, both personally and professionally. Now, it has almost come to a close and you want its end to be just as fulfilling, so that you can start the new year with a bang. You feel the need to getaway, either in the company of friends, that special someone, or just yourself. Here is a list of getaways in India that are perfect to ring in the New Year.
1. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Kasol is a hilly haven for hippies. If corporate drudgery has made you feel like a robot all year and you just feel the need to wear some baggy clothes without a care in the world, this village is for you. It is located in Parvati Valley, the scenic party central of Himachal Pradesh. Here, you will find backpackers from around the world and it is a great place to mingle with millennials from different countries. So if you choose to head here for New Year’s Eve all by yourself, don’t worry at all—you will definitely go back home with a fresh set of transcontinental friends! Wade in the Parvati River, visit its cafes, pray for a smashing new year at Manikaran Gurudwara, befriend locals and explore the cultures of Tosh and Malana—there is no shortage of things to do here, even if you choose to simply unwind! A royal start in the new year, book your Hotels in Kasol today!
Budget: Hotel Yash Palace
Splurge: Hotel Sandhya Kasol
Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Morjim…so many options but just one night to enjoy them all. For years, Goa has been the undisputed champion, as far as New Year’s Eve getaways are concerned. If you are someone who thrives on high-octane parties, beach fiestas, thronging crowds thumping their feet to dance music and a general air of busy party-goers, then congratulations! You’ve found your perfect getaway. With a variety of events, parties, venues and beaches on offer at the end of the year, you will be spoilt for choice in India’s sunshine state. All the revelry needs some balancing out and what’s a better way to spend the first day of the New Year than at the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed churches and convents of Goa? You even get the chance to pray for the coming year to be fabulous! Read reviews and images and book your hotels in Goa instantly.
Budget: Dreams Palm Beach Resort
Splurge: Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village
3. Hampi, Karnataka
If you enjoy art, architecture and history, then you don’t need to look beyond Hampi for the perfect New Year’s Eve getaway. This is another place that India’s national and international hippies like to call home. Hampi has a laidback atmosphere which allows you to soak in its antiquity and sometimes even feel it come to life. Doesn’t it sound grand that you’d be spending your New Year’s Eve at a UNESCO World Heritage Site? And as formal as that sounds, you can do this in absolutely comfortable and funky attire. Chill on the banks of the peaceful Tungabhadra river, take part in drum circles in the hippie area of Anegundi, explore rice fields on a bike and learn about the ancient architecture of Hampi – there are a lot of things to do in this historic little town! Get the best of Hampi, book hotel here.
Budget: Mowgli Guest House
Splurge: Orange County
4. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
When you hear the word ‘getaway’, images of pristine white sand beaches and gorgeous islands will almost instantly come to mind. Why should they remain only in the mind? Make it a reality by heading to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, an archipelago situated in the Bay of Bengal. Apart from indulging in rest and relaxation, there’s just so much to do here! Scuba diving, snorkeling, sea-walking, jet-skiing and parasailing will give you the perfect year-end adrenaline rush. Port Blair offers many cultural and historic sightseeing options like the Cellular Jail, the Samudrika Marine Museum and The Anthropological Museum. If you fancy coral reefs, head to Jolly Buoy Island. And if you are in the mood, simply bring in the New Year by being a beach bum—really, no one’s judging! Save big, book your Hotels in Port Blair, today.
Budget: Hotel Island Cove, Port Blair
Splurge: Symphony Palms Beach Resort, Havelock Island
5. Shillong, Meghalaya
Spend New Year’s Eve in the verdant scenery of the ‘Scotland of the East’. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is probably the most cosmopolitan city of the North-East. It is also filled with young people who come here from all over the North-East region to study. This makes its cultural milieu very eclectic—something that has had an impact on its music scene as well. If you enjoy good music, a stylish vibe and a contemporary party scene with just the right amount of traditionalism, then Shillong is for you! Add to this, the fact that this city has the perfect weather all year round. Apart from its buzzing live music cafés, Shillong also has some fantastic rooftop party venues where you can let loose. It is the perfect place to experience a modern amalgamation of cultures from across the region. Book your Hotels in Shillong for a comfortable stay!
Budget: Hotel Monsoon
Splurge: Ri Kynjai
6. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Not only is the White Salt Desert a.k.a. the Rann of Kutch one of the most beautiful places in India, it also makes the perfect New Year’s getaway because it’s also the season for the Rann Utsav. A cultural extravaganza, this fest highlights the colorful heritage of the region and you can go para-motoring, take a camel cart ride, watch folk musicians and artists perform or simply soak in the beauty of a full-moon night. Apart from the festival, you can shop for local handicrafts like embroidered and batik fabrics, wood carvings and silver jewellery. Wildlife enthusiasts can visit the Wild Ass and Great Indian Bustard Sanctuaries. Compare and book your stay at Rann of Kutch.
Budget: The Village Resort
Splurge: Tent City Dhordo, Rann Utsav
7. Lonavala, Maharashtra
If you’re a Mumbaikar and don’t want to get too far away from the city, do you think you’d be able to find a getaway as perfect as Lonavala? We know you’ve been coming here with family ever since you could remember, but you should also know that it is no less of a New Year’s Eve haven! Spend your time strolling through the quaint market, go for a trek at Rajmachi Fort, visit the famous Bhaja and Karla Caves or find which famous person you look like at the Celebrity Wax Museum. Of course, you can also spend New Year’s Eve with friends in the comfort of your hotel. Make sure you see say an echo-filled ‘Happy New Year!’ at Tiger’s Leap! Get amazing deals on Hotels in Lonavala and get instant booking.
Budget: Lion’s Den Hotel
Splurge: Della Resorts
8. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
If you need some motivation and a boost of adrenaline for the New Year, head to Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. This is the place to be if you are an adventure junkie. The Ganga is a holy river, that we all know. But it is also home to some crazy rapids. River raft through as many as 13 foaming rapids in one stretch as October to June is a great season to indulge. If being in water is not your thing, perhaps being in the air is? Try your hand at bungee jumping at Mohanchatti and flying fox 7m above the ground at speeds reaching 160 km/hr! Rishikesh’s topography lends itself to natural cliff formations from which you can go cliff-jumping straight into the freezing waters of the Ganga. Kayaking, trekking and mountain biking are the other fun activities to be enjoyed here. Now that list sounds like its filled with some super adventures! Book Hotels at Rishikesh at Cleartrip for amazing deals.
Budget: Divine Ganga Cottage
Splurge: Neemrana The Glasshouse on the Ganges
9. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
The golden sands of Jaisalmer invite you to spend New Year’s Eve like royalty. Situated in the Thar Desert, it is a regale getaway in North India and has something for every preference. Adventure enthusiasts can go dune bashing, paramotoring and parasailing; culture enthusiasts can enjoy the folk performances at the desert safari camp; history enthusiasts can explore the secret nooks of Jaisalmer Fort; shopping enthusiasts can go crazy at the handicraft stores that are housed within the walls of the Fort; wildlife enthusiasts can head to the Desert National Park; and calmness-enthusiasts can cool off by the side of Gadsisar Lake (yes, there’s a huge water body in this desert city!). It’s safe to say that Jaisalmer is the perfect getaway for just about anyone. Experience the best of Rajasthani hospitality. Book your stay at Jaisalmer now!
Budget: Mahadev Resort
Splurge: Hotel Jaisal Kot, Jaisalmer
10. Alleppey, Kerala
Peace and tranquillity – that is what you will get if you choose Alleppey for your New Year’s Eve getaway. You will, after all, be spending bringing in the New Year in God’s Own Country. You could visit Alappuzha Beach, Lake Vembanad, Krishnapuram Palace and the various basilicas and churches in the district. But, would you be really doing justice to why you came here if you didn’t spend your New Year’s Eve on a houseboat in the verdant and pristine backwaters? Yes, our only advice to you would be to sit back, relax and let the worries of the past float away with every second spent on these heavenly waters. You can even jump in…a little action never hurt anybody. Read genuine reviews and book your Hotels at Alleppey, Kerala.
Budget: Bamboo Lagoon Backwater Front Resort
Splurge: Cosy Houseboats
‘Dream it, do it’…that was your motto for this past year. There is no reason why it shouldn’t be your agenda for a New Year’s Eve getaway too. Whatever you dream and desire from your year-end vacation, go ahead and do it, indulge! We are sure that if you pick any of the places on this list, you will come back home with recharged batteries, ready to take on the New Year with full force.