When it comes to getting away for New Year’s, you don’t have to break the bank to plan a night to remember. All across the country, you can choose whether you crave the action of the city or the quiet of a countryside escape or if you wish to usher in the New Year in an adventurous way. This article compiles all possible places perfect for new beginnings! Welcome 2015 our way!
1. HAMPI, KARNATAKA
Camping in Hampi amidst the good old bonfires is the most ideal way to ring in the New Year! Most people associate Hampi with the pseudo-Hippie crowd and midnight rave parties. It does make up for a wild party scene often, but if you are the kind who’d prefer something a little different, then Hampi has several quiet nooks and places too.
2. Kibithu, Arunachal Pradesh
Kibithu is a tiny village in Arunachal Pradesh. At 11,000 ft., Kibithu is pretty cold, inviting you to curl up in front of a fire. It is also the eastern most tip of India, literally nestled in a wedge between India and China. The Indo-China border in this distant town is quite porous too. So, you could even take a leisurely walk across the border and welcome the New Year away from the supersonic lifestyle of the Metropolitans!
3. Wildflower Hall, Shimla
Nestled amidst the stunning hills and dense forests, this capital city of the state has its own charm that never ceases to fade away from the hearts of the travellers. Set within twenty three acres of protected cedar forest, with panoramic views of the Himalayas, this place is the Promised Land, the Elysium, and the Great Unknown all wrapped up together! Situated a little far from the city, this place will rapture you and transport you into a Utopian land you’ve only dreamed about till now. Believe us!
4. Brys Caves, the Jungle Resort, Jim Corbett
Honestly, if you haven’t stayed here once in your life, you’re living life the wrong way. Rooms deliberately structured in the form of caves, this place has been built with a very unique idea in mind! It’s not just the exteriors that are cave shaped but also the interiors are made bearing in mind the rough edges inside a cave. The ride to the top of the hotel is an adventure in itself with the uphill rocky terrains. Beware of the internet connectivity though. All networks but Vodafone are useless here.
5. Gajner Palace, Bikaner
Gajner Palace was built by H.H. Maharaja Sir Ganga Singhji, the dynamic ruler of Bikaner. The architecture is a unique blend of traditional Rajput sandstone carvings on the exterior and the interiors styled in a typical late 19th century European country houses. Sprawled over an area of 6000 acres, the Palace was one of the prime hunting resorts for various special guests during the British Era. The heritage hotel has also served accommodation to various dignitaries such as Governor General Lord Elgin, Lord Erwin in 1927, Prince of Wales in 1905, Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, and more. So you can understand why this place is perfect if you want a supremely imperial experience! Welcome 2015, as the Royals do!
6. Chadar- the frozen river trek
Supposedly, one of the most challenging treks in the Indian terrain, the Chadar Trek navigates over the frozen River Zanskar in the mountains of Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir. This trek is charged with a bunch of unique experiences that include walking on the frozen River Zanskar which is literally a sheet of ice with glacial waters running underneath and camping out in inhospitable conditions inside caves. The journey of the trek takes one through breathtakingly beautiful sightings of hanging icicles, iced-peaks set against turquoise skies and charming Tibetan prayer flags.
7. Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim
Celebrated as the photographer’s paradise, the lake is literally in middle of the mountain ranges and thus gives a fantastic picturesque feel. It is widely known for its Yak safaris as well. It makes for an ideal place to be with your loved ones ushering in the New Year!
8. Fateh Bagh, Ranakpur
Time-travel to the 18th century, rediscover the romantic era!
90 km from Udaipur and two centuries back in time stands the proud Fateh Bagh. The arresting architecture, period furniture and ethnic décor recall a gentler, more romantic time. Each room seems to have staged a story now lost in the wraps of time. Fall in love, with this place and yourself, this New Year!
9. Mandawa Haveli, Shekhawati
Soak up the small town atmosphere and absorb the beauty of the frescoes. You can find no other place so serene and peaceful; you’ll forget the fast paced lifestyles we live. Regale, the Royal way!
10. Neemrana Fort
About 85 kms from Gurgaon, on the Delhi-Jaipur highway, is the Neemrana Fort – a 15thcentury fort-palace, built in the Rajput architectural tradition, atop a plateau surrounded on three sides by the Aravalli ranges. For the adventure seekers, there are treks to the watchtowers, and there is zipping – India’s first ever aerial zip-line tour, which flies you high in the sky along super-b steel cables suspended between hill tops. Enchanting and enthralling, this place definitely warrants a visit!
11. Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is a beautiful hill station, which used to be the summer resort of the British. A perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts, wildlife and nature lovers. The undulated topography offers a breathtakingly beautiful vision of craggy rocks, adding to the picturesque scenery. The town captivates many tourists with its scenic beauty along with being famous for its tea plantations.
Away from all the city noise, it is perfect place to welcome New Year, forgetting all your problems from the past, and welcoming the future with a happier heart!
12. Wayanad, Kerala
Wayanad was known as Mayakshetra (Mayas land) in the earliest records. Mayakshetra evolved into Mayanad and finally to Wayanad. The Folk etymology of the word says it is a combination of Vayal (paddy field) and Naad (land), making it The Land of Paddy Fields.
Wayanad is a hilly district that is quite different from the regular Hill Stations. In Wayanad trekking, there is no long linear route present. Wayanad trekking offers small trails that can be finished in just one day, some lasting only a few hours. And it has various treks to offer to make your New Year’s eve memorable!
This New Year, touch base or fly away!