Just two days to go for us to bid farewell to 2017 and embrace 2018 with arms wide open. All major cities in India have parties and events lined up for those who like to ring in the New Year in pubs, restaurants, banquet halls or other such clichéd places. However, if you are someone who loves nature and wants to ring in the New Year 2018 away from all the noisy events and hoopla, there are plenty of places for you to consider, no matter where you are in India. If you are in Kolkata, you are particularly blessed to be near some spectacular getaways that can provide the perfect backdrop and ambiance for a New Year holiday. (ALSO SEE 2018 Holiday Calendar: List of Long Weekends and Where to Go in The Upcoming New Year) So, without further ado, here are some of the best places near Kolkata for New Year 2017 Long Weekend. Also Read - Didi's Scooty is Destined to Fall in Nandigram: What PM Modi Meant When he Said This

Sundarbans

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sundarbans in West Bengal are the world’s largest coastal mangrove forest. Part of this cast forest is the amazing Sundarbans National Park which is a tiger reserve as well as a biosphere reserve. It is the ideal getaway from Kolkata for those who love nature and wildlife in their raw form. Also Read - Ahead of West Bengal Assembly Polls, PM Modi to Address Rally at Kolkata’s Brigade Ground Today

Approximate distance from Kolkata: 109 km

Dooars

Known as the gateway to Bhutan, the Dooars plains treat you to spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayas. There are few places that can provide a rejuvenating experience like Dooars thanks to its amazing tea gardens, dense forests and breathtaking landscapes of rivers and valleys.

Approximate distance from Kolkata: 625 km

Daringbadi

Photograph Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Called the Kashmir of Odisha, Daringbadi is the only place in the state where it snows. It is one of the offbeat destinations of India that is slowly gaining popularity and making a name for itself on the tourist map. With thick rainforests all around, Daringbadi is rich in nature and wildlife and makes for an amazing winter destination. CHECK OUT Best Places near Mumbai for New Year 2018 Long Weekend

Approximate distance from Kolkata: 685 km

Neora Valley National Park

Located in the picturesque Kalimpong district, Neora Valley National Park in West Bengal is one of the lesser-explored wildlife spots in India. It happens to be one of the richest biological zones in this part of India. Apart from the breathtaking hilly terrain and landscapes all around, the park is known for being home to the red panda. It is one of the most adventurous places to visit for New Year 2018.

Approximate distance from Kolkata: 652 km

Bishnupur

Bishnupur in West bengal

Bishnupur in West bengal

And then there is the historic land of Bishnupur that attracts travellers not just from all over India but across the globe. Known for its terracotta temples from the royal 17th century dynasty of the Mallas, this amazing place is worth a visit for its royal history and also its art and culture.

Approximate distance from Kolkata: 140 km

So, take your pick and head to one of these amazing places near Kolkata to ring in New Year 2018 on this long weekend.