Sydney, Las Vegas, London, Rio de Janeiro, Times Square in New York… They are all touted to be THE places to be to ring in the New Year. We, however, have a different idea about what constitutes “THE place”. We have drawn up a list of places right here in India that would make for a perfect New Year getaway. What we have here is a mix of unique, wild (literally and figuratively), cool (again, literally and figuratively) and must-see places. In some cases, we tell you how to add a twist to regular party haunts. So, where are you headed this New Years’?Also Read - Begin Your Day on a Happier Note With This Yoga Asana
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 and maybe sip on some namkeen chai. It is also the eastern most tip of India, literally nestled in a wedge between India and China. If you do make your way to Kibithu this New Year’s eve, you will be among the few to welcome 2015 first in the country! The Indo-China border in this distant town is quite porous too. So, maybe you could even take a leisurely walk across the border. Also Read - WAR vs GLA Dream11 Team Prediction Baroda T20 Challenge Final Match: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Warriors vs Gladiators at Vadodara at 10 AM IST January 22 Saturday
Walking on water
Or atleast frozen water. That’s what you can do this New Years if you opt for the Chadar trek in Ladakh. The Chadar trek is a 12 day trek where you will walk on the frozen Zanskar river for most parts. It is surreal enough to be in temperatures hovering around -20. And it gets even more so with a sluggish half-frozen river flowing under the ice. If that sounds like an adventure, contemplate on the fact that this was the route that Zanskaris took for centuries to be connected with the world outside during winters. Also Read - Indian Railways Cancels Over 340 Trains Today. Check List Before Travelling
Camping in Hampi
Most people would associate Hampi with the psuedo-Hippie crowd and midnight rave parties. Makes for a wild party scene for New Years, yes. But if you are the kinds who prefer something a little different, then Hampi has many little nooks too. You can gang up a few friends, climb up one of the surrounding hills and make yourself a good, ol’ fashioned campfire and ring in the new year. A little tip is that the main street and the guesthouses on the opposite bank of the river will be nearly full if you haven’t already made your bookings. The best option is drive up on New Year’s eve, climb up one of the surrounding hills and have your little party there.
Abscond in Agonda
Goa is another regular suspect when it comes to the party scene in the country. You would probably have to fight to land on one foot if you went to the Anjuna–Baga–Calangute route for New Years. But head south, towards Palolem, take a detour to the little village of Agonda. It has one of best beaches in Goa and surprisingly, is not high on the tourist map yet. There are hotels and restaurants, but they are not even in the same dimension as the hordes you will find in the northern parts of the state.
Doing the Rann
While it’s more popular cousin across the state border, Jaisalmer and Barmer will be welcoming guests by the dozen, the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is a relatively less crowded place. A flat, arid land, it has an unreal feel about the miles of nothingness. The Rann, inhabited by the Asiatic wild ass and the scattered nomadic tribes is one of the few places in the country that makes you believe you can indeed fall off the map.
Ranthambore, Kanha, Corbett and Bandhavgarh might have made their name for their big game spotting. But our vote goes to Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh. You are in the original Jungle Book country; Penchis where Rudyard Kipling set his most well-known book. Little wonder then that most hotels and resorts around Pench sport Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera as their mascots. Pench also has a healthy tiger population and unlike the fogged out North, has pleasantly cool climate around New Years. And it’s driving distance from Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Bhopal and Indore too. Photos credit: Rann Riders, Dragon Tours and VAG, Dinesh Kannambadi, Arif Siddiqui via Wikimedia Commons