New Year is just the perfect time to take a break from the year long stress and spend time with family and friends. No need to think beyond borders, as India is the world’s favourite vacation destination thus offering diverse options for the same occasion. Welcome the New Year in a legendary way by choosing your favourite destination.

1. Goa – The Pearl of the Orient

Blessed with an extensive range of biodiversity, Goa is the first place that comes in the mind of a vacationer looking for beach parties. As the New Year ushers, the state sends out invitations for discos, in-house parties, beach open-air parties and New Year Eve cruises to choose from.

USP: Beach, Parties, Sunburn Festival, Seafood, Cheap booze, Carnivals.

Hotspots: Beaches of Anjuna, Cavelossim, Baga, Candolim, Arambol and Vagator.

Activities: Banana Ride, Dolphin Trip, Water scooter, windsurfing, Jet skiing, Motor boat ride, scuba diving etc.

Freak Out points: Club Tito’s, Cavala, Britto’s, Zanzibar, Club LPK-Love Passion and Karma, SinQ, Drift Bar, Pharaos, Curlies, Purple Martini, Café Lilliput, Shiva Valley and UV Bar etc.

2. Delhi – Beat with the Heart of India
The National Capital, bringsforth New Year’s Eve in the most special way one can think of! Stroll around the Old Delhi for some mouthwatering parathas in Parathe Wali gali. Drive​ ​down​ ​to Rajpath and catch up the events at India Gate. Hangout in Hauz Khas to host an epic party in its top notch restaurants.
USP: Party hub, Shopping and others.
Hotspot: Celebrations at Red Fort, India Gate, Official celebrations in Parliament house.
Activities: Sound & Light Show in Red Fort (Lal Quila), sightseeing & shopping.
Freak Out points: Ghungroo (ITC Sheraton, Chanakyapuri), Agni (The Park Hotel, CP), Raasta (Cyber Hub), Lights Camera Action – Air Bar (Rajouri Garden), Hauz Khas Social (Hauz Khas Village).

3. Jaisalmer – The Golden City

The UNESCO World Heritage City, famous as Sonar Quila gives one a starry peaceful New Year, away from maddening crowd. Spend the night in a luxury camp, amid the yellow sand, with a camel safari under the milky way. Savour authentic Rajasthani cuisine while enjoying their world famous hospitality.

USP: Desert, Clear Skies

Hotspot: The Serai, Damodra Desert Camp, Prince Desert Camp, Desert Springs Resort and Oasis Camp.

Activities: Desert Safari, Camping, Bonfire, Rajasthani folk music, Rajasthani cuisine, starry nights.


4. The White Deserts of Kutch – Celebrate the Sands!

Catch up Rann Utsav that takes place from November to February on the beautiful white sand desert. People from all over the world, in thousands come here to spend their New Year in tent city Dhordo Village. The days will be spent with cultural shows, musical concerts, camel safari and meditation.

USP: Desert, Clear Skies, Camel Ride, Hot Air Balloon.

Hotspot: Dhordo Village

Activities: a date with the moon, cultural fiesta, sightseeing on camel, hot air balloon ride, beaching in Mandvi and fabulous Kutch food.

5. Alappuzha – Knowing the Venice of East
The week-long Alappuzha beach festival from December 27th to January 2nd is a cultural way to say goodbye to the old year. Stay in houseboats and backwaters, watch migratory birds while kayaking or get a rejuvenating Ayurvedic hot oil massage for the winter.
USP: Thattukada, seafood, backwaters, Ayurvedic massage.

Hotspot: Houseboats

Activities: Sightseeing, beach party, enjoying nature while kayaking or canoe.

Freak Out Points: Fort Kochi area

6. Kasol – The Mini Israel

Quaint and cozy escapade, Kasol, though a small village is a great place for party lovers who just wish to just freak out. Bathed in scenic flora fauna, the mini Israel is famous for its late night music parties (hippie style). Raise thou spirits by roaming/trekking around the village and join the hippies in their local parties. Lose yourself in music, mountains and marijuana.

USP: Late night parties, hippie styled parties and outdoor celebrations

Hotspot: Riverside camps at Kasol, Chalal / Tosh / Pulga villages

Activities: Parties, Hippie styled parties at Tosh, Private parties in the mountains or trekking routes.

Freak Out Points: Himalayan villages and the local hippies.


7. Gokarna – The Ultimate Party

Gokarna shows a completely new face when it comes to New Year celebrations, especially to those who typify it as pilgrimage point. A heaven for party lovers, it is the perfect place to enjoy pub dance, poolside and open air beach side parties.

USP: Pubs, Parties, Tasting new brews in the beach, Open-air beach parties.

Hotspot: Om Beach, Halfmoon and Paradise beaches.

Activities: Beach, Party and Sightseeing

Freak Out Points: Gokarna beach, Paradise beach, Kudle beach and others.

8. Mcleodganj – The Little Lhasa of India
Famous as a pilgrimage, Mcleodganj with its street music galas makes up for the most colourful New Year’s Eve. The high-end cafes are great for mild celebrations and music performances. Trek around Mcleodganj or spend some silent moments in St. Johns church.

USP: Party and Music gala.

Activities: trekking, street gala, partying at Shiva café.

Freak Out Points: McLlo Beer Bar, Black Magic, Xcite Bar, B6 Lounge and Bar, Bob’s N Barley and Espresso Bar.


9. Find Joy in Kolkata

City of Joy, as it is known, Kolkata takes a 360 degree turn during the New Year as its parties turn jazz and hip. During this time, people enjoy cocktails, loud music and attend theme parties till the clock strikes 12. A little away from Kolkata, beach parties are something to look out for.

USP: Parties, Banquets and Music

Hotspot: Bonne Anne, Boat Party & Park Street

Activities: Music concerts, Social Parties, Masquerade Night, Banquets and others

Freak Out Points: The Park, Blue Nile Resto and Lounge.


10. New Year in the Garden City Bangalore

Bangalore is famous for serene parties which take a grand turn during the new year. Party halls and disco houses create interesting themes for celebrations. Other activities included are wildlife national parks safari and boating.

USP: Farms, campsites, beaches, theme parks

Hotspot: The Paul Bangalore and Clark’s Exotica

Activities: Music concerts, Social Parties, Masquerade Night, Banquets and others

Freak Out Points: The Park, Blue Nile Resto and Lounge.