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For most of us, New Year’s Eve is one of the few occasions in the entire year when we get to party as long as we want. Welcoming another year with open arms, make resolutions and reflect on what we achieved in the last year. An amazing way to welcome the New Year is with a lot of positive energy and a fresh mindset.
What gives you a fresh perspective of life and fills you with positive energy?
Travelling to some exotic locations!
Club with your family and friends and go with the wind to the New Year destinations that we have handpicked for you. We have browsed through dozens of favourite New Year party destinations to pick the ones that perfectly make a holiday destination filled with fun and frolic. Partying is fun, but partying at one of these destinations will add a positive vibe, enough to get you through the entire year.
Known for its brilliant beaches, every 6 out of 10 party lovers pick Goa as the best place for New Year celebration. Well-connected to all modes of transport, Goa has a coastline stretching 100 kilometers that makes it home to numerous beaches that attract millions of visitors.
One of the best places to party during the New Year celebration, Goa hosts the Sunburn festival around the same time of the year. The Sunburn festival is one of the most popular New Year carnivals in the country filled with seafood, free-flowing booze, and, most importantly, interesting people. Parties never stop in Goa, and if you are visiting during the New Year, you will get to be part of the celebration with the most popular DJs in the world under the stars.
How to Reach:
By Air-The nearest airport is Dabolim, which is 29 kilometers away from capital Panaji. The airport is well connected to major domestic and international cities.
By Train-Margao, Madgao, and Vasco-da-Gama are the major railway stations for connecting Goa to all major parts of the country.
By Road-There are several roads connecting all major cities of India to Goa. Kadamba bus station in Panaji is the main bus station.
What not to miss-The Sunburn festival
The Sunburn festival is the biggest New Year carnival in the country. Some of the most popular DJ’s in the world perform during the festival that is swamped by an interesting crowd. While beaches like Baga, Calangute, Anjuna, and Arambol remain the popular destinations in Goa, we recommend the Sunburn festival for young couples wanting to have a blast this New Year.
To get most of the Goa, self-drive cars are the best mode of transport.
Officially known as Puducherry, Pondicherry is one of the 6 Union Territories of India which still revives the blend of French colonization on the Indian traditions. The French architecture makes it a dreamy place for the New Year celebration.
Bohemian stores, authentic French bakeries, and cobble-stoned paths, there is a lot to explore in Pondicherry, especially with your loved ones. The leisurely streets with cobble-stones make for a dreamy stroll or bicycle ride. At the New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy beach-side parties along with fireworks and bone-fire. The streets are lit and awake the entire night with electrifying performances. You will make some of the most cherished memories if you decide to celebrate the New Year in Pondicherry.
How to Reach
By Air-Pondicherry airport can only accommodate small aircraft coming from Bangalore and Hyderabad. The second nearest airport is the Chennai airport.
By Train-The nearest railway station is Villupuram, which is about 35 km away from the town.
By Road-There are frequently plying buses from Chennai, Thanjaur, Trichy, Coimbatore, Bangalore, and Madurai.
What not to miss-
A stroll through the streets of White Town, dotted with charming yellow colonial structures that are known for their bougainvillea laden walls.
Also known as quieter Goa, Gokarna is one of the personal favourites of young couples who want to spend some quality time together away welcoming the New Year. Pristine beaches, breathtaking landscapes, and less crowd, what else do you need from the best place for the New Year.
Situated in Karnataka, Gokarna can be different things to different people; some people come here in search of sanctity and salvation while others visit for a relaxed holiday on a slow beach that gives ‘one of its kind’ feel. If your mantra to welcome the New Year is with a peaceful morning Yoga and Meditation on serene beaches, then Gokarna is your calling.
How to reach:
By Air-Dabolim Airport, Goa is the nearest airport at 91 km
By Train-Gokarna Road railway station connects the town to all parts of the country
By Road-Well connected to other cities with regular buses
What not to miss-
Peach yoga sessions on the enchanting beaches
4. Udaipur, Rajasthan
You will be surprised how many people choose Rajasthan as the best place for the New Year celebration, in particular, the city of Udaipur. The city where why street wreaks of royalty and the magnificence, the city that hosts the wedding of some of the biggest celebrities and the city that is significant to our heritage. If you haven’t been part of the new celebrations in Udaipur, then you are missing something in your life.
How to reach:
By Air-Maharana Pratap Airport is the nearest airport at 20 km from the city
By Train-Udaipur is centrally connected to a vast railway network
By Road-The bus network to Udaipur is well established from all major cities
What not to miss–
The city of lakes has some of the most magnificent palaces such as the City Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, and Kumbhalgarh Fort.
When we think of getaway destinations, we hardly count any of the metropolitans as one of the sources of amusement. However, Mumbai can be an enthralling New Year celebration place with all the fun and events it has to offer. If you live in Mumbai or anywhere nearby, you don’t need to visit far off party destinations. The city is full of events and places to go, hotels and lounges to stay at and parties to enjoy.
All the major hotels in the city gear up to welcome the New Year in style. Some of the prominent events include New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Lotus Cafe – JW Marriott, Amnesia at LIV, New Year’s Eve Party at Stax – Hyatt Regency, Hot Freeze at The Westin and Visa on Arrival at Canvas Lounge.
Where To Stay: The Taj Mahal Palace
Delhites are known as party freaks for a reason. Delhi is home to some of the best New Year party destinations in North India. With some of the most elite and expensive party places, Delhi is also a heaven for lovers of performing arts. If your idea of fun and partying is shopping and food, then you will love the national capital. Mouthwatering Mughlai to South Indian to Continental, there are enough menus to last for a lifetime. Shopping scene here is also amazing, from cheap Chinese electronics to Madhubani Paintings to Rajasthani Handicraft, you will enjoy shopping here.
Delhi makes New Year celebration colourful, and most spirited celebrations can be witnessed around India Gate. New Year’s Eve at 7 Degrees Brauhaus, 3 Day New Year Festival at Shiro – Hotel Samrat, Revelry at Golf Bar – ITC Maurya, and New Year’s Bash at Over The Top are some exciting events to visit.
Where To Stay: Radisson Blu Hotel Paschim Vihar
7. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Arguably the most remote part of the country, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a nomad’s paradise. Although one of the unusual new year destinations, on the eve, the serene calm islands turn into a party hub with crazy parties at beaches and resorts as well as on yachts in the middle of the ocean.
The white sandy beaches, pristine surroundings, and clear blue sky make for ideal New Year getaway. However, if you plan to visit the Islands for the New Year, you better book in advance for cheaper deals.
How to reach:
By Air-There are daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai to Andaman’s capital Port Blair
By Sea-Cardo ships from Kolkata, Chennai and Vishakapatnam take you to Port Blair’s Haddo Jetty.
What not to miss-Scuba diving paradise, you have not completed your visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands unless you have scuba dived with your family and friends.
8. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh
The little town of Mcleodganj is the gem of Himachal Pradesh, which is an amazing new year party destination. People from across Indian and foreigners flock the streets of the city that are usually swooned by chill winds. However, on New Year ’s Eve, the whole atmosphere is musical with little cafes where you can sit and listen to foreigners playing the guitar.
How to reach:
By Air-Gagga Airport is the nearest airport but with limited flights. Indra Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, is the second nearest.
By Train-Pathankot Railway Station, which is 90 km away from Mcleodganj, is the nearest railway station.
By Road-Best way to reach Mcleodganj is via road as several government and private buses connect the town to other parts of the country.
What not to miss-Mcleodganj has two of the most prominent monasteries in India-Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, where Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama resides.
Plan an eventful night to say goodbye to passing year in the snowy city of Manali. Popular as a honeymoon destination, Manali is a couple’s paradise to be part of New Year celebrations. If you are planning a private New Year celebration with your loved one, family or friends, we recommend this New Year party destination.
How to reach:
By Air-Bhuntar airport is at a distance of 10km from Manali
By Train-Jogindernagar railway station is the nearest railway station that connects to all major cities
By Road-Himachal Pradesh State Bus service is excellent but there are several private bus networks too
What not to miss-You can celebrate by planning a road trip to Solang Valley or Kufri. Snow filled roads make for picturesque beauty.
Another gem in the southern part of India, Kodaikanal, is one of the best new year celebrations places in the lap of nature. Situated in Tamil Nadu, this hill station will take your breath away with the most refined views of Kerala. Because of its popularity among the newlyweds and families, Kodaikanal is titled as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations.’
How to reach:
By Air-Madurai is the nearest airport which is 120km away
By Train-Kodai Road is the main railway station which is about 100km away from the main city
By Road-Bus services from Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Pondicherry, and many more cities are available
What not to miss-Coaker’s Walk to take the mesmerizing glimpses of the valley below covered with dreamy clouds.
11. Gangtok, Sikkim
“The Gateway to Sikkim,” Gangtok makes pleasantly boisterous destination to celebrate the new year. A pristine hill station that is home to natural attractions such as Mt. Kanchenjunga and Nathu La Pass, you will be filled with magnificence of Himalayan mountains and inspiring hill roads that invite you to venture into the unknown.
You might have spent too many years partying in the urban setups this year experience the paradise of the northeast with Gangtok. Blessed with unlimited natural beauty, there is a lot for you to visit — experience serenity of Tsomgo lake, Tashi viewpoint, and Ban Jhakri fall. If you are left with enough time visit Enchey Monastery, Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery, and Ganesh Tok.
How to Reach:
By Air-The nearest airport to Gangtok is in Bagdogra, West Bengal, about 124 kilometers away.
By Train-The nearest railway station to Gangtok is in Jalpaiguri in Siliguri, about 148 kilometers away.
By Road-Best way to reach Gangtok, the roads are well maintained and provide a direct route from all metropolitans of India.
What not to miss- Nathu La Pass
Nathu La is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. This pass is what co-joins Sikkim with China. A hotspot for tourists in summers, you will love to visit Nathu La Pass in winters when visitors will be scarce so you can celebrate New Year in peace with your friends.
GreatBuyz has picked these best places for New Year celebrations keeping the interest of every type of party-goer in mind. Do let us know which New Year party destination is your favourite from the list.