The birth of a new year is here! So, those who want to make it grand for 2019, better plan to welcome it at one of these destinations in the country!
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Nightclub parties, beach dos, grand dances on lit-up streets, and some of the best music events have landed Goa among the top New Year destinations in the country. For the best beach parties, visit Baga, Vagator, Candolim and Anjuna. For those who need peaceful and intimate revelries, Morjim and Palolem will do better. You can also welcome 2019 in water! Try a river or sea cruise with DJ, dance, fireworks and games.
This coastal town will see loads of year-end action on the beach with music concerts and open-air parties. But the best vibe is at the Cochin Carnival which is held in the last week of December till first day of the new year. Thousands from India and abroad throng Fort Kochi for the carnival, one of the oldest in India and a throwback to the New Year revelry started by the Portuguese.
The blue city of Jodhpur in itself is an attraction for travellers. The first morning of 2019 in Jodhpur will keep your mind captivated with the city’s view against larger-than-life Mehrangarh Fort for all year long. Spend time with friends or family, for Jodhpur is going to give you a relaxed New Year experience.
Bring in a cosy New Year with a brandy-infused hot punch or a cup of cocoa by a fireside in the winter wonderland of Auli in Uttarakhand. Go skiing on snow-covered slopes which offer a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Neelkanth and Nanda Devi. Or check out the local temples, hot springs and haunted spots.
In Munnar you’ll be engulfed in a sea of thousand shades of green. The rolling hills all around are covered by a sculptural carpet of tea plantations, and the mountain scenery is magnificent – you’re often up above the clouds, watching veils of mist clinging below the mountaintops. A stay at one of the many planters’ bungalows here ensures you experience all this and more at close quarters.
Dive deep into the ocean to a truly quiet and silent place to meditate on what the New Year will bring. Havelock Island, in Andamans, has the bluest waters and dazzling white sand beaches with bamboo huts. You can also go sea kayaking through mangroves or take a boat ride to the oldest lighthouse surrounded by beautiful coral reefs.
Other than the shimmering Lake Pichola, with purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching in all directions, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India. For visitors welcoming 2019 here- there’s the tranquillity of boat rides on the lake, the bustle and colour of ancient bazaars, lively arts scene, endless tempting shops and some lovely countryside to explore on wheels, feet or horseback.
French up your New Year with baguettes, cops in kepis, locals speaking fluent French, and beachfront cafes serving croissant au beurre and poisson du jour. Hire a bicycle and go for leisurely rides over coconut tree-laden backwaters. You can also start the first day of the new year with a spiritual journey to the multinational experimental township, Auroville (or the City of Dawn).
Often termed as the soul of South India, Chennai has its own charm that keeps travellers captivated. Here you can open the new year any way you want because it has a lot to offer! The beauty of the place lies in its beaches, temples, markets, cuisine and above all its culture. Drop in at any of the cultural festivals, which most likely occur around New Year, and sink in the deep pool of Indian art and culture.
For those who have well passed the party era and like spending time with family, Ooty promises a wholesome holiday. Line up a host of farm activities in the day like tending the horses, picking vegetables and waiting meditatively for a catch at a fish pond. At night, start with the crackling bonfire and graduate to the in-house restaurant for a peaceful meal. Ooty is like heaven for tea and chocolate lovers for the place has them in abundance.