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10 Best New Year Destinations In India : Bring In 2019 With A Bang

By Nishtha Gandhi

Updated - Dec. 24, 2018 8 min read

If you live in India and are planning to fly out of the country to bring in the new year. Stop. Wait a minute and think about the places you have never explored in your own country before, things you don’t know, cultural habits you haven’t come across before. And trust us when we say this, there is so much more to see in India than what meets the eye. So before you decide to burn a huge hole in your pocket and travel abroad, look around you and experience places you haven’t stepped foot in before this.

These places are a few out of the lot which you can choose and celebrate splendid new years with your family or friends.

 

1. Goa 

This place obviously tops the list. This place is India’s coastal “party state”. This beach city has a happy vibe flowing throughout. It usually tops in most travel magazines as one of the best places to spend new year’s eve in. With dance festivals happening in the last few days of the year to raging and raving, this is definitely one of the most favoutire spots for tourists to come and jam their way through a new year. Whether you prefer relaxing on the beach with a chilled beer in your hand or you prefer raging parties where you’re sloshed to death or you prefer just watching the sun set down on the last day of the year and bringing in a new year, a fresh start with your loved one, Goa is the place to be.

 

 

Best parties/events to look forward to –
VH1 Supersonic, Club Cabana, LPK, Shiva Valley

 

Since it’s peak season time in Goa, there are numerous decent options for budget accommodation in Goa – Best Hostels in Goa for travellers.

 

2. Gangtok

The town of Gangtok in Sikkim rests at an altitude of 1,437 mt and stops the Shivalik Hills in the Eastern Himalayan Range. Gangtok as a town draws the majority of tourists visiting Sikkim, and it is filled with travellers during the New Year. There are many pubs and discos here that cater to the need of the visitors, and you can ring in the New Year dancing to psychedelic trance music. It is lit with parties happening across the town. It’s a hill retreat for people who enjoy the calmness and the craziness a hill station brings with it.

 

 

Places to visit in Gangtok –
The Elgin Nor-Khil, Nathula Pass

 

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3. Manali  

Say farewell to the year 2018 in the blank-of-snow city of Manali. A private celebration with your family, companions or your life partner is the best though. You can likewise appreciate the New Years Eve at the hotels where exceptional gatherings are sorted out for the tourists. Plan a street trek to the close-by territories like the Solang Valley and Kufri. This will make your eve all the more energizing by investing energy in the streets topped off with snow. Bring home lovely pictures and pleasant recollections of new year’s eve in the lap of Nature.

 

Best parties/events to look forward to –
New Year eve celebration at Morpheus Valley Resort, New Year celebration in Solang Valley, Celebrate New Year eve at Rohtang Pass.

 

4. Pondicherry 

The beach-side gatherings are the main fascination of Pondicherry at the New Year’s Eve, making it extraordinary compared to other new year destinations in India. Fireworks and bonfires at the shoreline and festivities in the city proceed with the whole night. Insane performances on the street in the city are one hell of an experience to look out for. Youths and travelers begin getting ready for this day from before with the goal that they can experience all of it. Make it to Pondicherry this time at New Years to make the most of this paramount time.

 

Best parties/events to look forward to –
New Year party at Atithi, New Year Event at Anandha Inn, Xasty at Auroma Gardens Auroville, Seagulls Beach, Soiree

 

5. Kerela 

If you were to ask us, where to head for New Year 2019, we will certainly say that you must visit Kerala. Kerala is one of the most happening New Year party destinations not only in India but across the world. While cruising in a houseboat is an appealing way to celebrate the new year that is unique to Kerala, you will be in for an awesome treat if you attend the Cochin carnival or the burning of the gigantic Pappanji or Santa in Fort Kochi beach. When you attend any new year party in Kerala you’ll find everyone in an enthusiastic party mode, locals and tourists alike and the sun doesn’t set on the New Year celebrations in Kerala.

 

Best parties/events to look forward to –

Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Cochin Carnival

 

6. Rann Of Kutch

Rann Utsav is organized in the Rann Of Kutch every new year season. Rann Utsav is an awesome festival of Kutch, Gujarat, India. It is a Carnival of Music, Danaturalature beauty of White Rann and much more than that when visit under the full Moon. Kutch Rann Utsav is the shimmering landscape that gives the enchanting moments of this Fest, which feels like as Heaven On Earth during Festival Time.

 

Activities to look forward to –
Golf Cart, ATV Ride, Camel Cart Excursion, Paramotoring, Meditation, Yoga and Enjoying Gujarati Culture.

 

7. Gokarna

There are 5 main beaches in Gokarna: Gokarna beach, Kudle beach, Om beach, Paradise and Half Moon. Fall in love with the fresh waters and the calm beaches of Gokarna. Replaces party lights, champagnes, loud music with star gazing, moonlit sea-sides, and sand. There couldn’t be a better way to begin a new year: a small rustic temple-town, beautiful rivers, Arabian sea shores bordered by the rocky hills of Western Ghats, merging of cultures with peace and quiet.

 

Places to look out for – 
Mahabaleshwara Temple, Kudle beach, Om beach, Paradise beach.

 

8. Kasol

Kasol is a beautiful village in Himachal Pradesh that is no less than paradise. This heaven is situated right amidst lush green forests that atop the Himalayan mountain range with a white crown of snow. New Year is special and so has to be the celebrations! Begin your New Year celebrations with the grandness perfectly blended into the mixture of composure amidst the wild music. 

 

Look out for the following events in Kasol –
Himachal Music Festival, Chalo Parvati, Campside New Year parties, Magical Kasol Parvati Shangri La Festival

 

9. Mcleodganj

Located in the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh, the small town of Mcleodganj is as lit as ever during New Year’s Eve. With the winds brushing through your face giving you chills,  this place becomes all musical and happy on this day. Tourists from all parts of India and abroad are seen out on the streets enjoying their drinks and having a gala time. There are a lot of fashionable little cafes here where you can sit and listen to the foreign visitors play guitar. A mix of cultures, Mcleodganj is the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama and famous of the Bhagsunath temple. Shiva cafe, a small trek near the temple is recommended. Mcleodganj is one of the best new year destinations in India if you are looking to welcome the New Year in a peaceful place with a different culture and amazing scenery all around.

 

Look Forward to:
New Year celebration at Shiva Cafe, New Year eve at Peace Cafe, New Year party at Coffee Talks

 

10. Udaipur

The City of Lakes, have an unforgettable new years eve in Udaipur. The glistening lakes and blazing sun add charm to the landscape, and the weather gets slightly chilly and more pleasant as we approach the night. Already being in the most popular tourist destinations in India, Udaipur is overflowing with lovely stay locations for every budget, and almost all these stays offer something special for the new year’s eve. On top of that, you can always enter a happening pub in the city to celebrate as you have never celebrated before.

 

Parties to look forward to in Udaipur –  New Year’s Eve Countdown Party 2018, Udaipur (Near Sanjay Park, Udaipur), New Year’s Eve Countdown Party 2018, Udaipur
Near Sanjay Park, The Counting Clock New Year Eve 2018 Occasion Garden Opp. Ambi, This New Year With Our Indian Soldiers (Udaipur – City Of Lakes)

 

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FAQs 

 

Q. What are some beach destinations in South India?

A. Kovalam, Varkala, Gokarna Karnataka, Mamallapuram, Kochi, Chennai, Mangalore, Karwar Karnataka, Kappil Thiruvananthapuram

 

Q. Which is the best place for trekking in South India?

A. Nilgiri — Tamilnadu, Coorg — Karnataka, Peermede — Kerala, Ananthagiri Hills — Andhra Pradesh, Kodachadri — Karnataka, Munnar — Kerala, Chembra Peak — Kerala, Paithalmala — Kerala

 

Q: Which are the best places in India for Women Solo Travellers?

A: Kasol, Pondicherry, Udaipur, Mysore

 

Q: Which are the most essentials travel apps in India?

A: Uber And Ola - For Transport, Google Maps - Routes

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