20 Best Places to Visit in New Year in India
Are you bitten by the travel bug? Then pack your bags and get ready to celebrate this New Year by travelling to some of the hottest tourist destinations of India.
- 1. Rajasthan – The Land of Deserts
- 2. Kerala – the Land of Backwaters
- 3. Shimla – the Land of Snow
- 4. Goa – the Land of Beaches
- 5. Delhi – the Land of History
- 6. Corbett National Park – the Land of Big Cats
- 7. Andaman Islands – the Land of Corals
- 8. Auli – the Land of Skiing
- 9. Lakshadweep – the Land of Scuba Diving
- 10. Nainital – the land of Lakes
- 11. Mumbai
- 12. Kolkata
- 13. Gulmarg
- 14. Mcleodganj
- 15. Jaipur
- 16. Kasol
- 17. Rann of Kutch
- 18. Jaisalmer
- 19. Gangtok
- 20. Mussoorie
Below are some of the 20 Best Places to Visit in New Year in India.
1. Rajasthan – The Land of Deserts
Winter is the best time to visit the hot deserts of Rajasthan and the time to celebrate new year. This state still treasures the regal culture and living style of the Rajput clan. Travel on deck up elephants to the forts or stroll through the Thar Desert on camels to feel like the Maharajas. The palaces of Rajasthan exhibit some of the finest specimens of architecture, while the shopaholics can fill their bags with unique boutique apparels, leather shoes, costume jewelry and home decor. Feel like a monarch here as you are served some of the most delicious food of the state on silver lined plates and handcrafted cutlery. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Ranthambore National park are the must visits at Rajasthan.
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Suggested Tour :
- 8 Days – Rajasthan Tour from Delhi
- 8 Days – Rajasthan Tour from Jaipur
- 10 Days – Rajasthan Tour from Delhi
- 11 Days – Rajasthan Tour from Mumbai
- 17 Days – Rajasthan Cultural and Wildlife Tour
2. Kerala – the Land of Backwaters
Celebrate this new year in a different way and breathe in some fresh air and treat your eyes to the breathtaking scenic beauty at Kerala. The state is a natural abode, offering you a stay on the crystalline backwaters at some of the most beautiful and comfortable houseboats of the country.
Enjoy a mesmerizing sunset at the sea beaches or entertain yourself to boat races and Kathakali dance programs here. Kerala is also a favorite among bird lovers, as its rich flora and fauna forms a natural residence to various avian species. People who are looking to restore their health this new year can spend some quality time at the Ayurveda SPA resorts of the state. Last but not the least; the taste of steaming hot rice and fish curry served on fresh cut leaves at Kerala will linger forever in your taste buds.
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Suggested Tour :
- 7 Days – Kerala Houseboat Tour
- 10 Days – Best of Kerala Tour
- 10 Days Kerala Backwaters for First Time Tour
- 15 Days – Kerala Tour
3. Shimla – the Land of Snow
This new year enjoy the chilled vacation by visiting Shimla. You can enjoy the ridges and crowd to celebrate new year. Visit the churches, walk hand in hand with your beloved over the snow carpet of Shimla or sip some piping hot coffee, enjoying the sight of snow drizzles sitting near the fire. This place is ideal for skiing as well.
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Suggested Tour : 6 Days – Shimla Manali Tour Packages
4. Goa – the Land of Beaches
Enjoy a warm and wild winter at Goa this New Year. Besides the gala New Year party at the state, it is also the best place to bask in the warmth of the sun lying over the soft sands. Enjoy a moonlight cruise over River Mandovi or pray at some of the oldest churches of the world at Goa. Enjoy the beach and rave parties during the New Year. The Ayurveda SPA resorts can relieve you from stress, while the all-night beach parties will bring out the real you.
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Suggested Tour :
- 4 Days – Goa Beaches Tour
- 8 Days – Goa Tour with Kerala & Mumbai
- 11 Days – Goa with Kerala Tours
- 18 Days – North India with Goa Vacations
5. Delhi – the Land of History
Delhi – the Capital city gives you lots of options to celebrate new year. The capital of India is a wonderful blend of past and present; while on one hand you have thousands of years old monuments like the Qutub Minar and Akshardham Temple, on the other hand you have the president’s residence and Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial. If you want to celebrate New Year with some music, food and Dance then Delhi has a number of pubs, cafes to enjoy the music and Dance. Also you can find the best places to have lip smacking Mughlai cuisines, which include spicy kebabs, aromatic biryani and tangy street food, popularly known as chaats.
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6. Corbett National Park – the Land of Big Cats
If you are a wildlife lover, get thrilled this New Year with a visit to the Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand. Besides the tigers, the park is also a safe shelter to Asian elephants, leopards, sloth and Himalayan black bears, varied species of deer (sambar, barking deer, hog deer and chital to name a few).
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Suggested Tour : 5 Days – Corbett Wildlife Tour
7. Andaman Islands – the Land of Corals
Has the underwater world always been a mystery for you? Visit the Andaman Islands this new near and feel the warmth of the place. The primitive life accompanied with the lively marine world just at your reach makes it an awesome New Year vacation.
8. Auli – the Land of Skiing
If you always dreamt of a vacation at a snow land then Auli is a must visit for you this January. Besides the awe-inspiring scenic beauty of the snowcapped mountains, the place is known for its multiple skiing slopes.
9. Lakshadweep – the Land of Scuba Diving
Want a secluded vacation this new year just with your special one? Lakshadweep beckons you with its deep blue sea and amazing marine life. Bask in the warmth of the sun lying at the sea beach or get close to the magical underwater life with scuba diving.
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Suggested Tour : 5 Days Lakshadweep Honeymoon Tour
10. Nainital – the land of Lakes
The Himalayan beauty and the mystic nature of Nainital lure tourists from far lands. While the Naini Lake is popular for its spellbinding view, encircled by the Great Himalayan peaks, the Nainital Zoo treasures rare species of wildlife, like snow leopard, steppe eagles and Himalayan black bear. Sipping some butter tea sitting at the sprawling valleys of Nainital is another must do activity.
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If you are planning to spend New Year with party and nightlife, it is best to choose the Mumbai city, which never sleeps. Mumbai is the party hub for those who would like a carnival styled vacation. When it comes to New Year, the locals stick with house parties, beach bonfires and luxury parties in hotels and halls. The night sky will be decorated with lights and crackers. Every lounge and hotel in the city will be organizing theme parties.
If you choose high-class hotels, you might bump into celebrities and Bollywood faces. If you are looking for a quiet place in Mumbai to sip a drink and enjoy the land, the Marine Drive is the best place. Starting from JW Marriott to Hyatt, the city is lined with multinational hotel brands, which have a gold standard for New Year celebration.
Life is incomplete without visiting places and hence begin the upcoming New Year with visits to some of the jewels of Indian tourism is the bestest way to celebrate New Year and make it memorable in a different way.
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Top Tour Packages to Enjoy Mumbai during New Year are:
When it comes to celebrations, the harbor cities have a knack around it. Kolkata is another nightlife, booze and party style of New Year city. The clubs around the city become very enthusiastic with celebrity guests, DJ, lip-smacking buffet, dance and much more. Kolkata is one of the few cities, where you can find celebrations for all age groups. Visit the hotels and lounges during New Year’s Eve for a ravishing party time. This is the city with an enthusiastic happening crowd, which would party, all night long, literally.
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Not everyone is the night-owl party animal style of tourist. Some would love a unique celebration. If you are looking for a snow-filled vacation during New Year, it is time to head towards Gulmarg. You cannot find a lot of parties and raving night time here. It is all about nature and romance. If it is your first new year together with your special one, it is possible that you would want to spend it in a classic place with each other’s company.
Such a heaven is Gulmarg. You can find all the snow and romantic activities at prime beauty. If you are looking for a unique experience, try Outer Circle Walk drive, Gondola ride during sunrise or sunset, snow activities and so on. If you are traveling to India for New Year, make sure to pre-book your tickets as the country is planning to increase the cost of flying during New Year.
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Suggested Tour : 10 Days – Kashmir With Taj Mahal Tour
How about spending the New Year in an enthralling way. Choose the exotic Mcleodganj to enjoy an European old-fashioned styled New Year celebration. The place will be pleasingly chill throughout the month. With the end of the year, the music gets to the peak. You can find people in the street, conducting galas and enjoying drinks like a carnival. You can find numerous foreign visitors in Mcleodganj for a unique celebration. The best way to spend New Year’s in Mcleodganj is by choosing to spend the celebration time in any little cafes with live music, cultural programs, booze and other celebrations. If you are looking for silent time, you can camp at secluded places or hire cabins along the valley for a night.
If you are looking for regal styled vacation, Jaipur is the right place. This Pink City celebrates the New Year in a very grand manner. The New Year celebration incorporates cultural and heritage values of the land. The best place to enjoy an authentic New Year celebration in Jaipur is Chokhi Dhani. Starting from traditional games to local delicacies, you can try every element of the culture. If you are looking for a royal way to enjoy the celebration, stay as guest in any of the palace hotels or royal resorts. Every hotel and lounge in the area will throw classic parties and celebrations.
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How about celebrating the day in the middle of nowhere, in the laps of pure nature. Kasol is a paradise for hipster styled New Year celebration. If you are looking for a serene and silent way to experience the passing of the old year, try to choose a secluded place in Kasol, pitch a tent and enjoy a private party with your friends. Thanks to the clear skies of December, you would be able to enjoy a star-filled nighttime.
Suggested Tour : 8 Days – Himachal Hill Station Tour
17. Rann of Kutch
Visit Rann of Kutch during New Year to enjoy nature, culture, heritage and adventure filled New Year celebration. During December, the salt desert will be celebrating the Rann Utsav. Pitch a tent or hire a camp and enjoy cultural activities throughout the night. If you are up for some adrenaline pumping action, try the desert adventure activities. Starting from folk dance to desert safari, you can enjoy all flavors of Gujarat here. Shopping and cultural sightseeing will be at the prime beauty during this celebration. Rann Utsav starts from first of November and ends on 28th February. This festival attracts more than 8000 international and national tourists.
Just like the great white desert, the cliché Jaisalmer desert is also one of the prime destinations to enjoy the festival. Just like Rann of Kutch, camping in the middle of the desert is the major activity. Choose the right service provider, who would provide cultural and adventure activities in the desert. If you are traveling with your better half, the best romantic way to spend the New Year’s Eve is under the moonlight on the cool sand of the desert.
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Jaisalmer Travel Guide :
Suggested Tour :
- 14 Days – Rajasthan Tour by Car from Delhi
- 15 Days – Delhi Agra and Rajasthan Tour
- 18 Days – Rajasthan Tour
This is one of the hidden destinations of India. While all the iconic attractions will be crowded with the celebrating crowd, these hidden gems attract people of unique taste and celebrating spirit. This is the place for trekking, pilgrimage activities, exploring monasteries and others. If you seek the traditional monasteries, you can spend a serene and silent New Year’s Eve with cultural and spiritual activities. If you are looking for a little celebrations, visit Saramsa Garden, Nath La, Zero Point Yumesamdong.
Top tour packages covering Gangtok activities and celebrations are :
- 4 Days – Gangtok Tour Packages
- 7 Days – Darjeeling / Gangtok Tour Packages
- 8 Days – Darjeeling / Kalimpong / Gangtok
This is the Queen of all Hill Station. This beautiful natural paradise is famous for enjoying a
natural New Year’s Day. If you want to keep away from the commercialization of the festival, this is the right place to visit. Enjoy the mighty Everest backdrop while camping to have a serene and silent celebration.
If you are looking for simple parties, visit the Mall Road or Gun Hill. All the local hotels and pubs will be organizing amazing theme or authentic New Year celebration with music, dance and booze. It is important to choose the right hill station for the celebration. December is the peak winter season and choosing very high altitude can lead to very chilly nights, which would affect the celebrations.
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