So, you’re lagging behind in making your New Years’ plans while your friends have even decided their outfits. That’s all right as long as you know if you want to wear a party hat or sit by a quiet bonfire. No matter what your heart is telling you, we have a fix for you. So, this New Years’, you do you! By Shubhanjana Das
1. Kasol Music Festival:
How about you wear the party hat AND be around a bonfire? Maybe at a music festival? Perhaps in the lap of the Himalayas? If that sounds improbable to you then you may have not yet heard about the Kasol Music Festival. Come December 30, Kasol will welcome mirth, maritime happiness, music, art, and people! This 2-day open air festival is where you get to groove amidst the wilderness while staying at Kasol’s only 5-star property. Expect a spa, flea market, walks through big, open spaces, and most importantly, the company of hundreds of wonderful people to share the end and the beginning of the New Year with.
Distance from Delhi: 512 KM
How to reach: Bhuntar Airport is 31 km away from Kasol. Buses from Delhi to Kasol ply daily.
Cost: Rs. 7,000 per person
2. Paragliding and Camping at Bir Billing:
Plans for New Year? Up and away! If that sounds like something you would be up for, the twin villages of Bir and Billing, the ‘IT’ paragliding destinations of the country, which hosts a riverside camping ‘party’ in the lap of the Himalayas. Add some adrenaline rush and trek up to the paragliding launch spot before flying down with the birds-eye view of the valley in sight. There’s bonfire, music, good food, and a sense of complete bliss that is worth spending New Years’ here.
Distance from Delhi: 516 km.
How to reach: Pathankot and Ahju are the nearest railroads. Besides, you can also take a bus, which is a 14-hour journey. The nearest airport is at Gaggal in Kangra, 67 km away.
Cost: Rs. 8,000 per person
3. Trekking at Nag Tibba:
Blazing lights, blaring music, large crowds – leave all of that behind for a New Year celebration that involves an unbridled rendezvous with the Himalayas, the wilderness, and most importantly, yourself. Starting from Dehradun, this 2-day trek will introduce you to the grandiose views of Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kedarnath and Gangotri peaks along with the Nag Tibba temple. Why is Nag Tibba also called the Serpent’s Peak? We’ll leave that for you to find out after you set your eyes on the majestic sight.
Distance from Delhi: 282 km
How to reach: Flights, trains and buses, as well as hired taxis, are available from Delhi to Dehradun.
Cost: Rs. 5,000 per person
4. Wildlife spotting at Jim Corbett:
If the New Years’ is all the holidays you’re gonna get in a long while before you can think of a getaway, Jim Corbett deserves a consideration. Located in Nainital, Uttarakhand, this national park is hailed as one of the best in the country. At Jim Corbett, you could spend the last or the first day of the year in anticipation of an encounter with the majestic beast that Jim Corbett receives most of the tourists for – the tiger. But, don’t worry if you’re out of luck for several species of deer, leopards, jackals, red foxes, black bear, sloth bear, and monkeys will welcome you like no big party can. The luxurious resorts in and around the national park are the perfect place to settle in for this wild, wild adventure.
Distance from Delhi: 260 km
How to reach: The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, which is 65 km from Nainital. There are buses of all categories and available and the nearest rail-head is at Kathgodam, situated at a distance of 35 km from Nainital.
Cost: Rs. 7,500 per person
5. Desert Camp in Jaisalmer:
Lose yourself in the sea of sand right in the midst of a desert in Jaisalmer. With bonfire, cultural programmes, opulent camps, delish food, and star-gazing, this is the kind of New Years’ party that makes for stories to tell your friends. Jeep and village safari tours are also arranged by these camps. Brace yourself for this is going to be one helluva experience that will mark 2018-19 New Years’ as one of the best in your lifetime!
Distance from Delhi: 827 km
How to reach: Jodhpur is the nearest airport to Jaisalmer, which is at a distance of a 5-6 hour drive. There are no direct buses from Delhi to Jaisalmer. Travellers have to break the journey at Jaipur. Jaisalmer is, however, well-connected with Delhi by trains.
Cost: Rs. 10,000 per person