The New Year is fast approaching and we're sure that your family and friends are debating where to bring in the holiday this time. To make it even more special, we're bringing in a new decade! For such an occasion, we thought, why not do something different this year. We're sure you're thinking the same. Here are our top picks of destinations, which are lesser known and will take you away from the crowds for a peaceful, enriching New Year with your loved ones.
Delhi is blessed with a number of destinations to bring in the New Year. However, if you want to escape the crowds, we have just the place for you. Surround yourself with nature, camp under the night sky as you share stories from the year gone by while bringing in the New Year. If you're a bird enthusiast, there's an added bonus. Pangot is known to be home to over 500 species of birds.
If you feel like time is flying by too quickly, bring in the New Year at Tranquebar, the coastal town where time seems to stand still. Enjoy the calming sounds of the singing waves, views of the pristine ocean and architecture and structures of the Danish era from the 16th Century.
The perfect destination to stay as far as possible from the stereotypical New Year celebration. Bring in the New Year with a spiritual and enriching visit to "Mini Tibet" - the largest Tibetan settlement in South India. Welcome the New Year at the peaceful Namdroling Monastery or any of the other smaller monasteries for a spiritual start to the decade. While you're here, enjoy some of the yummiest momos, chat with some of the friendliest people and take in some of the most beautiful views of this town. And if you're lucky, you may just spot The Dalai Lama on one of his visits to the settlement.
Experience the true magic of nature that's full of greenery and rich in oxygen. Get closer to nature at this tribal village sitting at the foot of the Thakurani Hills in Mayurbhanj. Take in the magnificent views and witness the artistic handwork for the locals as they use age old techniques to produce stunning dokhra filigree objects.
As the years pass by quickly, take a trip back in time to the era of kings and queens. Warangal is home to a number of ruins that are rich in history dating back to the year 1195. What better location to reminisce about the times past. Catch the first sunrise of the decade at the amazingly beautiful Parkhal Lake to make your New Year a little more special.
The land of greenery and magnificent views, Durshet is nestled snugly between the mighty Sahyadris. Its proximity and easy access to nature makes it a destination with ample nature based adventure activities. With everything from nature trails and treks to zip-lining and river rafting in the vicinity, this will be one New Year celebration you won't forget anytime soon.
About the author: Traveller, home chef, photographer, avid reader and a payment industry professional, Deepak Ananth is a core member at Road Trips Co. He has varied interests, with one common trait, he loves doing all the above while he is travelling, exploring the countryside. Deepak had been biking on his Royal Enfield 500cc, whom he calls Theia, for the past decade and half, and on 4 wheels for even more, covering over 1,000,000 kms in India itself!
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