Well, its finally time to bid adieu to 2013 and welcome 2014! So why not get bitten by the travel bug and whisk off to some exotic place to end the year with a bang? We've come up with a list of the best top ten party destinations you could go to in India, with your friends, your other half, family or even alone!
New years are meant for making resolutions and working towards making your dreams come true,so what better place to vacation in other than 'The City of Dreams'? Mumbai, which is so often compared to New York City, has so many places for vacationers. One of the most happening cities in India, specially nightlife-wise, Mumbai has a whole host of New Year parties this season. You’ll be spoilt for choice with clubs and parties galore, suiting your mood. The Eau Bar in The Oberoi Hotel welcomes you to a New Year's gala overlooking the roaring ocean and inviting horizon.
If you are a big fan of architecture and history, a visit to the Gateway of India is a must, and a boat ride into the Arabian sea is a cherry on top!
The Hanging Gardens, or The Pheroze Shah Mehta Garden, as the garden is officially called, also affords a fantastic view of the city skyline. The laced-up beige Shoe House at the Hanging Gardens is more dilapidated than fashionable. But after having read the tale of The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe and Puss in Boots, your child’s imagination is bound to be tickled by the shoe’s little windows and balcony!
Kolkata which was previously known as Calcutta during the British rule, is a city that is rich in culture and extremely diverse in nature. Calcutta has long enthralled travelers from far-flung countries all over the world. Centuries later, and armed with a new name, ‘Kolkata’ is busy and bustling. But if you care to look beyond the cacophony of noise and heat, this enigmatic city could give you a whole gamut of experience unlike anywhere in India. It is the home to Science City, the second largest science hub in Asia, which is a treat to people of all ages.
As much as the city works hard intellectually, it also knows how to party, with some of the best nightlife offered in India, such as the Tantra.
Delhi..the capital city of India, is a perfect getaway spot for the various history lovers as well as the hardcore partiers. Delhi is a city that speaks volumes about the rich history of India with sites such as the Red Fort and the Qutub Minar. But the best part is that it is only a short distance away from one of the seven wonders of the world..The Taj Mahal! So why not take a glimpse into the romance of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz?
Also Delhi is home to the India Gate, which is a war memorial built in the memory of those Indian soldiers that fought alongside the British in the World War I. At night it glows warmly with lights and has green gardens that line its boulevard which makes it perfect to enjoy an evening in Delhi.
The people of Delhi are real party lovers and have a huge range of various pubs, clubs, and restaurants to choose from. Delhi also has India’s biggest sports bar and gaming zone- Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill. Underdoggs is a one of a kind sports bar that combines both exemplary world cuisine and unique entertainment options under one roof. Sing and dance your way into the new year Delhi style!
Goa is a tiny state in India but don’t judge it from its size, because surprises always come in small packages! Goa is the ultimate vacation spot, and is a like a step into mini Portugal, with its beautiful Portuguese influence on the culture, cuisine and architecture of Goa. Goa has some of the most beautiful and lively beaches such as Baga, Calangut, etc that offer everything from water sports to a lovely meal and drink on the beach overlooking the waves!
One cannot come to Goa during New Year’s and go back home without getting a taste of Goa’s party scene! A number one favourite amongst the tourists is the Club Titos with its huge dance floors and awesome foot tapping music!
Goa is synonymous to its exotic beaches and pulsating nightlife,but there is so much more to Goa than just that. A major attraction in the rural side of Goa are the spice plantations in Ponda, which use the traditional methods of cultivation and farming. Some major spices that are found are vanilla, cinnamon, cashews, etc.
Rajasthan is one of the most visited places in India which comes as absolutely no surprise! After all it is a city of royalty, the city that is the most colourful and so rich in culture. Visit the majestic, captivating palaces of Jaipur which is also known as the ‘The Pink City’, or the spellbounding City Palace in Udaipur which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola and enjoy the special fireworks show that is held there for New Year’s Eve!
For all you animal enthusiasts, the Ranthambor National Park is a must for you! So, wear your trekking shoes and grab your camera and explore the ruins of the Ranthambore Fort. Who knows, you might just get lucky and come face to face with a tiger also!
Kerala is also called as ‘God’s own country’. The coastal state has some of the most breathtaking beaches and lush unspoiled tropical beauty. Kerala is the perfect spot to unwind and let time do its own thing.
Speaking of unwinding, one of the most relaxing things you could do is flow along the palm fringed kerala canals or also known as the backwaters of Kerala, in a romantic houseboat, which provides freshly cooked Indian food and chilled beer!
Known as the ‘Gateway to Kerala’ Kochi is a mesmerizing city which is heavily influenced by many cultures such as the Arabs, British, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the Chinese. Fort Kochi is a major attraction here.
Bangalore, now known as Begaluru, is the capital city of Karnataka, and has emerged as a energetic cosmopolitan city that is a perfect mélange of various types of people and culture. It’s a city that has the perfect mixture between the past and the present. The main attraction of Bangalore is is the Lal Bagh constructed by Hyder Ali in 1760. Lal Bagh is full of rare species of trees, plants and other fauna from countries around the world, including Persia, France as well as Afghanistan. The theme of the garden remains that of Mughal Garden, Delhi.
Are you a shopoholic? If yes, then head on over to Brigade Road! Brigade Road is full of shops, both local and global brands. Situated at the meeting point of MG Road and the Residency Road, Brigade Road is renowned for St. Patrick’s Church, the Catholic Club, etc. Among the most frequented destinations are Eva Mall and the Patrick’s Shopping Complex. Tourists make a point to visit Vellara Hotel, Brigade Towers as well as the Toy Store.
To the traveller, Hyderabad is an absolute treat as it offers a wide range of attractions all in one city such as heritage momuments, lakes and palaces, museums to a delectable cuisine and shopping. Hyderabad is also home to one of the biggest zoos in all of India- The Nehru Zoological Park! It was set up in 1959 and is a natural habitat of all types of birds and animal species. Also its lion safari park is the first of its kind in all of south Asia!
If you’re bored of real life then step into a REEL life in the Ramoji Film City! Set up in 1996, it is the world’s biggest film studio complex yet. The Film City also offers exciting packages for families for specially New Year’s eve. Have fun being Shah Rukh Khan or Deepika Padukone for a day!
Located in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry is a quiet little place which is quite picturesque with its beautiful clean beaches like Auro beach and Sangamam beach!
Why go to France when you can go to Pondicherry? After all it was a French colony and the influence of the French is still present in the delightful cuisine and the lovely, romantic architecture, especially that of old Pondicherry.
Uttarakhand formally known as Uttaranchal, is called as the Land of Gods. With its vast snow capped mountains and valleys, it surely is a place fit for the Gods! It is home to many of the most famous hillstations like Nainital, Mussorie, and Auli. Auli is one of the very few places in India that offer skiing.
Also it offers a cable car ride that goes through the vallies of the mountains for a stunning aerial view of Auli. So if you’re a sporty person then Auli is definitely the place for you and enter the new year by zipping down the mountains of Uttarakhand!