With 2018 right around the corner, it’s time to make travel plans with your friends to ring in the New Year’s! Goa is undoubtedly the most beloved destination this time around, but here are 7 other places you can visit in India with your boys instead.
1. Andaman Islands
Why not spend your New Year’s on an exotic island? Andaman Islands are known for their blue waters, pristine beaches, and dense forests.And the coolest part? Port Blair, the capital city, is just a short plane ride away from our country’s major cities! You can either try your hand at snorkelling, scuba diving, and many other adventure sports on the beach or you can go island hopping with your pals. Many resorts in both Port Blair and Havelock Island host quaint parties for their guests. If loud parties ain’t your style, then the Andamans is the place to go!
2. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
The breathtaking salt marsh in the Thar Desert could be a great setting for your New Year celebrations. Coincidentally, the Government of Gujarat hosts the RannUtsav, an annual cultural festival, during this time. What better way to welcome the New Year than staying in a tented accommodation in a white desert and relishing authentic Kutchi food under the starry night sky with your best buds!
3. Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
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Pondicherry is a great alternative to Goa for those who wish to venture to the southern part of our country. The French heritage of the quiet, yet exciting, town adds to the allure of the place. Beach parties, cheap booze, and chill vibes, Pondicherry has it all! Make sure you don’t miss the party at Rock Beach near the French Colony.
4. Alleppey, Kerala
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Another unique way to spend your New Year’s Eve is to have your own party in a houseboat inthe serene backwaters of Kerala. These ecofriendly houseboats can accommodate up to six people and are manned by a small group of staff. So, this New Year’s why not bond with your bros over some chilled beer and great food as you cruise through the backwaters?
5. Gangtok, Sikkim
If you and your friends love the hills, then why not head to Gangtok? Apart from offering the best view of Mount Kanchenjunga, this little town is also known for its thriving music scene and nightlife. You could spend your New Year’s pub hopping and listening to some great tunes. While you’re at it, you and your buddies can drunk-croon to your favourite tunes in one of Gangtok’s many karaoke bars.
6. Thar Desert, Rajasthan
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Picture this: majestic sand dunes, starry skies, camping in tents, camel safaris, bon fire, and a great group of friends. How’s that for a New Year’s Eve adventure?!
7. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
This tiny village in the Parvati valley is a great place to spend New Year’s Eve if you and your friends are looking for a quiet getaway. The picturesque landscapes coupled with the snow capped Himalayas makes Kasol every nature lover’s dream destination.
So what are you boys waiting for? Pack your bags and bid adieu to 2017 in style!