We’ve all been celebrating the beginning of a new year for as long as we can remember. At this point, a lot of us are bored of the same old party with the same old booze and the same old music. So why not celebrate the good times differently?
While it seems unlikely, there are many options for the non-party people to celebrate new year’s eve in a setting of their liking. After everything is said and done, it’s much more important for you to have fun, and not just have photos for your social media. If you’re looking for offbeat ways to celebrate new year, we have a few suggestions for you. Check out these 9 wild ways to celebrate new year in India that’ll leave you with a one-of-its-kind experience!
Trekking in December has its own charm. And one of the best places to enjoy trekking during winter in India is Ladakh. The snowy scenery of Ladakh is nothing less than a winter wonderland too. Ladakh has a few gems like the Rumbak Valley and Hemis National Park at about 3,000 feet above sea level.
These places often conduct treks that will take you through the wilder areas of the place. While trekking through the picturesque landscapes, you can also enjoy the gorgeous wildlife that resides in these mountains. The crown jewel of these treks is the Snow Leopard.
Trekking in the cold, snowy mountains at the peak of winters is adventurous, exciting, and serene at the same time. Beware, though. The snow trek in the home of leopards is not for the faint-hearted! But if you’re ready to take on the challenge, celebrating new year this way will always be a memorable experience.
Gulmarg can easily be termed as the Swiss Alps of India. The town of Gulmarg, in itself, is a huge ski resort that caters to all kinds of travelers. It gives you the chance to either find a relatively isolated corner and enjoy new year’s eve in your own company or visit the many amazing events and parties happening around town.
Gulmarg is also very well known for the winter or snow sports that are available here. You can find the equipment required for sports like snow skiing, snowboarding, snow sludge, and even snow cycling. Take a drive to figure out what part you like best and have fun! Don’t forget to build a snowman and click some fun pictures too!
What do you think about celebrating the last night of the year camping under a beautiful sky? If the thought excites you then you should consider desert camping in Jaisalmer. The cold nights of December in the serene deserts of Jaisalmer have a charm of their own.
Here, you can opt to participate in a show of lights, colors, and folk music. Around new year’s eve, you can also find packages for camps that have a lot of cultural performances for you to enjoy. You can also choose a venue that’ll give you amazing views of the fireworks that are launched at the stroke of midnight on new year’s.
See also: A Night Under The Stars In Jaisalmer
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to party in a fort, just like they do in movies? This is one way to find out! Udaipur is lined with hotels that are designed to look like forts. Some of these are also actual forts that are being used as hotels. Get yourself RSVP’d into one of the parties in a location like that. You can surely get a taste of royalty and party like the royals do! This experience might be a little heavy on your wallet, but it’s totally worth it.
If you’re planning to celebrate new year in Udaipur, don’t forget to also keep some time aside for the city tour. The City of Lakes has some mesmerizing locations that are sure to charm every traveler. Check out the Udaipur Travel Guide to help you plan just the perfect itinerary for your trip.
Partying all night long is among the most common ways of celebrating the new year. If you’re a party lover and would want a unique partying experience, you should head to Pondicherry. One of the best aspects of the city is the presence of beautiful French architecture. This is taken to the nines by the parties organized there. Beautiful French cafes and pubs are party-centers of the city and they do not disappoint.
If you want to step out of the loud music, you can also go to the late-night markets and grab yourself something to munch on while shopping for some gifts. You might find the parties to be like any other party, but the vibe of the place is an experience in itself.
Also read: Pondicherry Travel Guide
The backwaters in Kerala are a unique experience, regardless of when and why you visit. But celebrating new year there would be a different experience altogether. The beautiful surroundings accompanied by the pleasant weather are just the perfect combination you need for a holiday.
You can choose to book a trip in the smaller boats that’ll give you a ride in different sections of the backwaters. Or you can book a boat that will take you to multiple places like Munnar, Wayanad, and Thekkady. Moreover, you can also book a houseboat and spend the night of the new year in it, only accompanied by your loved ones. If you’re planning a long trip, don’t forget to check the tranquil islands in Kerala.
If you’re the kind of person who wants to do something spiritual this new year, going for a dip in the Ganges of Varanasi might be the way for you to begin the new year. This is a place that’s known internationally for its peace and serenity. Become a part of this by visiting the many temples, or more than 80 ghats around the city! For the celebration part, attend the Ganga Aarti at 5 am to start the new year with more grandeur than you can ever imagine!
For adventure junkies, trekking is special all year round. And if you, too, are amongst them, what better way to celebrate the new year than doing something that you love. For a unique trekking experience, head to Tadiandamol in Coorg.
The peaks of Tadiandamol are arguably the most beautiful ones in Coorg. It’s also nestled away from the loud crowds in the city, which get amplified exponentially on new year’s eve. So if you want to welcome the new year in a place that is well connected, yet disconnected, trekking to the top of Tadiandamol and camping there for the night would be an amazing getaway. You’ll be away from the cacophony of city life and have a chance to experience the best of nature.
This could have been included in the earlier point with the backwaters in Kerala. The only reason it isn’t is because of the extensive water bodies that surround it. Alleppey, or Alappuzha, has a coastline that’s very well connected to the backwaters. The chartered houseboats offer trips all around the coast and also let you select a spot to stop at for the night. You can either book a houseboat for yourself, or join a boat on which people from all over the place would come together to party.
Celebrating new year’s eve has always been about making it larger than life. While we do subscribe to that belief, we also think that ‘larger than life’ cannot be measured in the number of liquor bottles and decibels of music. You can have the best night of your life without any of it and we are sure you’ll make memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
This new year’s, try visiting a place that offers something much, much more than your city. India is a country filled with geographical and cultural gems, which often influence the way things are celebrated. The ones mentioned in this list are the ones we think are the best. While we encourage you to use it as a reference and tell your friends to do the same, we also encourage you to figure out events and places of your own. Most importantly, we encourage you to stay safe and have fun.
Which Is The Best Place In India To Celebrate New Year?
There’s no direct answer to this question. India is a huge country that is made even bigger by the cultural diversity present throughout. That being said, if you’re a party animal, you might enjoy Goa, Mumbai, and Kolkata the most. If you want a relatively calmer celebration, Rajasthan and Kerala have a lot of options that will suit your taste. And if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, head out to places like Ladakh.
How Many New Years Are Celebrated In India?
In India, a lot of cultures associate the beginning of a new year with the harvest seasons. Due to this, there are multiple ‘new years’ in India. In total, there are nine major harvest festivals and new years celebrated across India.
Who Celebrated New Year First?
The first people to celebrate the beginning of a new calendar year were the residents of the Pacific Island nations of Tonga, Samoa, and Kiribati, located in Oceania.
Why Do We Celebrate The New Year?
We celebrate the new year to give the best possible send-off to the last year and start the new one with our loved ones. In many cultures, the harvest season marks the start of a new year. This means a lot of people celebrate new year’s to celebrate their growth and prosperity, too!
How Do You Celebrate New Year In India?
In India, like almost all countries, dance, music, and overall parties are a huge part of celebrating new year’s. Going on a trek or visiting a unique destination are also some wild ways to celebrate new year in India. A lot of people choose to celebrate new year with their families, too.
Do They Celebrate New Year In India?
Yes, New Year is celebrated In India not only by the Catholic Community but in other communities as well.
What Is A Traditional Gift During The New Year?
The Traditions gift to give each other is a bottle of Champagne.
What Religions Celebrate New Years?
Religions that celebrate New Years are the Chinese New Year, the Islamic New Year, Tamil New Year (Puthandu), and the Jewish New Year.