This New Year’s Eve, if you are choosing solitude and quiet over a thumping party, here is some inspiration for offbeat getaways across India
The spectacular Kaziranga National Park with its thriving population of rhinoceroses is a great idea if you want to escape into the wild. Meditate along the banks of the Brahmaputra or go birding in the vast plains as you contemplate on your New Year’s resolutions.
Closest airport: Guwahati
Distance from airport: 17.5 km
KANHA TIGER RESERVE, MADHYA PRADESH
Dive deep into Madhya Pradesh’s rugged interiors at this relatively non-touristy tiger reserve. The region is home to a host of secluded jungle lodges where you can spend a few days chasing the elusive cats and ringing in the New Year with your loved ones. Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts!
Closest airport: Raipur
Distance from airport: 273 km
CHETTINAD, TAMIL NADU
Go off the beaten track and spend your New Year’s break in the quaint Chettinad region. Tuck into local delicacies, discover centuries-old mansions and shop for antiques and handlooms, while you’re at it.
Closest airport: Chennai
Distance from airport: 395 km
If you want to visit Ladakh during winters, hide away in this tiny village, straight out of a picture postcard, 45 minutes away from downtown Leh. Visit the Buddhist monastery perched on a hilltop in this scenic hamlet. Closest airport: Leh
Distance from airport: 17 km
SERAMPORE, WEST BENGAL
This former Danish colony is almost completely off the tourist radar but has some interesting heritage spots and boutique hotels. Spend some time learning about the town’s interesting history.
Closest airport: Kolkata
Distance from airport: 30 km
The Mussoorie Winterline Carnival, featuring heritage walks and the Landour Mela, is a great way to spend your New Year’s break. Explore the local culture, art and food scene in this colonial mountain town.
Closest airport: Delhi
Distance from airport: 303 km
This picturesque Rajasthani spot in the middle of the Thar desert is often ignored by tourists. Just one of many reasons why you should be heading here. The 16th century fort and sand dunes are other attractions.
Closest airport: Jodhpur
Distance from airport: 95 km
HAVELOCK ISLAND, ANDAMANS
Ditch the crowded beaches and head straight to this pristine island set amidst lush rainforests. Go scuba diving, kayaking, snorkelling and enjoy leisurely nature walks. Fun for the whole family!
Closest airport: Port Blair
Distance from airport: 3 hours by ferry
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