The Friday of months—December—is here! Rounding off this festive month is New Year’s Eve, a celebration to look back at the past and ring in the future. While our towns and cities are buzzing with NYE bashes and house parties, it may be a good idea to get away from the madness and spend some quiet time in beautiful surroundings with the company of your loved ones or even by yourself.
Sounds tempting? This roundup of holiday destinations is just for you.
From enjoying Jasmine tea and candlelight dinners at restaurants along Lake Pichola to spending an afternoon painting your thoughts on canvas or doing pottery, you can do it all in this city of lakes. Don’t miss out on Sai Sagar’s cold coffee, The Chocolate Room’s pancakes and a visit to the stunning property, Udaivilas.
Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Start your year in this tucked-away hill town which has amazing Israeli food to offer, such as that at The Evergreen Cafe. If you love adventure, go for a trek to Kheerganga and enjoy the starry nights with no cell reception and breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains.
Stay in this experimental community surrounded by temples and botanical gardens. Also, the long stretch of Auroville beach with gentle surf will calm your nerves and rejuvenate you for 2018.
Enjoy jungle and elephant safari as well as boating into sunset, surrounded by nature and wildlife. This place also has some of the most amazing properties to relax at such as The Serai and Evolve Back.
Pangong Tso, Leh
You may have missed a White Christmas but a White NYE surely awaits you in Leh. Drive to Pangong Tso and admire the lake in all its frozen glory, maybe even enjoy a game of cricket on it. Soak in the icy landscape, the deep valleys and the serene atmosphere. And if you crave chhole bhature, then Neha Snacks in Leh is where you need to go!
Silent Valley National Park, Kerala
Located in the Nilgiri hills, this national park has some of the most enticing flora and fauna, including lion-tailed macaque, Niligiri langur, Malabar giant squirrel, Nilgiri tahr and hairy-winged bat. A great destination to step away from the chaos of a city and detoxify yourself, especially if you’re a wildlife buff.
Dzukou Valley, Nagaland
Located on the border of the states of Nagaland and Manipur, this verdant stretch of beauty is known for its lovely blooms, but its frosty white version is equally entrancing. The frozen river makes it a great winter trekking destination. For the less adventurous ones, there’s always endless cups of chai and mountain Maggi to binge on.
So where are you going this 31st?