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iXiGOers Oct 18 2013

Which are the best places to celebrate New Year in India?

Benazir Khan Oct 18 2013
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Check out some of the best places to celebrate New Year in India to ensure that the year begins on a good note! A new year almost spells a new life, new beginnings and for the more thoughtful, new ways of finding themselves or losing their inhibitions in a world of happiness. Also, do check out a list of upcoming new year events in India.


Also known as the “Golden City,” the mere mention of this former princely state spells royalty. The city of Jaisalmer is synonymous with the idea of opulence, magnificence and all things aristocratic. It is a must-visit place for anyone looking to celebrate the new year Maharaja style in a natural setting in one of the many forts lit up brightly. Night views here deserve a special mention as a host of colourful sky crackers make a smooth sail through the night sky as you welcome the new year. You could head to Fort Rajwada for a royal feel or Rang Mahal for an aristocratic affair.

Jaisalmer (by Koshyk)


Mumbai is a pulsating city that has something to offer to all. Whether you set out for some peace and quiet by the Marine Drive setting on a long walk through the boulevard, or choose to go pub hopping, and dancing to the beats of your favourite music at the clubs of the city. Hard to ignore and difficult to say no to, this city is a heady cocktail for fun lovers. You can head to Taj Palace for all things fancy and to a beach or the Marine Drive to lay your eyes on a beautiful spectacle of colourful fire crackers lighting up the night sky.

Marine Drive (by Omii Todarmal)


A name which means, “Meadow of Flowers,” is hard to defeat. This is the one spot in the country which promises a breathtaking array of flowers which sit delightfully pretty in this town full of meadows. The city is also adorned by numerous snow-clad mountains and cliffs at this time of the year, where skiing is a sport that you just can’t miss. Enjoy the scenery and sip on some hot kawah for some warmth. On your trip to Gulmarg you could head to a skiing resort and ski away to the new year as you move down the slopes and watch fireworks go off in the night sky.

Gulmarg (by acidka)


Every experience in the city of Delhi has a warm extension to feeling good and living it fully while it lasts. Whether magnificent parties in exclusive farm houses, or organised treats and fests in the bars and clubs of the city, if one knows their alcohol and food, you are bound to have an unforgettable celebration in Delhi, making it one of the best places to celebrate new year in India. For those who like being on the edge, some pockets of Delhi offer serious indulgences such as Chandni Chowk, Hauz Khas, India Gate and much more. You could head to one of the best clubs in the city such as Shiro and Kitty Su to dance your way into the new year.

Delhi (by Arian Zwegers)


Beaches are perhaps the only thing, coupled with a plethora of images that Goa brings to mind full of of fun, frolic and all things light-hearted. Goa has fantastic musings to offer, which go beyond the obvious holiday spirit of utter relaxation, dance, drinking and music- namely architecture and the rich local heritage. Whether one chooses to just soak their toes in water all day sipping on some soothing coconut water or photo bombard their cameras, Goa is the place for you. You could head to one of the beach parties organised at the Panaji Beach, with music, drinks and local culinary delights. You can also hop on to a floating casino thereafter to gamble on your new year luck.

Goa (by Koshyk)


Heralding the core of this city in ‘God’s own country,’ are the placid backwaters of the Arabian Sea. The city of Cochin is a breathtaking gem of intoxication, where one can soak in the best of all that this scenic beauty has to offer in one ferry ride or better still, a traditional boat ride or a slow cruise through the backwaters. Cochin, is the perfect spot for you if you’re looking for a calm and serene new year’s eve. You could head to Fort Kochi, for the colourful New Year Carnival, that takes place here every year.

Cochin (by Grian Snelson)


A picturesque city in its own right, it is a modern day imprint of the colonial legacy that the British left behind. From old museums, art houses, drama centres to paintings galore or traditional crafts spread out in local flea markets, the city has a unique engagement for everyone, maintaining its poise all the way as a painting in itself. For new year you can head to Park Street and its adjoining areas such as Camac Street, Russel Street etc., and jive at one of the several discotheques or private parties across the city of Kolkata.

Kolkata (by R.Mitra)


This is a place which never fails to impress with its simplicity. The cultured refinery that people here display will perhaps bring forth a sense of reverence for the city of Hyderabad, as will some dosas and uttapam for breakfast and kebabs with keema roti for lunch. The city is ‘nawabi,’ and is a good place for those of you who merely want to retire surrounded with the quiet buzz of the urbane around you. You could head to Charminar, for delicacies, like sheer korma, haleem and biryani, amongst others and Necklace Road later for a stunning night view amidst firecrackers.

Hyderbad (by Arvind.vindhu)


Known as the ‘Scotland of the East,’ the city of Shillong is a paradise shrouded by rolling hills all around its terrain. Atmospherically cool and funky in its ambience, this tranquil town is a beautiful reverie for people who love to live the good life in nature’s lap. As an interesting and unique destination, it definitely makes for one of the best places to celebrate new year in India. You could head to the Shillong Peak, the highest point in the state which would be cold at this time of the year. Light a bonfire and you are set to bring in the new year with a difference.

Shillong (by MAA7)


Heritage and the essence of all things historical, the city of Bhopal is adorned with palaces which are now heritage joints and hotels, and lakes all of which surround the city in its various pockets are alluring to say the least. Head here, if your idea of a good new year is to have one foot in the past, one in the present and map what lies ahead in time. You can head to Gauhar Mahal, for a traditional handicrafts and handloom shopping spree where you will find a vivid collection of jewellery, fabric, prints and shoes to choose from, and bring in the new year with magnificence later on.

Bhopal (by Shivanjan Choudhury)

Choose from this list of the best places to celebrate New Year in India and bring in the new year just the way you like. Do leave a comment and let us know your favourite city to celebrate new year in!

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