Updated: Jan 3, 2020
The jolly time of the year is almost here. Starbucks serves Cocoa Snowball Mocha, Christmas bazaars await your shopping spree, can you hear all the jingle bells already? With December vibes the big dilemma comes along: where to spend New Year’s Eve to enter 2019 in style. Snowfall and mulled wine, sunny beach or maybe a date with the Moon in the desert? Here are some cool suggestions where to have a blast this holiday season.
For Party Animals
Nowadays Goa is bit overrated and too crowded, but if it doesn’t bother you, it’s still a classy and cool spot to enjoy the party madness. If you are up to New Year’s with a great fanfare then go to Dubai. Take a cruise, have a fabulous dinner and see how fireworks light up in the background of the tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa. In Dubai you can choose from multiple fancy party venues like yachts, rooftops and beaches.
An alternative to Dubai can be the capital of Thailand. Dance in the stars welcoming 2019 in Bangkok at one of many open rooftop restaurants and indulge yourself with delicious Thai food. Don’t miss the fireworks show at Central World.
For Nature and Mountain Lovers
What about celebrating new year in north-east India? For those who want to have some time in nature this holiday season Shillong is waiting for you with its amazing waterfalls, lakes and mountains. Many call it Scotland of India or the rock capital of Meghalaya. Combine trekking in the daytime with hitting the dance floor at evenings.
If you want to make a sequel of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani or just simply throw snowballs at your friends then choose Manali or Kasol. These are perfect destinations if you are going with your squad, where you can party all night as well as surrender to nature.
Another option to experience true winter holidays is Gulmarg. Being a heartland of winter sports in India makes it the best ski and snowboard destination. Picturesque landscapes, snow slopes, a mug of mulled wine next to a bonfire – it’s all simply made for a romantic trip to celebrate the new year with your beloved one.
Welcome 2019 as First In The World
Make memories of a lifetime and the best snaps spending New Year’s Eve in Tonga – Pacific Islands where people welcome New Year as first in the whole world at 10pm GMT. Kingdom of Tonga is situated in a distance of 805km from Fiji. It’s an archipelago in South Pacific Ocean where English language is spoken. Exotic vibes and mesmerizing beaches will leave you speechless.
Japan welcomes New Year bit later, but still as one of first countries in the world, at 3pm GMT which means you can sip your champagne before your friends in India for example. In Tokyo, the capital of Japan, new year countdown takes place in the Port of Yokohama where fireworks accompany the great panorama view. Another famous place is near Tokyo Tower, right next to Zojo-ji Temple where the last hours of December are celebrated in lively atmosphere. At arrival of the new year a Buddhist monk rings the bell exactly 108 times to cleanse all desires. There is one more special thing about spending the new year in Tokyo. As Japan is called The Land of Rising Sun, watching the first sunrise of the new year is commonly practised.
A New Year’s Date With The Moon
If you are up to the most unique experiences then celebrating on the desert is going to be a blast for you. Dance with the setting sun and have a date with the Moon. A trip to Thar desert in the Golden City of Jaisalmer with overnight stay next to a bonfire on the dunes will make an unforgettable impression. Rajasthani folk music, food cooked over a campfire and bliss under the stars. Quite amazing and stylish way to start 2019.
Not so many people know that there is one more incredible desert in India. The Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is the largest salt plain in India and also one of the biggest in the world. Lunar landscapes of this place will make you stunned. When light shifts, the desert changes its beauty and white salt surface sparkles under the moonlit sky. The best time to visit the place is in winter, because in summer most of the time it’s flooded due to heavy rainfalls. Moreover, from November till February The Rann Utsav goes on – celebration of the desert which is full of colours, handicrafts and folk music. Check CNN Travel article to know more about Rann of Kutch. Definitely a must-visit for serenity lovers and the most unique way to spend the new year experiencing local culture fiesta.
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