If the cold isn't your thing, then might we suggest these sunny places in India where you can celebrate NYE and after, ring in 2020 in style?
Retire to this popular tourist attraction in Madhya Pradesh if you want to spend some time exploring. Enjoy your day in the sun while visiting the many old palaces and other buildings that dot the town. Made famous by the tales of the music loving King Baz Bahadur and the beautiful Queen Roopmati, this was once a favourite holiday getaway of Mughul Emperor Jahangir. Most of the attractions are located in blocks and approachable by car, which make it easy to visit these places. Some of the must see attractions include Baz Bahadur’s Palace, Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Rewa Kund, etc.
Mandu is about 100km from Indore, the nearest airport and railway station.
Gopalpur on Sea
The vast beach at Gopalpur on Sea in Odisha is one of the best places to be at during winter. The east facing beach, the balmy weather, and a town relatively less crowded than Puri makes it a pleasant retreat. Hide the chronometer and follow the sun. Enjoy a siesta by the beach in the morning and seafood by the beach in the evening. However, do remember the sloping beach and the undercurrent make swimming risky. If you have to go sightseeing, then visit the lighthouse and the temple dedicated to Gopal, the town’s presiding deity. Or spend a half day visiting the Tara Tarini Temple in the Purnagiri Hills. The temple is an example of Odisha’s typical temple architecture. Not many people know that this town was chosen by many Anglo-Indian couples, mostly employees of the Indian Railways during the British rule, as a retirement home. Long before the concept of ‘homestay’ came into vogue, these families would rent a part of their home to elite visitors from Kolkata. Sadly, these home stays have faded away and their place taken by modern hotels.
Brahmapur (Berhampur), about 15km by road from Gopalpur, is the most convenient gateway. The nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar about 175km by road from Gopalpur. Brahmapur lies on the Howrah-Chennai rail route and hence more comfortable than a road journey.
Also referred to as Mahabalipuram, this town by the Bay of Bengal has many things to offer, including the almost 20km long beach and a group of seventh and eighth century temples that have won the Unesco World Heritage Site tag. Lying by the sea is the famous Shore Temple. Although ravaged by weather, the granite temple still speak volumes of Pallava art in the eighth century. Other must see attractions include the Ratha temples (carved like chariots), the Mahishasuramardini Cave Temple, the huge bas relief depicting Arjuna’s Penance and other tales, Tiger Cave, etc. Boat rides into the sea is possible. But better to book through your hotel for security reasons. In December-January, the town hosts a dance festival.
Chennai, 60km away by road, is the nearest airport and the most convenient railhead for Mahabalipuram.
One of the former Portuguese colonies of India, Daman is known for its beaches and is a popular resort tucked between Maharashtra and Gujarat. Devka and Jampore beaches, at two end of the town, are lined with beach shacks and hotels. While adults relax by the thatched seating areas, enjoying their drinks, children play in the beach, enjoying horse and camel rides. While a beach-centric family destination, you may enjoy a quiet Christmas with the local people at the Bom Jesus Church or at the Our Lady of the Rosary Church.
Daman is well connected to Mumbai and Ahmedabad by road and rail. Mumbai, the nearest airport, is about 170km by road. Vapi is the nearest railway station, and is about 15km from Daman by road.
Although one of the best places to go to in India in all seasons, there is no place like Goa during Christmas. Every corner of the state, especially Old Goa, is decorated with lights, stars and buntings. People use their imagination to create beautiful cribs. Music fills the air. The churches are beautifully decorated. The area around the famous Basilica of Bom Jesus take on the look of a carnival. Choose any of the atmospheric beaches–those who love crowd and partying will enjoy the north Goa beaches while those who prefer solitude will like the beaches of south Goa more. If you are fond of outdoor activities, go birding, ride hot air balloons, or go paragliding, or bungy jumping. And don’t forget to sample the special Xmas fare, including roast turkey, pork, plum cakes, bebinca and feni. The beach shacks are one of the best places to be if you want high voltage music and spirited fare.
Goa is well connected by air, road and rail with the rest of the country, especially Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka. The Konkan Railway is connects Goa with Maharashtra and Karnataka. Goa’s Dabolim Airport is about 30km from the capital city Panaji or Panjim.