5 best places in India to ring in the New Year

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New Year is just around the corner. So how to ring in the New Year in the best possible way? Travelling tops the list of most people. But it takes a little bit of research and some planning, before you pack your bags to that perfect place.

Here is our pick of best destinations in India to celebrate New Year 2020.

Goa

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New Year, celebrations and beach... Goa is the first name that pops up when you say these words in one breath. The former Portuguese colony is probably the most happening place in India during the Christmas-New Year season. Goa is synonymous with beach parties and the revelry touches new heights every year. The unique cuisine, water sports, and the terrific beaches attract tourists from world over to this small state on the west coast of India.

Royal Jaipur

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Why not head to Jaipur in Rajasthan for the New Year? Along with New Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is part of the golden triangle tourist circuit. What sets apart the pink city of India from other tourist spots is its royal heritage. Ruled by Rajput kings for centuries, Jaipur is today an open museum with its majestic forts, palaces and royal streets. The city holds several attractions such as the magnificent Amber Fort, which was the residence of the Rajput kings and their families. One of the earliest planned cities in the country, Jaipur is a sought-after destination by both tourists and historians.

Old-world charm of Kolkata

The former capital of India during the British rule, Kolkata still holds on to an old-world charm. The city slips into a revelry mode during the last seven days of the year. From the Christmas week onwards, the city would be lit up and decorations would adorn its buildings. You should definitely check out the midnight celebrations at the St Paul's Cathedral. Another sought-after spot is the Park Street, which houses some of the most popular clubs and restaurants in the city. The Park Street has been in vogue since the British era.

Pristine Pondicherry

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Laid back is the best word to describe Pondicherry. The former French colony along the east coast in South India is the perfect getaway for you this New Year. Pondicherry has enough number of beaches for you to play in or just sit and watch the waves crashing on to the shores. French heritage buildings and beautiful bougainvillea mark the streets of this Union Territory. Walking down the streets of the White Town, you would be transported to a different era. With the smell of freshly-baked bread and pizzas from wood-fried oven wafting in the air, you would rarely need to depend on the maps to locate the restaurant. You can also check out the township of Auroville and learn about an alternative way of living.

Gangtok

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Gangtok in Sikkim is an alluring landscape tucked away in the hills. This hill station in the North East is the perfect amalgamation of the urban and natural worlds. On one side, the beautiful hill station lets you experience nature at close quarters, while on the other side are the classy casinos, and vibrant clubs. Some even call Gangtok as the Las Vegas of India. Also, don't forget to take the Gangtok cable car and treat yourself to some wonderful sights. For an unforgettable New Year experience, you must head to Gangtok.

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