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Forts beckon party animals

Rajasthan seems to be the New Year destination for the elitist social circles this year, writes Jaydeep Ghosh.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2006 02:13 IST

On New Year's Eve, the Preferred Destination has shifted closer home for Delhiites. Rajasthan is de riguer, the place to be seen at this year-end — and it has upstaged sea-kissed Goa.

The most high profile party will easily be in Jaipur, at the Gem Palace, where a group of French tourists are hosting a party that is being touted as 'The Party'.

Admittance is strictly by 'Invitations Only', and it will see Delhi high fliers like hotelier Priya Paul, industrialist Anupam Poddar and car designer Vicky Sahani ringing in the New Year with Beluga Caviar and Dom Perignon.

Whatever happened to happening Goa? It's gotten jaded — that's what. The much-hyped Vijay Mallya party also seems to have lost its sheen. The buzz last year was that the host himself did not land up before three in the morning; and when he did arrive in his chopper with Yana Gupta, he promptly disappeared into his secluded den.

Besides Jaipur, another haute destination this New Year's Eve will be the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. Bollywood faces like Pravin Dabbas will be heading for the fort party, that will go on till the wee hours of the morning, and end with a Breakfast Buffet.

Partying in Delhi has taken a major beating, as Delhiites are less willing to play host. Blame it on gate crashing, a popular Capital pastime. The MCD clamping down on farmhouses has also played spoiler.

The few parties that promise to rock will be Sanjeev Nanda’s party at The Claridges, and Sanjeev and Kavita Bali’s party at their farmhouse.