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Sneha Mahale, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 23, 2012
First Published: 15:20 IST(23/12/2012) | Last Updated: 17:50 IST(23/12/2012)

If the maddening crowds and the exorbitant entries to party venues have you searching for options outside city limits, here is our guide to destinations we think are worth your while and money on New Year’s Eve.

Local

What: Rock climbing
When: December 29
climbWhere: Naneghat
A 200 km drive from Mumbai, it is situated amidst the lush greenery of the Sahayadris. The exploratory adventure includes rock climbing, exploring the caves and the local fort and a jungle trek on the way down.
Contact: Blueberry Trails, 99208 42186

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What: Motorcycle ride
When: December 31
Where: Bhimashankar
This ride starts in Panvel and ends at the Blue Mormon resort at Bhimashankar, before heading back to Panvel. The total distance covered is 380 km. Visitors can enjoy the jungle trek, a tribal village visit, boating and horse riding at the resort.
Contact: Konkan Moto Tours, 91671 43439
 
What: Masquerade ball
When: December 31
Where: Della Adventure, Lonavala
This formal New Year’s Eve ball allows people to let their hair down. Included, as part of the package, are the DJ, music, fireworks, entertainment, starters and buffet.
Contact: Della Adventure, 96644 66000

What: New Year’s Eve camping
When: December 31
Where: Tikona village, Kamshet
Two days in the breathtaking foothills of the Sahyadri range in Maharashtra, is the perfect way for anyone to put their “real lives” on hold and reconnect with nature.
Contact: Life Away From Life, 6609 6693

National
What: Rann Utsav
When: Anytime
Where: Kutch, Gujarat
The region happens to be one of the most ecologically and ethnically diverse districts of the state. During the full moon night of the winters each year, it hosts a festive
extravaganza known as the Kutch or Rann Mahotsav.
Contact: Cox and Kings, 98675 65599

What: Trekking in the Himalayas
When: December 26
Where: Chopta, Chandrashila
On offer are amazing views of the Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. It is one of the most popular treks among enthusiasts. The difficulty level is rated as easy to moderate.
Contact: January The Fourteenth, 97110 10888

What: Chill out
When: Anytime
Where: Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Located at an altitude of 1,800m above sea level, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills. It also acts like an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions.
Contact: Cox and Kings, 98675 65599

What: Jeep safari
When: December 29
Where: Meghalaya
Meghalaya is in the Northeast India. The word ‘Meghalaya’ literally means the ‘abode of clouds’ in Sanskrit. About a third of the state is forested and this jeep safari also takes you to Cherrapunji.
Contact: Life Away From Life, 6609 6693

What: Party in the forest
When: New Year
Where: Athirapilly, Kerala
The majestic Sholayar forest reserves are known for their beauty. You could picnic near a waterfall or walk around the area that lies in the lap of nature.
Contact: Cox and Kings, 98675 65599

What: Scuba diving at night
When: Anytime
Where: Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Apart from the picturesque views, the islands offer experiences such as scuba diving, snorkelling, and sport fishing. Also, you could spend New Year’s Eve indulging in some night scuba diving.
Contact: MakeMyTrip.com

International
What: Super saver
When: Anytime
Where: Bangkok, Pattaya,
You start your visit in Pattaya, a tropical paradise, and then head to Bangkok and explore this cosmopolitan city. Keep your wallets handy for the great deals available.
Contact: Cox and Kings, 98675 65599

What: Desert dazzle
When: Anytime
Where: Dubai
From huge shopping malls to  desert safaris and trendy clubs, Dubai is a hot favourite among all types of travellers.
Contact: MakeMyTrip.com

What: Casino nights
When: Anytime
Where: Macau, Hong Kong
Here you can shop till you drop, try gourmet food, see the laser light show and have a cruise dinner party. At Macau, you can also try  adult entertainment at casinos.
Contact: Any tourist operator

What: Adrenaline rush
When: Anytime
Where: South Africa
Enjoy sky diving, quad biking, abseiling, zip lining, bungee jumping, shark cage diving, ostrich ride, hot air ballooning and other options.
Contact: Amazing Vacations, 6638 2700

What:Sunny side up
When: Anytime
Where: Maldives
This scenic destination offers a range of delights — luxurious spas, water sports, beautiful beaches, scrumptious Maldivian food to one’s own private bungalow.
Contact: MakeMyTrip.com


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