What better than the last month of the year to explore India? An amazing way to kickstart new years is by traveling to an amazing new place! So, here we present some of our favorite places in India to celebrate New Year. These beautiful places to visit in December in India are surely going to make for a perfect holiday destination!
While earlier we had given you only 20 places to choose from, we’ve now added to the list and made it even more smashing with a wider range of choices! After all, the more, the merrier! Isn’t that right?
23 Places In India To Celebrate New Year 2020
If you’re wondering where to go for new years, then think no longer. Friends, family, or your better half, whoever you’re making your new year plans with, this list of the best places to celebrate the new year in India will help you freeze on a destination in a snap!
- Goa (1349+ reviews) – India’s Very Own Las Vegas
- Bangalore (139+ reviews) – The IT Hub That Works Hard And Parties Harder
- Mumbai (139+ reviews) – The City Never Sleeps As It Parties All Night
- Delhi (627+ reviews) – Father Of Best Places To Celebrate New Year In India
- Kolkata (31+ reviews) – Welcome The New Year With Open Arms
- Pondicherry (7+ reviews) – Ring In The New Year The French Style
- Gulmarg (499+ reviews) – A Snowy Celebration
- Mcleodganj (27+ reviews) – New Year’s Eve Amidst Snow-Clad Himalayas
- Kerala (6640+ reviews) – Welcome The New Year In Backwaters
- Manali (1492+ reviews) – For Both Families & Friends
- Jaipur (216+ reviews) – The Pink City
- Kasol (48+ reviews) – Get High On Life And Nature
- Gokarna (5+ reviews) – Offbeat Beach Paradise Near Goa
- Rann Of Kutch (218+ reviews) – The White Salt Desert
- Gangtok (2532+ reviews) – The Northeastern Star
- Andaman & Nicobar Islands (3232+ reviews) – Stunning Beaches
- Varanasi (5+ reviews) – Take A Dip In The Culture
- Lakshadweep (5+ reviews) – Celebrate In Tranquility
- Kodaikanal (66+ reviews) – Resort To The Hills
- Udaipur (171+ reviews) – Celebrate Like Maharajas Do
- Ooty (458+ reviews) – Welcome New Year In Peace
- Hyderabad (40+ reviews) – Celebrate New Year In Style
- Shillong (129+ reviews) – Scotland Of India
1. Goa – India’s Very Own Las Vegas
Cheap beer, exotic beach-side stay, live music and night long parties are things that attract youngsters to get rocking at the new year celebration in Goa. New Year parties are different than the regular parties with firecrackers lighting up the coastline. The young crowd is seen going wild, dancing to the tunes of jazzy songs at the sandy beaches all night long. Goa indeed is one of the best places in India to celebrate New Year.
Why To Go: If beaches, seafood and cheap booze is what you need then Goa is the place for you!
Things To Do: Explore the beaches, Try the local seafood
Events: Anjuna Beach for intimate parties, Kamaki bar for a Greek-style party, Poolside party at Sinq in Candolim Beach, Grand Hyatt at Panjim, Tito’s Club at Cavelossim Beach
Where To Stay: Grand Hyatt Goa, Goa Marriott resort, Citadel De Goa
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2. Bangalore – The IT Hub That Works Hard And Parties Harder
The open spaces, lush green and large gardens, huge malls and party places, Bangalore is a magnet for celebrating New Year. A moderate climate is what keeps people making new year plans to this city. You can also dine in some of the finest restaurants in Bangalore. One can clearly witness the zeal among the youth at this time of the year. With the most rocking crowd and live DJ’s, the youngsters are seen tapping their feet without any inhibitions.
Why To Go: Amazing crowd and the best Djs
Things To Do: Shop, Visit the ISKCON temple, Relax at the Ulsoor lake
Events: New Year bash at Leela Kempinski, Dugout Rooftop Restaurant and Sports Bar, New Year party at F Bar & Kitchen, The Last Party at Sutra – The Lalit Ashok
Where To Stay: Pride Hotel, Clark’s Exotica Resort
3. Mumbai – The City Never Sleeps As It Parties All Night
The city that never sleeps, Mumbai is totally one of the best places to go for new years. No sleep and dance all night is the mantra of Mumbaikars. They love to celebrate New Year with enthusiasm and ardor. Be it a house party or at a beach, you will enjoy every sip of your drink when you see the city lit up with lights and crackers. The hotels and lounges in the entire city also gear up for parties where one might also spot the star celebrities of the film industry. Marine Drive is one of the best places to sit with friends and sip in your drinks at the eve of New Year.
Why To Go: Late night parties and Celebrity Perfomances
Things To Do: Shop, Visit The Gateway of India, Relax at Girgaon Chowpatty
Events: New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Lotus Cafe – JW Marriott, New Year’s Eve Party at Stax – Hyatt Regency, Amnesia at LIV, Visa On Arrival at Canvas Lounge, Hot Freeze at The Westin, The VVIP Experience at Ghost
Where To Stay: The Taj Mahal Palace, The Oberoi
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4. Delhi – Father Of Best Places To Celebrate New Year In India
Delhi is a hub of party freaks at New Year and one of the best places to celebrate New Year in North India. From drinks, songs, lights, and dance, there is so much to enjoy here. With some of the most elite and expensive parties, one can enjoy their New Year’s Eve either at a private lounge or at exclusive night clubs in Delhi. The celebrity-owned clubs in the capital witness people dancing to tunes of the songs played by the best DJ’s in the country. You must book your tickets well in advance for these head-banging parties as places are mostly jam-packed during this time. India Gate, the prime location in Delhi starts decking up during the last few days of the year to welcome the next year. It is indeed one of the best places to celebrate new year in India.
Why To Go: Celebrity Perfomances and Electrifying parties
Things To Do: Shop, Visit Qutb Minar and Red Fort, Try local food
Events: New Year’s Eve at 7 Degrees Brauhaus, Revelry at Golf Bar – ITC Maurya, New Year Bash at Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill, 3 Day New Year Festival at Shiro – Hotel Samrat, New Year Bash at Pub Nirvaan, New Year’s Bash at Over The Top
Where To Stay: Radisson Blu Hotel Paschim Vihar, The Leela Palace
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5. Kolkata – Welcome The New Year With Open Arms
One of the most elite cities of India, Kolkata calls for the most happening crowds from all over. New Year is celebrated with utmost zeal, when people from all age groups are seen enjoying. The nightclubs of the city get all raunchy at the New Years eve and you will not want to stop taping your feet the entire night. Shed all your inhibitions and celebrate like never before in Kolkata as it is one of the best places in India to celebrate New Year.
Why To Go: Happening crowd and amazing parties
Things To Do: Shop, Try local food of Kolkata
Events: New Year’s celebration at Orchid Garden, Party at The Sonnet, New Year celebration at Tantra, New Year party at Shimmers Lounge, New Years eve at The Underground
Where To Stay: Radisson Blu Hotel, The Peerless Inn Kolkata
6. Pondicherry – Ring In The New Year The French Style
The beach-side parties are the main attraction of Pondicherry at the New Year’s eve, making it one of the best new year destinations in India. Firecrackers and born-fire at the beach and celebrations on the streets continue the entire night. An electrifying performance on the streets is something to look out for. Youngsters start preparing for this day from before so that they can live every bit of it. Make it to Pondicherry, one of the best places to celebrate new year in India to make the most memorable time.
Why To Go: Beaches and Late night parties
Things To Do: Shop, Have fun at the Auro beach
Events: New Year party at Atithi, New Year Event at Anandha Inn, Xasty at Auroma Gardens Auroville, Seagulls Beach, Soiree
Where To Stay:Anandha Inn Convention Centre and Suites, Ocean Spray
7. Gulmarg – A Snowy Celebration
Get in a festive mood at the serene city of Gulmarg. Those who want to welcome New Year in the lap of nature come to this city. It is not one of those locations with loud music and crazy parties. This city is meant especially for people who like snow and silence. Love is in the air at this time and the place becomes one of the romantic destinations for the newlyweds. Go skiing with your friends and family and enjoy the snow here. This place is definitely a heaven for nature lovers and one of the best places for new years.
Why To Go: Loud music, Snow and crazy parties
Things To Do in Gulmarg: Shop, Enjoy Snowfall
Events: New Years Bash at Heevan Retreat, Enjoy Gondola Ride at Gulmarg, A drive at the Outer Circle Walk
Where To Stay: The Vintage Gulmarg, Rosewood Hut
8. Mcleodganj – New Year’s Eve Amidst Snow-Clad Himalayas
Situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the little town of Mcleodganj is as enthralling as ever during New Year’s eve. It is one of the best places for the perfect new year getaways. With the chill winds brushing through you, this place becomes all musical on this day. People from all parts of India and abroad are seen out on the streets enjoying their drinks and having a gala time. There are a lot of fashionable little cafes here where you can sit and listen to the foreign visitors play guitar.
Why To Go: Adorable cafes and stroll around the streets with an impecable view
Things To Do: Visit cafes, Bhagsunath temple and Dal Lake
Events: New Year celebration at Shiva Cafe, New Year eve at Peace Cafe, New Year party at Coffee Talks
Where To Stay: D’s Casa Hotel, Mcleodganj, BEST WESTERN Indraprastha Resort and Spa
9. Kerala – Welcome The New Year In Backwaters
Still looking for tips for how to celebrate new year? Amidst the natural beauty and water bodies worth craving for, Kerala is one of the best places to celebrate New Year in South India. The beach parties are as exciting as ever. You can book a houseboat and enjoy personal time in the backwaters of Alleppey. An ideal destination for New Year, Kerala is a real beauty for beach lovers.
Why To Go: Beach parties, backwaters
Things To Do: Visit the famous tourist places in Munnar, Wayanad and Thekkady
Events: New Year party at Holiday Inn, New Year celebration Crowne Plaza, Welcome New Year at Ramada Resort Cochin, New Years eve at Le Meridien, The Raviz New year party, New Year party at Windsor Castle
Where To Stay: Courtyard by Marriott Kochi Airport, Radisson Blu
10. Manali – For Both Families & Friends
Plan your best new year getaways in the snowy city of Manali. A private celebration with your family, friends or beloved is the best idea. You can also enjoy the New Years eve at the hotels where special parties are organized for the party enthusiasts. Plan a road trip to the nearby areas like the Solang Valley and Kufri. This will make you even more exciting by spending time on the roads filled up with snow. Bring home beautiful pictures and nice memories of new year’s eve in the lap of Nature.
Why To Go: Road trip, special parties, snowfall
Things To Do: Trekking, Enjoy Snow, Try the local food
Events: New Year eve celebration at Morpheus Valley Resort, New Year celebration in Solang Valley, Celebrate New Year eve at Rohtang Pass.
Where To Stay: Apple country resorts, ManuAllaya Resortspa
11. Jaipur – The Pink City
Known across the world for its regal charm, Jaipur is without a doubt one of the best places for new years in India. When here, you can welcome the new year in so many ways. If you feel like diving into the local heritage, you can spend the new year’s eve at Choki Dhani, witnessing cultural performances and eating delicious Rajasthani cuisine. There are various pubs in Jaipur that organize happening new year bashes. And if you want to feel like the maharajas, there is always so many royal resorts and hotels in Jaipur like the ITC Rajputana that offers the best of hospitality and world-class amenities.
Why To Go: Royal parties, Monuments
Things To Do: Traditional food, Visit Hawa Mahal and City Palace
Events: New Year’s party at Nahargarh Fort, New Year’s celebration at Hotel Cube Inn, New Year’s Bash at Rajasthali Resort.
Where To Stay: Park Inn by Radisson, Ramada
12. Kasol – Get High On Life And Nature
Kasol is a hipster’s paradise and is blooming as a tourist destination for the youngsters. The scenic beauty and hypnotic party scenes of this hill-station make it among the best places to visit during the new year in India. If you are not the kind of person who likes maddening parties, then camping is something you’d love to do in the new year.
Why To Go: Maddening parties, Scenic beauty
Things To Do: Trekking and relax at the hot springs
Events: Attend Parvati Shangri-La Festival, Tosh & Kasol New Year’s Eve Celebration, Kasol Music Festival
Where To Stay: Hotel Sandhya, Hotel The Yerpa
13. Gokarna – Offbeat Beach Paradise Near Goa
Gokarna is often called the quieter version of Goa, and it indeed is. This is a perfect place to spend your new year’s eve in India if you are a seeker of peace and utterly enchanting beaches. Welcoming the new year 2020 with a peaceful session of Yoga and Meditation by the beach will enliven and enlighten you.
Why To Go: Peaceful Yoga Sessions, Enchanting beaches
Things To Do in Gokarna:Trekking and relax at the hot springs
Events: Bid adieu to 2019 with a bang while partying on one of the serene beaches of Gokarna.
Where To Stay:Aura Ecostay Handigona Kumta, CGH Earth – SwaSwara
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14. Rann Of Kutch – The White Salt Desert
Rann of Kutch during the new year period or the winter season organizes the much-awaited Rann Utsav. This makes it among the best places to visit during the new year in India. The stunning white salt desert complements the colorful ethnicity of Gujarat, which is showcased beautifully in this event.
Why To Go: Stunning white salt desert, Rann Utsav
Things To Do: Camel Ride
Events: Enjoy dance performances and camel rides on this New Year’s Eve.
Where To Stay: Rann Resort Dholavira, White Rann Resort
15. Gangtok – The Northeastern Star
Gangtok is one of Northeast India’s major tourist destinations, and without a doubt among the best places for new years in India. The city, covered in snow, looks stunning. You can spend the new year’s eve 2020 skiing or snowboarding. And when the night is about to kick in, head to any of the happening parties in local pubs and bars.
Why To Go: Enjoy Snowfall, Adventurous activities and witness the true beauty.
Things To Do: Snowboarding, Skiing
Events: Celebrate amidst nature and opt for a trek on your New Year’s Eve if you want an adventurous year.
Where To Stay: The Grand Silk Route, Sterling Gangtok
16. Andaman & Nicobar Islands – Stunning Beaches
Blessed with white sand and turquoise beaches, Andaman & Nicobar Islands will be an ideal spot for those who are looking for a place where they can celebrate New Year 2020 in peace and serenity. One can indulge in water activities as well as outdoor activities at the islands, making it one of the best new year destinations for the sports enthusiasts as well.
Why To Go: Relax at the serene beaches, Indulge in water activities
Things To Do: Try the local food, Shop, and indulge in some water activities.
Events: Celebrate New Year at Sea Shell (Port Blair), Sinclairs Bay View, Peerless Resort, Silver Sand Beach Resort, and Sea Princess Beach Resort among others.
Where To Stay: J Hotel, Symphony Palms Beach Resort
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17. Varanasi – Take A Dip In The Culture
Still confused about where to go for New Years? The best one among the best places to celebrate new year in India is Varanasi. Being the city adorned with temples, Varanasi will never disappoint the travelers who seek peace and serenity. Head to this city for rejuvenating your body and soul and don’t forget to add this one on your new year plans list!
Why To Go: Attain peace and attend the famous arti held at the ghats.
Things To Do: Start 2020 by attending the popular Arti held at the temples and ghats.
Where To Stay: Radisson Hotel, The Amayaa
18. Lakshadweep – Celebrate In Tranquility
If you are the type of person who likes to resort to peaceful places amidst nature and spend some time alone then you can make new year plans to visit Lakshadweep for your New Year celebration. The place is famous for its clean beaches, azure waters, and colorful reefs. You will not regret to spend your quality time on a new year there as it is one of the best places to celebrate lavishly.
Why To Go: Relax at the stunning beaches, and capture colorful reefs
Things To Do: Click pictures with beautiful background and relax amidst picturesque view
Events: Opt for water sport activities on the beaches of Lakshadweep Island and groove on the music while welcoming 2020.
Where To Stay: Agatti Island Beach Resort
19. Kodaikanal – Resort To The Hills
If are looking for a tranquil escape in the lap of nature then Kodaikanal is one of the best places in India to celebrate New Year. It is a hill station packed with spots that offer breathtaking views of Kerala. It is majorly popular as a holiday and honeymoon destination owing to which it has bagged the title of ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. Imagine yourself sitting on a hill and sipping some hot coffee. If you want to spend your New Year this way then this is the go-to destination.
Why To Go: Ring in 2020 while enjoying at Kerala’s gorgeous hill station.
Things To Do: Visit the cafes and relax amidst nature
Events: Welcome 2020 while partying at Kodai Resort Hotel and Villa Retreat Kodaikanal.
Where To Stay: Kodai Resort Hotel, Hotel Kodai International
20. Udaipur – Celebrate Like Maharajas Do
Popular as the ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur is yet another perfect destination in India while ringing in 2020. You can make new year plans to visit this city to explore the elaborate palaces and traverse the lanes of markets to buy handicrafts. This place is a haven for people who like to live like a maharaja style. So, plan your vacation to Udaipur and celebrate like Maharajas used to do.
Why To Go: Welcome 2020 as the Maharajas do by visiting the City of Lakes
Things To Do: Visit the lakes and shop and stroll around the city
Events: Celebrate at City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Pichola Lake, Jag Mandir Palace, and many more.
Where To Stay: Hotel Aashiya Haveli, Radisson Blu
21. Ooty – Welcome New Year In Peace
If you are looking to welcome the new year in peace and away from the jam-packed destinations in India, then Ooty is one of the best places to visit on new year. There is no other place like Ooty to witness peace and calm. This serene destination is great to enjoy with your closed people and avoid the loud music and dazzling parties. For new year trips in India, this could possibly turn out to be the best idea.
Why To Go: Welcome 2020 in peace
Things To Do: Visit Tea Factory & Museum, Boating, Botanical Garden
Events: Celebrate admiring the beauty of the place and stroll through the streets
Where To Stay: Sinclairs Retreat Ooty, Savoy Ooty, Sterling Ooty Fern Hill
22. Hyderabad – Celebrate New Year In Style
Say goodbye to the year 2109 and get ready for new year celebration 2020 at the most happening party places in Hyderabad. Head to places like Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills, Begumpet and Hitech City and soak in the vibe of the place with your closed ones. With the best pubs in the city, happening live shows and events, there is an ideal option for everyone. It is indeed one of the best places for new year celebration in India.
Why To Go: To celebrate new year in style
Things To Do:Visit Chowmahalla Palace, Char Minar and other famous attractions
Events: Enjoy live music with celebrity DJs and dance the night away
Where To Stay: Aditya Homotel, Hotel Taj Tristar
23. Shillong – Scotland Of India
Shillong often referred to as Scotland Of India is a perfect place for those travelers looking for a peaceful escape amidst nature. Enjoy the arrival of new year at this best place for new year celebration. Surrounded by beautiful lakes and mesmerizing waterfalls, this is one of the best places to relax and soak in the vibe.
Why To Go: To enjoy splendid views
Things To Do: Boating, Angling, Trekking, exploring waterfalls
Events: Visit the rooftop restaurants for amazing food and splendid views
Where To Stay: Hotel Polo Towers, Ri Kynjai, Dew Drop In
All these places in India to celebrate New Year have been selected keeping the interests of different kinds of travelers. So, which of these destinations are you planning to visit? Sketch out your getaway and plan your customized holiday with TravelTriangle to welcome the 2020 with a bash! Whether you opt for a party city or a tranquil place, make sure you have fun.
Frequently Asked Questions About New Year
A. Partying in a snow-laden destination would be unique. Hence, Kashmir and Gangtok make for unique new year party destinations in India.
A. There are a myriad of fun and exciting things to do in places to visit in New Year in India on a budget, like going to a fireworks show, hosting a potluck party, ice skating, having a game night, throwing a pyjama-themed dance party, and having a romantic date.
A. Going out to a local pub/bar, attending a concert, or arranging a house party happen to be some of the best ways you can welcome the new year 2020 in New Delhi.
A. Since South India is bestowed with stunning coastline, spending New Year’s by the beach beside a bonfire would be a lovely way to welcome the new year. If not this, you can always go to the most happening nightclubs and concerts.
A. Goa is one of the best places to celebrate the New Year in India.
A. Yes, New Year is celebrated on January 1 every year according to the Gregorian Calendar.
A. The Hindu/Indian New Year is called Yugadi. Yuga means year and Adi means starting. Ugadi marks the first day of New Year.
A. Gujarati New Year is celebrated on the next day of Diwali. It is celebrated with pomp and show.
A. There are several things you should not do on New Year’s Day, like leaving your drink unattended at a New Year’s party, and more such things.
A. Marathi New Year is called Gudi Pahwa. It is a festival that is celebrated with pomp and show in spring season.
A. The Tamil New Year is also called Puthuvarudam. It is the first month of the Tamil solar calendar, and Puthandu typically falls on 14 April.
A. The celebration of New Years is quite obvious. It provides an opportunity to celebrate having made it through another 365 days. Moreover, the celebration of what’s ahead is something well rooted in our ancient instincts.
A. The small island nations of Kiribati, Tonga, Samoa are the first country to celebrate new year.
A. Some of the best places to go for new years are:
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