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    A group of travelers in Kheerganga near Kasol

    With the New Year’s eve fast approaching, Delhiites are busy making plans to ring in the new year with in style. The best clubs & the chicest hotels are soon gonna roll out the gigs for the celebrations soon enough. But that’s not the only way to celebrate the start of a kickass year. Is it?

    I, for one, am not gonna follow the usual trend of welcoming the new year at an overcrowded nightclub. Why should I when I have the chance to explore some amazing new year escapes from Delhi?

    As Delhiites, we are in luck! For one of these weekend getaways near Delhi could be your next New Year party destination.

    1. Bir Billing

    Tourists enjoying paragliding at Bir Billing

    Ever since Bir Billing hosted the first ever Paragliding World Cup in 2015, the quaint village-destination has been a permanent spot on the Himachal tourism circuit. While paragliding in Bir Billing has been attracting adventure junkies from across the nation & beyond, a New Year party here will be a thrilling experience altogether.

    How to reach Bir Billing from Delhi?

    The village of Bir is located 516 km from Delhi. Though Pathankot (140 km away) and Ahju (3 km away) are the nearest broad & narrow gauge railway heads respectively, I’d suggest you take the road journey from Delhi to Bir. Trust me, it is amazing!

    Why should you be heading to Bir-Billing this New Year?

    The twin villages of Bir & Billing boast of year-round picturesque views and pleasant temperatures. Camping under the stars with live music & bonfire is sure to set the perfect mood for the celebrations of New Year 2017. And if you like adventure sports just as much as I do, you can opt for trekking up to the launch site and paragliding down to the valley. After all, paragliding is the destination’s key attraction.

    Ideal trip duration: 1N/2D in Bir Billing

    And how much would such a trip cost you?

    A trip to Bir-Billing from Delhi would normally cost you anything between INR 7,000 and INR 8,000 per person. This price is inclusive of the Bir-Billing paragliding cost, 1-night camp stay, 2 meals per day, and all transfers.

    Still not convinced? Probably the story of Soumya’s adventure-packed weekend getaway to Bir Billing will motivate you furthermore!


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    2. Chail & Shimla

    A snap of the snow-covered Hotel Ekant in Chail

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    Chail and Shimla are two wonderful weekend getaways from Delhi. While there aren’t many things to do in Chail on a short weekend trip, I discovered with my college friends that partying in these hill stations of Himachal is surprisingly a great option. The snow-clad hills and the starry envelope of the night sky are perfect for a night party and bonfire for the New Year’s eve. You can also visit Shimla on your return journey to Delhi.

    How to reach Chail & Shimla from Delhi?

    Chail is situated 336 km from Delhi. Shimla is a further 45 km from Chail. Both these hill stations are well connected by a rail network. One can take a train up to Kalka, followed by a toy train to Shimla. Alternatively, a direct train to Kandaghat (30 km from Chail) can be taken. But I personally prefer the road journey. The scenic journey never ceases to amaze me. And I am sure the experience will not be any different for you either.

    Why should you be heading to Chail & Shimla this New Year?

    Shimla has been the most popular weekend getaway from Delhi and other cities of North India – be it for couples, for families, or for a group of friends. And Chail, because of its proximity to Shimla, is often visited by those who prefer walking on the untrodden ways. From my personal experience, I can tell that the two hill stations are wonderful for a weekend escape.

    Be it the Chail Cricket Ground & the Sidh Baba Temple in Chail or the numerous places to visit in Shimla, including Jakhu Temple, Christ Church, & Mall Road, there is a plethora of tourist attractions that you can visit. Add to it a DJ party with a bonfire at night and you are in for a wonderful New Year party in Shimla & Chail.

    Ideal trip duration: 1N/2D in Chail & Shimla

    And how much would such a trip cost you?

    A typical 1-night & 2 days holiday in Shimla and Chail would ideally cost you around INR 5,000 per person; inclusive of the costs of sightseeing, 1-night stay, 2 meals per day, and transfers.

    3. Dalhousie & Khajjiar

    A panoramic shot of Dalhousie

    Pine & oak trees & green pastures of Dalhousie and snow-covered areas in Khajjiar are what makes the duo a great weekend getaway from Delhi. The alluring places to visit in Dalhousie, together with its scenic views & salubrious environs, will surely make a trip to Dalhousie for the New Year bash totally worth it. And the optional adventurous things to do in Dalhousie will only add to the excitement that the destination offers.

    How to reach Dalhousie from Delhi?

    The cities of Delhi and Dalhousie are 560 km apart. Khajjiar is situated 21 km beyond Dalhousie. A train journey from Delhi to Pathankot and a further 80 km road journey will take you to Dalhousie. But I have always loved the road journey from Delhi to Dalhousie more, simply because it gives me the option to stop en route to enjoy the picturesque views. Try it! You wouldn’t regret, I am sure.

    Why should you be heading to Dalhousie this New Year?

    The very fact that the beauty of Khajjiar has earned it the title of Mini Switzerland of India should convince you for a trip to Dalhousie. A DJ party & bonfire in such a beauteous destination surely makes me interested. And this is just the beginning. With Chamera Lake, Dainkund Peak, Panjpulla waterfall and other places to visit in Dalhousie, the destination offers a splendid taste of beauty. And if you want something more exciting, you can go for paragliding, zorbing, and trekking in Khajjiar.

    Ideal trip duration: 2N/3D in Dalhousie

    And how much would such a trip cost you?

    Well, a complete trip to Dalhousie costed me around INR 7,000. This included the costs of a room on twin-sharing basis for 2 nights, 2 meals daily, and transfers. I had to shell out an extra INR 1,500 for paragliding.

    And if you think that I have been exaggerating, read an account of Rupanshi’s first ever trek on a weekend escapade to Dalhousie that instilled insatiable wanderlust in her.

    4. Dhanaulti

    A morning shot of the Camp o Royale in Dhanualti

    Scenic views of the Garhwal Himalayan Range and a plethora of activities make camping in Dhanaulti a delightful experience. And the experience of snow camping under the stars on the New Year’s eve is something to look forward to.

    How to reach Dhanaulti from Delhi?

    This hill station of Uttarakhand is located 302 km from Delhi. The nearest railheads – Dehradun & Rishikesh – are situated at a distance of 63 km and 80 km from Dhanaulti respectively. And so as to avoid the hassle of changing the mode of transport, I prefer a road trip to Dhanaulti.

    Why should you be heading to Dhanaulti this New Year?

    The whole idea of snow camping under the stars with DJ & a bonfire on the New Year’s eve excites me. Light adventure activities at the camp like Burma Bridge & Mowgli Walk and trekking through the surrounding forests are other things that you can do in Dhanaulti. And if you want a relaxing trip, Dhanaulti Eco Park, Deogarh Fort, and Dashavatar Temple are some of the places to visit in Dhanaulti.

    Ideal trip duration: 1N/2D in Dhanaulti

    And how much would such a trip cost you?

    Ideally, you should be able to wrap up your trip to Dhanaulti for 1 night and 2 days from Delhi in a little over INR 4,500. Anything below this price would be wonderful.

    Just in case you need to validate my description, read about how Radhika’s quest for peace & beauty, which brought her to Dhanaulti, left her mesmerised.


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    5. Jim Corbett

    A scene from the Jim Corbett safari

    Jim Corbett, located near Nainital in Uttarakhand, finds its place among the best national parks in India. While the park sees a large tourist footfall primarily for its tigers, it is possible to spot several species of deer, leopards, jackals, red foxes, black bear, sloth bear, and monkeys as well. And it is not just the jeep safaris in the national park that makes it a wonderful weekend getaway from Delhi. The world-class resorts nestled inside & around the forest provide perfect settings for a rave New Year party in Jim Corbett.

    How to reach Jim Corbett from Delhi?

    Situated 246 km away from Delhi, Jim Corbett is accessible by both rail and roads. But the nearest railway head, Ramnagar, is located 86 km from Jim Corbett. And so, I prefer going to Jim Corbett by road.

    Why should you be heading to Jim Corbett this New Year?

    A DJ party in the middle of the forest is surely something that you must experience. And the winter season is perfect to take the jeep safaris at Jim Corbett. You can expect to see tigers and other animals as they crawl out of their hide to walk around in the sun. In addition to the Jim Corbett National Park, you can also visit the Garjiya Devi Temple and enjoy knick-knacks by the Kosi river.

    Ideal trip duration: 2N/3D in Jim Corbett

    And how much would such a trip cost you?

    A trip to Jim Corbett with 2 nights’ stay would cost around INR 7,500; inclusive of jeep safari, stay, meals, and transfers.

    Just in case you are apprehensive about a trip to Jim Corbett, this account of an all girls trip to Jim Corbett will surely clear all your doubts.

    6. Kanatal

    A snap from one of the places for snow camping in Kanatal

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    One of the offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand in winter, Kanatal offers serenity and picturesque views. And the option of snow camping in Kanatal makes it a go-to destination to ring in 2017 with a rave New Year party in the hills.

    How to reach Kanatal from Delhi?

    Located 321 km from Delhi, Kanatal is well-connected to the rest of India. But since the nearest railway head, Rishikesh, is located 75 km away, it would be more prudent to take a road trip from Delhi instead.

    Why should you be heading to Kanatal this New Year?

    Snow camping with DJ party & bonfire at the camps is what makes Kanatal a wonderful option for the New Year celebrations. I would also recommend you to try adventure activities, including trekking, jungle safari, rock climbing, rappelling, flying fox, and valley crossing. And since it is not every day that you visit Kanatal, you might also want to visit Surkanda Devi Temple, Kodia Jungle, and New Tehri.

    Ideal trip duration: 1N/2D in Kanatal

    And how much would such a trip cost you?

    You can experience all this and more at a price of about INR 5,000. The cost may increase in case you opt for the adventure activities.

    7. Kasol

    A night shot of the Parvati River at Kasol

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    Kasol, a scenic village along the Parvati river in Kullu, has become a backpacker’s’ delight in the last 10 years. And with the rooftop dance parties and bonfire, your New Year celebrations are sure to be something to cherish for a long long time.

    How to reach Kasol from Delhi?

    Kasol is situated 518 km away from Delhi. An overnight bus/cab journey is the best way to reach Kasol. The sweet sounds of the Parvati river will wake you up a little while before you reach Kasol. And the views? Well, they are splendid!

    Why should you be heading to Kasol this New Year?

    What’s better than a rooftop dance party with a bonfire in the picturesque setting of the verdant hills? Perhaps, the one that rings in the New Year. Right?

    Be it the lesser populated destinations of Kheerganga, Tosh, Chalal, Manikaran, and Malana that surround Kasol or the trekking trails that take you to these destinations, the reasons to visit Kasol at any time of the year are many in number. And, if time permits, you can also take a holy bath in the hot water springs of Manikaran.

    Ideal trip duration: 2N/3D in Kasol

    And how much would such a trip cost you?

    It won’t be possible to cover all these destinations in 3 days. You will have to choose between Tosh, Malana, and Kheerganga. But any trip with 2 nights in the Parvati Valley would cost anything between INR 6,000 and INR 7,000.

    8. Kausani

    A snap of sunset at Kausani

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    A hill station & village in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, Kausani is a backpacker’s delight. It is said that Mahatma Gandhi, on his trip to the village, once called Kausani the Switzerland of India. The gorgeous views of the massive Himalayan peaks and the amazing climate are perfect to celebrate New Year here. And then there are numerous places to visit in Kausani, including Anasakti Ashram, Kausani Tea Estate, Sumitranandan Pant Museum, Baijnath Temple, and Rudradhari falls & caves.

    How to reach Kausani from Delhi?

    Kausani is 411 km away from Delhi. Heading to the hill resort by train won’t be a good option as the nearest railway head, Kathgodam, is located over 140 km away from Kausani. The road journey, on the contrary, is very comfortable and beautiful.

    Ideal trip duration: 2N/3D in Kausani

    And how much would such a trip cost you?

    Camping under the stars for 2 nights at Kausani with bonfire & live music, meals, sightseeing, and all transfers can cost you around INR 6,500.

    9. Lansdowne

    A snap of the Bhulla Lake in Lansdowne

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    Lansdowne is a quaint hill station in Uttarakhand that is known for its serenity and relaxing environment. Named after Lord Lansdowne, the erstwhile Viceroy of India, the cantonment area is a backpacker’s delight. In addition to the magnificent views of the snow-clad mountains, the destination offers a chance to enjoy camping & hiking in the jungle. And a New Year party in Lansdowne would be a wonderful experience.

    How to reach Lansdowne from Delhi?

    Lansdowne, located 260 km away from Delhi, is easily accessible by road as well as rail. Kotdwar, the nearest railhead to Lansdowne, is at a situated only 40 km away. However, most travelers still find it more convenient to take a road trip.

    Why should you be heading to Lansdowne this New Year?

    Jungle camping with live music & bonfire is perfect for a New Year party. The scenic views from Tip-n-Top and the short hiking trips add to the charm of this year-round destination. Oh, and did I mention that you can go boating at the lake?

    Ideal trip duration: 1N/2D in Lansdowne

    And how much would such a trip cost you?

    A trip to Lansdowne with 1-night stay would cost you around INR 5,000; inclusive of stay, transfers, and meals.

    10. Manali

    Trip to Manali

    Manali, the beautiful hill station of Himachal, is located on the banks of the river Beas. It constitutes of 3 adjacent hillocks, each with a village & a temple. These 3 hillocks – Old Manali (with Manu Temple), Vashisht (with Vashisht Temple), and Dhungri (with Hadimba Temple) – are a gateway to the adventure centers of Solang, Rohtang, Kothi, and Gulaba. In addition to the adventure activities, there are numerous other things to do in Manali that will ensure a joyful & thrilling vacation here. And let us not forget the option to head for a rave new year party in Manali.

    How to reach Manali from Delhi?

    The road distance between Manali and Delhi is 540 km. I personally find buses to be the best mode of transport between the two cities.

    Why should you be heading to Manali this New Year?

    If not for the splendid views, you might be inspired to visit Manali for its tourist attractions, including Hadimba Temple, Van Vihar, and Solang Valley. The hill station also offers paragliding, skating, skiing, zorbing, & tobogganing at Solang Valley. And to add to the spirit of New Year celebrations, you can enjoy a New Year’s Eve disco party at the hotel itself.

    Ideal trip duration: 2N/3D in Manali

    And how much would such a trip cost you?

    A winter trip to Manali would cost you around INR 6,000. However, you will have to shell out some extra money for adventure activities at Solang Valley.

    Here’s what Aakanksha has to say about her New Year trip to Manali.

    11. Mcleodganj & Triund

    A shot of the sunrise at Triund near Mcleodganj

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