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10 Best Places in India for Celebrating New Year 2023

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The Christmas bells are about to ring, and it’s time for you to turn the fun quotient up a notch for the New Year celebrations in India. Within no time, you will be bidding adieu to the year 2022 and welcoming the new year with open arms. And what better way to celebrate this recycling of the calendar than by exploring some of the best new year destinations in India? Whether you want to party until the clock strikes midnight, indulge in some dauntless adventures or simply want to relax in the midst of untampered nature, we are here to plan your New Year packages by bringing you a curated list of some of the best New Year celebrations in India to make your celebratory season more entertaining and memorable than ever.

1. Goa


Goa is one of the most obvious and best places to celebrate the New Year in India. This pocket-sized paradise in India is filled with magnificent beaches, stellar nightlife, high-spirited tourists, pleasant weather and a distinct culture that makes you feel Goa is the perfect destination for celebrating New Year 2023. If you are looking for a New Year party destination in India, then Goa is your place to be. As most tourists know Goa is a crowded holiday destination, but in reality, Goa is also a colourful New Year party destination to say goodbye to 2022. Every beach, hotel, restaurant, street, shack and hut in Goa on the eve of New Year is all decked up in New Year celebrations and most definitely be hosting parties that go on till the wee hours the next morning. If beaches, lip-smacking food and partying all night are what you are seeking this New Year, then Goa is your place to be. Make sure to make your bookings in advance to enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

Major tourist attractions: Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Santa Cruz Church, Varkala Beach and Fort Aguada.

2. Rann of Kutch

Kutch is probably one of the most surreal places for the New Year celebration in India with the vast expanses of the white salt desert that virtually resembles the shape of a tortoise. Rann of Kutch comes to life in the winter months, as the most popular Rann Festival is celebrated from December to February in which there are huge camp settlements with cultural programs, functions and adventure activities like hot air balloon rides, camel safari and whatnot. Rann Utsav, Kutch, is one of India’s biggest white desert festivals, which showcases the stunning and colourful ethnicity of Gujarat.

Things to Do: Enjoy camel rides, folk dance, desert safari and handicraft shopping.

3. Mcleodganj

Mcleodganj, also known as little Lhasa in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, is another one of the best places to celebrate New Year in India, where you can spend the day with your loved ones or have a gala time even if you are travelling solo. With the chill winds brushing through you, this quaint little town on the lap of the Himalayas becomes all musical on New Year’s eve. The town is culturally blessed by a prominent Tibetan culture owing to its major settlement of Tibetans here. You will find numerous tourists in Mcleodganj during this time of the year for the unique celebration. The best way to spend New Year in Mcleodganj is by exploring the town’s various little cafes and restaurants with live music. If you are looking for some peaceful time, you can plan a camping trip or hire a cabin along the valley for a night or two.

Must-Visit Places: Bhagsu Falls, Bhagsunag Temple, Triund, Dal Lake and Naddi View Point.

 4. Udaipur

If you want a taste of the royal on your New Year’s eve, then you can head straight to one of the most picturesque destinations in Rajasthan, Udaipur. The beautiful city of palaces is filled to the brim with marvellous architecture, Mughal gardens, hotels and resorts where you can make your New Year celebrations in India special. As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s, the landscape allows for some of the most spectacular fireworks. On New Year’s eve, the city hosts some of the most excellent parties at prominent locations which are worth planning a visit. Don’t miss out on enjoying the New Year party in Udaipur with true royalty.

Places to Visit: City Palace, Lake Pichola, Bagore ki Haveli, Eklingji Temple and Sajjangarh Palace.

5. Kasol

Brimming with young energy, scenic beauty, and camping adventure, this hill town in Himachal Pardesh has rightfully earned its tag of being one of the best places to celebrate New Year in India. Whether you wish to dance and sing your way into the new year or simply yearn for a peaceful camping experience and a hearty bonfire, there’s no better place than Kasol to fulfil your desire. Kasol hosts some of the best music festivals during New Year in India, making this place one of the perfect holiday places for those seeking trance music and happening parties.

Major Tourist Attractions: Chalal Trek Trail, Manikaran, Parvathi Valley, Kheer Ganga Peak and Tosh Village.

6. Andaman

Replete with pristine white beaches, turquoise blue water and clear blue skies. What more could one ask for as the New Year is just around the corner? The islands of Andaman offer breathtaking vistas and luxurious resorts and villas so that you can pamper yourself on New Year’s eve. The island is not like any other regular new year destination in India, with late-night parties and non-stop music, but if you want a calm and peaceful beginning to the New Year, then Andaman can be one of the best destinations in India for New Year celebrations.

Places to Visit: Port Blair, Neil Island and Havelock Island.

7. Mumbai

Who says that you cannot go to a metropolitan city that never sleeps and have a great new year? There are many places in Mumbai where you can relax, but nevertheless, the bustling city of Mumbai hosts some of the best new year bashes in India. Be it a house party or a beach party, you will enjoy every minute you spend here to enjoy the New Year in Mumbai with your friends and family.


Why Plan a Visit? Late-night parties and celebrity parties and enjoying a shopping spree.

8. Pondicherry

 A trip to Pondicherry on new year’s eve is something you shouldn’t miss. Firecrackers, bonfires, pleasant weather, serene beaches and beautifully decorated churches make it a perfect and best New Year celebration in India. The exciting and colourful performances, lip-smacking local delicacies and fireworks display are something to look out for during New Year in Pondicherry. Come and explore the boulevards and rues of Pondicherry that will take you down to the gorgeous seaside promenade, and witness the Bay of Bengal playfully splashing the shores of the famous beaches of Pondicherry.

Must-Visit Places: Paradise Beach, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Seaside Promenade.

9. Shillong

The hill station of Shillong, also known as the “Scotland of the East”, is one of the best places for the new year in India for those who want to detoxify and celebrate the new year in peace and tranquillity. One can take in the relaxing sounds of the waterfalls, relax their eyes at the manicured gardens and set up a tent at any of the open meadows in the city. On New Year’s evening, you will be greeted with lit-up markets and streets and melodies of folk music resonating in the air. You can even plan a guided forest trek and set up a camp under the blanket of the star-studded sky as the clock strikes twelve at midnight.

Best Places to Visit: Elephant Falls, Don Bosco Museum, Lady Hydari Park and Shillong Peak.

 10. Kaza


 Say hello to the year 2023 with a place perched at an elevation of 12,500 ft. above sea level in the enchanting Spiti Valley. Kaza is known as one of the most beautiful off-beat destinations in India to celebrate your New Year. This dreamy abode in Spiti greets visitors from all over the world with lovely monasteries, snow-capped mountains, sparkling water streams and lakes so clear that they reflect the skies above them. Before you end your holiday in Kaza, don’t forget to check out the Tibetan and Buddhist handicraft market on the main street to take back as souvenirs for your friends and families.

Not to Miss: Visit the world’s highest post office at Hikkim and safari inside Pin Valley National Park.

Welcome the New Year with a Bash with Veena World

Amp up your new year celebrations in India at these exotic and delightful corners of India. Welcome the New Year 2023 with aplomb by visiting some of the best New Year destinations in India with options so diverse that it becomes very overwhelming to choose. But we feel that’s the beauty of India. From typical heart throbbing new year parties to serene and meditative locals, it totally depends on what type of celebration you want for the coming new year. Feel the festivals of India in January with Veena World as your travel partner.

November 28, 2022


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