“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” ~ Anonymous
Travel is a dream for many, an adventure for most, and an experience for everyone. It’s like adding a chapter to the book of life, that’s unique to a place, language, culture, food, and heritage. And as we begin a New Year, are you thinking of an offbeat place to bring in 2016? Or is it the usual drinking, dancing, and making merry as you ring in the New Year?
If you are thinking of doing something different – let your imagination run wild and take you to places that offer you an experience of a lifetime. Imagine rolling on the sand dunes, cruising on the backwaters, watching fireworks with a backdrop of a magnificent palace, or enjoying a bonfire by the mighty oceans.
Here are a few options you must consider:
MANVAR DESERT CAMP & RESORT – Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Think camping on the sand dunes, pleasant winter days and cold winter nights with bonfires under the star lit skies. Camping at these luxurious safari-style tents is undoubtedly a great way to bring in the new year. At Manvar, take in the view of sunset at the dunes, experience a plush holiday in the middle of the desert, and enjoy the opulence of Rajasthani hospitality. The resort offers a host of activities to keep you engaged, making it an experience to remember.
SAMSARA DECHU – Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Samsara epitomises out and out luxury. Dine under the starlit sky in the midst of the Thar Desert or lounge by their mesmerising poolside with a book – bring in 2016 the way you see fit. Far away from urban noise Samsara Dechu promises to woo you in style.
SHREYAS YOGA RETREAT – Bangalore, Karnataka
Treat yourself to a holistic beginning this New Year, as you make a resolution to maintain a healthy way of life. Set across 25 acres of lush tranquility; take a journey through self-discovery, introspection, and yogic knowledge. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with a personalized program to suit your needs, and channelize the spirit of a new beginning by centering yourself at this yoga retreat.
THE KUMARAKOM LAKE RESORT– Kumarakom, Kerala
Set across 25 acres of lush greenery on the shores of Vembanad Lake, this resort offers you a piece of Kerala’s backwater paradise. The resort is the perfect place to indulge all your senses with exquisite food, pamper yourself at the spa, and take a dip in the pool. It’s a romantic welcome to 2016 as you cruise through the still backwaters under the blanket of a starry midnight sky.
BAREFOOT RESORTS – Havelock, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Enjoy the charm of a rainforest at the beautiful sun-kissed island of Andaman, as you swim through crystal clear waters and rendezvous with life underwater. The Barefoot Resort makes the stay even more enchanting with its eco-friendly living – connecting you with nature in a comfortable and lush way.
ANANTHA HERITAGE – Pondicherry
Revisit an 18th-century home as you walk through this colonial-style hotel with its grand pillars, wooden furniture, antique paintings, and modern art. An eclectic mix of Indo-European culture, Anantha takes you back in time. This hotel has a sense of serenity and warmth that’s hard to find in our busy city lives.
Looking to head to the party capital of the country? Then try tasting a different style of living. This 19th-century ancestral home, of the Dempo family, has been converted into a state-of-art villa. Enjoy the old world charms at this intimate beach bungalow and revel in the Goan hospitality before you head out to party.
Bring in the New Year with an offbeat getaway, and mark the start of 2016 in a style that’s hard to match. What say?
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