It feels like it was only until yesterday that we welcomed 2015 with full zest and now the year has already gone by! And here we are, eagerly waiting for the year 2016 which is only a couple of days ahead. With the high pollution, noise and sky rocketing celebration costs in our dream city most of us want to get out of the city.
Nothing can be better than the 31st December falling on a Thursday, offering us the luxury of a really looong weekend to travel out of Mumbai and enjoy the New Year in peace as well as rejuvenate ourselves to work actively and wholeheartedly in the coming year.
We bring to you the 5 most amazing places around Mumbai that are ideal for celebrating New Year’s eve with friends and family:
Adventure lovers… this one’s for you!
Located ideally in the Western Ghats and immersed in lush greenery all-round the year, Kamshet is one of the places you would really love to go for New Year’s Eve. It is located at 2200 feet above sea level which makes it ideal for paragliding and romancing with ofcourse a twist. With virgin beauty and untouched streams, this remains a favourite among all. Places to visit there include – Tower Hill and Shelar Fort.
Distance from Mumbai – 110 km, around 2 hours
How to get there – You can drive there or board a train to Lonavala and hire a private vehicle from there to reach Kamshet.
Beach lovers this is the place for you.
What can be a better way of starting a New year than star grazing under light? With flawless white sand and waves calling out your name, visiting this beautiful beach would be the perfect start to 2016. You can put a tent out there, take your guitar and sing medleys of old melodies while sitting around bonfire.
Distance from Mumbai – 124.4 km, around 3 hours
How to get there- Take the road through Alibaug or by take a ferry to Mandwa Beach and from there you can hire a private vehicle to reach Kashid.
Jawhar is one of those places you would be hearing for the first time. It is a calm tribal hill station famously known for the Jay Vilas Palace surrounded by beautiful cashew trees.
This destination is perfect for history lovers. Jawhar is also famous for water fall and Hanuman point which gives a beautiful view of the entire valley of this amazing hill station.
Distance from Mumbai – 166 km, around 3.5 hours
How to get there – driving to Jawhar is the best possible option
Located on the serene Kokan belt, Murud is known for its silvery sands, coconut and beetle nut trees. This place has a number of churches and temples worth visiting.
And if you are a fan of homemade Konkani food, this place is truly made for you.
Distance from Mumbai -150 km, 3 hours
How to get there – You can drive to this heavenly place, state transport buses are also available in large numbers.
December is the best time of the year to visit the incredible wineries in Nasik. Also known as the Napa Valley of India, the presence of wineries like Sula and York attract a large number of people every year.
These wine companies hold amazing parties and tours with unlimited booze to keep you going all night.
Distance from Mumbai – 170 Km, around 4 hours
How to get there – Take NH3 to reach this incredible place.
If you wish to escape with your loved ones to a serene place to celebrate this special occasion, then I hope you already know where to head to!