Best Places to Visit Near Pune This New Year's Eve: By Insider
If you're looking to head out of town on New Year's Eve, you're in luck - Pune is close to some fantastic getaways. Insider puts together a few recommendations.
While there's lots to do in Pune on New Year's Eve, partying / pub hopping might not be for everyone. Or maybe you've just been there, done (or drunk) that and want to ring in 2018 differently. Good for you, then, that Pune is close to some fantastic getaways. Read on for our pick for what to do!
Curated New Year's travel events!
In December, Insider will have some incredible travel events for you to ring in the new year. Why not say hello to 2018 atop a mountain top post a trek, or a guided tour of a nearby destination, or a group bike ride to a gorgeous hill station? It's also a long weekend (hooray!) so there are plenty of options if you want to get outdoors. Check out some events below!
Other curated things to do near Pune on New Year's Eve
Camp under the stars at Banyan Bliss
How does camping under the stars whilst waiting for the new year to begin sound? Just 2h30mins away from the chaos of Pune lies a lovely space built around an ancient Banyan tree. Camp out in the fields or stay in one of the rooms that have magnificent views of the Western Ghats. Homecooked meals, a guppy pond to dip your feet in for a free pedicure, horses and more await you to ring in 2018 a little differently than usual.
Cost: Rs.5000 for a couple
Ring in 2018 surrounded by nature at Casuarina
Bring 2018 in with a gush of adrenaline! The campsite of Casuarina is a sight for sore eyes surrounded by beautiful foliage. For those who do not want to just sit around and marvel at nature’s gifts have options of trekking, paragliding, rafting, snorkeling and then some. Put on your hiking boots and welcome the new year with gusto!
Cost: Rs.2,500 per person
Go Rafting in Kolad
Bored of bringing in the New Year with hazy eyes and a dizzy head? Three and a half hours away from Pune, spend the day rafting on the famous Kundalika river and end the night with a BBQ and bonfire. Not a bad way to say hello to 2018. Is it?
Cost: Rs.5000 per person
Try some fine cuisine at York Wine Tasting
Gather your near and dear ones and prepare for a mini road trip to the wine country of India. The York Wine vineyard has a wonderfully uplifting view of the Gangapur Dam and delicious wine pairings to go with it. Try some of their exquisite Chinese and Indian cuisine while bringing in the new year in a fine manner-just like their wines.
Raise adrenaline levels at Nirvana Adventures
A new year, a new view. That’s what you will be getting at Nirvana Adventures. Brace yourself for a massive kick of adrenaline as you take the first leap of the cliff, after which you glide over Kamshet as if you were on a cloud. One can either choose to take a paragliding course and become a pilot right as the new year sets in. Or one can choose to fly tandem if there is a time issue. And then…end the night with a BBQ and laughter.
Cost: Elementary Pilot Course: Rs.22000 ( 4 Days / 3 Nights)
Taster Course: Rs.18000 ( 3 Days / 2 Nights )
Introductory Course: Rs.14000 ( 2 Days / 1 Night )
All inclusive of stay, BBQ, bonfire and food
Camp in Vasind
All campers and non-campers, get your hiking boots and swimming suits for a day full of adventurous activities. The campsite at Vasind offers not only regular camping and bonfires but also a trek up to the famous Mahuli fort, Kayaking, swimming, fishing and more. Add to the adrenaline festivities, finger-licking delicious food.
Cost: Rs. 5000 per person
Head to Mumbai
While Pune has its share of attractions, big brother Mumbai has a lot to offer as well - stargazing in a national park within city limits or watching fireworks by the beautiful Marine Drive, and lots more. Check out Insider's guide for things to do in Mumbai on New Year's Eve!
Run to the Hills
Something off-beat, yet not totally out of the list, is a trip to hill stations. If you are more of a nature lover and party isn’t what you’re looking for then a trip to the mountains is your panacea. Chilly evenings draped with a velvety blanket of star-speckled skies, bonfires and music can complete an enjoyable evening. What’s more, many hotels host New Year bashes for guests who choose to revel yet be surrounded by nature’s bounty. Popular hill stations near Mumbai are Saputara, Matheran, Panchgani. If you don't mind the crowds, Lonavala and Khandala also have great resorts and hotels that host their annual New Year’s Eve parties, such as The Dukes Retreat, Faryis Resort and Hotel Sapphire.
Cost: Rs. 5000 - 10000 per person
Watch the year's first sunrise from atop a mountain!
What better way of ringing in New Year than scaling the tallest peaks in Western Ghats? Start on the New Year’s night and say hello to 2018 surrounded by clouds. You will celebrate the New Years amidst the sparkling lights of fireflies rather than usual city lights. Popular treks near Mumbai are Kalsubai, Rajmachi, Lohagad and Prabalmachi. Kalsubai, in particular, is very popular for New Year treks - it's the highest peak in the state and a relatively easy climb, too!
Cost: INR 1000 – 2000 per person
Things to do in Pune on New Year's Eve
If you'd rather stay in the city to ring in 2018, check out things to do in Pune on New Year's.
Things to do in Pune on Christmas Day
And hey, for celebrations a week earlier, here are some recommendations on what to do in Pune on Christmas Day 2017.
Happy New Year and have an incredible 2018. As always, stay tuned to Insider for awesome things to do in your city!
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