Friday, January 6, 2017

Where did you travel for spending New Year's Eve?

Spending New Year's Eve in a place far from hustle bustle of the city with family and friends is my idea of New Year's Eve. I consider myself fortunate enough to work in a company which has annual winter shut down from Christmas to the 1st day of new year. I don't have to take leaves and I can plan without thinking about how to ask my boss for it.

Ooty highway
My beloved Alto en route to Ooty

During my bachelor days (sigh), I used to travel with friends and tried to make plans during the last week of December and spend the last day of the year in a new location. The plan doesn't work sometime as it happened in 2011. I wanted to travel to Chopta during the new year but the weather there didn't permit us to. We had to postpone the trip till February. I travelled to Narkanda, Reckong Peo, Sangla in 2012. '13 was spent at home. '14 in Ooty, '15 in Dhanbad ( my spouse hometown) and last year, '16 in Kodaikanal.
Friends enjoying snowfall in Narkanda
My friends having fun in Narkanda Valley

Sitting near a campfire on a chilly night while friends are playing Antakshri, or some friends are dancing and food and booze are there. Doesn't it sound like a perfect way to spend new year's eve?
Campfire in Nainitaal
Enjoying campfire in Nainital
Delhi is surrounded by hill stations and most of them receive a good amount of snowfall during the winters. That's another good reason to spend new year's eve at one of these places. I regret not going to Chopta in the new year as this place was the best place I've ever been to. Mussoorie is a good place to spend the new year's eve. It doesn't receive snowfall but it's a beautiful place nonetheless.

Chopta Valley
Chopta valley completely covered by snow and almost inaccessible 
New year's eve in mussorie
Long exposure shot from my hotel in Mussoorie, 2010. Believe it or not, this shot was taken at 9 PM. The valley below is Dehradun
While now I'm in Bangalore for last 3 years, I haven't had a chance to visit the snowy places. I went to Ooty in 2014 and Kodaikanal in '16. Frankly speaking, I liked Ooty more than Kodaikanal. It's more scenic and you can get some really good photos. I'll write a separate post on my trip to Kodaikanal.

So, where did you spend your New Year's Eve? I'd love to know about it. Share your thoughts in the comment section and feel free to post photos of your trip as well. Happy Travelling.

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