With another year drawing to an end, there seems to be an impending sense of doom. But before such a realisation hits you, you hit the road! The long drive, with the wind on your face, your friends and family around you, and the road ahead is all you need for this journey.
A quest to explore new places (and yourself), an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones, taking a road trip is the complete package. Road trips is all one could ask for to neatly wrap up the year, the cherry on the cake!
If parties, beaches, water sports, shacks, and carnivals is what gets you going, Goa is the place to be for New Year’s. With an abundance of them all, Goa has a life of its own which is sure to surge into you the moment you step there. This extravagant celebration of life and good spirit is only a road trip away for those who seek it.
Bangalore and Mumbai are ideal places to start the trip from. A 10 to 11-hour journey of endless fun and excitement.
The serene beaches and sea, the promenade, cute and cozy cafes, an ashram and the French colonial remnants promise a rather peaceful and blissful atmosphere. A laid back and refreshing New Year awaits anyone who desires it.
A mere 3 hours from Chennai the nearest metropolitan city, and a 7-hour pleasurable trip from Bangalore, a road trip to Pondicherry is sure to rejuvenate you for the upcoming year.
A miniature version of Goa, Gokarna is the tranquil version of what one might experience in Goa and considered as one of the best road trips with much less crowd, secluded beaches and quiet spots to discover, this place is a blend between a hill station and a beach side. It is a 10-hour ride from Bangalore.
4. Mcleod Ganj
One of the quickest road trips from Chandigarh and Delhi of 6 hours and 10 hours respectively. This quaint town is in Himachal Pradesh near Dharamshala, and is an absolutely beautiful journey to Mcleod Ganj.
This place is also known as Little Lhasa, for the huge Tibetan influence in the region. (due to it being the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile) A place to explore the cultures, peace and beauty of the people and locale.
One of the most popular tourist destinations, Manali is the perfect destination for those who are nature lovers and adventurous in spirit. With the snow-capped mountains, and fun activities, this destination is high enough to get anyone high.
A true marvel from beginning to end, road trips to Manali from Chandigarh or Delhi is definitely recommended.
Nestled in the district of Kullu, this small hamlet is less known as compared to the touristy and popular destinations around it. Kasol is a very scenic place to experience the life of the hill folk, the enchantment of nature in its pristine form and the liveliness of spirit. One of the best places to be for New Year’s Kasol is an 8-hour trip from Chandigarh.
An offbeat destination for New Year’s, Udaipur is vibrant and full of life all year round. Known as the city of lakes and for its palaces, this place is extremely rich in culture and history and has an equally rich and exquisite experience to offer to those who choose to spend their New Year’s there. A 9 to 10-hour journey through the varying landscapes of Rajasthan.
An endless expanse of white sand (but without the sea!), Kutch is known as the white desert of India. It’s the time of the year when the famous Rann of Kutch festival takes place.
A period of utmost festivities and joy, a road trip to Kutch offers a surreal and unimaginably pleasurable and exciting holiday. It is a drive of 8 hours from Ahmedabad.
A mesmerizing and sought-after place for vacation, Shillong in Meghalaya has an abundance of treasure. It is also known as the ‘Scotland of India’. The waterfalls, valleys, lakes and mountains are breath taking and gives the most soothing experience. Shillong is a 3-hour drive from Guwahati which gives the tiniest glimpse into the charm of the North East.
A rather rugged drive to Gangtok, it is a trip worth taking for beauty of nature, the Buddhist culture and the snow-capped mountains. A 4-hour drive from Darjeeling which usually comes as a package is a great place to be for New Year’s.
Well what’s more? Grab your bags, hop into your cars, hit the roads and zoom away for the most memorable road trips to end the year with! Make it with your friends, family, childhood best friends or maybe some fellow travel strangers for entering 2020 with a totally new adventure and new stories!