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Best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year in India

Written by Khushi Maheshwari

The festive atmosphere during Christmas and New year days can be felt as soon as you step outside your home. For travelers, the festive season calls for a trip. But what are the best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year in India?

Many places have full-fledged celebrations with fireworks, loud music, and a lot of food and drinks. But what adds more to the Christmas & New Year’s celebrations is the winter season.

Most people dream of spending their Christmas with friends or family in an exotic environment full of celebrations. As people love to spend their time enjoying Christmas and New year’s eve at new destinations, we have listed the best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

We’re offering all-inclusive group tours and solo trips to dig in the best of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Wondering what a perfect holiday destination would be to celebrate this year? Still, searching for a perfect place to spend your Christmas and New year? Well, the wait is over!
Read out these astonishing go-to destinations for this Christmas and New Year.

List of best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year

1. Himachal

Himachal is one of the best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year
Celebrating Christmas and New Year days in Himachal

Himachal is an ideal destination for people who want to celebrate in the mountains covered with fluffy snow and has a tranquil environment. This becomes more relishing when the celebration goes beyond one or two days. This is the same as what Himachal Explorer Edition bestows you with.

Imagine the moment when one day you’ll be celebrating Christmas with all the marvelous adventures such as paragliding from a high altitude of 8,000ft and having New Years celebrations with a Groovy DJ, Delicious Snacks, a bonfire, cake, and much more on the other. Wait, wait, wait, stop imagining! Just be there with us and celebrate the best of your Christmas and New Year.

This trip additionally includes a lot more things for you to explore. From a journey of McLeod Ganj with sightseeing and relishing moments to visiting Dharamshala, Bir, Jibhi, Kasol, Manali, and Solang Valley, this trip has it all.

To get more details, take no time to go through the Himachal Explorer Edition!

Best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Himachal

Places to explore in Himachal during winters

1. McLeod Ganj

By indulging yourself in riveting waterfalls, cafe hopping, charming monasteries, and astonishing sightseeing, you can spend your Christmas happily at McLeod Ganj. In icy cool temperatures, you will enjoy snow falling in the winter season.

2. Bir

Bir, also known as the “paragliding capital of India”, can be your next destination to spend Christmas and New Year days. It attracts adventure enthusiasts to its second-highest take-off point for paragliding. So those looking for adventures must go to Bir to spend their festive season.

3. Jibhi

Jibhi is witnessed as a tiny hamlet covered with greenery. It has several tourist spaces with high visits such as Jibhi waterfall, Jalori Pass, Serolsar Lake, Kullu, etc that makes Jibhi mesmerizing enough to plan a trip to it. So undoubtedly, Jibhi can be your go-to destination for celebrating Christmas and New Year.

4. Kasol

Kasol is the best destination for celebrating Christmas and New Year amidst snow-capped mountains and scenic views. Manikaran Temple and Manikaran Gurudwara are the most-visited places with Hot water springs. You can do the Chahal trail and can visit barshiani for sightseeing.

5. Manali

You must have heard of Manali, undoubtedly. But do you know it’s one of the best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year? You can spend your day at leisure but forget not to visit Manali mall road, the main attraction. Enjoy bonfires, meals, music, and adventures on your New Year’s eve by visiting Manali.

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2. Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is one of the best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year
Celebrating Christmas and New Year days in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand, a great place to seek solace in the winter season, is also a great place to enjoy the festive time. It’s a perfect location where snowflakes falling makes Christmas and New Year time more appealing. Uttarakhand has innumerable astonishing destinations with eye-popping views and all you need to do is to choose the best one for yourself.

For you to celebrate this time, we have organized a one-in-a-year exclusive trip to Uttarakhand. If you’ve ever thought of spending your Christmas in an adventurous way, then opt for Uttarakhand Explorer Edition without giving yourself a second thought. With an agglomeration of adventurous activities (such as river rafting, cliff jumping, skiing), loud music, delicious meals, Christmas cake, and much more, you can live your best Christmas here!

To get more details, take no time to go through the Uttarakhand Explorer Edition!

Best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Uttarakhand

Places to explore in Uttarakhand during winters

1. Rishikesh

Pretermit the boring Christmas celebration at home doing nothing when you can spend the most adventurous Christmas at Rishikesh. Go for adventures like river rafting, and cliff jumping and indulge yourself in one of the holiest cities to celebrate the best festive holidays.

2. Joshimath

You can celebrate at Joshimath by heading towards Auli via Cable car ropeway. It’s one of the best places to enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and much more. If you’ve never experienced it before, then now is the time to celebrate your Christmas and New Year with breathtaking views.

3. Kausani

Kausani is a picturesque town in Uttarakhand that can be an ideal location to spend your festive season in scenic landscapes. Himalayan peaks such as Trishul, Nanda Devi, and Panchachuli can be easily seen from Kausani. To spend your New Year’s days in tranquillity opting for Kausani is an ideal choice.

4. Binsar

Undoubtedly, the best place to celebrate Christmas and New Year while carrying out adventures such as Rock climbing, Ziplining, and Rappeling. Binsar is also a great destination for sightseeing and celebrations.

Recommended read: The Best Winter Treks to do in the Himalayas

3. Spiti

Spiti is one of the best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year
Celebrating Christmas and New Year days in Spiti

Spiti Valley looks nothing less than a magical wonderland that covers itself in many layers of snow during the time of winter. It is one of the best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year which bestows travelers with an everlasting experience.

People often say that one can not find great things until they come out of their comfort zone and the saying goes well with Winter Spiti Expedition! You have to break your tradition of staying at home and come out to Spiti valley to experience the best of your Christmas and New Year time.

Winter Spiti expedition will be an ideal choice for you to make your Christmas and New Year sparkle. It’s not only the locations that we’ll be visiting during our trip, the trip embraces more things like delicious meals, sundry snacks, cake, music, bonfire, games, and much more.

To get more details, take no time to go through the Winter Spiti Expedition!

Best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Spiti

Spiti is one of the best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year
Places to explore in Spiti during winters

1. Shimla

First on the list of best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Spiti is Shimla. Ever dreamt about traversing roads that are fully covered in snow? You can capture this experience in Shimla. There are many places within Shimla that you can travel through namely, Narkanda and Hatu Peak.

2. Sangla

Sangla Valley can be one on the list where you can spend your whole day at leisure. It has been famous for its major attractions such as Kamru Fort, Baspa Valley, Gangarang waterfall, Sangla town, and much more. It’s a beautiful place with good weather during winter.

3. Kalpa

Kalpa is known for its 3000-year-old monastery and iconic suicide point. If you’re up for exploring new things this Christmas, don’t think more and plan your trip to Uttarakhand with Kalpa as a must-go.

4. Tabo

Tabo is a small town positioned on the banks of Spiti Valley. The Temple of the Enlightened Gods, the Golden Temple, and the Mystic Mandala Temple are worth visiting. It is known for its Indo-Tibetan art style, monasteries, and old paintings kept in dark. It’s a peaceful place to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

5. Hikkim, Komic & Langza

The reason that I have put them separately is that they are must-visit spots that can be explored altogether within a day. Hikkim is the highest post office in the world(4400m above sea level), so why not try posting to your loved one this Christmas? Where Komic is the highest village in the world connected by a motorable road, the Langza is famously known for its iconic Buddha statue. So while planning a trip to Spiti, you can add these places in.

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The above-mentioned best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year are all worth a visit. Choose any of them to experience your best days.

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