From spotting Monitor Lizards in Hampi to biking up to explore Bhatsa, there are tons of ways to chill out this festive season. the guide lists how to make the best of your Christmas and the New Year break by going off the beaten track
Christmas-new year special
Take your camping pick
A camp next to a secret lake with its own waterfall, one on the beach or a camp specially created for star gazing, Let’s Camp Out caters to a camp for a variety of travellers.
The camp outsourcing company also offers a host of activities such as rappelling, paintball, fishing, zip lining, cycling and night trails, curated according to the campsite you choose. They provide adventure camping options on the stretch of Lonavala at Rajmachi, Phanasrai, Tungarli and Shirota and people can choose the campsite based on the topography they like: hilltop, beach, jungle, etc. Our pick is the camp on Kashid beach and the secret lake site.
Log on to: letscampout.com
Would you like your first experience of 2015 to consist of a million starred-sky, campfires and barbeques? City-based Nature Knights are offering multiple options for New Year camps at a wide range of locations such as Panchgani, Lonavala, Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Khapoli Pali and more.
Log on to: www.natureknights.net
A New Year’s beach party, this
Head to Murud where you can chill at the seaside, explore the Murud Janjira Fort and strum the guitar by the bonfire in the night. Usher in the New Year by releasing sky lanterns into the horizon at midnight.
From: December 31 to January 1
Cost: Rs 4,200 plus 3.09% tax
Cycle away into the sunset
Time to get your calf muscles working with a tour to Bhatsa in Shahpur region. The destination is 2.5 hours away from the city. The organising company will provide imported bicycles for hire, a support vehicle and even vegetarian meals en route.
On: December 31
Log on to: bookings.odati.com/trips/tour-of-bhatsa/3495
Get some wind in your sails
Raise your sails as you set out on a luxury yacht. Opt for a candlelit dinner/brunch or enjoy the sunset against the city’s skyline. Perhaps, the ideal way is to ring in the New Year with a Michelin dining experience.
Log on to: www.oystersailing.in
Historic adventures beckon
Discover Hampi in all its hues. Go birdwatching via a cycle tour, marvel at its ruins and do a guided walk to spot wildlife: from Sandgrouses to Monitor Lizards. With only eight reservations left, book early.
From: December 25 to 28, 8 am onwards
Log on to: www.breakfreejourneys.com
Cost: Rs 8,500
Discounts, and more!
The Holiday Studio is a travel company that only conducts trips to lesser-known places. They have started The Explorers Club. The club is open to anyone who would like to join The Holiday Studio Team in exploring untouched sites, reviewing resorts and trying adventure activities. These trips are priced very low with heavy discounts as people on these trips travel as a part of the brand and not as customers. The destinations include secret beaches, quaint resorts, mountain destinations and more.
Log on to: www.theholidaystudio.com