WHERE: BNHS Nature Reserve, near Film City, Goregaon (E)
WHY IT WORKS: Bombay Natural History Society is organising a unique event on New Year Eve (Dec 31), An Evening in Forest, which will offer a dusk nature walk, stargazing, a quiz, treasure hunt and dinner (veg, non-veg) on the Conservation Education Centre (CEC) terrace as well as an eco-friendly New Year celebrationS. Alcohol and loud music will not be available.
YOU PAY: Rs 1,750 (Adult), Rs 1,500 (child below 12 years), Rs 3,350 (couple), Rs 6,000 (family of 2 adults, 2 children below 12 years)
CALL: 9594929107 / 9594953425
SUMMIT OF PEACE
WHERE Tikona campsite
WHY IT WORKS Start the New Year differently, as the folks at Nature Knights have an interesting camping out party lined up — from a classic barbecue, campfire, buffet dinner to a Hawaiian theme! Far from the crowds, and amid the backdrop of this historic fort, laze around on hammocks, live in tents, go for a morning wal to swim in a nearby lake, soak in stunning mountain views and get some ‘me’ time too. Camping options are also available for the Christmas and New Year weekend (Dec 29-30).
YOU PAY Rs 3,950 (adult), Rs 1,700 (child)
LOG ON TO: www.natureknights.net
WHERE: Khopoli and Kolad
WHY IT WORKS: Starry skies, morning treks to catch the first sunrise of 2013, campfires and BBQ — mark your date with the New Year in a different, serene landscape, far away from the crowds, pollution and noise. You can even opt for a round of white water rafting on the Kundalika River, if you’d like a few thrills to get into the mood for the New Year. This apart, tent stays and some good old fashioned bonhomie around campfires should make for a lovely break.
YOU PAY Khopoli: Rs 4,300 (adult), Rs 2,400 (child below 8 years); Kolad: Rs 3,800 (adult), Rs 2,200 (child under 8 years)
Find your off-beat path
A few other options that you might want to explore for off-beat, secluded destinations for a quiet, peaceful start to your New Year
These guys will customise trips to scenic spots, from hilly escapes to virgin beaches, all with picture postcard-like views.
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THE BLUEBERRY TRAILS
Winter camping is their big focus this festive season, so they’ve lined up places like Panchgani and the Krishna Valley to go camping, stargazing, the works.
CALL: 9920842186 / 9820925721