Would you trade this on New Year's Eve?
Tired of heady dance parties, sloshed crowds and endless hangovers that haunt you after every New Year's Eve bash? The Guide has the perfect solution to bring in 2013 with three offbeat ideas packed with varied options to ensure that it's a memorable New Year for you
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