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If a lakeside view, tucked away in the middle of the Western Ghats, sounds appealing, opt for a lakeside camping trip at scenic Pawna. The cost includes transportation, unlimited alcohol (6 pm to 3 am) and a buffet spread, besides a night stay in tents on the lakeside. You can either drive down to the site or get picked up by their bus service from Dadar, Mumbai, and Shivaji Nagar, Pune. A DJ will set the vibe for NYE and you can grab your drinks from the licensed bar at the venue that will also have a bonfire. The organisers advise campers to carry a torch.
On December 31, 8.30 am to January 1, 2 pm
At Lake Pawna, Lonavala.
Cost Rs 1,200 onwards
Alibaug-bound party bus
This trip allows you to start the party early — en route to the venue in a private party bus, though you have to BYOB. There are pick-ups from Dadar, Chembur, Vashi and Kalamboli. You can play games like volleyball and kho kho at the campsite. The plan includes a bonfire session, lavish meal and tunes by a DJ. “We will have a special seafood menu,” says Saurabh Agarwal, co-founder of Wandering Souls, the organisers.
On December 31, 11.30 am to January 1, 2 pm
At Alibaug, near Birla Temple.
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Cost Rs 3,150 with transport
Beach bumming in Palghar
Navigate Palghar beach near Mumbai for a unique camping experience. “Palghar is untouched and has a beach in the 10 km radius. Our location is a beach-touching property. We have a BYOB concept, but accommodation and food will be included in the package,” says Piyush Malhotra, co-founder, The Social Monks Entertainment. The night’s festivities include a bonfire.
On December 31, 10 am to January 1, 12 noon
At Palghar Beach, Shirgaon.
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Cost Rs 3,799 (with travel)
This Dahanu homestay is ideal if you’d like to enjoy the rustic tribal experience of Kosbad village. You can also get a quick Warli tutorial from villagers about the rural art form, besides signing up for their tarpa dance night. There’s also a village trip, while the barbeque night entails regional gavran dishes like chicken bhujing and gavran kombdi masala. “We’ve tried to provide a real taste of life in the area,” says Aditya Save, co-founder of Hillview Farm House.
On December 31, 11 am
At Kosbad Hill, Dahanu Road.
Log on to www.hillviewfarmhouse.in
Cost Rs 2,800
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