Travel special: Your ultimate holiday guide for Christmas, New Year's Eve

Updated: Jan 13, 2016, 12:23 IST | Dhara Vora and Kanika Sharma |

‘Tis the season to be jolly, to pack your bags and hit the outdoors! With Christmas and New Year drawing close, the guide picks the ultimate list of destinations that you can head to, in a jiffy

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.

Take your camping pick

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.
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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.
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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
Call: 9820526098
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
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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.
Call: 8879293803
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Discover Hampi

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
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Cost: Rs 8,500

The Holiday Studio

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.
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