Rajasthan, the land of kings, is known for its heritage and culture. It is also getting increasingly popular as a hotspot for New Year celebration. While it is easy to find a conventional partying experience in any of the big metropolitan areas like Delhi and Mumbai, Rajasthan offers natural beauty and heritage. The local hospitality industry has also streamlined its offerings to give visitors beautiful and memorable experiences. Here are some destinations you must visit on your December visit to the state.
Winter Festival in Mount Abu
The last week of December sees an amazing winter festival in Mount Abu. It is rich with native splendor and showcases the art and heritage of Rajasthan as well as North India, with performances by folk performers from Haryana, Punjab. The three day festival marks the onset of winter in Rajasthan. Along with folk performances, it also features music shows, boat and skating races, a tug of war between foreign and domestic tourists and fireworks.
Local city partying in Jaipur
For many who have been exploring Jaipur’s native charms year after year, it is fascinating to see its more urbane side. Premium hotels in the city feature their own lounge bars where visitors can relax, have a drink, socialize and listen to good music.
New Year’s packages for luxury trains
Rajasthan now has five luxury trains with many exciting packages that show you the state, as well as the country in style. These include Palace on Wheels, Maharajas’ Express, Deccan Odyssey, Royals Rajasthan on Wheels and the Golden Chariot.
The luxury experience is reminiscent of the royal decadence of Rajasthan’s past; a red carpet welcome with bands greeting passengers with music and beautiful decor. You will enjoy spacious well appointed cabins and delicious food and cocktails in the attached dining cars.
New Year’s packages at premium palaces-turned-hotels
The hospitality boom in Rajasthan has led to the increase in hotels dotting the state at every corner. However, this boom is led by the palaces and forts which have been converted into hotels, as they offer a heritage experience with beautiful panoramas and great amenities. They also have specific discounts for couples and families.
The Taj Lake Palace Hotel offers a beautiful view of Lake Pichola and is known for its New Years’ lavish dinner, music performances and fireworks. The Chunda Palace is another great way to enjoy the beauty of Lake Pichola while also soaking in the traditional Udaipur heritage. Jag Mandir Palace, which was once the site of the Lord Jagdisha temple, now features a museum explaining the location’s history and culture.
There are also more affordable hotels in the city that offer you a great way to enjoy New Years’. It makes sense to book them in advance as there’s a heavy inflow of tourists during this time.