Rajasthan is full of interesting places to celebrate New Year’s at. It is India at its vibrant best with colorful festivals, fairy-tale palaces and enchanting wildlife.
It is also called the Land of the Kings with its magnificent forts, havelis and palaces. Home to many a chivalrous Rajputs, it has a lineage of battle-scarred heritage weaved with tales of pride and tradition.
Here is a list of the Best Places to celebrate New Year’s in Rajasthan:
1. Mount Abu
Mount Abu is one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s in Rajasthan. It attracts many tourists from different parts of India, being the only hill station in the state, . It is also called an ‘Oasis in the Desert’ with abundance of lakes, rivers, waterfalls and evergreen forests. The top tourist spot is the sunset view from Mt. Abu apart from the rich lineage of ancient legends, temples and forts.
Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s in Mount Abu: Jain Temples including Dilwara Temples, Durga Ambika Mata Temple, Nakki Lake, Achalgarh Fort etc.
2. Kumbhalgarh Fort
If you want to know the reason why Rajasthan is the perfect New Year’s eve destination, do visit the majestic Kumbhalgarh Fort. It is a Mewar fortress near Udaipur and it is one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s at. Also, it is a World Heritage Site under the group of Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
Kumbhalgarh Fort (15th century) is massive with a 38 km long wall. It is the birth place of Maharana Pratap, a great king and warrior of Mewar. Furthermore, it is considered the longest wall in India and the second largest wall in the world. Don’t miss the light and sound show during sunset. Even the fort is spectacularly lit for a few minutes every evening.
Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s in Kumbhalgarh Fort: 300 Jain Temples, 60 Hindu Temples, Shiva Temple with the largest ‘Shivalinga’ of India.
Out of the 9 best places to celebrate New Year’s in Rajasthan, Ajmer (the invincible hills) Sharif Dargah (built 13th century) is the most popular destination there is. It is a domed shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Garib Nawaz (Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti) the founder of the Chisti order of Sufism. People of all faith flock here with the hope that their prayers are answered.
Once a palace, the Ajmer Government Museum, was built by Mughal Emperor ‘Akbar’ in the 16th century.
Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s in Ajmer: Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Adhai Din ka Jhonpda, Mayo College, Anasagar Lake, Soniji Ki Nasiyan and more.
Pushkar is one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s in Rajasthan. It is located on the Pushkar Lake. It is considered scared by the Hindus as pilgrims bathe on the banks of 52 ghats (stone staircases). As per the legend, the lake was created when Lord Brahma (creator of Universe) dropped a lotus flower from his hand.
This ancient town boasts of a 14th century Jagatpita Brahma Temple with a distinctive red spire and silver coins inlaid on the walls.
Best Places to Celebrate New Year in Pushkar: Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Varah Temple, Man Mahal, Camel Safaris, Pushkar Fair, Nagaur Fair and Cattle Fair.
If you’re looking for reasons why Rajasthan is the best place to celebrate New Year’s? The “Pink City” and capital of Rajasthan – Jaipur has all the reasons embedded in its rich heritage soil and culture.
Built in red sandstone and marble, Amber Fort is a major tourist attraction. The attractive fort is spread across four levels. The city boasts of Jantar Mantar a UNESCO World heritage Site and one of the largest of the 5 astronomical observatories. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built this fort.
Then, you have the iconic Hawa Mahal (1799) where the royal ladies could sit and observe the everyday life. The Albert Hall Museum houses a range of stone and metal sculptures, craft items, carpets, weapons, ivory goods and miniatures from parts of Rajasthan.
Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s in Jaipur: Nahargarh Fort, Central Museum, Jaigarh Fort, Birla Temple, Jal Mahal, Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, Moti Doongri Ganesh Temple.
Udaipur is undoubtedly one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s in Rajasthan. It is a city of lakes which is why it is called the ‘Venice of the East’. It is built around water bodies and the lush green Aravalli Hills. The top tourist spot in Udaipur is the famous Lake Palace is situated in the middle of Lake Pichola. Jaisamand Lake is the second largest man-made sweet lake in Asia.
Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s in Udaipur: Lake palace, Udaipur City Palace, Jag Mandir, Monsoon Palace, Ahar Museum, Fateh Sagar Lake, lake Pichola, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Shilpgram (festival in December), Haldi Ghati and Bagore Ki Haveli.
Top tourist destination in Rajasthan and a perfect New year eve getaway is Jaisalmer. Also referred to as the ‘Golden City’ Jaisalmer is a guard to the Thar desert at western Rajasthan. The Jaisalmer Fort also known as Sonar Qila (Golden Fort) is the most prominent tourist attraction here. Its unique feature is that it houses shops, hotels and ancient homes (havelis)still inhabited.
Best Places to Celebrate New Year in Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort and Museum, Nathmaljii Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Mandir Palace, Patwon Ki Haveli, Jain Temples, Kuldhara, Desert national park and bada Bagh.
Jodhpur (1459) is one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s in Rajasthan. Due to its signature construction in shades of blue used to build the palaces, forts, havelis, temples and houses, it is known as the Blue City. It boasts of an imposing fortress of Mehrangarh that looms on a rocky ridge with eight gates. Outside the fort, they’ve built the city.
In place of the old capital Mandore of the state Manwar, they built this city. The name Marwaris derive their name from here. Some relics of Mandore are till date found in the Mandore gardens.
Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s in Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort, Khejarla Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Ranisar Padamsar, Chamunda Mataji temple, Jodhpur Government Museum, Mahamandir, Bishnoi Village Safari, Sardar Samand lake and Palace and Ghanta Ghar.
Out of the 9 reasons why Rajasthan is the perfect New Year’s eve destination, Ranthambore is one of the main. Ranthambore national Park and Tiger reserve was once a private game reserve of the royal House of Jaipur. It offers the finest opportunity to spot a tiger in the midst of the wilderness.
Other than the tiger you can spot: leopards, jackals, sloth bears, caracals, Indian wolves, hyenas, chitals, sambhar deer, blue bull antelopes, langurs and foxes to name a few. It is open from October to June for tourists.
So if you haven’t planned your destination for New Year’s yet, you can consider celebrate it in Rajasthan. You have a myriad of things to do and just one place to come to, Us! So, Hire a Scout to welcome the New Year with a smile!
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