Celebrate A Fresh Start With 8 Unconventional Homegrown New Year Plans

 Step away from the bandwagon and begin 2024 by doing something fun, and unconventional.
Step away from the bandwagon and begin 2024 by doing something fun, and unconventional.L: xyzAsia R: Scuba Goa Dive Centre

It’s easy to divide the global population into a binary when you say there are two kinds of people in the world— those who go to New Year parties and those who don’t. If you belong to the latter group, you’re in luck. Step away from the bandwagon and begin 2024 by doing something fun, and unconventional. Here is a list of things you can do if you’re not one for decadent celebrations.

I. Enjoy a Day at Sea in Mumbai with Bombay Gypsea's Curated Experiences

A Bomby Gypsea sailing experience
A Bomby Gypsea sailing experienceBombay Gypsea

Ahoy matey! The Bombay Gypsea is a group of trained sailors that can tailor a wonderful sail through-the-sea experience for you and your furry friends. The journey begins from the Bombay harbor and you can enjoy a peaceful 2-hour getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Either on a sunrise or sunset, set sail with one of their trained trusted instructors and a boatman.

Find out more about Bombay Gypsea here.

II. Explore Varkala, the Surfer’s Paradise down South

Raffael Kably surfing in Varkala
Raffael Kably surfing in VarkalaSoul & Surf

With cliff-lined beaches, pristine waters, warm locals, surfing fishermen and so much more, it’s a place that basks with positivity. This idyllic haven embodies fun through elegant simplicity. There is no glitz and glamour of the urban life in Varkala. It is exactly what it promises to be — a place for sun, sand, surf, wellness and mouth-watering South Indian delicacies.

Click here to read a detailed local’s guide to Varkala.

III. Scuba Dive in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Scuba diving in Andamans
Scuba diving in AndamansAndaman Holidays

The Andaman & Nicobar Islands is undoubtedly one of the best places in India for diving enthusiasts. The crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea provide excellent visibility, allowing divers to explore vibrant coral reefs teeming with diverse marine life. From colorful fish to majestic sea turtles and even the occasional reef shark, the underwater world of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a sight to behold. Whether it's exploring underwater caves, encountering unique species, or simply marveling at the beauty of the ocean, scuba diving in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands promises an unforgettable and immersive experience.

IV. Go Trekking in Hampi

A travel group bouldering in Hampi
A travel group bouldering in HampiLLB

Trekking in Hampi offers an exhilarating experience for nature and adventure enthusiasts. The otherworldly landscape of Hampi, with its ancient ruins, boulder-strewn terrain, and scenic vistas, provides a unique backdrop for trekking adventures. As trekkers traverse the rocky terrain, they are treated to panoramic views of the surreal rock formations, lush banana plantations, and the Tungabhadra River meandering through the landscape. The trekking trails in Hampi cater to a range of skill levels, from leisurely walks to challenging hikes, ensuring that there's something for everyone.

V. Embark on a Culinary Journey in Amritsar

Street food shop in Amritsar
Street food shop in AmritsarHolidify

For those who appreciate the finer things in life, a culinary journey through the vibrant streets of Amritsar is an experience not to be missed. Indulge in the rich flavors of Punjabi cuisine as you explore the bustling markets and local eateries. From savoring traditional dishes like Amritsari Kulcha and Makki di Roti with Sarson da Saag to sampling delectable street food such as Jalebi and Lassi, the culinary delights of Amritsar are sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

VI. Immerse Yourself in the Serenity of Rishikesh

An ongoing yoga session in Rishikesh
An ongoing yoga session in RishikesheUttaranchal

Escape the chaos of city life and find tranquility in the serene surroundings of Rishikesh. Whether you're seeking spiritual enlightenment, adventure, or simply a peaceful retreat, Rishikesh offers a myriad of experiences to suit every traveler. From practicing yoga and meditation by the banks of the Ganges to embarking on thrilling river rafting expeditions, Rishikesh is a haven for those looking to rejuvenate their mind, body, and soul amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas.

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VII. Discover the Charms of Coorg

A coffee plantation in Coorg
A coffee plantation in CoorgCoorg Stays

Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Karnataka, Coorg beckons with its enchanting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Explore the sprawling coffee plantations, embark on nature walks through the verdant forests, and immerse yourself in the warm hospitality of the local Kodava community. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or a connoisseur of fine coffee, Coorg offers a delightful blend of experiences that will leave you enchanted and inspired.

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VIII. Attend the Cochin Carnival

Scenes from the Cochin Carnival
Scenes from the Cochin CarnivalTravelogy India

The Cochin Carnival, while not as widely renowned as the Goa Carnival, holds its allure for both locals and visitors. This vibrant festival serves as a unifying force, bringing the community together in a spirit of joy and camaraderie. With a diverse array of activities catering to all interests, from thrilling adventures to captivating musical performances, the carnival offers something for everyone. Attendees can immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of cultural performances, traditional dances, and melodious music, including the iconic Panchavadyam, a harmonious blend of five distinct instruments. Additionally, the festival features exhilarating beach activities such as bike races, volleyball matches, and football games, set against the picturesque backdrop of the coastline. Not to be missed is the majestic elephant parade and processions, adding a touch of grandeur and tradition to the festivities.