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14 Fantastic Places To Witness The Last Sunset of 2016!

As positively dramatic as the last day of an year end sounds, it does rattle a sense of a new beginning that follows the profound ending. Before you start penning down new year resolutions, take some time to reflect on the year gone by. And where better to do this, than at a beautiful location watching the sunset.

There are several picturesque destinations around India that get into a golden celebration mode at the time of dusk. Check out these places and start planning your travel to witness the last sunset of 2016.

1. The mellow waves of Andaman

For all islanders and beach lovers, Andaman is the best place to start the new year in India. It will get you hooked to mystical beachscapes and spa resorts, and make your jaw drop as it lights up with a golden hue.

Photos of Andaman Islands, North and Middle Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

2. The seamless backwaters of Alleppey

End your year by booking a houseboat and floating over Alleppey's mesmerising backwaters as you watch some magical fireworks light up the sky.

Photos of Alleppey, Kerala, India 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

3. The spiritual abode of the Golden Temple in Amritsar

Prepare for a most delightful evening at the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib). The humbling hymns (Shabad) here will overpower your senses as you peer at the glistening gold of the temple and the tempting langar (free food) served hot will leave you with a feeling of calm and satitaion.

Photos of Golden Temple, Golden Temple Road, Amritsar, Punjab, India 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

4. The snow-clad hills of Gulmarg

Despite the shiver it will send down your spine, the sun beating down on the snow-white mountains of Gulmarg is a sight that is worth travelling for hundreds of miles. And during the day, you can always take some skiing lessons!

Photos of Gulmarg 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

5. The vast stretch of the shimmery sand dunes of Thar Desert in Jaisalmer

Royal and majestic, this destination in Rajasthan always manages to get a shout out when it comes to listing extraordinary places to be in India. A night in a tent by the bonfire against the stark colour of the Thar Desert, it is truly magical to have experienced India’s Arabian nights.

Photos of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

6. The Reggae blowout at Gokarna

A party after a party! Gokarna's nonchalant air is perfect for all Reggae and hippie stoners. A trip here is popular for its other worldly charms and the strong community it builds among travellers.

Photos of Gokarna, Karnataka, India 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

7. The peaceful Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh

Take one for the soul this new year and end your day with perfection and spirituality at the largest monastery in India. En route Tawang Monastery, the descending slopes will slowly take you towards the beauty of the gompa.

Photos of Tawang Monastery Museum, Tawang 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

8. The massive cliffs at Varkala Beach

Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the dramatic cliffs at Varkala offer a splendid view and make it a paradise for swimmers and backpackers to witness the last sun of 2016 disappear into the horizon.

Photos of Varkala Beach, Kerala, India 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

9. The basecamp of Chandrashila peak

The trail to Chandrashila peak will tire you out, but the trek is planned as such that you will summit at the crack of dawn. This means the last night of 2016 will be spent looking forward to a day of ascend.

Photos of Chandrashila, Tungnath, Uttarakhand, India 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

10. The cleanest village of Mawlynnong

Take a nap in the thatched cottages of Asia’s cleanest village, Mawlynnong – a destination, surrounded by green oasis and warm people, perfect to welcome the new year.

Photos of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

11. The Canacona Beach in Goa

For every teetotaller and loner, Vagator is completely the wrong option. Instead, disappear from the madness and crowd to the southern side for serenity at Canacona Beach. A perfect place to spend some time in solitude!

Photos of Canacona, Goa, India 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

12. The breathtaking scenery of Coonoor

Explore the rolling tea estates and Nilgiri Mountain Railways in the quieter than Ooty hill station, Coonoor. It is also considered as an ideal base for trekking to the Nilgiris.

Photos of Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

13. The cenotaphs of Orchha

Dotted along the Betwa river, the cenotaphs or Chhatris are the symbolising beauty of Orchha. Appreciate the small things as you quietly watch the sun disappear by the cenotaphs, and take pictures in the heart of India till your heart's desire.

Photos of Orchha, Chhattisgarh, India 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

14. The mustard fields near Dudhwa National Park

Step up for a haunted journey as you meander through the grasslands of this wildlife sanctuary. Surrounded by swamps and endless fields of mustard, coming here is a sure-shot way of ending your year quietly.

Photos of Dudhwa National Park, Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, India 1/1 by Harleen Kalsi

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