5 Dazzling Destinations Tailor-Made To Ring In The New Year

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When the year is ending and you realise you really didn't stick to any of your new year resolutions, it's the perfect time to actually complete one – travel! Whether you wish to travel to the city of superlatives, Dubai, or the urban jungle of Singapore, we've got you covered. From the beaches of Andaman to the backwaters of Kerala and the snow-capped mountains of Bhutan, we've picked five perfect destinations that you can explore before the year ends!

Dubai is known for majestic skyscrapers, expansive desert and pristine beaches. Sunshine, seas, deserts, shopping and a whole lot of fun has positioned Dubai as the destination du-jour. The glitzy holiday hotspot of United Arab Emirates, Dubai is admirably a city of superlatives. It is also one of the most exotic and desirable getaway destinations on the planet with a breathtaking collection of premier resorts frequented by some of the most famous and influential celebrities in the world. When in Dubai, you will never fall short of things to do – have breakfast with falcons, ride a bike under water, dine inside vintage cars, visit an indoor theme park, learn to surf, or just gorge on some of the most delicious middle-eastern spreads. Click here to know more about this glittering city.

See and do: Buy yourself a ticket to be on the (world's highest) observation platform of the tallest building on this planet, Burj Khalifa; experience the dancing Dubai Fountain with the Burj Khalifa in the background; have an adrenaline pumping ride on a desert safari; visit the extraordinary artificial island of Palm Jumeirah and see one of the most iconic hotels in the world, the Atlantis; watch a show at the iconic Dubai Opera; experience thrill and excitement at the world's largest indoor theme park, IMG Worlds Of Adventure; don your filmy hat and head to the only Bollywood Theme Park in the world; shop till you drop at one of the many fashionable malls of Dubai.

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Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aakanksha Magan

An archipelago of around 300 gorgeous islands in the Bay of Bengal, the breathtakingly beautiful Andaman and Nicobar Islands have a stunning coastline and lush forested interiors. Once the destination of the worst jail in the world, the city of Port Blair has blossomed into an amazing destination for both history buffs and culture lovers. Beyond the capital city lies Ross Island, an open museum of ruins from the Victorian era and silvery beaches. Further ahead is Havelock Island, the most popular of the Andaman Islands and a backpacker's paradise. For those looking for some beach nirvana, explore the stunning Neil Island, where time stands still and nothing can stop you from just letting go. The land of active volcanoes, beaches and forests, Andaman is still sparsely populated and largely unexplored. This is also the reason, in addition to it's obscure location, that entice intrigue and awe from travellers. Visit Andaman Islands to some mangroves, or just chill at sun-toasted beaches. Click here to know more about this sought-after beach destination.

See and do: Dive underwater at Cinque Island; marvel at India's only active volcano on Barren Island; walk under the sea at Havelock Island; witness turtle nesting at Diglipur; shop for souvenirs at Aberdeen Bazaar; be awed by the sunset at Chidiya Tapu; go birding in Saddle Peak National Park; enjoy mangrove boat rides at Mayabunder; collect pearly white shells at Wandoor Beach; search and find the natural blue lagoon at the end of Elephant Beach; enjoy varied cuisine, from Chinese to Mediterranean and obviously, fresh seafood!

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Photo of Andaman Islands, North and Middle Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Andaman Islands, North and Middle Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Andaman Islands, North and Middle Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Andaman Islands, North and Middle Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Aakanksha Magan

Himachal Pradesh surprises you at every turn. From big towns to small hamlets hidden in the nooks of mountains, this state offers something that you just can't find anywhere else. With spectacular snowy peaks and glittering river valleys, Himachal is the stunning display of beauty and colours. The convoluted topography of mountains interlocking and rivers plunging into green valleys, makes this state a delight to explore by bus, car, motorbike, jeep or even on foot. Every village brings with it different cultures, traditions, deities and even languages. This state is a true delight with big towns providing you a glimpse into the colonial era and vast valleys presenting the finest grounds for camping. Himachal Pradesh is one state where everyone finds a purpose – an adventurer, a history buff, a backpacker, a luxurious traveller, a mountain lover, anyone! Himachal is especially very popular amongst adventurers as it provides opportunities for trekking, skiing, rafting and even paragliding. It is also one of the most-visited backpacking destinations in India. Click here to know more about this fascinating state.

See and d0: Ride the toy train from Kalka to Shimla; visit the 'high' village of Malana; soak in the spiritual vibes in Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj; visit the highest cricket ground in the world in Chail; enjoy the relics of the British era in Shimla; dare yourself to trek through the Rohtang Paas; go for paragliding in Bir Billing; get lost in the historical heritage of Padam Palace in Rampur, Rang Mahal in Chamba, Jandri Ghat Palace in Dalhousie, Bahadurpur Fort in Bilaspur and Kangra Fort in Kangra; visit all or at least two of these shimmering Himachali lakes, Renuka Lake, Rewalsar Lake, Prashar Lake, Suraj Tal Lake (Lahaul Spiti); dare to raft through the Beas river, the one river that made Alexander The Great turn around!

Wish to spend your next vacation in Himachal Pradesh? Choose from some of the best trips to this state, right here

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Photo of Himachal Pradesh, India by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Himachal Pradesh, India by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Himachal Pradesh, India by Aakanksha Magan

Kerala is a tropical paradise with sweeping beaches, shimmering backwaters and lush grasslands. Stretching for 550km along the the Malabar coast, this state is a holiday haven. Arabian Sea in the West and Western Ghats in the East, with a network of 44 rivers flowing through it, Kerala is blessed with a unique topography that has made it a holiday haven. In Kerala, you will never get bored. A land frequented by backpackers and luxury travellers alike, Kerala serves you with the most stunning views possible. From sunrises at scenic beaches of Kovalam or Varkala to steaming idlis for breakfast in streets, your day in this coastal state will start in the best manner possible. Surfing the turquoise waters, discovering the traditional and cultural heritage, learning all about Chinese fishing nets, and actually catching your meal fresh out of water, are just a few of the experiences you'll have while in Kerala. This state is about the co-existence of relaxation and adventure. Whether it is the lush green pastures hiding elephants in Northern Kerala, or spice gardens mushrooming all across the state, nothing here will disappoint you. From tea gardens to houseboats gliding on calm backwaters, from delectable dishes to smoothly draped gold and white saris, Kerala is steeped in history and a multi-cultural hue. Click here to discover more about Kerala.

See and do: Go surfing in Varkala, catch a glimpse into Kerala’s heritage with forts of Anjengo in Varkala, Bekal in Kasaragod and the Koyikkal Palace in Thiruvananthapuram; head to the forested hills of Munnar, Wayanad and Thekkady to escape the heat; go paragliding in Vagamon; trek through the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in search of the rare Nilgiri tahr or through the Periyar National Reserve to see tigers and herds of elephants; try to catch the snake-boat race during Onam; enjoy a Kathakali performance; attend an extravagant festival like the Pooram Festival in Thrissur.

Book your mesmerising Kerala vacation right here

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Photo of Kerala, India by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Kerala, India by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Kerala, India by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Kerala, India by Aakanksha Magan

Framed by China on the north, and Indian states of Sikkim, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on the east, south and west, the tiny country of Bhutan is dotted with fluttering prayer flags, colourful monasteries, fluffy clouds and snow-capped mountains. The last great Himalayan Kingdom, Bhutan is a country where traditional Buddhist culture is carefully embracing global developments. Bhutan is one country that measures its progress in terms of Gross National Happiness and not Gross Domestic Product. A breathtaking chain of national forests presents lovely forest hikes and stunning bird-watching sites. Trekking around towering peaks or strolling across rhododendron blooms is just one of the many things you can do in Bhutan. And while you are here, don’t forget to gorge on some Bhutanese delicacies, especially that of Ema Datshi, a spicy preparation of chillies, cheese and chhang, the local beer made from rice or millet. Bhutan offers the last pristine pockets of Himalayas, and you cannot miss it. Read all there is to know about Bhutan right here.

See and do: Soak in the serenity permeating the air with haunting sounds from various monasteries; visit the 12th century old Changangkha Lhakhang monastery, one of Bhutan’s many glorious attractions; bike across the hilly pathways; trek through the spectacular Dochula Pass, at an elevation of 3,088m, where 108 stupas stand guard; trek to Paro’s illustrious Tiger’s Nest; explore Bhutan's untouched wilderness as you kayak or raft down the untamed Bhrahamputra; shop at Thimpu's local weekend market and score some authentic handicrafts and organic produce.

Visit the last great Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan by booking your vacation right away

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Photo of Bhutan by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Bhutan by Aakanksha Magan

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Photo of Bhutan by Aakanksha Magan

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