This quaint homestay in Uttarakhand is tough to reach but once you arrive, the awe-inspiring, uninterrupted view of a pristine mountain range spread out in front of you is a sight that takes your breath away. A nearly century-old wooden house with six rooms, a library and a gorgeous garden stands in splendid isolation on the hill here. Wrap up and step out in the evening to count constellations in a sky alight with a million twinkling stars before returning indoors to warm up before a glowing fire. If you want to get away from it all, there’s no better way than to spend New Year’s Eve in the lap of nature waking up on the first day of the year to watch the sunrise from your bed.


A hidden gem near Mukteshwar, Dhanachauli is a small village which is almost forgotten. Te Aroha is your only stay option in this beautiful place. There’s not much to do but relax and take in all the beauty that nature has to offer. If you are feeling energetic, go for some hikes and treks and be seduced by nature that has turned a virginal white.


Khajjiar, the snow meadow in Dalhousie’s vicinity, is better known as ‘Mini Switzerland’ so it’s a good option if you want to bring in the new year on a white note. Set against slopes clothed in tall deodar and pine trees, this large meadow with a small lake in the middle. looks absolutely gorgeous. An opportunity to build a snowman and having a snow ball fights should never be missed. Do visit Kalatop Sanctuary close-by for stunning vistas and snow-kissed peaks.