(Psst- I wrote this piece for someone, but things didn't work out, so I'm posting it here rather than letting it waste on my machine)
Mt. Abu, Rajasthan
Why There: After Madonna brought in her New Year in Jodhpur, you surely would like to give it try too. We suggest you head for Mount Abu instead. It’s the time when this exotic hill town of Rajasthan shines bright in the colors of Winter Festival.
What’s in Store: Colorful processions, classic folk music and dances, heaped up thaalis of festive Rajasthani food, floating earthen lamps in the Nakki lake, and fireworks – night after night!
While You are Here: Soak into the serenity of the Dilwara Jain temples, prefect spot to make some serious resolutions. Spend an invigorating day in the tiny local wildlife sanctuary, spotting birds and deer. For a leisurely evening go boating in the Nakki lake and don’t forget shopping for some handicrafts to take back home.
Moving Nearby: The 15th century Achalgarh fort of the legendary Rana Kumbha is situated just 11 km away. Traver’s tank, located 5 km away, is a man made water body which houses a crocodile park and beautiful nature all around.
How to Go: Mount Abu is well connected by road (24 km from NH 14). Abu Road is a major train station. Nearest airport is Udaipur (185 km).
What to Pack: Don’t forget you woolens; it may be Rajasthan, but it’s a hill station. Temperature can drop down to anything between 10 to minus 8°C.