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New Year’s Eve celebrations have gone to a different level with people making grand plans of spending it outside the country. Metrolife interacted with Bengalureans and travel planners about the hotspots for the New Year’s bash.

Navsheen Misba Khan will be bringing in the New Year in Thailand. She says, “Thailand is the best party destination where people from around the world come together.” While she has already travelled to Pattaya and Phuket, she says there is a lot to explore in the country. “I plan to be at a full moon party in Ko Phangan,” she says.

Nooman Zaid Khan, who will be in Dubai, is travelling with cousins and likes the place for its “happening culture”. “I chose to be in Dubai because the nightlife is amazing there. Of the many places I have visited are the Mall of Emirates, the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Islands. I was also lucky to go for a yacht tour around Dubai’s coast,” details Zaid. He says that he plans to be at Burj Khalifa for the countdown.

There are Bengalureans like Anirudh Kheny who is at Bali, who have elaborate holiday plans and are spending it with friends. “We chose this place as we wanted to visit a tropical country with a lot of beaches to relax in, villas to stay at and historical places to visit. Bali has plenty of old temples and ruins. We have already been to the Ubud Monkey Forest, Tanah Lot Temple, Goa Gajah Temple, Ku de ta, Potato Head Beach Club and Rock bar,” he lists out. Anirudh like many others will be pub-hopping on New Year’s Eve and going to Seminyak Square.

Singapore is known for its beauty and many, like Ruhi Meman, will be doing the countdown to 2015 here. “I love the way Singaporeans take their festivities to a different level. I’ve been to the Marina Bay Sands, to the adventure island Sentosa and Clarke Quay already,” she says. Ruhi hopes to attend Singapore’s biggest beach party on Siloso Beach with her friends on New Year’s Eve.

Most travel planning businesses have listed Dubai, Singapore and Thailand as the most preferred destinations among Bengalureans and say that there are other choices too.

Neelu Singh, chief operating officer of Ezeego1.com, says, “Far East Asia, Dubai and Andaman Islands have emerged as the most popular destinations among customers this season. Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia have gained popularity as short haul international destinations because they are closer to home, easier on the pocket and have weather conditions that Indians are familiar with.” She adds that many customers have chosen to bring in the New Year in Dubai because of the month-long Dubai Shopping Festival.

New short haul locales like Abu Dhabi, Uzbekistan and Philippines are emerging on the radar for Indian voyagers, says Jatinder Paul Singh, senior vice-president and Head of Sales & Distribution Leisure Travel (Outbound), Thomas Cook India Ltd.

“We have observed that short haul destinations are in top demand due to easy access and a short flight under five hours. For long hauls, the favourites are our group departures to Europe, New Zealand and Australia. There is also an interest for options like Seychelles and South America,” says Jatinder.

Karan Anand, Head of Relationships, Cox & Kings Ltd, says that while Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are the favourites, other destinations like South Africa and Turkey are also popular. “Niche destinations such as Seychelles and Maldives continue to attract the honeymoon crowd,” he sums up.

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