This new year marks the start of a new decade, which means you need an unforgettable end to 2019. And we don’t mean the regular partying, pub-hopping extravaganza. We’re talking about a quiet getaway, where you eschew hectic socialising for a rejuvenating start to the year. Seems last minute? It’s not. With Uber’s anytime, anywhere availability, you don’t have to pre-plan or pre-book for your journey. All you need to do is pick a destination. Here are 10 getaways for a spontaneous new year’s plan with Uber.
Hotel Narain Niwas, Jaipur (Delhi to Jaipur)
There is no dearth of imposing forts and palaces in Rajasthan that have been turned into luxury heritage hotels. But the one that has caught our attention is Narain Niwas Palace in Jaipur. Centrally located in the Pink City, it was erected in 1928 by General Amar Singh and flaunts Anglo-Indian architecture painted over in bold colour palettes. Six hours from Delhi, plan an impromptu staycation here with Uber, which is akin to living a royal life.
Abode, Mumbai (Pune to Mumbai)
If hibernating in a hill station for New Year’s is not for you, then why not city-hop? Now Puneites can catch an Uber ride, available anytime and anywhere in the city, to Mumbai’s first luxury boutique hotel Abode. Located in the heart of Colaba, Abode exudes a contemporary vibe to match the distinct individuality of globetrotting hipsters. Here, you can immerse yourself in what is often called Bombay’s bohemian past.
Chariot Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram (Chennai to Mahabalipuram)
Who doesn’t love a mini road trip this time of the year? Only an hour-and-a-half-long Uber ride from Chennai lies the land of intricately carved rock-cut temples of Mahabalipuram, where you can book a stay at Chariot Beach Resort. This property lives up to its name as it overlooks a kilometre-long stretch of a pristine private beach on the Five Rathas road, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Adding to this are its verdant surroundings where you can enjoy nature in all its glory.
Old Harbour Hotel, Kochi (Thrissur to Kochi)
Named one Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2020, Kochi is just three hours from Thrissur, and also home to Kerala’s oldest hotel building – Old Harbour Hotel. This 300-year-old building underlines Dutch architecture with a hint of Portuguese influences. It also garners brownie points for being LGBTQAI-friendly. If you’re looking forward to a quiet and rather last-minute New Year’s, just book an Uber on any day leading up to NYE and head here to immerse yourself in this hotel’s serene ambience.
Amanbagh, Alwar (Delhi to Alwar)
If Jaipur is not appealing and you’d rather stay closer to your location in Delhi-NCR, then Amanbagh in Alwar should be on your list. Nestled in the foothills of the Aravalli range, near the Sariska Tiger Reserve, Amanbagh has wellness and recuperation at its heart. In signature Aman style, the resort has a holistic approach to hospitality, with the staff being able to perceive your needs even before you know it.
Le Dupleix, Pondicherry (Chennai to Pondicherry)
A quick stroll through the colonial lanes of Pondicherry and one is instantly transported to a French settlement state of mind. Nearly a four-hour-long Uber ride from Chennai, Pondicherry thrives this time of the year, and to make the most of it, head to Le Dupleix. A throwback to everything French, this heritage hotel’s chic façade, mellow interiors, and monochrome floors are reminiscent of a bygone era.
Jalsruhsti Island Resort, Pune (Pune to Mumbai)
A scenic Uber ride from Mumbai will take you to the only island resort near Mulshi Dam in Pune. A bit like a mini Bali encased in the arms of an Indian summer, Jalsrushti Island Resort offers a rejuvenating hideout to solitude-hungry city-dwellers. If you’re looking for a new year’s plan with your family, just tap the Uber app on your phone, pack up, and head right out.
Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden Palace & Spa, Mysore (Bangalore to Mysore)
Just four hours from Bangalore, Mysore is dotted with palaces and the Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden Palace & Spa here is perfect for a weekend getaway. Cocooned in the Brindavan Garden, it offers not just stunning views but also a delicious gastronomical journey. Another reason to book an Uber to this place is its pet-friendliness.
Divan’s Bungalow, Ahmedabad (Baroda to Ahmedabad)
Gujarat’s largest city, Ahmedabad, is packed with history. To experience that, visit Divan’s Bungalow for a cultural blowout. A two hour-Uber ride away from Baroda, this 170-year-old architectural jewel has been restored to preserve its colonial façade and two grand Gujarati wooden jharokha-balconies that are a lesson in design. Plan your last-minute journeys with Uber anytime and anywhere sans any hassles.
Sunderban Tiger Camp, Sundarbans (Kolkata to Sundarbans)
Leaving Kolkata’s vibrant nightlife on New Year’s Eve may give you FOMO but those looking for an out can head to Sunderban Tiger Camp. Dotted with mangrove trees, this thrilling wildlife holiday destination comprises luxury tents in the heart of nature; you can also opt for bamboo huts and stunning cottages. Bonus: It’s pet-friendly.
Channel your spontaneous self now and celebrate this new year somewhere special with Uber’s anytime and anywhere availability.