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PICS: The top 6 travel destinations to ring in 2012

Last updated on: November 8, 2011 10:50 IST

PICS: The top 6 travel destinations to ring in 2012

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Aashish Gupta

The new year is fast approaching. And while everyone seem to be flocking to Goa, we've picked six other amazing places you can go to instead to ring in 2012.

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Contributed by Aashish Gupta, founder of Yellowleg.com -- The Discerning Traveller's Bookstore.



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Caribbean

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Go hiking through pristine rainforests, Scuba diving, horse riding, or simply enjoy the sand between your toes, crystal clear water for swimming, freshly caught seafood and potent cocktails.

The weather in December is perfect and you can party to the beats of Calypso and Reggae.


Image: Caribbean
Photographs: Martin Pettitt/Creative commons
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Las Vegas and Southwest USA

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It's the party capital of the world, so a New Year's eve turns the The Strip into a huge party scene where thousands turn out to watch live bands and fireworks.

And when the glitz and neon gets to you, head out into the desert for the other wonders of the American Southwest including the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, Santa Fe & Taos and Arches National Park among others.


Image: The Grand Canyon
Photographs: Chris Willis/Creative commons
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Kerala

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New Year's celebrations don't have to be about loud partying with drunken strangers.

Instead you can travel on a houseboat down a network of canals, soothe your soul the Ayurvedic way, or just chill out on a beach or amidst tea plantations with just your closest ones.


Image: Munnar in Kerala is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.
Photographs: Bimal K C/Creative Commons
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Sydney

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The New Year fireworks are reputed to be the best in the world. Sydney Harbour is gorgeous any time of year and the city has great beaches too. And the austral summer is a great time to be Down Under.


Image: Sydney
Photographs: Miquitos/Creative Commons
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Lapland, Finland

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Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, you can have some good old-fashioned fun in Santa's official homeland (Rovaniemi).

Kids will love Santa's workshop and reindeer and will be able to skate, ski and hopefully wear themselves out in the snow.

The Santa village is a bit commercial but it's good fun nonetheless.


Image: A young skier takes a moment off to look at the mighty shape of Borgahallan mountain in Lapland
Photographs: Espen Schiven/Creative Commons
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Rio de Janeiro

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The beach is central to life in Brazil, especially at New Year.

Millions, dressed in white, come to party on the beach, see amazing fireworks and float an offering on the sea for the year to come.


Image: Cristo Redentor statue on top of Corcovado, a mountain towering over Rio de Janeiro. In the background the Ipanema and Leblon beaches separate the lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean
Photographs: Klaus/Creative Commons
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