Celebrate India – Sunburn Festival with Yatra.comWondering where to head for New Year celebrations? Where else could youpossibly have a better time on New Year than Goa? It is the undisputed champion ofNew Year destinations in India. And, if you have an entire week to spare, you are ona roll! There is Christmas followed by the Sunburn Music Festival and finally theNew Year celebrations. For all my bragging about how much I have travelled, even Ihad a tough time keeping up for the entire week. Just make sure to get yourreservations well in advance or you’ll be stuck like me, but that’s another story forsome other time. For now, let’s start the ride!Goan Christmas celebrations are known to all. Take a suggestion and hire a bike, itguarantees much more freedom and way more fun. Goa has a sizable Christianpopulation and they sure do celebrate their Christmas in style. I experienced itfirsthand in Old Goa on the Christmas Eve. There are plenty of beautiful churchesbut I thought Basilica of Bom Jesus was just magnificent and the best place to beat on the Christmas Eve.Then came the Sunburn Festival. It’s a 3 day electronic music extravaganza. I hadan absolute head bangers’ ball there. It features several Indian and Internationalartists playing simultaneously on several stages set on the Candolim Beach. When Igot bored with one performance, I just hopped on to the next. When I got tired of themusic, I went and played a few games; when I got tired of playing, I went and ateand; when I got tired of eating I went and shopped at the flea market. There arestalls for all kinds of stuff. Isn’t Goa just super cool? I say YEAH! GOA ROCKSSSSSSSSSSS! The music festival offered almost all the activities that make Goa such a hit with the tourists except one i.e. playing at the casino. For that I had to visit The Casino Royale. Ring any bells? Isn’t it too obvious? Anyway the coolest feature about this casino is that it’s built on a vessel, anchored in the Mandovi River.I even managed to take out a little time to head out to Agonda for a little peace andquiet even during that peak tourist season. There is also a sea turtle nesting sitethere just in case all that peace and quiet start getting on to you. One piece ofadvice - keep the place clean and quite so as not to disturb the turtles, theauthorities are very particular about this.
Any way if you have any energy left, which I think you won’t, then don’t worry andget yourself a pack of energy drinks, that’s what I did to keep the adrenaline flowing.What’s the point of going all that distance and not even being able to celebrate NewYear in style? And believe me the style quotient is extremely high during New Yearwith outrageous beach parties that will blow your mind. If you have had enough ofbeaches during the Sunburn Festival then there are plenty of super awesome clubs.Just go and blow the lid off and don’t let up till the gong of midnight strikes on the31st.I pray that the gods of partying watch over you and may all of you turn into partymongering adrenaline junkies.Be safe but not too much.This is Joy signing off wishing you a Merry Christmas and an extremely Happy NewYear.