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    Besides watching the ball drop at Times Square or popping champagne on the Champs-Elysees, here is our pick of hot spots to ring in 2014

    Nordic experience

    If you are adventurous, then Reykjavic in Iceland is just the spot. A quick helicopter ride from the capital, you can spot the
    Northern lights — nature’s own pyrotechnic extravaganza, and then take in the fireworks from the city as you touch down for some champagne. Iceland does not have restrictions on fireworks so the entire population sets off a massive show that you can join on return. Once you’re done with the stunning Northern lights, you can always join the street parties and dance until the wee hours of the morning. Rs 8,00,000 upwards, including the helicopter ride. A round trip costs Rs 1.2 lakh upwards. Details: icelandtravel.is

     Czech list

    An age-old tradition with all the elements of a flamboyant party, The Prague Party Boat, exclusive to Prague-Experience, sets sail for a wild  night of eating (extravagant hot and cold course meals), drinking, dancing and merry making along the Vltava River. Not only do you weave through the tourist attractions including the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Prague Parliament, Malá Strana, the National Theatre and Vysehrad Fortress, but all this while a DJ plays pumping tunes to bring in the new year. Timed perfectly to hit the Charles Bridge where the firework are set off at midnight, the vantage point from the deck makes this one of the top ways to start off 2014. Round trip costs Rs 1 lakh  onwards. Details: pragueexperience.com

    Wild and wacky

    Billed as the largest and most biza-rre New Year’s rave ever, Q-dance presents the Freaqshow at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. Absolutely not for the faint hearted, the loud and wacky show encourages you to behave ‘like you’ve lost your mind’. So act like you are someone else and dance like no one is watching. This carnival of ‘lost souls’ promises hard-style tunes and raucous entertainment. Although the DJ line-up is yet to be released, past performers include Atmozfears, Brennan Heart, Noisecontrollers and Crypsis. Certainly one to head to if you’re looking for intense partying and a break from the usual ball-dropping galas, for about Rs 7,000. A round trip costs Rs 85,000. Details: q-dance.com

    Music and sand

    Ring in 2014 at the exotic Brazilian capital with Reveillon.The Copacabana beach in Rio De Janeiro, where all the action is, will see an astounding two million people throng the shores in the southern part of the city. It could possibly be one of the biggest and loudest parties in the world. Dance the night away on the four-kilometre stretch that will house a number of stages. Both Brazilian and international bands will vie for attention from the revellers, all clad in white, in keeping with the Festa de Iemanja, the feast of goddess Iemanja. At midnight, a 20-minute pyrotechnique display lights up the sky, welcoming the next 364 days with fanfare. A round trip costs Rs 1.1 lakh upwards. Details: fest300.com

    Fairytale night

    Make your way to Kitzbühel, Austria for a subdued but fairytale-like New Year’s Eve. The quaint resort town in the eastern state of Tyrol is otherwise renowned for skiing. Feel the romance in the air as you watch horse-drawn sleighs clip-clopping past the quiet, winding streets, ancient houses and dimly-lit bars. As it inches towards midnight, locals and tourists gather at the race course at the foot of the Hahnenkamm mountain. Nurse a glass of mulled wine and watch the fireworks erupt, bright against the snowy blanket of the Alps. Below the sparkling lights, members of a local ski school perform a torch-lit sequence on the slopes followed by a fire-jumping show by the local dare devils. A round trip costs Rs 72,000 onwards. Details: kitzbuehel.com

    Bay standers

    One of the most dramatic backdrops you will ever find on New Year’s Eve, the Marina Bay Sands is the centre of Singapore’s celebrations. Join  locals in their tradition of inking messages on thousands of wishing spheres that are set afloat in the Bay of Hope and Light. Street and stage performances are in abundance as are  fringe activities organised by locals. Post midnight and the conclusion of the spectacular fireworks display, hit the Siloso Beach Party to join a 12-hour rave fest while wading in the giant foam pool. Continue the fun along the beach at five distinct zones as you dodge foam wars. A round trip costs Rs 30,000 upwards. Details: marinabaycountdown.sg

    —Aakanksha Devi (with inputs from Rashmi Rajagopal)

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