From Cape Town to Auckland, here's a list of party capitals to head to before you say 'I do'

From the eclectic nightlife in Rio de Janeiro to the pristine landscapes of Auckland, the co-founder of travel-tech company Pickyourtrail handpicks the best destinations and experiences for your bespoke bachelor trip

You can also opt for shark cage diving—one of the most preferred experiences amongst thrill-seekers. You can also opt for shark cage diving—one of the most preferred experiences amongst thrill-seekers.

Cape Town, South Africa

This will probably be your most favourite vacations of all time. Start with a visit to Woodstock, one of the most happening neighbourhoods in the city, and head to the Stardust Theatrical Dining cafe to watch waiters perform as they serve you local cuisine. A 10-minute drive from Cape Town is Hout Bay, popular for its seals. Enrol in a group session and watch these beautiful creatures swim amidst colourful schools of fish during 45-minute long session. You can also opt for shark cage diving—one of the most preferred experiences amongst thrill-seekers. Take a day trip to Gansbaai, the shark capital of the world, and tick off this sought-after experience from your list before you tie the knot. An experienced crew will guide you and help you view great white sharks from the surface or from the cage underwater. Once back in Cape Town, round off the trip with a water skiing experience at Blue Rock Resort (bluerockresorts.com) where you can also try a hand at kneeboarding and wakeboarding.

Best time to visit

Between March and May; September and November

Getting there

New Delhi to Cape Town, layover at Addis Ababa

Stay

Whether you're seeking leisurely lunches, rooftop cocktails, trendy nightclubs or retail therapy, The Capital Mirage, a 5-star hotel in the heart of the city and close to all its attractions, is your place. Be awestruck by the panoramic views from its rooftop Utopia restaurant. Prices from Rs 13,472

Other tourist spots

A perfect destination for all nature enthusiasts is the Table Mountain, one of South Africa’s most iconic landmarks. Ride the mountain with minimal effort via the Aerial Cableway for a breath-taking view. A perfect vantage point atop the mountain for the 12 Apostles, Lion’s Head, the ocean, and the city of Cape Town spread beneath your feet

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Rio, South America

Go surf the waves at Ipanema beach, go tandem hang gliding with your gang (try HiltonFlyRio), and make this trip one unforgettable party. E Go surf the waves at Ipanema beach, go tandem hang gliding with your gang (try HiltonFlyRio), and make this trip one unforgettable party. E

Rio is arguably the best bachelor party destination in the world if you’re looking for a colourful and fun-filled holiday with your friends before you tie the knot. Plan your holiday around the eclectic nightlife in Rio by going on a pub crawl across the neighbourhoods of Ipanema and Leblon. Or, shake a leg at a samba club where the locals will be more than happy to offer you free guidance! If you want to add a flavour of samba to your pre-wedding functions, reach out to Rio Samba Dancer (riosambadancer.com) which offers short-term training classes in samba. At the end of the course, you will be taken to a local club to test your newly acquired skills! 

But, there’s much more to Rio than its nightlife. Get the best sunset views while you enjoy your favourite sundowner after taking a dip in the infinity pool at Fairmont, Copacabana. 

Go surf the waves at Ipanema beach, go tandem hang gliding with your gang (try HiltonFlyRio), and make this trip one unforgettable party. End your trip on a high by visiting the Christ the Redeemer monument and click some fabulous photos before you return home.

Best time to visit

Between December and March

Getting there

New Delhi to Rio de Janeiro, layover at London Heathrow Airport

Stay

Set on a mansion from the 60s and boasting of beautiful landscapes and a tropical garden, the Nature Paradise Boutique Hotel is a treat for any tourist. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Corcovado cable cars, another must-do in Rio! Prices start from Rs 6,820/night

Other tourist spots

You might recall Maracanã stadium from the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals. If you’re a diehard football fan, head to this stadium and watch a live game in what is Brazil’s largest football stadium. If you are a beach lover, you’re in for a treat as no trip to Rio is complete without a walk down Ipanema, one of the city’s famous beach. While you’re there don’t miss out the beautiful sunset at Arpoador and head to Canastra, Rio’s most popular wine bar serving the finest of Brazilian wine

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Barcelona, Europe

Barcelona has gone a step further with its numerous pubs and nightclubs. Barcelona has gone a step further with its numerous pubs and nightclubs.

This Spanish city has some of the most beautiful streets and cafes. While the Spaniards have definitely nailed the art of chilling, Barcelona has gone a step further with its numerous pubs and nightclubs. Try the sub-zero Ice Bar (icebarcelona.com) for their signature cocktails served in frozen glasses. 

While the cocktails will set the mood for the evening, the interiors designed from hand-carved ice sculptures will be the biggest takeaway from the experience. P.S. You’ll be offered woollens to stay warm in the freezing temperatures! If you want to go traditional, check out the many theatres like El Palacio (palaciodeflamenco.com) which offer flamenco dance performances by senors and señoritas. But, you haven’t truly experienced Barcelona if you haven’t partied on a champagne sunset cruise on the Mediterranean. 

Try the sub-zero Ice Bar (icebarcelona.com) for their signature cocktails served in frozen glasses. Try the sub-zero Ice Bar (icebarcelona.com) for their signature cocktails served in frozen glasses.

Check out Barcelona Boat Party (barcelonaboatparty.com) to get access to exclusive boat parties and cruises in Barcelona. Bring your trip to a great end with a helicopter ride along the glimmering coastline of Barcelona. 

Best time to visit

May to June 

Getting there

New Delhi to Barcelona, layover at Munich

Stay

Barceló Raval is a luxury hotel within just a 5-minute walk of Raval Cat and La Rambla at close proximity to the Boqueria Market and Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (just 10 minutes away!) Prices from Rs 9,234

Other tourist spots

Take a stroll across El Raval, or the Raval, the once notorious “red-light” district of Barcelona, famous for its brothels and bars. Walk down the same alleys and bars that was once frequented by legends like Hemingway, Picasso and Gaudi. They were  regulars at the Raval’s Bar Marsella, the oldest bar in Barcelona. While its advisable to be a bit cautious when strolling in this part of the city, it is definitely worth a visit to know more about Barcelona’s medieval history

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Colombo, Asia

Beautiful beaches, an emerging food and nightlife scene, and untamed nature, Colombo offers this and more! Beautiful beaches, an emerging food and nightlife scene, and untamed nature, Colombo offers this and more!

If you are looking for a bachelor party destination closer home, there’s no better bet than the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Beautiful beaches, an emerging food and nightlife scene, and untamed nature, Colombo offers this and more! Park yourself at Bambalapitiya neighbourhood and experience the best of Colombo’s nightlife at one of the many rooftop bars. Our vote goes to ON 14 Roof Top Bar & Lounge (ozohotels.com) for its seafront location and an enviable menu of crafted cocktails. Spare one evening for a culinary experience at the Ministry of Crab (ministryofcrab.com) in the heart of the city. If you have more nights at hand, extend your trip to Galle or Kandy, both exotic beach destinations. While you can opt for whale watching or scuba diving in Galle, Kandy offers experiential tours at spice and tea gardens. 

Best time to visit

December to March

Getting there

New Delhi to Colombo direct

Stay

The Aathma Colombo House is a family home transformed into an eclectic boutique hotel with a tropical garden. The House rests on a private peninsula by the banks of the historic Diyawanna Lake in Colombo’s thriving municipal capital, with quick access to both the international airport and Southern Expressway. Prices from `6,399

Other tourist spots

Unleash your adventurous side at Colombo’s Arugam Bay Beach. Towards the south of the bay is the surfing point called ‘Main Point’ a tourist favourite. The place is relatively free and a great place to visit if you are looking to escape from people and relax beside the waves. You can even explore the nearby Kumana National Park if you have some time left. If you are looking to bring alive the inner child in you, visit the traditional Puppet Art Museum in Colombo which depicts the local folklore and Sri Lanka’s colonial history. The artists are sure to amuse you with their vibrant puppets, a true sight!

Auckland, Pacific

 start your adventure at the Isle of Wine, which is an entire island dedicated to wine tasting. Start your adventure at the Isle of Wine, which is an entire island dedicated to wine tasting.

If you’re planning a trip to Auckland with your friends, start your adventure at the Isle of Wine, which is an entire island dedicated to wine tasting. The place can be reached on a 40-minute beautiful drive from the city while enjoying stunning views of the Pacific Ocean — recreate scenes from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara with your bunch of favourite people. The more adventurous travellers can enrol for a sky jump or skywalk experience from Auckland’s highest tower, Sky Tower (skyjump.co.nz), in the Central Business District. Take a leap of faith from the 328-metre high tower or feel the adrenaline rush on a skywalk experience—whichever you choose, your gang is going to have one hell of a memorable time up there!

Incidentally, SkyTower (skycityauckland.co.nz) is also one of the best places in Auckland, with incredible views of the city through its floor-to-ceiling glass windows. If you wish to explore the city’s nightlife head to QF Tavern on Queen Street and party like a Kiwi! You can also extend your trip to Queenstown to watch the spectacular Southern lights. Or, do you want to save that for your partner? 

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Best time to visit

Between March and May; September and November

Getting there

New Delhi to Colombo direct

Stay

Discover an oasis of luxury in the heart of Auckland’s vibrant SkyCity Grand Hotel. Beautifully appointed, modern and spacious rooms are just the start of this 5-star experience. Stunning views, award-winning dining, the iconic Sky Tower and the tranquil East Day Spa await you. Prices from Rs 9,858

Other tourist spots

Auckland sits atop volcano craters, with as many as 48 around the city! But nothing beats the enormous crater at the top of Mount Eden and standing on the edge of a volcanic crater is an incredible sight and a perfect site to capture some insta- worthy shots. Another popular tourist choice is the Waiheke Island, a blissful haven of beautiful beaches. Visitors can browse the art galleries and craft stores that are available on the island. Waiheke also boasts of several boutique vineyards, perfect for sipping, sampling and savouring New Zealand’s finest wines

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Macau, Asia

acau is an emerging destination for brides- and grooms-to-be to plan their big pre-wedding trip Macau is an emerging destination for brides- and grooms-to-be to plan their big pre-wedding trip

Asia’s answer to Las Vegas, Macau is an emerging destination for brides- and grooms-to-be to plan their big pre-wedding trip with a close group of friends. It perfectly blends glamour with culture and adventure through its varied offerings. Try your luck at the world’s biggest casino, The Venetian. With 640 gaming tables, you get to try a hand at roulette, blackjack, baccarat or play it safe with the slot machines. Feeling adventurous? AJ Hackett (ajhackett.com) offers the world’s highest commercial bungee jump (building) at the Macau Tower. Go solo or take the 233-metre plunge with your friends in the heart of downtown Macau. Here, you can also conquer Macau’s highest summit with the Tower Climb option. After all the adrenaline rush, treat yourself to a leisurely sangria bath at Grand Lapa Hotel (grandlapa.com) in Macau Centre. No, we are not kidding! You actually get to take a dip in sangria! For the uninitiated, wine has traditionally been used to rejuvenate the skin and help put on that wedding glow! 

Best time to visit

Try your luck at the world’s biggest casino, The Venetian Try your luck at the world’s biggest casino, The Venetian

Mid-October to December

Getting there

New Delhi to Macau, layover at Bangkok

Stay

The Studio City Macau is a palatial cinema-themed resort offering a casino, 19 restaurants, a water park and an endless shopping experience. Prices from Rs 9,377 

Other tourists spots

Over 800 gambling tables, 3,000 luxury hotel suites, 1mn sq feet of retail space, and a staggering 70,000 visitors a day! The Venitian Macau is by far the biggest Casino in the world and will definitely blow your mind. While you try your luck at a quick game of gambling, you can even look beyond the regular casino experience and indulge in some high-end shopping among the complex’s 300 plus stores. If you are looking for a more light experience in Macau, you can visit the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion, which offers visitors a rare chance to catch a glimpse of the animals up close. For as little as a $1-$3 entry fee, you will be guaranteed a close encounter with the animals.

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