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India’s best New Year Destinations : Where will you be heading for a memorable New Year’s Eve?

Well here’s a list of 5 of the best New Year destinations in India, which we have compiled for you, so that all you got to do is book those tickets, pack your bags and take off!

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It’s less than a month before the world witnesses itself transitioning into another year. And with all the anticipation the world’s most awaited festival brings with itself, comes the laborious task of decision making to lay one’s finger on the perfect place for a perfect New Year party.

Well here’s a list of 5 of the best New Year destinations in India, which we have compiled for you, so that all you got to do is book those tickets, pack your bags and take off!

1. MANALI

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Manali, Himachal Pradesh (Wikimedia Commons)

The Himachal valley which needs no introduction, Manali tops the list everytime one sits down to jot down their favourite New Year getaways. A snow- cloaked land, Manali offers its visitors the thrill of adventure activities like skiing besides breath- taking landscapes dotted with pine trees ad hippies. Also, not to forget the one thing that will take you on a whole other level for your New Year’s Eve celebration- the herb!

2. KASOL

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Kasol, Himachal Pradesh (Wikimedia Commons)

If you wish to enjoy some crazy New Year’s Eve events and parties among scenic mountains promising nature’s best kept visions, Kasol is the place to go! Nestled amidst the enthralling hills of Himachal Pradesh, Kasol’s renowned Parvati Valley is one of the most favourite New Year destinations for backpackers.

3. KUFRI

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KUFRI (Wikimedia Commons)

A tiny hill station lying about 20 kilometres from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, Kufri is the winter sports capital of Shimla. If winter adventure sports upon the renowned ski- slopes of Kufri form your idea of a perfect New Year celebration, now would be the greatest of times to set up an itinerary for this little hill station.

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4. GOA

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Goa (Wikimedia Commons)

Had enough of the mountains? Well, the beach is the place to go! It is never an overstatement to call Goa the Vegas of India. Cheap beer gulped down with infectiously energetic live music sure does fulfill the idea of “New Year Parties Done Right!” With all its quirks and craziness, Goa is the one place that is bound to satisfy your party- hunger and make your transition into a new year a maddeningly memorable one.

5. PONDICHERRY

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Pondicherry (thirllophilia)

Celebrate New Year’s Eve the French way in this exotically beautiful holiday destination. If beach- side New Year parties coupled with bonfires and fireworks project a tempting image in your mind, do not resist and hold back! Simply go for it! It will be a New Year party you won’t easily forget no matter how many New Year’s Eve you’re bound to have in the future.

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Now Paralyzed Can Also Walk Due To Exoskeleton Technology

Technology helps in walking

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Patrick Wensing tests out an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton in his lab at the University of Notre Dame. He and his team are working to make the machines more intuitive.
Patrick Wensing tests out an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton in his lab at the University of Notre Dame. He and his team are working to make the machines more intuitive. VOA

An accident, a stroke, or a disease can leave someone paralyzed and unable to walk. That happens to more than 15 million people around the world each year.

But new technological advances and physical therapy could help some of them walk again.

Among the most promising is the use of robotic exoskeletons, like one made by Ekso Bionics. It looks a bit like a backpack that straps on the user’s back and around the midsection. Robotic ‘legs’ complete with foot panels extend from either side of the pack and wrap around the patient’s legs. A video game-style controller attaches to the pack with a long cord.

The EksoGT robotic exoskeleton is being used in more than 200 rehabilitation centers around the world, including Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital.
The EksoGT robotic exoskeleton is being used in more than 200 rehabilitation centers around the world, including Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. VOA

“I’m going to be a robot!”

Lindsey Stoefen has been doing physical therapy with the exoskeleton for an hour a day, as she works to recover from the rare disorder that put her in a wheelchair in October.

The 17-year-old athlete climbed into a specially designed exoskeleton for the first time in late April, after becoming an in-patient at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago.

She recalls being nervous. “I was like ‘Dang, I’m going to be a robot!’ I was scared at first. I was like, ‘Am I going to like it? Will I be okay?’ And once I got into it, I loved it.”

Lauren Bularzik, Lindsey’s physical therapist, says the exo robots help to accelerate the rehabilitation process. “For someone who takes a lot of energy to only walk a few feet, exo can get them up, can get them moving, it can supplement their movements, get that reciprocal pattern, encourage the correct motor planning.”

Beside speeding up recovery times, these robotic skeletons are especially helpful for those with paralysis, from spinal cord injuries and strokes. Using the machine can help some patients rewire their brains to use secondary muscles, so they can eventually walk again – without the device.

The downside

Scientists at the University of Notre Dame are leading the way with their work on wearable robots that allow patients to regain some or all of their mobility. But Patrick Wensing, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, says exoskeletons have one big drawback.

Bionic exoskeleton helps wheelchair users stand and walk
Bionic exoskeleton helps wheelchair users stand and walk. Flickr

“While existing exoskeletons are very powerful, they don’t understand what the user wants to do. So in order to transition between activities in daily life, you often have to press a button interface to tell the exoskeleton ‘I would like to stand up now.’”

Wensing and his team are collaborating with Ekso Bionics, a leading developer of wearable robots, to create a machine that can understand what its user wants to do without implanted sensors and complicated control panels.

The new three-year project funded by The National Science Foundation’s robotic initiative, hopes to achieve a more fluid, intuitive system.

Taylor Gambon has spent the last year analyzing data from exoskeleton users and comparing them to models of everyday walking. “What we’re seeing is that slow walking in general, whether in the exoskeleton or just the human, is much different from walking at a speed that you would choose naturally.”

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Later this year, the team will travel to Ekso Bionics’ California headquarters, where they will work directly with exoskeletons to design programs that interact with users of various disabilities, so that more people like Lindsey Stoefen can get back on their feet again. (VOA)