If you missed them last year, it is time to chalk them out now. The much awaited long weekends are here in full swing and all you have to do is travel places this time. Don't miss this golden chance to break away from your mundane daily routine and take a respite in the hills or besides the ocean. Though many festivals,
this year are falling on Sunday, yet there are many long weekenders which you can enjoy with your friends and family in full swing.
Come, take a look at the detailed Holiday Planner for this year specially designed for you and book your tickets before you face any waiting list. Avid travelers, pack your bags in advance!
Your January Itinerary
The celebration begins with the first month of the year itself. January is the best time to witness snow in the hilly regions of India especially the Himalayas. If you are getting an off on Makar Sankranti
then you can easily plan out your winter escapades to Manali, Gulmarg, Shimla or lesser known destinations like Mashobra, Auli or Munsiyari and make it your first long weekend of the year. If you aren't a winter person, take a trip to the south to witness the magnificent Pongal
celebrations in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana.
If you have more proximity to
Jaipur, you can head to the largest free literary festival on Earth. The Jaipur Literature Festival
scheduled to be held January will give you a chance to meet some of the greatest writers and thinkers from across the globe and explore the city to the most as well.
Republic Day will be celebrated on 26th January. Delhi's India Gate
and Amritsar's Wagah Border
will be a great sight for people who are planning their trips in these cities around that day.
For people who would like a stamp on their passports, can catch the most awaited Shopping Festival of Dubai
scheduled to be begin in January and will last for a whole month. Grab huge discounts, attend food fiestas, sight decorated streets and feel the shopping bonanza around you in this month.
Your February Holiday Treat
February is an ideal time to visit Goa. Though it won't be a long weekend, you can still be a part of the grand celebrations of the Goa Carnival. In case you are looking forward to visiting the Losar Festival
this year, make sure you reach almost two days in advance to view the contemporary age old ceremonies, Tibetan customs and decked up monasteries. A must watch is the Losar Blessing Ceremony which is performed on the first day.
during the month of February is a great time for people who wanted to take a long weekend trip to the state of Rajasthan. You can attend the much renowned Ragasthan Music Festival
which will last for the next three days. So enjoy your long weekend with Ujalo, Morio, Birakha, Mauro, Udham, Galiyaro and much more at India's Craziest Music Festival this February.
Mumbaikars can visit Kolad or Savakut Village in their long weekend, on due of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti. Adventure junkies will have a thrilling time rafting and rappelling here. If you aren't from Mumbai
but are ready to extend your stay, you can easily plan a short trip to nearby hill station as per the proximity. Some of the handpicked destinations are Thekkady, Mahabaleshvar, Naldehra and Mount Abu.
Holiday Calendar for March
If you are celebrating Mahashivratri with a holiday, Shiva devotees can visit places like Murudeshwara, Bijapur, Namchi, Jabalpur and Rishikesh. Else, you can also plan a short trip to nearby hill stations. People who love colors can drench themselves in them in Barsana, Uttar Pradesh where Holi is celebrated in a unique fashion. In some parts of Mathura-Vrindavan, it is played with flowers while in the other it is being played with sticks.
You can easily reach Uttar Pradesh via road and stay there till the end of the week to make it your long weekend with Good Friday. In case you aren't much into this trip, you can shift your plans to Jaipur and Bikaner where Holi is the time when the famous Elephant Festival attracts thousands of visitors from all around the world. Colourful attires, innovative games and excellent food will make the trip worth it.
Travelers who are ready with their passport and lots of money can fly to Thailand, spend like a king or queen, enjoy the unmatched nightlife and come back with lots of souvenirs. Traveling to Bangkok, Thailand during the last week of March will also give you the opportunity to visit the Bangkok International Motor Show. In fact, March is the ideal time to be a part of the interesting festivals and fairs of this place like Bun Phawet Fair, Prap Ho Monument Fair, Elephant Satoke Fair and Bang Khla Food and Fruit Fair.
Long Weekends in April
For Ugadi or Gudi Padwa
you can head to Andhra Pradesh or Maharashtra to watch the celebrations of their harvest festival and eat the special Bevu Bella. If you have more days in hand wait till Baisakhi followed by Dr Ambedkar Jayanti,
Ram Navami and a weekend.
It is also the time when states like Tamil Nadu, Himachal, West Bengal and Assam
will be celebrating their new year. So either you can visit these states or straight away book your tickets to the Golden Triangle Tour.
Another memorable trip can be made to Gangtok, Sikkim which is by far known as Himalaya's best kept secret. You can start your day by sipping their special Temi's tea. In the daytime, you can visit the monasteries, devour their momos with other baked savories and take a trip to the river Teesta. Finally, to end your day, watch the beautiful sunset in the evening. Apart from everything else, wouldn't you want to visit India's first fully organic state?
Weekend Travel Itinerary for May
Mother's Day and May Day are a great time to surprise your family. However, if you are not happy with the holidays falling on a Sunday, fret not, we have Buddha Purnima when you can relax and rejuvenate with your loved ones. And the best way to celebrate it would be by visiting the Nalanda University and centuries old monasteries close to Patna.
Some other destinations which you can explore in the meantime are Mahavir Mandir, Rajgir, Patna Sahib Gurudwara, Golghar, Agam Kuan among others. You can also head to Nepal which is just 3 hours from Darbhanga. Various offbeat locations like Jog Falls, Tawang and Amarnath are a great heat respite for travelers looking for a pleasant weather.
List of Weekends in June
June comes with the much awaited summer vacation for schools and colleges. Social media is full of posts & pictures from your traveling friends one day or the other. So, why not book your tickets and take a long weekend off to locations like Pulicat, Vellore, Yelagiri and Tirupati? People from south India can also head towards Yercaud and Nandi Hills.
However, if you want to plan a long holiday, drive all the way to the Pamban Bridge, Rameshwaram and further to Kanyakumari.
Long Weekend Plans in July
July is a great month to brush your history classes and visit the states of Orissa, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh one by one. The much-touted Chariot Festival of Orissa is a great opportunity for cultural theorists to delve in the melange of art and history. You can attend the post-festivities of Rath Yatra on the second Sunday of this month.
you can visit the beautiful Begu Hajjam’s Mosque on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh will be all decked up with its rustic appeal in the showers of monsoon. Do not miss visiting the city of Orchha where seven of Betwa River streams converge, making it a picture perfect scenery for the visitors.
That reminds of yet another location in the south namely the Dudhsagar Waterfalls. These majestic 4-tier waterfalls will take you to another land of mystique and perfection. The best way to experience this dreamy, panoramic view would be by taking a taxi to a closest stand and then hiking another kilometer into the lap of nature’s magic. July is considered the best time to conquer this journey.
Long Weekend Getaways in August
As monsoon steps in the Indian peninsula, nature strikes chord with beautiful, enthralling moments. In August, celebrate the monsoon with a long holiday plan beginning with Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Parsi New Year and Raksha Bandhan. It is a great chance for adventure junkies to practice their skills in rafting, mountaineering, trekking and paragliding.
One can also choose to get persuaded by the visual treat that Panchgani in Maharashtra offers during this season. Fondly known as the strawberry godown, Panchgani is an absolute delight and a marvelous relief system for tired minds and bodies.
Close to Janamashtami, which is on a Thursday, travelers can pack their bags and go on an Andaman exploration over the weekend. Visit the Beladaru Beach, Phoenix Bay Jetty and the Dolphin Resort this time of the year when the off season will keep a check on your wallets yet give you an exclusive welcome with loads of exotic locations and sights.
September Holiday Plans
Unwind at the beaches this month. With Ganesh Chaturthi, Kovalam promises you three days of ultimate rejuvenation. Onam might not fall in the long weekend list but who said one needs a weekend to travel? Head to Varkala or Divaegar to sit and enjoy the sun and the coast during the festive break.
For people who are willing to travel abroad, Turkey must always be on your cards in September. But make sure you pack your suitcase well before you leave according to the culture of the place. Try visiting United States, Mexico or Canada during autumn when the weather is both cool and magnificent.
October Weekend Travel Guide
Gandhi Jayanti is on a 2nd October, Dussehra and similar other festival would be a nice time to visit the Ghats of Varanasi. Pick the economical option of traversing through the Ghats in a boat else you may walk alongside the stairs and view various mind numbing traditions of life and death. Stay till the evening prayers when the Ghats are illuminated with lamps and Diyas and the Aarti is echoed in the air.
Yet another long weekend is starting with
Dhanteras and followed by the festivities of Diwali, Govardhan Puja and Bhai Dooj. It’s a great time for newly married couples to head to the exotic French Polynesia and enjoy snorkeling, lagoons, beaches, rain forests and sea turtles. You may also head to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
In India, Diwali is a great time to be a part of the celebrations in Rishikesh. Visit the Ram Jhula and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram to grasp mythological tales and legends of our past and witness florets of celebrations in the region.
Long Weekend Holiday Planner for November
As the winters grip North India, the hills are enveloped in snow blankets making states like Himachal and Jammu Kashmir
a beautiful getaway for travelers all around the globe. However, if you are one of the winter sun seekers, book your tickets to
Rajasthan to attend the Pushkar Camel Fair.
Spectacular fairgrounds, luxurious camp sites, irresistible food items and starlit nights will capture your minds for days together.
Long Weekends in December Month
A year might end, but the celebrations won’t. If you are wondering what to do this Christmas and New Year’s Eve, you are right on time for the SUNBURN Festival.
For non-EDM fans, the Rann Utsav of Kutch is a perfect setting to begin your next year in a classic fashion. In North East, the Hornbill Festival will light up the New Year with folk music and traditional dance performances.So what are you waiting for? Chart out the year and your long weekends and start packing your bags before the time flies. Bon Voyage!To make your planning easier, we have a few more links to give you some more ideas on your future trips. Here they are:Weekend Getaways Near Indore | Weekend Getaways From Mangalore | Weekend Getaways From Chittranjan | Weekend Getaways From Salem | Weekend Getaways From Malegaon | Weekend Getaways From Pilibhit | Weekend Getaways Near Ernakulam | Weekend Getaways Near Ranchi | Weekend Getaways Near Bathinda | Weekend Getaways From Karur | Weekend Getaways From Sonipat | Weekend Getaways Near Patiala | Weekend Getaways From Manali | Weekend Getaways From Ludhiana | Weekend Getaways From Leh