Weekend Getaways

All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy,says a popular quote. In the current scenario wherein, lives are all about completing projects, meeting timelines, and doing client meetings, you hardly get time for leisure. However, the fact is, where there is a will there is a way. So, instead of craving for a long vacation, seize the moment and have fun during long weekends.

You will be glad to know that there are about 15 long weekends in 2018 for you to unwind and relax. We have for your convenience also designed a calendar highlighting all the long weekends 2018 to help you plan ahead. If you plan in advance, you obviously can enjoy better. Here we have suggested a few places you can visit in 2018 month-wise. So, get ready to explore India this year!

 

Places to Visit in January

Weekend 1 Jan 20,21& 22 Jan 22 (Monday)- Basant Panchmi
Weekend 2 Jan 26, 27 & 28 Jan 26 (Friday)-Republic Day

New year, new beginnings, new hopes calls for a vibrant break so that you can welcome the new year with new energy and vigour. So, for adventure lovers, Ranthambore festival is the perfect gateway. Three days of exploration of the Rajasthan culture, food and wildlife is surely a good bet for a perfect break. During this exploration, you can be sure of interacting with some of the best environmentalists, musicians, and artisans; and that would surely be a learning experience. You can reach out to this festival by flying to Jaipur and from there it's just a 3 hours’ drive.

However, if you are a person who loves tranquility and snow, then Srinagar is a perfect choice. The city that has been the pride of our country looks its best covered in snow during this month. Fly to Srinagar, and check into a nice boat house on Dal Lake and experience PEACE.

Places to Visit in February

Weekend 3 Feb 10, 11, 12, 13 Feb 12 (Take leave) Feb 13 (Tuesday)-Mahashivratri
Weekend 4 Feb 16, 17, 18 Feb 16 (Friday)- Losar (Sikkim, Ladakh & Dharamshala only)

This is the month when the winters slowly bid adieu and people are in the mood to celebrate love. Celebrate the colours of love by enjoying long weekends 2018 special. If you love beaches, sunsets and music, then Goa should be your destination. With the carnival season, Goa looks much more colourful and vibrant during this month. Indulge in foot tapping music, delicious food, and the best wines over the beaches. There are many flights to Goa so communicating is also not a problem.

If you love exploring culture and traditions in the lap of nature, then Rann Utsav is a perfect destination. Spread over the white sands of Rann, it is truly an experience to explore the culture, heritage, food, and music of Gujarat. If a full moon falls over the weekend, then be sure that your weekend is not just going to be perfect but one of a kind. All you need to do is fly to Bhuj.

Places to Visit in March

Weekend 5 March 1,2,3,& 4 March 1 &2 (Thursday & Friday)- - Holi Holidays
Weekend 6 March 29, 30, 31 & 1 April March 1 &2 (Thursday & Friday)- - Holi Holidays March 29 (Thursday )- Mahavir Jayanti March 30 (Friday)- Good Friday

March is the month of colours and festivity. This is the month wherein families in northern India can take a break without any worries as children have holidays after final exams. So, experience the joy of colours by making it to Vrindavan, the city that is known to be the playground of Lord Krishna. As you fill yourself with colours and native Bhang, do explore the mythological stories the city holds. The best way to reach Vrindavan is to fly to Mathura Cantt and from their a few hours’ drive.

If you are a yoga enthusiast, then make the best use of long weekends 2018 by making it to Rishikesh Yoga festival. Rishikesh, the Yoga capital of India sees hundreds of people visiting this place to explore the ancient science Yoga in its true essence. Experts from all over the country come together for a lifetime experience. The best way to reach is to fly to Dehradun and from there it is a few hours’ drive.

Places to Visit in April

Weekend 7 April 28, 29, 30 & 1 May April 30 (Monday)- Buddha Purnima May 1 (Tuesday)- Labour Day

With summer at its peak, most parts in India are hot in this month. In such situation, if you wish to spend your long weekends 2018 in cool and calm place, then Coorg is a perfect destination. Relax, rejuvenate in the hills and experience serenity. If you love aromatherapies, Coorg has the best. Fly to Bangalore and from their drive down to Coorg. Other hill stations you can explore are Manali, Shimla, and Mussoorie.

However, if you wish to give your weekend a romantic touch then make it to the Tulip festival wherein you can make your weekend a typical Bollywood movie scene. Fly to Srinagar is all you need to do.

Places to Visit in May

Holiday May 1, Tuesday- Labour Day

This month is also hot and you obviously would want to pick a hill station for a weekend getaway. Explore the climatic change by a visit to the breathtaking hills of Gangtok. If you are a photography enthusiast then be sure of capturing some of your best pictures here. For those who love trekking and mountaineering, this place is the best way to spend your long weekend 2018. Gangtok is just a few hours' drive from the Gangtok airport.

However, if you are a foodie and shopaholic, then Hyderabad can be your destination. With the city being lit and dipped in the flavours of haleem to mark the Ramzaan time, Hyderabad is just perfect. You can see the heritage side of Hyderabad as you walk through the night bazaars of the old city.

Places to Visit in June

weekend 8 June 15, 16, 17 June 15 (Friday)- Eid-ul-Fitr

It is mid-year, and long weekends 2018 of this month are just perfect for a short summer vacation. So, if you wish to get away from the busy life to a place that is quiet and has limited crowd, then Kodaikanal should be your destination. This tiny hill station of south India is the best for those who wish to sit back and relax with some good music, a book and a glass of wine.

However, if you are looking for some adventure wrapped in peace, then a visit to Andaman and Nicobar is the best option. You can also go for some underwater diving and water sports. In addition, you also get a chance to explore some of the best seafood delicacies as you relax at the pristine islands of Andaman and Nicobar.

Places to Visit in July

NO LONG WEEKEND

As it is the welcoming time of monsoon, if you love rains, getting drenched and having hot delicacies seeing the serene rains then Meghalaya is your best bet. Its capital Shillong is known as the "Scotland of the east. This is the best place to experience, rains and clouds as we miss them in cities. The spilling mountains and the waterfalls make the whole view picturesque. As the rains are high, very few tourists visit here making it peaceful.

July is the best time for nature lovers. Another option to explore nature in its true colours is by visiting Dalhousie, the Valley of flowers. Filled with an array of floral growth, this valley looks scenic and mesmerizing.

Places to Visit in August

weekend 9 August 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 August 15 (Wednesday)-Independence Day August 17 (Thursday)- Take leave August 17 (Friday)- Parsi New Year
weekend 10 August 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 August 22 (Wednesday)- Idul' Zuha August 23 (Thursday)- Take leave August 24 ( Friday)- Onam in Kerela August 25 (Saturday)- Weekend August 26 (Sunday) Raksha Bandhan

This is a good time to holiday as rains are almost over and the weather is pleasant. Post-August until December, is the most preferred time to enjoy long weekends 2018 as the climate is perfect to visit any place. So, if you are looking for a quick getaway with less travelling, then Mahabalipuram is a good bet. Explore the times of the royal Pallava Dynasty and enjoy a walk at the beaches of Chennai.

If you love road trips, then you must take the lifetime trip to the Himalayan desert Spiti Valley. The beauty of this trip is the drive meeting the local people and relishing the local food. Though vehicles can be hired, the best way would be to drive yourself.

Places to Visit in September

weekend 11 September 1, 2, 3 September 3 (Monday)- Krishna Janamashtami
weekend 12 September 13, 14, 15, 16 September 13 (Thursday) Ganesh Chaturthi September 14 (Friday): Take leave

This is a good time for people who wish to travel and enjoy lovely weather, especially in northern India. During this month, to utilise your long weekend 2018 the best way, a visit to Amritsar can be a good bet. The golden temple is definitely a must-see place. In addition, one can also explore Chandigarh which is just 5 hours’ drive from Amritsar. However, if you are looking for an option of rejuvenation as well as adventure, then Alipi in Kerela is the perfect destination. Relax in the backwaters and explore the forests on an elephant. As the night seeps in, relish the best seafood with some soothing traditional music over the bonfire.

Places to Visit in October

weekend 13 September 29, 30 & October 1, 2 October 1 (Monday)- Take leave October 2 (Tuesday) Gandhi Jayanti
weekend 14 October 18,19, 20, 21 October 18 (Thursday)- Ram Navami October 19 (Friday)- Dussera

This is the month when most parts of India are drenched in the colours of Durga festival. If you wish to enjoy the festival with a tinge of regional dance and food, then the 2 best options are Mysore and Kolkata.

Fly to Bangalore and a few hours’ drive to Mysore is all you need to experience the Chamundi festival. The beautifully lit Mysore palace stands like a shimmering gold monument attracting hundreds of people. The natives flock to the Chamundi hills dancing and drumming, a way of showing respect.

The other way to experience Durga pooja is to be at Kolkata for those 9 days of the festival. During the festival, the city turns mystical yet vibrant with conch shells blowing, ladies dressed in white dancing and lip smacking delicacies being relished by one and all.

Places to Visit in November

weekend 15 November 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 November 5 (Monday): Dhanteras- Take leave November 6 (Tuesday): Take leave November 7 (Wednesday): Diwali November 8, Thursday: Gowardhan Puja- Take leave. November 9 (Friday): Bhai Dooj

November and December are the 2 months when most people travel. Almost every part of the country has tourists. However, not to worry as we give you some untouched options.

We all know that Cherrapunji gets the maximum rains, but do you know that this destination looks its best during the winters? Yes, surrounded by hills and caves, Cherrapunji is definitely an option which shall keep you away from the crowd and the routine vacation destinations. A few hours’ drive from there and you can also see the living root bridge which can hardly be seen anywhere else. Guwahati airport is the best way to reach Cherrapunji.

Another untouched and cosy destination that can make your long weekends 2018 peaceful is Agumbe. Located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, this village is the best for people who love exploring forests and wildlife.

Places to Visit in December

weekend 16 December 22, 23, 24, 25 December 24 (Monday) - Take leave December 25 (Tuesday)- Christmas

The month wherein everyone begins the countdown to welcome the new year. This is that part of the year wherein everybody just wishes to let themselves lose. So, in that case, if you love to dance and explore various forms of dance then, you must make it to the Konark Dance festival. The history of the Konark temple is quite popular, explore the heritage as some of the best dancers bring in the dance forms in magnum opus way during the dance festival. Interact, learn and explore the cultures through dance.

Another option to end your year in class is to visit Lucknow. Visit this Nawabi city and explore the heritage, architecture, and if you love shopping then you can be assured of dropping tired of shopping.

With the above calendar, we are sure, that you have blocked your dates to make your new year a blend of work and leisure. So pack your bags and happy travelling!