The year 2018 is going to be the best year for those who love to travel, adventure and explore. The year has 15 amazing long weekends in store for you. Isn’t that great? Long weekends are priceless. You get to take break from your routine, breathe some fresh air, relish your time and explore the new place! If you want to make the most of this opportunity, start planning! You think it’s too early? Never! As the famous saying goes, ‘the early bird catches the worm- you can get the best deal with advance planning. Mark your calendars, plan those epic vacations and rejoice the year. Go ahead and check the list of holiday’s right here along with some useful tips and suggestion to plan those trips.
List of Long Weekends In 2018
Long weekend 1: 20-Saturday, 21-Sunday, 22-Monday (Basant Panchami)
Long weekend 2: 26-Saturday, 27-Sunday, 28-Monday (Republic day followed by Saturday and Sunday)
In India, winter season peaks in the month of January, you can catch different shades of nature! There are places for every taste in India. A royal state, Rajasthan can be pleasant in winter months to experience some architectural wonders and beautiful places. Kerala is an ideal option too with many hill stations like munnar and wayanad along with some relaxation ancient oil therapy to offer. You can think of Shimla to spend a romantic holiday. Auli in Uttarakhand is also an excellent choice as being the best ski destination it can add thrill element to your holiday!
Long weekend 3: 10-Saturday, 11-Sunday, 13 -Tuesday (Mahashivaratri, restricted holiday), take a day off on 12th -Monday
February is the month of romance. It’s a month that bids adieu to winter. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, Kaziranga National Park of Assam is must try during the season. You can also look to enjoy the snow view, deep ravines and lush green meadows of Gulmarg. Varanasi can be great choice to enjoy the grandest celebration of Mahashivaratri. You can also plan a trip to Konark to witness the cultural diversity. Goa is a great place for this long weekend too! It’s a time of carnival festival!
Long weekend 4: 2 Friday (Holi), 3-Saturday, and 4-Sunday
Long weekend 5: 29-Thursday (Mahavir Jayanti), 30-Friday (Good Friday), 31-Saturday, April 1-Sunday
With the lots of festivals across the country and a beginning of summer, March is a wonderful month for traveler. Think of some enchanting island like Andaman, Lakshadweep to enjoy the pleasant climate and sandy beaches under the warm sun. You can also head to Rameshwara to take blessings of god along with enjoying some cool beaches and serenity of the town. It’s ideal time to plan for hilly trips. For those who stay in south, Ooty, Coorg, Chikamagalur and Mahabaleshwar are the best to plan for. If you love snow, head to north onto Himalayan ranges to enjoy the adventures.
Long weekend 6: 28-Saturday, 29-Sunday, 30- Monday (Buddha Purnima)
Escape the heat of summer in April by planning your holidays at some of the coolest hill stations. Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Manali, Gangtok, Mussoorie and Srinagar are some of the coolest places to plan for your summer weekends. You can even plan an adventurous trip to Ladhak. Plan for this mesmerizing experience if you are thrill seeker. Exploring bit of Sikkim with your family can also be a great idea. Kodaikanal, Pachmarhi, Alleppey, Yercaud and Coonoor are some of the great choices in south.
Long weekend 7: 15-Friday (Id-ul-Fitr), 16-Saturday, 17-Sunday
Plan to explore a bit of Odisha in June! Get some spiritual experience by vising Puri, take blessings of lord Jagannath. Cherish your vacation by enjoying festival feelings of Odisha. It’s famous for beaches and wild life sanctuary too! Another great choice would be Tirthan valley, which is most unexplored tourist spot in Himachal. Explore and experience some adventure-centric things in this alpine forest valley. Bir billing is another great choice for June holidays. A paragliding capital India, Bir can give you some amazing experience.
Long weekend 8: 22-Wednesday (Id-ul-Zuha), Take a day off on 23rd Thursday, 24-Friday (Onam, restricted holiday), 25-Saturday, 26-Sunday
Monsoons are best season in our country with richness of greenery all around. You plan your trip to Panchgani to enjoy the vivid beauty of nature and get plenty of fresh air. If you are beach lover, plan an off-season trip to Pondicherry and just relax in! Spiti valley is again one of the awesome choice for August. Indulge yourself in skiing, wildlife safari and yak rides! Udaipur and Bikaner are also great in August for family vacation.
Long weekend 9: 1-Saturday, 2-Sunday, 3- Monday (Krishna Janmashtami, restricted holiday)
Long weekend 10: 13-Thursday (Ganesha festival), 14-Friday take a day off, 15-Saturday, 16-Sunday
Long weekend 11: 29-Saturday, 30-Sunday, October 1-Monday take a leave, October 2-Tuesday (Gandhi Jayanti)
3 amazing long weekends in a month! Plan in advance for trips to some offbeat destinations in India and enjoy the mysteries and charms of our mother land. Kausani, a hill station in Himalayan ranges can be the best choice to find some calmness and peace. Enjoy the spectacular view of dense pine forests and scenic beauty of waterfalls. One more great choice could be shillong. It’s known for many picturesque sights and cultural traditions. It’s an all season destination filled with exciting mountain peaks, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and zoo and what not! You can consider Lachen, Sikkim, an untouched beautiful place for challenging treks and adventures. You can also visit holy city of Panjab, Amritsar in one of your long weekend in September before the peak season begins to get some pleasant holiday experience. Less rainy cooler weather of September makes it ideal time to visit many historical places in Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Long weekend 12: 18-Thursday (Maha Navami), 19-Friday (Dussera), 20-Saturday, 21-Sunday
Daman is one of the best place to visit in October. A historical heritage with beaches and religious places. Get an experience of beautiful Portugal theme. You can plan a trip to Gokarna, a holy town in coastal Karnataka known for its idyllic beaches and stretch a bit to explore the coastal culture of Karnataka. Make it a festival trip to Mysore, heritage city of Karnataka during Dussera to witness the royal culture and dedicated events. Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, Loktak Lake in Manipur and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand are few of the best destinations for your October holiday.
Long weekend 13: 3-Saturday, 4-Sunday, 5-Monday (Danteras), 6 – Tuesday (Naraka Chaturdashi), 7-Wednesday (Diwali), 8- Thursday (Govardhan Puja), 9-Friday (Bhai Duj), 10-Saturday, 11-Sunday
Long weekend 14: 23-Friday (Gurunanak Jayanti), 24-Saturday, 25-Sunday
With the real long weekends in November, you can plan for a trip to Thailand and Vietnam. Thrilling festival and post rain greenery makes it an ideal time to explore Southeast Asia. Istanbul, Turkey is again best for holiday in November. Yangon, Myanmar can be considered in your bucket list. It’s the most fascinating city in the world with some great destinations and food delicacies. Mauritius, a beautiful volcanic island is great to enjoy during your November holiday. You can plan well in advance for Bali or Spain for your long holidays. Kashmir, Kerala, Lakshadweep and West Bengal are best for November holidays within India.
Long weekend 15: 22-Saturday, 23-Sunday, 24th take an off on Monday, 25- Tuesday (Christmas)
It’s Christmas time of the year! Goa is the first thing to come into everyone’s mind! This time, ditch this idea and explore other places in India during Christmas holiday. Plan a trip with your family or friends to Lansdowne, a hill station and enjoy your Christmas in the midst of bonfire and music. It’s a beautiful destination that can make everything magical for you! One more great option for your December trip is Kerala as it can brighten up your mood with the festive air!
Don’t forget we are living in a country with endless variety of landscapes, monuments, exotic cities and cultures. There are plenty many places unexplored in India! Every state in India is filled with tourist attractions. Take some time out for yourself and rejoice your holiday. Make the most of long weekends in 2018 by exploring different cultures, places and foods. Make the year 2018 most memorable for your loved ones by planning and visiting incredible places with them.
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