Long Weekends in 2019 and Places to Visit in INDIA

A few travel tips for 2019:
– do Not visit a destination just because your friends did. Go there only if you feel like going there
– Book early. Booking early will surely give you better deals and places of choice
– If you know of a festival like eg: Pushkar Camel festival; Avoid! These festivals are a money making machine. Unless your trip is sponsored, avoid these festivals
STOP / AVOID using Plastic – One Life One Earth

** The below Holidays and Plans are more intended towards people staying / working in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka

** If you have any suggestions to add that can help others, please do comment below

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 January
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3

12th Jan – Saturday
13th Jan – Sunday
14th Jan – Monday : Take Leave
15th Jan – Tuesday : Makar Sankaranti / Pongal

Puzzled!! We have something new this year
Yes, Makar Sankaranti falls on Jan 15th in 2019 instead of Jan 14th which has been the norm for the past 100 years

Where can You Go:
> International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad, Gujarat : 6th to 14th January, 2019
Link to more details: International Kite Festival, Gujarat
Highly recommended for families with small kids. Kids will love the colorful and animal shaped kites

> Bikaner Camel Fair in Bikaner, Rajasthan : 13th and 14th January, 2019
Link to more details: Bikaner Camel Festival, Rajasthan

If you wish to see abundance of snow, you can Take Leaves in the second half of January and visit Auli in Uttarakhand for Skiing

We also have arranged a few Trips
> Weekend Trip: 1 Night 2 Days to Rani Ki Vav : 05 Jan – 06 Jan, 2019
Link to more details: Rani ki Vav, Gujarat

> 3 Nights 4 Days Trip to Valley of Snow in Himachal Pradesh
Link to more details: Valley of Snow, Himachal

Sadly, this year 26th January : Republic Day falls on a Saturday. Majority of us won’t get a chance to enjoy a long weekend
However, we have planned a Trip to Udupi in Karnataka. Take a Leave on Jan 28th
Link to more details: Udupi – Kapu, Karnataka

Bonus Picks for a Longer Holiday in January (2 weekends + 1 Full Week) : 9 days
> India : Rajasthan (Mount Abu – Udaipur – Rajsmand – Chittorgarh – Kota)
> International : Belgium, Europe

 February
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 1 2 3

Woooooah! No holidays in February

Well, we have you covered
If you can Take 1 day Leave, we have organized a Trip to Mount Abu in 2 Batches
Mount Abu needs no introduction. Its the only hill station in Rajasthan with superb weather all year around and stunning landscapes and view points
> 2 Nights 3 Days Trip to Mt. Abu, Rajasthan
Link to more details: Mt. Abu, Rajasthan

If Taking a leave is not possible, there’s always a sweet weekend to travel
> Weekend Trip: 1 Night 2 Days to Rani Ki Vav : 09 Feb – 10 Feb, 2019
Link to more details: Rani ki Vav, Gujarat

Where can You Go:
For the last month of a colder climate, visit:
> Goa
> Hampi / Gokarna / Udupi, Karnataka
> Udaipur / Jodhpur / Jaipur, Rajasthan

Bonus Picks for a Longer Holiday in February (2 weekends + 1 Full Week) : 9 days
> India : Goa
> International : Vietnam, Asia

 March
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
25 26 27 28 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

2nd Mar – Saturday
3rd Mar – Sunday
4th Mar – Monday : Maha Shivratri

Where can You Go:
> Varanasi (Banaras), Uttar Pradesh
Attend the evening aarti on the ghats of river Ganga. It is great experience
Foodie’s must visit Varanasi. Local street vendors are at full spree in the evening hours. Must try the Dahi Vada, the sweets and the Bhaang from Govt. approved shops
There’s a lot of things happening on these ghats, both living and dead. This is a photographers paradise for capturing the essence of Life and the many portraits

21st Mar – Thursday : Holi
22nd Mar – Friday : Take Leave
23rd Mar – Saturday
24th Mar – Sunday

Yayyy!!! Holi-day

Where can you Go:
> Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh for Holi
Pro Tip: You should be in Vrindavan at least 3-4 days prior to the Holi day. So this year, you must travel to Vrindavan on Saturday 16th March or Sunday 17th March
Link to more details: Vrindavan

March is a good month to see some wildlife in their home (wildlife sanctuary)
You must do this ONLY if you have keen interest in wildlife photography or you really want to see the Big Animals
Wildlife spotting depends a lot on the ‘Luck’ factor. Sometimes even 5 Safaris cant get you a sight of the Tiger, Elephant etc.
It’s a dead boring activity if you don’t have patience and the most important thing “Interest”

Wildlife Sanctuaries to visit in March:
> Ranthambore, Rajasthan
> Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand
> Gir National Park, Gujarat
> Tadoba, Maharashtra

Bonus Picks for a Longer Holiday in March (2 weekends + 1 Full Week) : 9 days
> India : Kerala (enjoy Backwaters)
> International : Sri Lanka, Asia (West, South West and Central Provinces)

 April
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 1 2 3 4 5

19th Apr – Friday : Good Friday
20th Apr – Saturday
21st Apr – Sunday

Hill station is a great escape to beat the April heat
> Mahabaleshwar – Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar
> Panchmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
> Coorg, Karnataka
> Araku, Andhra Pradesh (travel by the glass dome train)

Bonus Picks for a Longer Holiday in April (2 weekends + 1 Full Week) : 9 days
> India : Dalhousie (Amritsar – Wagah – Dalhousie – Dharamshala – Triund – Bir Billing)
> International : Italy, Europe

 May
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2

1st May – Wednesday : May Day
2nd May – Thursday : Take Leave
3rd May – Friday : Take Leave
4th May – Saturday
5th May – Sunday

There are no long weekends in May
If you can Take 2 Leaves, you can have a good 5 days vacation at the start of this Hottest month

Where can You Go:
> Trek the Himalayas
This is a great time to soak in the beauty of the Himalayas. The snow has melted and most of the roads are now open
You can either choose to trek or just laze in some valley

Being a summer holiday, this is a great time to spend some family time

Bonus Picks for a Longer Holiday in May (2 weekends + 1 Full Week) : 9 days
> India : A Trek in the Himalayas
> International : Singapore & Malaysia, Asia

 June
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

June and July have no holiday this year

Where can You Go:
> As a recommendation, as soon as the first showers of Rain hit Maharashtra, you can Visit Malshej Ghat in June and stay a weekend
Link to more details: Why Your June Destination should be: Malshej Ghat

> There is another good recommendation to see the Fireflies at Bhandardara / Purushwadi after the first rain. To be honest, these fireflies can be seen almost every where in Maharashtra. Any place which is near by a large water body with dense trees, we bet you can see Fireflies there

> Another thing you can do is Hop on the Deccan Queen train
On June 1, 1930, ‘Deccan Queen’ between the Mumbai and Pune was introduced. Every year on June 1, is the anniversary of the Deccan Queen. If you want to be part of the celebrations on-board this train on June 01, book your tickets and have fun

Bonus Picks for a Longer Holiday in June (2 weekends + 1 Full Week) : 9 days
> India : The High Lakes of Sikkim
> International : Croatia, Europe

 July
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4

There are no long weekends in July. Just weekends

Utilize each weekend for trekking the Sahyadri mountains (if you stay in a city near to these Trek spots in Maharashtra)
For people of Mumbai, in the recent years July is turning out to be a very dangerous month. Due to the torrential rains sweeping the city, do not plan Costly trips in July

Bonus Picks for a Longer Holiday in July (2 weekends + 1 Full Week) : 9 days
> India : Amarnath Yatra, Jammu and Kashmir OR Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
> International : Iceland, Europe

 August
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1

10th Aug – Saturday
11th Aug – Sunday
12th Aug – Monday : Bakrid / Eid al Adha
13th Aug – Tuesday : Take Leave
14th Aug – Wednesday : Take Leave
15th Aug – Thursday : Independence Day
16th Aug – Friday : Take Leave
17th Aug – Saturday
18th Aug – Sunday

If you did not take a leave in May, June and July, well now is the time. You can take as many as 9 days off in August. It all depends on how many Leaves you can afford

Where can You Go:
> 9 days of Leave in August will surely Tempt you for Ladakh. It is surely going to Tempt a lot of people all over India. Do think about it before planning

If 9 days is not possible in August, Other recommendations for 4 days:
> Rajasthan is really beautiful in Monsoon

> For the adventurous, climb the 10,000 steps to Girnar Mountain in Gujarat which comes alive in Monsoon with amazing greens and many and huge waterfalls
To reach the top, one has to climb 10,000 steps. This is something you must check out this year
This activity can be done easily over a weekend or 3 days. However, how your legs respond when you return, is a fun question to ask 😀

Bonus Picks for a Longer Holiday in August (2 weekends + 1 Full Week) : 9 days
> India : Uttarakhand (Valley of Flowers – Sri Hemkunt Sahib Gurudwara – Rishikhesh – Haridwar)
> International : Indonesia, Asia

 September
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 1 2 3 4 5 6

31st Aug – Saturday
1st Sep – Sunday
2nd Sep – Monday : Ganesh Chaturthi

Where can You Go:
> Go to Hampi. If the Rain is not an issue, Hampi is a great place now
You wont be able to see sunrise or sunset due to cloud cover. But an all green environment will freshen you up. The clouds will add a lot of Drama to your images. You might not even need Snapseed

7 Sep – Saturday
8 Sep – Sunday
9 Sep – Monday : Take Leave
10 Sep – Tuesday : Muharram
11 Sep – Wednesday : Onam

Where can You Go:
> Been to Chikmagalur, Karnataka? No? Then this is a perfect time to go there
Infact, you can choose any mountainous area in Karnataka in September and it will be truly a blissful trip

If you can add more Leaves to this set, go to Spiti valley. September is the best time to go there
It should take 8-9 days to complete the full loop, starting from Chandigarh – Shimla – Sarahan – Kalpa – Nako – Kaza – Manali – Mandi – Chandigarh

How you do this Spiti trip is up to you, either a taxi / tempo traveller / personal/rented car/bike
If you plan to do it on your own, well have a look at these Giants of mountain traveling
Link 1: Spiti Valley by Dheeraj Sharma
Link 2: Spiti Valley by Vargis Khan

Both these guys are so good with immense knowledge, just by reading their blogs you would make a visit to Spiti / Ladakh

For videos you can choose this Youtube channel: XTREME MOTO ADVENTURE

Bonus Picks for a Longer Holiday in September (2 weekends + 1 Full Week) : 9 days
> India : Spiti, Himachal Pradesh (as mentioned above)
> International : Russia, Asia

 October
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
30 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3

5th Oct – Saturday
6th Oct – Sunday
7th Oct – Monday : Take Leave
8th Oct – Tuesday : Dussera

Where can You Go:
> Diu, Gujarat is a really good option to travel at this time. Do check the weather for Rains before planning

> The hills of Connor / Ooty / Kodaikanal offer unmatched beauty at this time of the year. Either opt for trek or sight-seeing

26 Oct – Saturday
27 Oct – Sunday
28 Oct – Monday : Diwali Holiday
29 Oct – Tuesday : Bhau Beej / Bhai Dooj

Where can You Go:
> Golden Temple Amritsar is the best place to be at Diwali. If you plan to go by train, do book the tickets well in advance. Also make sure you have those yummy Parathas in the streets of Amritsar and cool it off with Lassi 😀

> Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh is yet another good place to go at this time. The temple group has fascinating work. Khajuraho is bombarded by Foreign Tourists. This is a must visit “adult” place

Bonus Picks for a Longer Holiday in October (2 weekends + 1 Full Week) : 9 days
> India : Meghalaya
> International : Dubai, Asia

 November
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 1

9th Nov – Saturday
10th Nov – Sunday
11th Nov – Monday : Take Leave
12th Nov – Tuesday : Guru Nanak Jayanti

Where can You Go:
> Uttarakhand, either for trekking or sight seeing. This is best time. Almora, Binsar, Kausani, Ranikhet are just some of the many places in Uttarakhand
> Taj Mahal, Agra
> Goa
> Coastal Karnataka
> Hampi, Karnataka
> Tarkarli, Maharashtra for Scuba and Snorkeling
> Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
> Jaisalmer, Rajasthan for its fort and the Sam Sand Dunes
> Trumala Tirupati Balaji Temple, Andhra Pradesh. Club it with a visit to Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) in Tamil Nadu

Bonus Picks for a Longer Holiday in November (2 weekends + 1 Full Week) : 9 days
> India : West Bengal (Kolkata – Sundarbans – Darjeeling – Sandakhphu)
> International : Morocco, Asia

 December
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

25th Dec – Wednesday : Christmas
26th Dec – Thursday : Take Leave
27th Dec – Friday : Take Leave
28th Dec – Saturday
29th Dec – Sunday

Anywhere you go in this week, its going to be crowded (all over the world). So if you wait till December to plan a holiday, that’s not a good idea
For the backpacking travelers, buy a tent, find some secluded beach spot and chill
A road trip with no destination planned, is another good idea


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