Last Updated: September 26, 2019 Nidhi Singh
Oh, I can’t wait to step into next year that is packed with 16 amazing long weekends to relish and I know neither can you. After all, who doesn’t like a holiday that falls on a weekday and has a weekend following or preceding it…icing on the cake! However, planning a trip on each long weekend is no cake walk. But we would take a bullet for you, catch a grenade for you, throw our heads on a blade for you, jump in front of a train for you… sorry, got carried away! So, away from the nonsense and back to the blog, 16 long weekends await you in 2018, you better be making the most of it because they say ‘opportunities come but do not linger,’who knows how cruel would 2019 be to us. By the way, did you even care to look at the next year’s calendar yet? No, well go ahead check it right here along with our suggestions of where to go for a vacation on the long weekends in 2018.
Long Weekend 1: 21, 22, 23 (Basant Panchami)
Long Weekend 2: 26(Republic Day), 27,28 The joyous January gifts two brilliant long weekends. January seems perfect to enjoy snow in North Indian states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. Where every traveller is going nuts about skiing in Gulmarg (J&K), Solang Valley (Himachal Pradesh) and Auli (Uttarakhand), though there is nothing wrong about it, in fact, you must go, and try it out because it is one of its kind experience to have in India. However, my idea of a January weekend getaway would be to go to a lesser known place like Sojha/Shoja in Himachal Pradesh where you get to spend time in a wooden cottage, covered in the blankets, looking out from the window while having tea or the Good Ol’ Rum. Visiting Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is also an option, though the pre-Desert Festival feel might compel you to extend your stay and witness at least the open ceremony. Also, camping and bonfire in the SAM Sand Dunes under a starry sky is definitely an idea that you cannot resist. Check out best deals on Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir holiday tour packages.
Long Weekend 3: 10, 11, 12(take a leave), 13(Mahashivratri)
Long Weekend 4: 16 (Losar),17,18 Oh, the lovely February… my sweet February. I have always said this and I shall again say, there is something about this ‘pink winter month.’ It is the month when one starts to shed the overcoats and heavy jackets in India and begin to enjoy the warm afternoons and the breezy evenings which make it best time to visit almost every part of the country. Since February 2018 also comes packed with 2 long weekends, the first one being a day longer than the other; you have the perfect chance to head out to a place like Goa where you can enjoy the popular Goa Carnival during which you can ‘eat, drink, and be merry.’ On the second long weekend, which is only for those who either live in Ladakh, Sikkim or Dharamshala (in Himachal Pradesh), the lucky ones have the chance to explore their own place/state. And in case you can avail this weekend, fly to Sikkim (Bagdogra in West Bengal) and get the glimpse of how the locals celebrate the festival of Losar. Grab upto 40% Discount on Vacation Deals for Goa and Sikkim.
Long Weekend 5: 1 (Holika Dehan),2 (Holi),3 (Sat),4 (Sun)
Long Weekend 6: 29 (Mahavir Jayanti) 30 (Good Friday) 31, 1 As the winter will bid adieus, the extremely breezy March shall come and embrace you with two long weekends, the first one begins right on the day-one of the month and the second one comforts you by waiting for you at the end the last week. What a way to finish a beautiful month! Those, who are more interested in witnessing different kinds of Holi in India can visit Vrindavan, Mathura, and Barsaana in Uttar Pradesh and those who want to flee the colours can head to some offbeat destination like Thanedar in Himachal Pradesh. Someone seeking a quiet holiday can also visit Srinagar (J&K). Planning a trip to Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu is also a good idea before it starts to get too hot on its isolated island that faces Sri Lanka. Book customized holiday packages to Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh at best price.
Long Weekend 7: 28, 29, 30 (Buddh Purnima), 1 (Maharashtra Day) Finish off your month of April with a refreshing vacation somewhere in the Indian Himalayas or I say in the Western Ghats. How about enjoying the first camp of the year in the Himalayan region? Say somewhere in Chopta or in Triund. The month of April when the sun starts to get a bit warmer is also perfect to chill in the hill stations of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Ooty, Coorg, Munnar, Wayanad, and Kodaikanal will all make for ideal places to visit in April long weekend in 2018. The islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep also make wonderful tourist places to visit in April when the warm summer is slowly taking over and giving travellers the opportunity to relish swimming in azure waters and rejuvenation of white sandy beaches. Get Holiday Packages forAndaman & Nicobar Islands at attractive price.
Long Weekend 8: 15 (Id ul Fitr), 16, 17 The sweltering June in India may compel you to hit to the hill stations, oh so cliched! Well, this year give your summer plans a makeover and head to Purushwadi in Maharashtra where you’ll have a sight to sigh! Purushwadi that is situated close to Pune is known for its millions of fireflies that can be best sighted during the months of May and June. The first two weeks of June are perfect to be here to witness nights full of natural lights of these bugs. It is indeed an experience and words fall short to explain it. June is also perfect to plan a trip to Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh where another experience of your life awaits. Billing is reckoned to be the second highest paragliding spot in the world and if you seek a different experience in your life, this one should be it!
Long Weekend 9: 15 (Independence Day), 16 (Take a Leave), 17 (Parsi New Year, Mumbai and Gujarat)
Long Weekend 10: 22 (Id ul Zuha), 23 (Take a Leave), 24 (First Day of Onam, Kerala Only), 25, 26 The long weekends in August 2018 can be your opportunity to plan a trip to Ladakh and Lahaul and Spiti District of Himachal. Yes, you might need to add a day or two to your holiday to see these two destinations but then it is going to be a perfect getaway for you, away from the rain, especially of Maharashtra, you have the chance to enjoy the beauty of bare mountains, sunny daytime, and star-lit sky. Monasteries, palaces, large statues, high altitude lakes, and mountain passes these destinations have everything to make you forget about heavy rain and water-logged streets. However, if Ladakh and Lahaul & Spiti look like a distant plan, ease yourself with a visit down south to Kerala where you can rejuvenate yourself with an authentic Ayurveda massage. Sounds good? Book hand-tailored holiday tour packages to Ladakh and Kerala.
Long Weekend 11: 1, 2, 3 (Janmashtami)
Long Weekend 12: 13 (Ganesh Chaturthi), 14 (Take a Leave), 15, 16
Long Weekend 13: 29, 30, 1 (Take a Leave), 2 (Gandhi Jayanti) Whoa! September 2018 greets you with 3 long weekends, how awesome can it even get! Good thing is, this month is perfect to pack your bags and head to Rajasthan where the heat dies down and you have so much to explore from its treasure trove. Been to all popular tourist places in Rajasthan? Well, then set out to explore the lesser-trodden Rajasthan. Visit Shekhawati Region which has some amazing places like Bundi and Churu that await tourists to explore their rich history and well-preserved architecture. Apart from visiting Rajasthan, September last week is also perfect to capture the beauty of Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers. I can’t even begin to describe the beauty of this place right after the monsoon rain ends. It is here that the term ‘riots of colour’ comes to life amidst the crisp air of the post-monsoon season. Book Holiday Packages to Rajasthan and Maharashtra at discounted price.
Long Weekend 14: 18 (Ram Navmi), 19 (Dusshera), 20, 21 While I spent my Dusshera’s extended holiday 2017 in Bundi, Rajasthan, I would suggest a more conventional place to celebrate this high voltage festival in India. Kolkata is your destination to catch the glimpse of this soulful festival. During this time the flight tickets price touch the sky and the trains are crammed, so it is recommended to book as early as possible (4-6 months ago for flight booking and 3 months prior for train reservation). If doing things the cliched way is not your idea than head out to Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan for a wildlife tour, totally legit! Visiting Rishikesh is also a good idea to enjoy another session of whitewater rafting or that of yoga somewhere on the bank of River Ganga. Grab attractive deals on West Bengal Tour Packages.
Long Weekend 15: 3,4, 5 (Dhanteras), 6(Chhoti Diwali), 7 (Diwali), 8 (Govardhan Puja), 9 (Bhai Duj), 10, 11 While I doubt that you will be allowed to leave the house and explore during this important festival in India, I also have those in my head who will plan a trip to some never seen before place in India to witness a different Diwali this year. If at all you can ditch the functions at home, November long weekend 2018 is perfect to go on a quest of Sunderban National Park. The park is known for its notorious tigers and large mangrove, and thus, is an ideal destination to explore in a month when the heat level reduces and the humidity is almost gone. Those looking for a less adventure destination in India, November is good enough to go anywhere in the country and some great destinations to visit would be Khajuraho and Orchha in Madhya Pradesh, Jodhpur in Rajasthan, Digha in West Bengal, Bodhgaya and Rajgir in Bihar, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and the whole of Northeast India. Get Holiday tour package to Madhya Pradesh at best price.
Long Weekend 16: 22 (Take a Leave), 23,24,25 (Christmas) There can never be a better combination than Christmas and snow, so obviously, those seeking to make the most of this last long weekend of 2018, must plan a trip to someplace in the Indian Himalayas. Fancy an unforgettable Christmas trek? Visit Ladakh’s Zanskar Region for the iconic Chadar Trek. How about another trek in Northeast India, let’s say in the gorgeous Dzukou Valley in Nagaland? Well, there won’t be any snow there but the landscape and festive mood in the entire state will make it one of its kind experience to have in December. Apart from this, you can also head to some beautiful destinations in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand like Dalhousie, Manali, Kasol, Dharamshala, and Kangra (H.P) and Nainital, Mussoorie, Ranikhet, Pithoragarh, Chakrata, Chaukori (UK). Another fabulous trek that I should not miss out to tell you about is Snow Leopard Trek in Munsiyari, Uttarakhand. Yes, it is a distant place, and one might need a day or two extra for it but hey! What can better than sighting the snow leopards amidst the thick and tall snow in one of the most beautiful places in India? I guess, nada! Book holidays deals to Nagaland and Sikkim at best price.
Like I said I can’t wait to step into next year, especially now as this blog has awakened the nomad in me again! Oh! Don’t forget there is plenty more in India to see and explore such as the gorgeous states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand and many more. If this blog helped you plan your long weekend holiday in 2018, then please spare a minute and like and share it with people you think will find it useful. For more on vacation in India, you can call us a +91-9212553106 and email us your query at firstname.lastname@example.org.Tour My India crafts some of the best packages that not only caters to all your needs and interest but offer travel packages that fit your budget right. So choose us and make your holiday experience in India better.
Published: 21 Nov, 2017