Since most of the other travel blog sites in India have already called 2016 a ‘Bad Year’ for travelling as most of the gazetted leaves had fallen on Sundays, I don’t want to be harsh on it. Instead I am just going to bid it farewell with a smile because all thanks to my AH-Mazing company, Tour My India, I was sanctioned leaves for all my travel plans throughout the year! Green in jealousy? Well, don’t be, year 2017 is bringing along ample travel opportunities for you with 10 Big Fat and Long Weekends!
Here’s how you can make most of these Heavenly gifts by travelling in India:
Amidst the perfect winter month if a long weekend happen to fall, wouldn’t you be the luckiest bunch of people existing on the planet, like Ever! Make most of your last weekend of January by travelling to popular skiing destinations like Gulmarg or Auli. If skiing is not your thing, then visiting Rann Utsav in Kutch, Gujarat can be the right plan for you. Apart from it, you can also enjoy trekking in the Garhwal Himalayas and plan for Dayara Bugyal trek or Chopta Chandrashila Trek in Uttarakhand as well.
Taj Mahotsav, Photo: https://goo.gl/Ip37nl
The romantic getaway plan that you were keeping for valentine’s can wait till the last weekend of the month of February 2017. If your company/organization/school offers holiday for Mahashivratri, you have a perfect three-day time to enjoy travelling to some exotic place. February is ideal month with warm sun and windy nights. Looking for offbeat destination to spend time with your partner? You can pick Shoja in Himachal Pradesh. Located some 5 kms from Jalori Pass this is a place to unwind and enjoy quiet time together. Apart from it, there is Agra, where you can check out the Taj Mahotsav (18–27 Feb); Andaman Islands where the season would be perfect for diving or you can also plan a trip to Goa where you can be the part of the Carnival (25–28 Feb).
The onset of spring in India is indeed a lovely time to visit places with bountiful nature’s beauty. Make most of your long weekend in March 2017 by visiting destinations like Coorg to enjoy the beauty of blooming white coffee flowers. Another great option to double the fun of this extended weekend off would be to celebrate the festival of Holi either in Mathura or Vrindavan. If you feel the urge to explore something new, you can even visit Barsaane in Uttar Pradesh to witness celebration of Lath Mar Holi or Shanti Niketan in West Bengal.
If you can afford to miss office on April 3, 2017, there is a perfect opportunity to have the most memorable holiday in India. You can plan trip to Srinagar, J&K for watching the tulip bloom. Apart from it, popular hill stations like Nainital, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Shimla, Manali and Darjeeling can be visited before they approach their peak season and get extremely stuffy. If adventure tourism is what you have in mind, then April is best for river rafting in Rishikesh. You can get a little edgy by trying something thrilling like Bungee Jumping here as well. Another great option would be to take time off to visit Shillong in North East.
Hallelujah! It’s raining long weekends in April! Take off to Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra on this particular extended weekend to enjoy the Mapro Strawberry Festival. Another good option would be to plan a trip to one of the national parks in India such as Corbett, Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh or Bandipur.
Beat the heat and welcome the monsoon season with planning a trip to hill stations in South like Munnar and Wayanad. An ayurvedic spa in Kerala is also something that you can consider. Eid has it own charm when celebrated in places like Lucknow, where the taste and aroma of food can make you forget about the summer heat and the world outside altogether.
In 2016, we all cribbed about Gandhi Jayanti falling on a Sunday as well but our cries were heard and 2017 is compensating it for us! We get three days off and it indeed calls for a celebration. October is the time when the wildlife reserves re-open after the monsoon break, you can pick your nearest one and head out to witness greener and prettier side of these national parks in India. Going on short treks like Triund in Himachal, Chembra Peak in Kerala and Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh is also a good idea. Other than trekking, you can plan a relaxing trip to Binsar or go to see the panoramic Himalayan range views from Kausani in Uttarakhand. Also, October is good time to visit Madhya Pradesh, so if history is what fascinates you, plan a tour to Khajuraho, Orchha, Mandu or Bhopal (Sanchi and Bhimbetka are closeby).
While most of us would like to enjoy/celebrate Diwali at home, there will be a few who would make most of this longest weekend off in 2017. It will be an ideal time to take up the East Coast Road and go meet one-of-its-kind, Mahabalipuram and the ever so lovely, Puducherry. October is also perfect to soak up some sun on the beaches of Diu and Kerala. Since it is a long weekend, try covering 4-5 places, the best travel circuits would be:
The last month of the eventful year 2017 should end with a bang. Plan to visit Nagaland and enjoy the celebration of Hornbill Festival. You can also consider a trip to Odisha or bird sanctuaries like Bharatpur in Rajasthan and Nalsarovar in Gujarat to spot migratory birds that flock from Siberia and other colder regions. You can also enjoy desert safari in Jaisalmer or witness One-Horned in Kaziranga National Park in Assam.
The Christmas long weekend can be super fun if you plan a holiday to some hill station. The feel of being surrounded by snow is something extraordinary when it comes to this cozy winter festival. However, if you are not a mountain goat, you can have a luxury holiday at Alleppey or Kumarakom in a houseboat. Also, December can be a great time to explore places in Gujarat and its Gir National Park. Wow! I am excited for 2017 and it’s obvious you are too. I wish a great travelling year for you and for me as well. In case you need our help to plan holiday in India, give us a call at +91-9212777223/24 or you can drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for our great great deals on travel packages. Long Live the WanderLust!