The best way to come out of the slumber that sets in after the New Year, is to take a long look at the calendar, spot all the possible long weekends and start planning!
2019 isn’t as giving as was 2017 and then 2018. We have far less holidays around the weekend this year which makes this list not as long as one would have hoped. But regardless, who wouldn’t want to jump at the slightest opportunity to plan a getaway?
So, read further and start marking your calendars…
Long weekends in January 2019
Monday, 14thJan: Makar Sankranti/Pongal
Where to go: Ahmedabad for the International Kite Festival, Bikaner for the Camel Fair ’19.
Long weekends in March 2019
Friday, 1stMar: Take leave
Sunday, 3rd Mar:
Monday, 4thMar: Maha Shivratri
Where to go: Rann of Kutch for the white desert, Prayagraj to see the magic of Ardh Kumbh Mela, Auli for skiing experience.
Thursday, 21stMar: Holi
Friday, 22ndMar: Take leave
Where to go: Vrindavan-Mathura to celebrate Holi at its original place, Hampi for an architecturally and historically different Holi.
Long weekends in April 2019
Saturday, 13th Apr:
Sunday, 14th Apr: Dr Ambedkar Jayanti and Vaisakhi and Ram Navami
Monday, 15th Apr: Take leave
Tuesday, 16th Apr: Take leave
Wednesday, 17th Apr: Mahavir Jayanti
Thursday, 18th Apr: Take leave
Friday, 19th Apr: Good Friday
Saturday, 20th Apr:
Sunday, 21st Apr: Easter Sunday
Where to go: Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Ranthambore for culture and wildlife, Dharamshala and Bir Billing for monasteries and paragliding, Jammu & Kashmir for a cool break.
Long weekends in May 2019
Thursday, 9th May: Guru Rabindranath Jayanti (Restricted)
Friday, 10thMay: Take leave
Where to go: Tadoba for tiger sighting, Tarkarli for a scuba experience.
Long weekend in August 2019
Saturday, 10th Aug:
Sunday, 11th Aug:
Monday, 12th Aug: Bakri Eid (restricted)
Tuesday, 13th Aug: Take leave
Wednesday, 14th Aug: Take leave
Thursday, 15th Aug: Independence Day / Raksha Bandhan
Friday, 16th Aug: Take leave
Saturday, 17th Aug: Parsi New Year
Sunday, 18th Aug:
Where to go: Ladakh for beautiful barren landscape.
Long weekend in September 2019
Saturday 31st Aug:
Sunday, 1st Sept:
Monday, 2nd Sept: Ganesh Chaturthi
Where to go: Mumbai for the Ganpati festival, Kabini for a short wildlife getaway.
Saturday, 7th Sept:
Sunday, 8th Sept:
Monday, 9th Sept: Take Leave
Tuesday, 10th Sept: Muharram
Wednesday, 11th Sept: Onam (Restricted)
Where to go: Kerala for Onam, Mawlynnong – Meghalaya for a clean escape.
Long weekends in October 2019
Saturday, 5th Oct:
Sunday, 6th Oct:
Monday, 7th Oct: Take leave
Tuesday, 8th Oct: Dusshera and Durga Puja
Where to go: Kolkata for Durga Puja, Haridwar and Rishikesh for Dusshera and river rafting.
Saturday, 26th Oct:
Sunday, 27th Oct:
Monday, 28th Oct: Diwali Holiday
Tuesday, 29th Oct: Bhai Dooj (Restricted)
Where to go: Gir National Park for a wild Diwali.
Long weekends in November 2019
Saturday, 9th Nov:
Sunday, 10th Nov: Eid e Milad
Monday, 11th Nov: Take leave
Tuesday, 12th Nov: Guru Nanak Jayanti
Where to go: Pushkar for the mela, Sundarban for a birdwatching experience.
Get ready to start planning for your ideal weekend now.