We all know the fantastic feeling of a friday night after a long hard-day at work. The upcoming weekend frees us completely of all our worries. It refreshes us and gives us the energy to make the most of the night. It’s a feeling that we wish, lasts forever. But it doesn’t.
But life offers you a consolation.The biggest breathers in a year for all you hard working individuals, are the long weekends. Long weekends are our opportunity to extend that feeling of the friday night. An opportunity to make the most out of our break.
And 2019 is giving us a lot of ‘em. So we put together a list of all the long weekend holidays in 2019 and some awesome things you could do on your holiday to make the most out of the long weekend.
Long weekend holidays in January 2019
12th Jan, Saturday
13th Jan, Sunday
14th Jan, Monday: Makar Sankranti/Pongal
Where – Ahmedabad, Gujarat
The Plan: Let’s start the first long weekend trip with something colourful. Set in Ahmedabad, the International kite festival starts on 6th of Jan and goes on till 14th of Jan, this year. This long weekend is perfectly timed for you to witness the colourful kite battles in the sky. Professional kite flyers with crazy kite designs are invited from all over the world to wow the crowds. It’s a great opportunity to be a part of this grand, fun celebration of Makar Sankranti.
A guided heritage walk under the stars, on the streets of Ahmedabad can also be a great addition to this long weekend plan.
Long weekend holidays in March 2019
2 March, Saturday
3 March, Sunday
4 March, Monday: Maha Shivaratri
Where – Panjim, Goa
The Plan – Here you have yet another one of those perfectly timed long weekends. Perfectly timed for the awesome Goa Carnival. One of the most awaited events in the state, the Goa Carnival is happening from 2nd to 5th March in 2019. Follow King Momo, as he declares the decree of “”Eat, Drink and make Merry”, kicking off the carnival. Filled with music, dance, theatre performances and great food, the carnival brings the soul of Goa to the streets of Panaji.
Also entry is free. So just come and be a part of the merry making.
It’s advisable to book your stay in advance as they get sold out pretty quickly around this time. A lot of great stay options are available around Panjim if you wish to attend the fest.
While you are here, you could also try a cycling tour through Old Goa or a scuba dive experience on Grande Island. Goa offers plenty of fun activities for a great weekend. The choice is yours.
21 March, Thursday: Holi
22 March, Friday: Take leave
23 March, Saturday
24 March, Sunday
Where – Jaipur, Rajasthan
The Plan – “Holi hai! (It’s Holi!)” Kicking off this long weekend is the fun festival of colours, Holi. How about we do things a little differently this Holi? This long weekend gives us the best opportunity to head to Jaipur for ‘Eleholi’.
EleHoli is a special event that’s held every Holi at Eleday Elephant Park near Amber Fort in Jaipur. It’s happening on March 21st in 2019. It’s special as you get to play Holi with the friendly elephants of the elephant park. It also offers fascinating day activities that will bring you closer to the understanding of the festival. Activities like elephant feeding, riding, painting with organic colours are also available depending on the kind of package one chooses.
Eleholi offers you a special way to spend your long weekend. While you are here, you can also head out for a Jaipur Walking Tour or for a Camel Safari in the Aravalli forests of Jaipur. Plenty of other such fun and unique activities are available in Jaipur to make this long weekend unforgettable.
Long weekend holidays in April 2019
13 April, Saturday
14 April, Sunday: Dr Ambedkar Jayanti and Vaisakhi and Ram Navami
15 April, Monday: Take leave/ Vishu (Restricted)
16 April, Tuesday: Take leave
17 April, Wednesday: Mahavir Jayanti
18 April, Thursday: Take Leave
19 April, Friday: Good Friday
20 April, Saturday
21 April, Sunday: Easter
Where – Northeast
THE PLAN: 14th of April marks the harvest festival of Assam ie. Rongali Bihu. A very important festival for the farmers of Assam, Rongali Bihu is the most significant among the three Bihu’s and is also considered to be the beginning of spring festival. So how about exploring the relatively unknown parts of North Eastern India this long weekend, starting with the Bihu festival in Assam?
Bihu is celebrated with full fervor in Assam. The festival is never complete without the traditional Bihu Dance. An energetic dance that involves rapid hand and feet movement, Bihu dance is a treat to watch. The festivities on this day also include interesting sports like Nightingale-fight, Buffalo-fight, Cock-fight, Egg-fight and many more. Traditional Assamese cuisine and drinks are also a huge part of the festivities.
So attending the Bihu festival could be a great start for your long weekend. From Assam, you can then head into Meghalaya for a few days. Meghalaya actually deserves a whole month to properly explore. Yet, you could still do a few fun things here for the long weekend. Some of the things you can consider are:
- A sightseeing tour in Shillong, a city that retains some charm of the colonial era and with the exotica of nature still by it’s side.
- You could visit the double decker root bridge and get caving at Cherrapunji.
- You could also try and visit the fairy-tale village of Mawlynnong crowned as the cleanest village in Asia by ‘Discover India’ in 2003.
- A paddle boat ride in the crystal clear waters of Umngot River, Dawki
- Adventure activities like cliff jumping, ziplining between mountains, kayaking are also available in Dawki.
The schedule might be tight, but it’ll definitely be worth it!
If you require help perfectly planning a tour like this, click here.
Long weekend holidays in May 2019
9 May, Thursday: Guru Rabindranath Jayanti (Restricted)
10 May, Friday: Take leave
11 May, Saturday
12 May, Sunday
Where – Manali, Himachal Pradesh
The PLAN: Summer is at its peak in May. So it’s common sense to head out to the colder parts of the country. For this long weekend, consider Himachal Pradesh. Mildly sunny with gushes of cold breeze, the weather in Himachal is absolutely pleasant during this time.
A short day trail or hike like the trek to Patalsu Peak near Manali, HP is a great option. Patalsu peak is snow capped throughout the year giving one the opportunity to enjoy splendid views during the hike. The trek route is also through the scenic Solang Valley. It’s an awesome way to spend your day in Manali. You could be back by 5pm.
After the trek, we highly suggest you take a dip in the Vashisht Natural Hot springs. The tiredness from your trek will disappear and your sore limbs will heal in the comfort of the hot water. Also, there are other great spots like the Hidimba Devi Temple, Manu temple, Old Manali etc. that you can explore when in Manali. Activities like paragliding and River crossing is also an option. Manali also has plenty of terrific stays. So you definitely don’t have to worry about comfort.
When coming from other parts of India to Manali, you will most likely be passing through Delhi. Don’t miss out on the delicious iftar meals, while you are here. Ramzan celebrations are grand around Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. Do make it a point to savour the delicious street food.
Long weekend holidays in August 2019
Saturday, 10 Aug
Sunday, 11 Aug
Monday, 12 Aug: Bakrid (restricted)
Tuesday, 13 Aug: Take leave
Wednesday, 14 Aug: Take leave
Thursday, 15 Aug: Independence Day / Raksha Bandhan
Friday, 16 Aug: Take leave
Saturday, 17 Aug: Parsi New Year
Sunday, 18 Aug
Where – Uttarakhand
THE PLAN: August is the month of monsoons. This long weekend if planned properly can give you a good 7-8 days of holidays. The timing will then be perfect to witness an amazing spectacle in one of the Valleys of Uttarakhand. The Valley of flowers.
The valley of flowers trek is a 5-6 day trek to a height of around 3200 metres above sea level to reach the 8-10 kms long valley. This valley is world famous for the multi coloured spread of flowers that covers the entire stretch during monsoons. It’s also part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. The flowers are in full bloom in July and August. So a trek here during this time is highly recommended. The splendid views enroute are an added bonus.
One can also move on to Hemkund Sahib from here, where a crystal clear lake adorns the landscape at a height of 14300 ft. Hemkund Sahib is also a religious spot with a Gurudwara with tasty langar meals.
Valley of Flowers could be a great long weekend for you.
Long weekend holidays in September 2019
31st Aug, Saturday
1 Sept, Sunday
2 Sept, Monday: Ganesh Chaturthi
Where: Alleppey/Kumarakom/Munnar, Kerala
THE PLAN: Kerala is a state you can visit anytime in the year. The beauty here lies in its greenery. At the start of September, the intensity of the monsoons are dipping. The state looks the most beautiful during this time making it a great pick for this long weekend.
Some of the most awesome things to experience here are its greenery, the backwaters, the cuisine and the soothing ayurvedic massages that are famous here. So for this long weekend we suggest something that can give you the best of all these things. A stay in a houseboat.
A houseboat ride through the long stretches of the scenic backwaters might just be what the doctor ordered. Imagine gliding through the waters while you are calming your body with the most relaxing massage. Light rain in the background adding to the ambiance. Heaven isn’t it? Most houseboats offer a proper Kerala style ayurvedic massage. Authentic Kerala cuisine along with various sightseeing options will also be
Great Houseboat stays are at offer both in Alleppey and Kumarakom. If you are looking to do more, Kerala has a plethora of activities at offer like cycling in the hills, wildlife safaris, treks, scuba etc
Munnar is another great option for this long weekend. A hill-station surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations, Munnar will be at the best of its greenery, owing to the monsoons. Since this time around will be a transition into the peak season, the crowds will be less and the ticket fares and the stay fares would be on the lower side. The temperature too, should be pleasant.
Plantation walks, tea tastings, wildlife safari’s, treks, Cycling tours etc along with a plantation stay or a jungle stay are great options while you are here.
7 Sept, Saturday
8 Sept, Sunday
9 Sept, Monday: Take Leave
10 Sept, Tuesday: Muharram
11 Sept, Wednesday: Onam (Restricted)
THE PLAN: Opening to tourists from the month of May, there is huge influx of travellers into this magnificent land between the months of June-August ie. the peak season. But we suggest you do something different and stand out from the crowd. Use this long weekend for a Ladakh trip. We assure you that it will be an unforgettable one.
In the month of september, the monsoons start receding and it would be beginning to get colder. Owing to the monsoons, the beauty of the scenery here at this time, will be up a notch. Also, since winter will be on the way, you can witness the snow starting to blanket the mountain peaks. Roads too, will be in a wonderful condition around this time. And since the peak season is over, crowds in the famous tourist spots will be to the minimum.
September is a great time to visit Ladakh. There’s plenty to do here like himalayan treks, caravan stays, sightseeing tours etc. If you plan your holidays well, you can make the most out of your trip. Push your vacation by a few extra days if possible and also enjoy the cultural extravaganza at the Ladakh festival.
Long weekend holidays in October 2019
5 Oct, Saturday,
6 Oct, Sunday
7 Oct, Monday: Take leave
8 Oct, Tuesday: Dussehra and Durga Puja
Where: Kolkata, West Bengal
THE PLAN: Ah, the Dussehra weekend. Dussehra is an exciting festival for all of us. If you want to be part of one of the grandest celebrations during Dussehra, then this long weekend, visit Kolkata for the Durga Puja. The Durga Puja festivities will go on between Oct 4-8 in 2019. As the festive mood swipes the city, plenty of opportunities to do something fun open up.
‘Pandal’ Hopping is something fun you can try during the Puja. A pandal is a display of Goddess Durga. During Durga Puja, thousands of Pandals are set up in the city, each with its own unique features. A visit to at least a few of them is a must to blend into the Durga Puja festive mode while you are here. Also, don’t miss out on the Dance for the goddesses. Performed holding an earthen pot filled with burning coconut husk and camphor, the dancer’s put up an invigorating display. Not to mention the amazing Bengali dishes you will get to try during the festivities. On the final day, watching the Durga idols being immersed into the river will be a fitting end to your holiday.
Spending Durga puja in Kolkata for this long weekend is sure to be a fun-packed holiday. But if you would like to explore more of the city, plenty of sightseeing tours, sunset cruises, heritage walks, food walks etc are possible in this wonderful city.
26 Oct, Saturday
27 Oct, Sunday
28 Oct, Monday: Diwali Holiday
29 Oct, Tuesday: Bhai Dooj (Restricted)
Where: Andaman and Nicobar Islands
THE PLAN: With the monsoons having just ended in September, the lush green and coastal destinations of India will sport a refreshed look. Their beauty enhanced by the recent rains. Since this Diwali long weekend falls right after the monsoons, we suggest the scenic islands of Andaman and Nicobar for your holiday. With picturesque white sandy beaches, lush forests and the vast beautiful sea, the islands are indeed one of the most beautiful locations in India.
October is the time when the islands are opened up to the tourists. Visiting here in October can help you avoid the crowds since this will just be the beginning of the season. Also the temperature at the islands remains pleasant owing to the light intermittent rains. And thanks to the monsoons, the waters would be really calm, clear and the marine life too would be at it’s best.
When you are at the islands, there’s plenty to do. Andaman and Nicobar has a rich history going back to the colonial eras. You could try the various sightseeing tours and history walks, that would help you explore this dimension. Andaman has plenty of scenic beaches too that you could try exploring, Havelock Beach being one of the favourites.
If adventure is your cup of tea, then we suggest you go snorkeling on Elephant Island or go Sea Walking at Havelock Islands. At Havelock you could also go kayaking through the mangroves within the island. You can explore many more of such activities here.
A holiday at Andaman and Nicobar, could be one of the most beautiful holiday experiences for you.
If you require help perfectly planning a tour like this, click here.
Long weekend holidays in November 2019
9 Nov, Saturday
10 Nov, Sunday: Eid e Milad
11 Nov, Monday: Take leave
12 Nov, Tuesday: Guru Nanak Jayanti
Where: Coorg, Karnataka
THE PLAN: One of the most popular destinations in Karnataka, Coorg is a beautiful destination set amongst the western Ghats. It is a land with a unique culture. The people here have their own set of festivals, rituals and cuisines which sets them apart from the other districts in the state. The distinctness is almost tangible. This is one of the reasons why visiting Coorg is always a special experience.
Owing to the recent monsoon showers, Coorg too would sport a rejuvenated look in the month of November. The forests would be greener and the rivers would be flowing with great intensity making it a great pick for the final long weekend of 2019. This is great news for the adventure enthusiasts as Coorg is also an adventure destination. There are plenty of trekking options here like the Brahmagiri Trek, Tadiandamol trek etc. It’s also an underrated white water rafting destination. The rivers here are great for rafting. Rafting at Barapole River and at Dubare are great options.
If adventure isn’t your cup of tea, then you can involve yourself in plenty of other activities like sightseeing tours, plantation tours, cycling in the estates, wildlife safaris etc while you are here.
But there are a few things that you must not miss when you visit Coorg. A stay with a Coorgi family is one. If you want to understand the real culture of the people here and experience the best hospitality, staying in a homestay with a Coorgi family is a must. Trying Coorgi Cuisine is the second. Coorgi Pork, Akki Rotti, Kadumbuttu are some of the delicious coorgi dishes that you must try. Finally, do try and visit the Tibetan Settlement at Bylakuppe in Coorg. It has a different kind of beauty and vibe owing to the monks and the monasteries in the area.
Long weekend holidays in December 2019
25 Dec, Wednesday: Christmas
26 Dec, Thursday: Take Leave
27 Dec, Friday: Take Leave
28 Dec, Saturday
29 Dec– Sunday
Where: Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand
For the final long weekend of the year, how about we keep it totally chill and relaxed? The ideal activity being spending most part of your day with your companions in the balcony looking out, maybe watching the snowfall or enjoying views of the snow-capped peaks while sipping on a hot cup of coffee? Sounds good? Then pick Mukteshwar.
Mukteshwar is a small hill station in Uttarakhand known for its beauty and great weather. When you visit here in December, you will be invited with cool weather and beautiful views of snow capped mountains all around. There is also a high chance of snowfall around this time.
Mukteshwar is ideal for a quiet and calm weekend getaway. While you’re here, our suggestion would be to book a quaint homestay with a great view and spend some quality time relaxing with your loved ones. Plenty of great homestays are available here. Mukteshwar also gives you a great view of the Nanda Devi Peak, the 2nd highest mountain in India. Do make sure to spot that while you are here.
If you do want to head out and go sightseeing, Mukteshwar Temple, The Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow, Chauthi Jaali (an area where it is believed that a Demon and a Goddess fought a battle) etc are also great options.
So here’s hoping that the coming New Year brings you the best of health, prosperity and travel.