It’s that time again; when the year is drawing to a close and we are all anxiously waiting for the next to begin. If you are a victim of the ‘Travel Bug’, then we are sure you are already scouting for the long weekends in 2019 or whatever ones you can convert by taking 1-2 leaves during the week. We are extremely happy to tell you that there are 15 long weekends in Calendar Year 2019 that you can make the most of by going on a holiday with your friends and family. Excited? Here are the long weekends this year (2019), arranged month wise, along with the incredible destinations within the country you can explore during those:

January 2019 Long Weekends

Makar Sankranti

12th – Saturday

13th – Sunday

14th – Monday (Makar Sankranti)

Where to Go: Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad Kite Festival

Ahmedabad Kite Festival

Makar Sankranti is an off in most states of India, and even if it’s not in yours, you can take one to make a 3-day weekend. Did you know that many cities observe a colourful kite festival that day, with flying competitions organised throughout from day to evening? The biggest such event is hosted in Ahmedabad, and the dates for its 2019 edition are January 6th to January 14th, meaning an entire week of nothing but ultimate fun. An annual event since 1989, it has drawn in kite enthusiasts not just from all over India, but also from Malaysia, Indonesia, USA, Japan, Italy and China. Apart from seeing and flying kites, you can attend cultural shows and taste traditional Gujarati delicacies.

February 2019 Long Weekends

Guru Ravidas’s Birthday (restricted holiday)

16th – Saturday

17th – Sunday

18th – Monday (take a leave)

19th – Tuesday (Guru Ravidas’s Birthday)

Where to Go: Delhi & Agra

The famous Taj Mahal

The famous Taj Mahal

If you, by any chance, have an off on Guru Ravidas’s birthday, we urge you to take a holiday on the day before (Monday), and explore two of India’s best historical gems: Delhi and Agra. Part of the Golden Triangle, along with Jaipur, these are known for their magnificent forts and palaces. The most popular places to visit in Delhi include Red Fort, India Gate, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid and Akshardham Temple, while an Agra tour is incomplete without a visit to the famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Delicious kebabs are available in both the cities as are interesting curios and handicrafts.

March 2019 Long Weekends  

Mahashivratri

1st – Friday (take a leave)

2nd – Saturday

3rd – Sunday

4th – Monday (Mahashivratri)

Where to Go: Kaziranga

Crash of One-Horned Rhinos in Kaziranga National Park

Crash of One-Horned Rhinos in Kaziranga National Park

We bet you weren’t expecting this, but, yes March is perhaps the best time to visit Kaziranga National Park in Assam, home to the largest population of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. Summer starts to set in the region just about now, so there are more chances of spotting rhinos near ponds and rivers, away from the tall grasses where they usually spend their time during winters. Apart from rhinos, you can also see tigers, elephants, sambars, gaurs, swamp deer and wild water buffaloes during a wildlife safari in the park. 

Holi 

21st – Thursday (Holi)

22nd – Friday (take a leave)

23rd – Saturday

24th – Sunday

Where to Go: Meghalaya

Double-decker Living Root Bridge

Double-decker Living Root Bridge

If you miss the first March long weekend, you have another in the month, which means, ‘yay’! So, where to go this time? Consider the lush hills of the Northeast – Meghalaya. The weather here during the month is just perfect for an escape from the mundane and the maddening. Spend, may be, the first day of the trip in Shillong, and then head deeper into the hills; think regions like the East Khasi Hills, home to the towns of Cherrapunjee, Mawphlang and Mawlynnong. A trek to the famous living root bridges is an absolute must!

April 2019 Long Weekends

Mahavir Jayanti, Good Friday &  Easter

17th – Wednesday (Mahavir Jayanti)

18th – Thursday (take a leave)

19th – Friday (Good Friday)

20th – Saturday

21st – Sunday (Easter)

Where to Go: Western Ghats

Meandering Road through Tea Plantations

Meandering Road through Tea Plantations

If you want to see the Western Ghats and also want to avoid the tourist crowd, then come here in April. Being slightly warm during this time, most people avoid the region, leaving its beauty all yours to behold and experience in peace! There are just so many places in the region to pick from, such as Pachmarhi, Wayanad, Munnar, Kodaikanal and Coorg. During this time, the weather is relatively more pleasant compared to other parts of the county, skies are clear, hills are green and waterfalsl are still voluminous.

May 2019 Long Weekends

Rabindra Jayanti (restricted holiday)

9th – Thursday (Rabindra Jayanti)

10th – Friday (take a leave)

11th – Saturday

12th – Sunday

Where to Go: Himalayas

Bird's Eye View of Naini Lake

Bird’s Eye View of Naini Lake

There is perhaps no better month to visit the breath-taking Himalayas than May, thanks to the pleasant weather at high altitudes and summer vacations. You have so many places to visit in the region, including famous hill stations like Nainital, Manali, Shimla,  Mussoorie, Tawang, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Dalhousie, McLeodganj and Gangtok. You can try boating on the many lakes, rafting on the rivers, trekking to high peaks, paragliding in Bir-Billing or simply wander through a protected territory. The views of snow-covered hills in the clear weather are simply amazing!

June 2019 Long Weekends

 Eid-ul-Fitr

 1st – Saturday                                         5th – Wednesday (Eid-ul-Fitr)

2nd – Sunday                                          6th – Thursday (take a leave)

3rd – Monday (take a leave)           Or       7th – Friday (take a leave)

4th – Tuesday (take a leave)                     8th – Saturday

5th – Wednesday (Eid-ul-Fitr)                     9th – Sunday

Where to Go: Kashmir

Fountains at Chashme Shahi

Fountains at Chashme Shahi

You just cannot ignore Kashmir when taking of summer getaways…after all, it is called Heaven on Earth. Whether taking a flight or train, you‘d most probably arrive first in Srinagar, so start with that. Enjoy a shikara ride on Dal Lake, stay at a houseboat, explore Mughal Gardens like Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chashme Shahi, and gorge on the lavish Wazwan. Further, plan an excursion to any of the bewitching meadows higher up, such as Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Yusmarg or Khilanmarg. Also, remember to buy a traditional phiran and the famous pashmina shawls.

July 2019 Long Weekends

Rath Yatra

4th– Thursday (Rath Yatra)

5th – Friday (take a leave)

6th – Saturday

7th – Sunday

Where to Go: Odisha

Chariot Wheel Sculpting at Konark Sun Temple

Chariot Wheel Sculpting at Konark Sun Temple

On 4th July, Rath Yatra, the iconic chariot festival of Puri will be organised, and if you can, we recommend you attend that. Thousands of devotees, pulling three humongous wooden chariots carrying the idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balbhadra and Goddess Subhadra, is a sight to behold. After the festival, you can head to the city of Bhubaneswar for a visit to its architecturally incredible temples. If you still have time after that, we urge you to explore the world-famous Sun Temple of Konark, which is built in the shape of the Sun God’s chariot!

August 2019 Long Weekends

Eid-ul-Adha & Independence Day/Raksha Bandhan

10th – Saturday

11th – Sunday

12th – Monday (Eid-ul-Adha)

13th – Tuesday (take a leave)

14th – Wednesday (take a leave)

15th – Thursday (Independence Day/Raksha Bandhan)

16th – Friday (take a leave)

17th – Saturday

18th – Sunday

Where to Go: Ladakh

Snowy Mountains and Clear Streams in the Region

Snowy Mountains and Clear Streams in the Region

Convince your boss to give you three offs this week, so you can go on that dream trip to Ladakh you have always planned, as you would have a whopping 9 days at your disposal! In August, the snow in the high-altitude region has melted, and it doesn’t even rain much there, making the month the best time to visit Ladakh. Explore the many jewels in Leh, head to the bewitching Nubra Valley via the mighty Khardung La, plan an excursion to Pangong Tso or Tso Moriri, or scale any of the lofty mountains, the choice is yours. Most travel agencies organise road trips to Ladakh during this time; for the best experience, you can travel to Ladakh via the Leh-Manali Highway and return via the Srinagar-Kargil highway; thus, completing the circuit.

September 2019 Long Weekends

Ganesh Chaturthi

31st – Saturday

1st – Sunday

2nd – Monday (Ganesh Chaturthi)

Where to Go: Ooty

Panoramic View of Ooty Town

Panoramic View of Ooty Town

The Queen of Hill Stations, Ooty is a paradise for nature lovers and peace seekers, families, couples and friends. But, mind you that the tourist crowd here is too much in summers and winters, so you can consider coming here in September. During this time, the hills are at their greenest and the lakes are literally overflowing with water. The major attractions to visit in the town are Government Botanical Garden, Doddabetta Tea Museum, Rose Garden, St Stephen’s Church and Pine Forest. A boating tour on Ooty Lake is a must as is a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway.  

Muharram & Onam

7th – Saturday

8th – Sunday

9th – Monday (take a leave)

10th – Tuesday (Muharram)

11th – Wednesday (Onam)

Where to Go: Mount Abu

Mount Abu: Boating on Nakki Lake in the Evening

Mount Abu: Boating on Nakki Lake in the Evening

More cheers to you as September also has two long weekends this year (2019). We suggest you take this opportunity to explore the hill station of Mount Abu, the only one in Rajasthan. Donning a brown and arid look during most part of the year, it comes alive with vivid shades of green even with the little rainfall it receives. When here, remember to enjoy a boat ride on Nakki Lake and trek to Sunset Point. You can also visit the world-famous Dilwara Jain Temples, where the intricate sculpting is some of the best in the world. Arbuda Devi Temple, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Guru Shikhar and Achalgarh are some other popular tourist attractions in and around the hill town.

October 2019 Long Weekends

Dussehra

5th – Saturday

6th – Sunday

7th Monday (take a leave)

8th – Tuesday (Dussehra)

Where to Go: Kerala

Houseboat on Vembanad Lake

Houseboat on Vembanad Lake

Aah, autumn…what an amazing time to visit the coast?! And, when you are in God’s Own Country, finding a scenic beach to lie on is never difficult. Cherai Beach, Chavakkad Beach, Kollam Beach, Kovalam Beach, Poovar Beach, Marari Beach and Varkala Beach are just few of the hordes of seashores in Kerala. You could just laze on a hammock under a palm tree, go for a little swim in the ocean, take a long walk with your beloved or try watersports for some adventure. Another suggested activity would be to go on a walking tour of Fort Kochi for a glimpse into its colonial heritage. Alleppey and Kumarakom, settled on the shores on Vembanad Lake, are two more bewitching places to visit in the state.

Diwali 

26th – Saturday (Chhoti Diwali)

27th – Sunday (Diwali)

28th – Monday (mostly off)

30th – Tuesday (Bhai Duj)

Where to Go: Thar Desert

Tourists on Vibrantly Decorated Camels

Tourists on Vibrantly Decorated Camels

We are sure you were wondering, “When will I see a mention of Rajasthan?”. Well, here it is, but we are not suggesting you the usual places like Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. Instead, we reckon you plan a trip to the vibrant Thar Desert, where the very soul of Rajasthan dwells. Owing to cool days and pleasant nights, October is the best time to explore this sandy realm. Navigating the dunes while people dressed in traditional attire go by their daily chores is a relaxing experience. The cities of Jaisalmer and Bikaner are the main tourist hubs in the region, home to humongous forts and vibrant bazaars, so you might want to start with those. As it goes without saying, remember to go on a desert safari, either on a Jeep or camel!

November 2019 Long Weekends

Eid-ul-Milad & Guru Nanak Jayanti

9th – Saturday

10th – Sunday (Eid-ul-Milad)

11th – Monday (take a leave)

12th – Tuesday (Guru Nanak Jayanti)

Where to Go: Kutch

White Salt Marshes on a Full-moon Night

White Salt Marshes on a Full-moon Night

A place like no other, the Rann of Kutch is famous for its white salt marshes. From November through to February, the colourful Rann Utsav is organised here by the Government of Gujarat that is a must visit for all culture enthusiasts. During the festival, you can see folk performances, buy handicrafts and taste local delicacies. On the fun front, you can explore the marshes on a camel cart or even a desert patrol vehicle, go for a hot air balloon ride and walk along the seashore. Remember to step out of your tent (yes, the accommodation is provided in tents) in the dead of night to see the most amazing sight of your life…the white sand illuminated by the moon!

December 2019 Long Weekends 

Christmas

21st – Saturday

22nd – Sunday

23rd – Monday (take a leave)

24th – Tuesday (take a leave)

25th – Wednesday (Christmas)

Where to Go: Goa

Wild Party at a Nightclub

Wild Party at a Nightclub

Even if you don’t consider it a proper long weekend in 2019; having to take two offs in the week, you absolutely have to do this one because it’s Christmas. And, almost everyone knows the best place to visit during this 2019 long weekend…Goa! Beaches, endless partying and thrilling watersports will definitely be on your to-do list. But, since it is Christmas, we recommend you witness the celebrations at the churches in Goa. Decked in adornments of every kind with a brightly lit Christmas tree in the front, the midnight mass with the singing of carols, all make for a wonderful experience. If you want to be part of the merrymaking, then head to North Goa, but if you just want to relax in tranquillity, then South Goa is best.

So, these are the upcoming long weekends in 2019 that you can plan a holiday during. But, remember, these are only suggestions, and there are loads of other places in the country you can head to. Just book the best hotels before the prices rise, so nothing comes between you and your fun time.

Happy vacationing!!!