Hello travellers! Here’s another addition to the ‘long weekends’ blog to help you plan a hassle-free trip in the upcoming year. While everyone will be figuring out the plans for extended weekends in 2k20, globetrotters have it sorted as for them exploring unknown destinations is the aim. With only a few days left in 2020, it isn’t early at all to plan a vacation.

If you think 2k19 was special for its numerous long-weekends, wait till you see the below list of holidays in 2020. Without further a-do, here are the 16 long weekends and places that you can visit for a perfect getaway in the year ahead:

January

January | Long weekends 2020

January | Long weekends 2020

1st January (Wednesday): New Year 2020

2nd January (Thursday): Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti (R.H.) 

3rd January (Friday): Take an off

4th January (Saturday)

5th January (Sunday)

Goa

  • Best Known For: Beaches, nightlife, seafood and colonial heritage
  • What Not to Miss: Local drink Feni, shopping at Anjuna Flea Market, a stroll at Baga Beach and exploring the quaint forts of Aguada and Chapora

Mandawa

  • Best Known For: Forts and Rajasthani cuisine
  • What Not to Miss: A stroll at Murmuria, Hanuman Prasad Goenka and Goenka Double Haveli, dessert safari, delectable Rajasthani cuisine, shopping at the local markets

February

February | Long weekends 2020

February | Long weekends 2020

21st February (Friday): Maha Shivaratri (G.H.)

22nd February (Saturday)

23rd February (Sunday)

Delhi

  • Best Known For: Monuments, nightlife, shopping malls and street food
  • What Not to Miss: Red Fort, shopping at Janpath, stroll at India Gate gardens, street food at Chandni Chowk and Light & Sound show at Qutub Minar

Agra

  • Best Known For: Historical structures, beautiful gardens and street markets
  • What Not to Miss: The iconic Taj Mahal, Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, Paan Petha

March

March | Long weekends 2020

March | Long weekends 2020

7th March (Saturday)

8th March (Sunday)

9th March (Monday): Take a day off

10th March (Tuesday): Holi (G.H.)

Vrindavan

  • Best Known For: Age-old temples and Holi celebrations
  • What Not to Miss: Visit to the magnificent Prem Mandir, Banke Bihari Temple and Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Temple, and local peda

Sikkim

  • Best Known For: Buddhist monasteries, frozen lakes and river rafting
  • What Not to Miss: Trek to Goecha La and Kanchenjunga Base Camp, rafting on Teesta River, ropeway ride and paragliding in Gangtok

April

April | Long weekends 2020

April | Long weekends 2020

2nd April (Thursday): Ram Navami (G.H.)

3rd April (Friday): Take a day off

4th April (Saturday)

5th April (Sunday)

6th April (Monday): Mahavir Jayanti (G.H.)

&

10th April (Friday): Good Friday (R.H.)

11th April (Saturday)

12th April (Sunday)

Varanasi

  • Best Known For: Being the oldest city in the world, ancient temples
  • What Not to Miss: Boat ride on the Ganga River, capture the sunset at one of the ghats and attend the evening aarti

Darjeeling

  • Best Known For: Tea plantations, scenic greenery and UNESCO-listed toy train
  • What Not to Miss: Take a joy ride on toy train, learn mountaineering at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, watch sunrise at Tiger Hill, visit Ghoom Monastery

May

May | Long weekends 2020

May | Long weekends 2020

1st May (Friday): Labour Day

2nd May (Saturday)

3rd May (Sunday)

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7th May (Thursday): Buddha Purnima (G.H.)

8th May (Friday): Take a day off

9th May (Saturday)

10th May (Sunday)

Ooty

  • Best Known For: Tea and spice plantations, scenic greenery and picturesque hills
  • What Not to Miss: Enjoy a ride in the Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train, trek till Doddabetta peak and attend the summer festival of Ooty

Kerala

  • Best Known For: Beautiful backwaters, unique culture and traditions, and ecotourism initiatives
  • What Not to Miss: Watch the Neelakurinji bloom at Eravikulam National Park, try different flavours of tea straight from the farms, stay in a Houseboat and go on a Shikara ride

July

July | Long weekends 2020

July | Long weekends 2020

31st July (Friday): Bakr Id

1st August (Saturday)

2nd August (Sunday)

Valley of Flowers National Park

  • Best Known For: Exotic flora & fauna, Nanda Devi National Park and Badrinath Temple
  • What Not to Miss: Sri Hemkunt Sahib, cycling to Ghangaria ground

Dharamshala

  • Best Known For: Dalai Lama’s Residence, Tibetan culture and temples
  • What Not to Miss: Tibetan culture at Namgyal Monastery, St John in the Wilderness and Tsuglagkhang Complex Dalai Lama Temple, Cafes like Illiterati and Shiva Cafe, shopping at McLeodganj Market and camping at Triund and Indrahar Pass

August

August | Long weekends 2020

August | Long weekends 2020

1st August (Saturday)

2nd August (Sunday)

3rd August (Monday): Rakshabandhan (R.H.)

&

15th August (Saturday): Independence Day

16th August (Sunday)

17th August (Monday): Parsi New Year (R.H.)

&

29th August (Saturday)

30th August (Sunday)

31st August (Monday): Onam (R.H.)

Ladakh

  • Best Known For: Glacial lakes, Buddhist monasteries and picturesque beauty
  • What Not to Miss: Beauty of Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri lakes, a trip to the Zanskar Valley, river rafting on Zanskar River

Cherrapunjee 

  • Best Known For: Living roots bridges & waterfalls
  • What Not to Miss: Trek to one of the Living Root Bridges, find a Double Decker Root Bridge in the forests and delectable dimsums

October

October | Long weekends 2020

October | Long weekends 2020

2nd October (Friday): Gandhi Jayanti (G.H.)

3rd October (Saturday)

4th October (Sunday)

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29th October (Thursday): Id-e-Milad (R.H.)

30th October (Friday): Take a day off

31st October (Saturday)

1st November (Sunday)

Mysore

  • Best Known For: Dussehra celebrations, old churches and forts
  • What Not to Miss: The magnificent Ambavilas Palace and Mysore Palace, Chamundeshwari Temple, a stroll at Brindavan Gardens and silk collection at Government Silk Weaving Factories

Rishikesh 

  • Best Known For: Meditation ashrams, Lakshman Jhula & river rafting
  • What Not to Miss: Visit to Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Triveni Ghat, bungee jumping, camping and trekking

November

November | Long weekends 2020

November | Long weekends 2020

14th November (Saturday): Diwali (G.H.)

15th November (Sunday)

16th November (Monday): Bhai Dooj (R.H.)

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28th November (Saturday)

29th November (Sunday)

30th November (Monday): Guru Nanak Jayanti (G.H.)

Kutch

  • Best Known For: Salt marsh, unique culture and rare wildlife
  • What Not to Miss: Exploring the Great Rann of Kutch, wildlife tour of Little Rann of Kutch and traditional music and dance

Udaipur 

  • Best Known For: Scenic lakes, beautiful gardens and magnificent architecture
  • What Not to Miss: Sunset boat ride on Lake Pichhola, a stroll in Saheliyon Ki Bari garden, exploring City Palace, seek blessings from Karni Mata

December

December | Long weekends 2020

December | Long weekends 2020

25th December (Friday): Christmas (G.H.)

26th December (Saturday)

27th December (Sunday)

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31st December (Thursday): Take a day off

1st January 2021 (Friday): New Year (G.H.)

2nd January (Saturday)

3rd January (Sunday)

Goa

  • Best Known For: Christmas celebrations, beaches, nightlife, casinos and lip-smacking seafood
  • What Not to Miss: Saturday night Goa Market, Serendipity Arts Festival, EDM Festival

Daman & Diu

  • Best Known For: Stunning beaches and water sports
  • What Not to Miss: Kayaking, parasailing in the ocean, visit to Naida caves and Maritime Memorial

So here you go with the details, start planning your 2020 long weekends now!