As soon as the calendar for a New Year arrives, this is what most travellers do – sit with a marker and chalk out holiday plans for the whole year. If you plan your leaves strategically, you can make the most out of these long weekends in 2015 India. This year, however, Holidify has taken care of it and done it for you! Start planning your holiday, fellow travelers!
Start the year with a bang! Some holidays, we’re given. Some, we’ve to learn to take. In year 2015, January is a month to look forward to. Call in sick on 2nd Jan (partying last night, duh) and take a planned leave on 16th Jan and you have 2 five-day-weekends up for grabs. Lots of holidays piled up near the weekends. Let’s pack our bags!
Long Weekends in India 2015: January, 2015
1st Jan (Thu): New Year’s day
3rd Jan (Sat): Milad-un-Nabi
5th Jan (Mon): Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
14th Jan (Wed): Makar Sankranti
15th Jan (Thu): Pongal
24th Jan (Sat): Vasant Panchami
26th Jan (Mon): Republic Day
Places to visit in January, 2015:
Santiniketan, West Bengal – For a colourful Poush mela at the time of Makar Sankranti, Gujarat for the Modhera Dance Festival , Kutch for Rann-Utsav, Bikaner for the Camel Festival, Mahabalipuram for the Mammalapuram Dance Festival, Jaipur for the Jaipur Literature Festival, Tamil Nadu – For an experience of Pongal, which is a four-day festival in Tamil Nadu. Lots of food and frolic!, Goa for the nightlife
Club Maha Shivratri in with your weekend, bunk that God-awful Monday, and set sail! Or you can think of it as the Valentine’s day weekend and go to one of these. Perfect way to utilize this extended weekend.
Holidays in India: February, 2015
17th Feb (Tue): Maha Shivratri
Places to visit in February, 2015:
Varanasi, India – For one of the biggest Maha Shivratri celebrations takes place in Bhole Baba ki Nagri, Nasik for the Kumbh Mela and the Sula Festival, Mumbai for the Kala Ghoda Festival, Konark, Odisha for the Dance Festival, Gulmarg for skiing, Jaisalmer for the Desert Festival, Ludhiana for Qila Raipur – Rural Olympics , Other places for Mahashivaratri in India, Float Festival in Madurai
Those who can manage the long weekend around Holi, this month is going to be a breather at its very outset.
Holidays in India: March, 2015
5th Mar (Thu): Holika Dahan
6th Mar (Fri): Dulhendi (Holi with colors)
Places to visit in March, 2015:
Vrindavan and Mathura – For a Holi that you’ll remember forever!, Jaipur for the Elephant Festival just before Holi, Rajasthan for the festival of Teej, Goa for the Shigmo Festival and Carnival,
April is yet another month with Long Weekends in 2015 India. College-goers with holidays before and after Good Friday, plan a long trip to some place nice!
Long Weekends in India 2015
: April, 2015
2nd Apr (Thu): Mahavir Jayanti
3rd Apr (Fri): Good Friday
13th Apr (Mon): Vaisakhi
14th Apr (Tue): Dr Ambedkar Jayanti
Places to visit in April, 2015:
Labour day may turn out to be extremely un-labourious coupled with a weekend! Happy long weekend in India, 2015!
Holidays in India: May, 2015
1st May (Fri): May Day
4th May (Mon): Buddha Purnima
Places to visit in May, 2015:
Spiti – To beat the heat somewhere high up in the mountains!
Bodh Gaya, Bihar – To regale in the old world charm during Buddha Purnima.
Even though the dates aren’t really very favourable for travel in June, but we all need that mid-summer break and go to the hills. SO go ahead and plan a trip to break that monotony of every day life!
Places to visit in June, 2015:
Ladakh - because June is the best month to visit this heaven, Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib, Hemis, Ladakh – For the Hemis Festival, Tawang and other parts of North-East for these must-do activities
July doesn’t have many Long Weekends in 2015 India, mainly owing to the monsoon. But you can definitely plan for some short weekend trips to nearby places.Watch out for the moon and enjoy the Eid weekend with Biryani at a friend’s house, or in Lucknow or Hyderabad!
Holidays in India: July, 2015
11th Jul (Sat): Id-ul-Fitr
Places to visit in July, 2015:
Hyderabad, Telangana – For the Eid of a lifetime (foodies of the world unite)!, Leh-Ladakh for these 23 things to do, Puri, Odisha for Rath Yatra Festival – (18th to 26th July), Amarnath for the Amarnath Yatra , More places to visit in July in India, Meghalaya – for these must-visit things
The Independence Day weekend is one of the most awaited long weekends in 2015 India. Not planning a trip on the Independence Day weekend just FEELS wrong on so many levels. Club in Friday the 14th and take a rejuvenating trip to somewhere close that’ll relax your senses.
Long Weekends in India 2015: August, 2015
15th Aug (Sat): Independence Day
29th Aug (Sat): Rakhi
Places to visit in August, 2015:
Alleppey for the Nehru Snake Boat Race (2nd Saturday of August)
A September full of holidays, weekends, and a few (psst!) sick phone-ins in between. Enjoy yourselves.
Holidays in India: September, 2015
5th Sept (Sat): Janmashtami
17th Sept (Thu): Ganesh Chaturthi
24th Sept (Thu): Bakrid
Places to visit in September, 2015 :
Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh – For the lovely marble rocks that’ll be a memory for a lifetime, Places near Delhi for long weekend in monsoons, Places near Mumbai for long weekend in monsoons, Kerala for a grand celebration of Onam, More places to visit in September
October is simply a heaven for long weekends in 2015. IndiaFor those of you who are looking forward to exploit the Durga Puja and Dussehra holidays, plan a long vacation in advance! Here’s your guide. What’s more, Muharram happens to beckon us at the same time. Thank God for a multicultural country, right?
Holidays in India: October, 2015
2nd Oct (Fri): Gandhi Jayanti
12th Oct (Mon): Mahalaya
23rd Oct (Fri): Dussehra
24th Oct (Sat): Muharram
Places to visit in October, 2015:
Nubra Valley, Jammu and Kashmir – For the beauty of the Silk Route, and for those who want to get to someplace quiet and serene.
A super-long holiday for those that can manage, plan to get somewhere far, far away!
Long Weekends in India 2015: November, 2015
9th Nov (Mon): Dhanteras
11th Nov (Wed): Diwali
13th Nov (Fri): Bhai Dooj
Places to visit in November, 2015:
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – For Dev Deepavali, Pushkar, Rajasthan – For Pushkar Camel Fair, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh - For the utter calmness of Kasol Circuit, Lucknow for the Lucknow Mahotsav (with the Vintage Car Rally), Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata for the NH7 Festival
With Christmas and New Year, December is the best month to plan long weekends in 2015 India. The last two weekends of the year are always the best, so plan this one in advance, tickets et al!
Holidays in India: May, 2015
24th Dec (Thu): Milad-un-Nabi
25th Dec (Fri): Christmas
Places to visit in December, 2015:
Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh – For enjoying moderate winters in a moderately cold hill station.
Pondicherry – For the soul cleansing holiday that this has the potential to be. Walk around in shorts and flip flops and find yourself in this little French town, Kutch for the Rann Utsav
Nagaland – For the beautiful Hornbill Festival (http://www.holidify.com/blog/best-places-to-visit-in-nagaland-and-the-hornbill-festival/), Jaisalmer for the love of desert safari