January 201912th Jan: Saturday
13th Jan: Sunday
14th Jan: Monday, Makar Sankranti /Pongal
Where to Escape: To get a long weekend break in the first 12 days of 2019 is tempting. To continue celebrating the new year head over to Rann of Kutch for a surreal white desert experience, Kite Flying Festival in Ahmedabad to witness vibrant skies, skiing and other winter sports in Uttrakhand for that adrenaline rush or Camel Fair in Bikaner to get up close and personal with Rajasthan's culture. You can also plan a short, 3 day Dubai trip only for the Dubai festival.
February - March 2019
28th Feb: Thursday, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
1st March: Friday, take leave
2nd March: Saturday
3rd March: Sunday
4th March: Monday, Maha Shivratri
Where to Escape: You can literally plan a mini vacation for these 5 days. This is the time Dubai is not so hot and offers great discounts on everything due to the offseason. You can also visit Bali to unwind. Some other Indian options are Udaipur, Goa, Coorg, Kodaikanal, Ladakh.
21st March: Thursday, Holi
22nd March: Friday, take leave
23rd March: Saturday
24th March: Sunday
Where to Escape: March is blessed with not one but two long weekends. You can visit Hampi for its heritage ruins, Rajasthan for its wilderness, play a colourful Holi in Vrindavan, or Mount Abu for a peaceful getaway.
17th April: Wednesday, Mahavir Jayanti
18th April: Thursday, take leave
19th April: Friday, Good Friday
20th April: Saturday
21st April Sunday
Where to Escape: Start your summer by visiting the Maldives for the perfect summer weather, Bali for its pristine beaches, Nainital for fresh air and family time, or Darjeeling and Gangtok for picturesque views.
10th Aug: Saturday
11th Aug: Sunday
12th Aug: Monday, Bakrid
13th Aug: Tuesday, take leave
14th Aug: Wednesday, take leave
15th Aug: Thursday, Independence Day/ Raksha Bandhan
16th Aug: Friday, take leave
17th Aug: Saturday, Parsi New Year
18th Aug: Sunday
Where to Escape: August is duly awaited every year for its long weekends. This year, due to Raksha Bandhan and Independence day falling on the same day you will have to make some sacrifices. Rest assured, you will be able to get more than a week for the ideal mid-year vacation. You can visit Singapore for an exclusive urban experience, Turkey for its aesthetics, Sri Lanka for its everlasting natural beauty, Vietnam and Malaysia for a true Asian experience, Thailand for a week-long party, North India (Jaipur, Agra, Delhi) to cover the best of India, or Kerala for its enriching beauty during monsoon.
September 201931st Aug: Saturday
1st Sep: Sunday
2nd Sep: Monday, Ganesh Chaturthi
Where to Escape: Daman for a relaxing time, Mumbai to witness the love of its people for Lord Ganesh, Lonavla for some time away from city life, or Bhandardara to spend time in pure nature.
7th Aug: Saturday
8th Aug: Sunday
9th Aug: Monday, take leave
10th Aug: Tuesday, Muharram
Where to Escape: Kerala for Onam, Darjeeling and Gangtok for picturesque views, Hampi for adventure sports, Pune for partying, Arunachal Pradesh for its wildlife sanctuaries and camping, or Kerala for its backwaters.
5th Oct: Saturday
6th Oct: Sunday
7th Oct: Monday, take leave
8th Oct: Tuesday: Dusshera/ Durga Puja
Where to Escape: October is the month of festivities. You can head over to Kolkata to witness the grandeur of Durga Puja, Mysore, Varanasi, Delhi to join in the Dusshera celebrations, Rishikesh for the Holy Ganga and adventure sports, or Assam for its wildlife.
November 20199th Nov: Saturday
10th Nov: Sunday, Eid
11th Nov: Monday, take leave
12th Nov: Tuesday, Guru Nanak Jayanti
Where to Escape: The perfect vacation time, November is the ideal month to head out of the city and enjoy life. The best places to visit during these days are Goa for its nightlife and beaches, Bharatpur to witness beautiful migratory birds, Udaipur for perfect weather, Jaipur and Jaisalmer for its cultural beauty or Manali and Ladakh for snow clad mountains.
December 201921st Dec: Saturday
22nd Dec: Sunday
23rd Dec: Monday, take leave
24th Dec: Tuesday, take leave
25th Dec: Wednesday. Christmas
Where to Escape: Tis the season for holidays! The happiest time of the year certainly calls for a short vacation. Visit Agra for the beautiful Taj Mahal, Delhi for its chilling winter and mouth-watering food, Jaipur for its heritage forts, Goa and Mumbai for the perfect year-end parties, or Uttrakhand for skiing.
So make the most of your long weekends this year!