Long Weekends in 2016 in India: The Ultimate Vacation Guide

Here we are; all set to welcome the New Year! Just a few weeks later, we’ll be stepping into 2016. And a new year means new set of leaves and holidays!

Thankfully, 2016 is a great year with a lot of Long weekends! Add your fresh bunch of leaves to that and you can plan for great vacations  every month!

Here’s a list of long weekends in 2016 and where you can travel to!

January - The Month Of Resolutions

1) Pondicherry: Plan your first long weekend in 2016 in Pondicherry

 

Long weekend in January: 1st, 2nd, 3rd- Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Occasion: The first day of the year is a holiday for most of us, and after a long night of partying, how about heading out for a fun-filled Long weekend!

Read a detailed account of Best Things to Do in Pondicherry.

A relaxed weekend in Pondicherry is just perfect to kick-start your new year; spend some time meditating at the Auroville and make resolutions.  

Best time to visit Pondicherry: October to March

Nearest Airport: Pondicherry

Best activities in Pondicherry: Sightseeing, stay in the Aurobindo Ashram, Beach activities like Scuba Diving.

2) Dubai: Long Weekend in Dubai will give you lot of New shopping options to start a new year.

Long weekend in January: 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th

Occasion: 23rd, 24th is Saturday and Sunday, take a leave on 25th and you’ve got a holiday on 26th for Republic Day.

The shopaholic’s dream; the Dubai Shopping Festival is happening from 1st of January to 1st of February. So if you are looking forward for the festival, fly to Dubai for the shopping festival this Long weekend.

Best time to visit Dubai: November to March

Nearest Airport: The Dubai Airport

Best activities in Dubai: Shopping! But yes, there’s desert safari, cruise and a lot more!

Check out the other things to do in Dubai!

March - The Month of Colour

1) McLeod Gunj, Himachal Pradesh: Get ready for month end & financial Year end with peace of Mind

Long weekend March: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Occasion: 5th and 6th is weekend, take a leave on the 7th and you have a holiday for Mahashivratri on the 8th.

It’s a surreal destination loaded with serene panorama and a quintessential touch of the Himalayas.

Read the detailed account of a rejuvenating vacation in McLeod Gunj

Best time to visit McLeod Gunj: March to June

Nearest Airport: Gaggal Airport

Best Activities in McLeod Gunj: Yoga, Hiking, trekking, Paragliding

2) Bhutan: You can reserve this long weekend in 2016 for spiritual upliftment

Long weekend in March: 23rd to 27th

Occasion: 23rd is a Wednesday and a public holiday for Holi, skip work for Thursday and Friday and you get a looooooong weekend of 5 days!

One of the best kept secrets of Asia, Bhutan is also one of the happiest countries in the world

Best time to visit Bhutan: March to May

Nearest Airport: Paro

Best Activities in Bhutan: Nature trails, trekking, spiritual sojourns.

April - The Beginning Of Summers

Andaman Islands: Spend this weekend on this dream beach

Long weekend in April: 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th  

Occasion: 14th- Thursday, is a public holiday on the account of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti, 15th Friday a holiday for Ramnavami, 16th and 17th is weekend.

This stunning, dreamlike destination is perfect for beach lovers and also serves as a romantic getaway for couple.

Best time to visit Andaman: October to May

Nearest Airport to Andaman: Port Blair Airport

Best activities in Andaman: Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Surfing

August - The Month of Monsoon Magic

Mount Abu, Rajasthan: Enjoy these long weekends in Mount Abu.

Long weekend in August: 13th, 14th, 15th

Occasion: weekend and a holiday for Independence Day!

This beautiful hill station gets prettier in Monsoon and the rainfall is low ensuring you have an excellent time during your stay. Of course, wherever you are, don’t forget to be proud of your country, its independence day!

Best time to visit Mount Abu: All-year round.

Nearest Airport to Mount Abu: Dabok, Udaipur

Best Activities in Mount Abu: Rock climbing, Rappelling, Bird watching and sightseeing of the stunning temples.

September - The Month Where Seasons Collide

Gokak, Karnataka: Gokak Waterfall will chear you like never before in September so spend some weekend here.

Long weekend in September: 3rd, 4th, 5th

Occasion: 3rd and 4th is the weekend, 5th is the holiday for Ganesh Chaturthi.

The divine town flaunting its beautiful falls just doubles its prettiness in the monsoons.

Best time to visit Gokak: July to October

Nearest Airport to Gokak: Belgaum Airport

Best Activities in Gokak: Admiring the thundering waterfalls

October - The Month Of Festivals

1) Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Have some fun and aventure on this weekend in Rishikesh.

Long weekends in October: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th

Occasion: 8th, 9th is weekend, take a leave on 10th and 11th is a public holiday for Dassehra.

The world capital of Yoga and gateway to Himalayas!

Best time to visit Rishikesh: For Rafting, October to March

Nearest Airport to Rishikesh: Dehradun

Best Activities in Rishikesh: Yoga, White water rafting, Rappelling,  Kayaking, Rift climbing, Trekking, Camping

2) Coorg, Karnataka: Enjoy the fog & mist in Coorg in this 2nd long weekend in October

Long weekend in October: 29th, 30th, 31st

Occasion: Diwali

Destination: Coorg

Terraced hills, misty air and the gorgeousness of South India personified!

Best time to visit Coorg: October to March

Nearest Airport to Coorg: Mysore and Bengaluru

Best Activities in Coorg: Trekking, Hiking, Nature trails and Ayurvedic retreats

November - The Month Of Fog

Hampi, Karnataka: Feel proud and privilaged by visiting Hampi on this long weekend in South India

Long weekend in November: 12th, 13th 14th

Occasion: 12th and 13th is weekend, 14th is a public holiday for Guru Nanak Jayanti

The city of bewitching and forlorn ruins and a popular hippie destination of India. 

Best time to visit Hampi: October to March

Nearest Airport to Hampi: Belgaum Airport

Best Activities in Hampi: Historic Trail, camping

December - The Month Of Good Endings

Kaziranga National Park, Assam: Why not spend your last weekend of year with Elephants & Rhinosaurs in Assam

Long weekend in December: 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th

Occasion: 10th, 11th weekend, 12th take a leave, 13th is a public holiday for Eid A Milad

Best time to visit Kaziranga: November to April

Nearest Airport to Kaziranga: Tezpur

Best Activities in Kaziranga: wildlife spotting

Be smart, Plan your vacations on these weekends way ahead!


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RENUKA SHAHANE RENUKA SHAHANE

Living out of a carry-on and traversing through the labyrinths of Europe, exploring the wilderness of America, divulging the eccentric culture of the Latin world and re-connecting her roots that sprawl in the rustic villages of India is one dream that she sees every single night. Once Lost, Now Found; Renuka is still oscillating between the paths to choose and the dreams to chase. A believer of righteousness, she likes to trust that her life is in accordant with her favourite book.

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