Long Weekends 2018 in India
- ARUNDHATI BHAND
- UPDATED Jul 31, 2018
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With 2017 coming close to a sweet end, we all look forward to the new year. And the most important research that consumes us is the ‘Long Weekends’! Many a times it so happens that we plan to travel in the coming year, but something or the other gets in the way. Maybe the planning was too late, the budget too low, the weather not at its best...and so on. To help you plan vacations during the coming long weekends of 2018, here is a list of the destinations that you can visit. You can either opt for a romantic getaway, an adventurous expedition, or decide to just immerse yourself in the hues of this brilliant land called India. Take a look at the list of long weekends in India in 2018 and start planning!
Long Weekends in January 2018
1) 20, 21, 22 - Saturday, Sunday, Basant Panchami (Restricted Holiday)
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway - Munnar, Kerala
Set deep into the wilderness of Kerala, Munnar is one of the best honeymoon destinations in India. The warm sunshine glowing through the early morning mist, is a lovely contrast to experience with your special one. Visit the tea plantations to make the most of this lush land.
- Time for an Adventure - Meghalaya
A destination that is rapidly gaining popularity is Meghalaya. And apart from the unique beautiful culture that you can explore here, you can also enjoy an expedition to its caves! Caving through the meandering corridors, you will be mesmerized by this creation of nature. Check out other places to visit in North East India.
- Colours and Flavours - Varkala, Kerala
Whether it be adventure sports on the beach, or some quiet rejuvenating time at the ayurveda center, Varkala is a perfect long weekend getaway that can help you unwind. You can either spend a holiday exploring the science of Ayurveda, meditation and Yoga, or opt for the water sports at the beach! Temples, hills and lighthouses, explore the essence of Kerala here.
2) 26, 27, 28 - Republic Day, Saturday, Sunday
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway - Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The lush hilly terrains, the fragrant blooming wildflowers, and a leisure stroll in these meadows...could there be a setting more perfect? Take your partner here, take a ride on the toy train, go boating, trekking, and even fishing! Don’t hold yourself back when you gorge on the delicious local cuisine. Check these homestays in Ooty for your romantic escapade.
- Time for an Adventure - Mysore, Karnataka
Making it to the top destination in the country to go skydiving, Mysore is a treat every adventure seeker deserves. After a couple of days of training, you will be flying with the wind, and diving into the earth, guaranteed to be the most exhilarating trip ever!
- Colours and Flavours - Champaner Pavagadh, Gujarat
With a history that leads back to the time when Gods walked the earth, Champaner Pavagadh is enthralling to say the least. With the Pavagadh hills being a part of the mighty Himalayas dropped by Lord Hanuman, and the Archaeological Park being a UNESCO Site displaying Hindu and Islamic designs, you will see such a blend only in India!
Long Weekends in February 2018
3) 10, 11 ,12, 13 - Saturday, Sunday, Take a Leave, Maha Shivratri (Restricted Holiday)
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
The last month of the four-month long Rann of Kutch festival celebrating culture, nature and life is as enchanting as any other time. You can be part of this celebration by exploring the day and night safaris, cultural music and dance shows, adventure activities and the exquisite glittering desert. A sight this splendid will forever be etched in your mind. Plan a romantic holiday here soon!
- Time for an Adventure - Lakshadweep
If you love water and all the miracles that it breeds, a visit here is a must! I had the most brilliant time on this archipelago, and some pretty life changing moments too! Dive into the clear waters and you will find yourself entering a whole different world! Snorkelling, scuba diving, deep sea diving...you must try it all!
- Colours and Flavours- Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
Set out on a spiritual journey, to Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. Known by many names, this 'Kashi of Himachal' is surrounded by an astounding number of temples. 81 sacred sites make this land pure, and the most revered one is the Bhootnath Temple, built in 1520. A number of nature trails, safaris, trekking activities can be enjoyed here during your long weekend trip!
4) 16, 17, 18 - Losar (Sikkim, Ladakh and Dharamshala only)/Take a Leave, Saturday, Sunday
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Daman and Diu
'Sun, sand, sea and love…'
Spend some cosy moments with your partner in Daman and Diu, make the most of the lovely weather, the beaches and the waters. You can go scuba diving, feast on some delicious seafood, and just laze around on hammocks.
- Time for an Adventure - Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
Known to be a paradise with cool wilderness and waterfalls, Pachmarhi is one of the best hill stations of Madhya Pradesh. Lovingly called 'Satpura ki Rani', it is probably the most off beat adventure destinations that you can visit. Caving, trekking, parasailing and most importantly rock climbing are the activities that can be indulged in.
- Colours and Flavours- Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
An offbeat long weekend destination is Tawang. Located in the vibrant Arunachal Pradesh, the festival Losar is celebrated with great enthusiasm here. Welcoming the new year, you can be a part of this 15-day long festivities. Cultural theatre and dance along with storytelling and games is a great way to spend a weekend.
Long Weekends in March 2018
5) 1, 2, 3, 4 - Holika Dahan (Restricted Holiday), Holi, Saturday, Sunday
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Udaipur, Rajasthan
Whether it be taking a romantic sunset boat ride at Lake Pichola, or exploring the royal palaces and forts, Udaipur makes it to the top most romantic places in the country. The serene atmosphere, vibrant beauty, and the obvious magic of Rajasthan makes this destination special and unparalleled.
- Time for an Adventure - Sikkim
Spoil your adventurous self with a cycling tour across the lovely Sikkim. This offbeat adventure destination will let you ride along the rivers and meander through the narrow lanes, gaze at the snowcapped mountains and camp in the wilderness… Head back home and you will find a bit of this expedition that will live in you forever.
- Colours and Flavours- Mathura, Vrindavan- Uttar Pradesh
What better place to experience the festival of colours than God’s own land? Spend this weekend and celebrate holi in Mathura as well as Vrindavan. The colours, the songs and the atmosphere is buzzing with energy and a spiritual experience overall, you will return coloured in the hues of India.
6) 29, 30, 31, 1 Apr - Mahavir Jayanti, Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Along with being the second wettest place in the world, Cherrapunji is an escape into nature. Leave the monotony of your routine behind and head here to spend some cool, special moments with your spouse. Both of you will surely enjoy the waterfalls and the rains.
- Time for an Adventure - Barren Island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
A long weekend trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands is exciting enough, but if you want to do something extraordinary, dive into the clear waters around the Barren Island. This volcano island is home to a variety of endearing marine life. Special permits are required, so plan early!
- Colours and Flavours- Hampi, Karnataka
A World Heritage Site, and an important historical site in Karnataka, Hampi is for all those who love art, culture, history, architecture and nature. While the landscape is unique, a product of millions of years of volcanic activity, the architecture is no less than a man made marvel. Enjoy a quick visit to this site. Book these trendiest hostels in Hampi ideal for budget travellers.
Long Weekends in April 2018
7) 27, 28, 29, 30, 1 May - Take a Leave on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Buddha Purnima, Labour Day/Maharashtra Day
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
While it may be known as 'Mini Switzerland', this tiny Chamba hill station’s beauty and allure is uncomparable. Imagine mountains covered in the soft white blanket, with the pine treetops peeking out, the fragrant woods starting at the foothills of the majestic sierra, and you sitting inside a warm cosy cottage sipping a warm drink with your loved one…
- Time for an Adventure - Leh Ladakh- Jammu and Kashmir
While the months of January and February will promise you an unimaginable experience of walking on the frozen river Zanskar, the rest of the year sees the strong currents perfect for rafting. Mountain biking, camping, trekking, jeep safaris...the list goes on! Leh Ladakh has plenty to satiate an adventurous soul.
- Colours and Flavours- Darjeeling, West Bengal
The famous toy train of Darjeeling is on every traveller’s list. And apart from this amusing ride, this tiny town offers picturesque views of the glittering Kanchenjunga, rolling hills covered in tea plantations and blend of the colonial and modern times. The best way to explore this destination is to be prepared with a flexible plan!
Long Weekends in May 2018
While the 1st of May is part of the previous long weekend, this month doesn’t treat us with a trip. You could maybe try working a little!
Long Weekends in June 2018
8) 15, 16, 17 - Eid ul-Fitr, Saturday, Sunday
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh
If you are looking for a romantic long weekend trip, Sarahan in Himachal Pradesh is a place that you must consider. This unpretentious small town is nestled in a valley with majestic snowy mountains bordering it. Cut off from the rest of the world, you and your partner can spend some beautiful moments here.
- Time for an Adventure - Bir and Billing, Himachal Pradesh
Bir and Billing are two towns that are quite incomplete without one another. Known for their adventure sports activities, hiking, camping and trekking can be indulged in here, but note that this is amongst the top paragliding destinations in the country!
- Colours and Flavours- Sandakphu, West Bengal
The highest point of West Bengal, Sandakphu is one of the many intriguing shades of this state. The Sandakphu- Phalut trek is famous for its views and must be experienced by all. The tallest of the mountains make for the most astonishing sight of a sleeping Buddha. Enjoy the weather and the marvellous trail.
Long Weekends in July 2018
Don’t be disheartened with this month, the coming ones will definitely compensate for it!
Long Weekends in August 2018
9) 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 - Independence Day, Take a Leave, Parsi New Year (Mumbai and Gujarat), Saturday, Sunday
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
A stroll in the hills, a cable car ride with the views of the valley, animals and birds in abundance and the company of your favourite person! Mussoorie is a surreal place backed up by the magic of the Himalayas, and the serenity of nature.
- Time for an Adventure - Lahaul- Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Adventure is not only adrenalin and sports. Sometimes it is just exploring the unexplored! Lahaul-Spiti is a pure site perfect for trekkers, campers and photographers. It is a valley with vivid views of the mountains, and the river. If Spiti is too far away, check out these camping places in India closer to you.
- Colours and Flavours- Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Depicting love, life and more, these temples are a must visit. One of the best tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh, you will get to observe some of the world’s best architecture and sculptures. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is historically very significant.
10) 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 - Eid ul-Adha, Take a Leave, Onam (Kerala), Saturday, Sunday(Rakshabandhan)
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a splendid place to visit in the month of August. With the tiny islets rich in marine life, and the entire archipelago is away from the rest of the world, giving you and your special one all the time in the world!
- Time for an Adventure - Coorg, Karnataka
The popular hill station near Bangalore may be famous as a honeymoon destination, but the unbelievable greenery that is offers makes it an offbeat destination for all adventure seekers. Camping in Coorg is the best way to explore the miracles of nature, along with many activities like trekking, white water rafting and stream trekking!
- Colours and Flavours- Kerala
There is no better place than Kerala to live the Onam experience. This 10-day long festival is celebrated with much fervor and excitement all over the state, and if you haven’t visited this state, this is the best time to explore its culture and tradition.
Long Weekends in September 2018
11) 1, 2, 3 - Saturday, Sunday, Janmashtami (Restricted Holiday)
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
The background music of the Ravanhatta, the chiming of the dancers’ bangles, the bonfire warming the chilling desert air, a lavish feast and the loving company of one another… Jaisalmer is a magical land of the Thar sand, resplendent forts and the culture of Rajasthan. Camping in the desert under the twinkling blanket is an incredible experience.
- Time for an Adventure - Lachen, Sikkim
Trekking and rafting in the valleys of Sikkim is not for the faint-hearted, and Lachen is one of the best adventure destinations in the state! A paradise for photographers, the mountains and valleys pose perfectly for an exceptional click.
- Colours and Flavours- Dwarka, Gujarat
When I think about Janmashtami, the remarkable Dwarka celebrations come before my eyes. The opulent 5 storey temple is lit up with lamps and night long celebrations with devotional songs and garba and raas are the core of this festival. Birth of the Lord is lauded with his favourite feast of butter, curd, buttermilk and the likes.
12) 13, 14, 15, 16 - Ganesh Chaturthi, Take a leave, Saturday, Sunday
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Whether it’s a honeymoon trip or a romantic getaway, Coonoor is a pristine destination that will help you shed the stress and pressure of the ceremonies or the monotonous routine. The narrow paths of this town overlooking the fresh green tea plantations and some vantage points giving you a glimpse of the entire town… relax here in the company of your loved one.
- Time for an Adventure - - Goa
If you want to club the festivities and a little bit of fun in one trip, head out to Goa. Known for its water sports like water activities, parasailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and even sea walking, you can treat yourself to some of these exciting activities. Also, a visit during Ganesh Chaturthi will show you a different picture of this state. Opt for a homestay in Goa to enjoy this festival to the fullest!
- Colours and Flavours- Pune, Mumbai- Maharashtra
While the biggest idol of Lord Ganesh resides in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune are the best places to experience this 11 day festival. The roads are decorated, the idols are made at home, bhajans and prayers are sung, and the dhol tasha fill you up with energy...amidst this buzz you must feast on the ‘Modaks’!
13) 29, 30, 1 , 2 - Saturday, Sunday, Take a leave, Gandhi Jayanti
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
The southernmost tip of this vibrant country, Kanyakumari is an ideal romantic long weekend destination. A vacation here is magical as you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise, and also watch the setting sun. And the special view of the setting sun and the rising moon at the same time is mesmerising to say the least!
- Time for an Adventure - Biking in Bhutan
All you need for a long weekend getaway to Bhutan is your passport. With no visa requirement, this destination is perfect for a unique offbeat experience that you are looking for. Rent a bike and set out biking across the rocky mountainous terrain of this remarkable country.
- Colours and Flavours- Malvan, Maharashtra
Dive into the clear waters of the west coast of India at Malvan. With marine life at its natural best, you can indulge in some scuba diving and snorkelling. The many beaches that the coast proudly houses are a great place to welcome the October heat.
Long Weekends in October 2018
14) 19, 20, 21 - Dussehra, Saturday, Sunday
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway - Goa
Crystal waters, dynamic shoreline and luxurious resorts and spas makes Goa a favourite amongst couples. A relaxing and rejuvenating time can be spent here with your spouse. Escape the boredom and treat yourself to relaxation, good food, great environment and the best company!
- Time for an Adventure - Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
The waters of Ganga hold a special place in the heart of every Indian. With the incredible devotional importance of Rishikesh, the waters are probably the best in the country for rafting. And between the rapids, take a dip in the holy river, the water is chilling, yet refreshing and exhilarating!
- Colours and Flavours - Kolkata, West Bengal
Celebrating the victory of good over evil, Kolkata dresses up like a bride to welcome Goddess Durga. Dussehra marks the final day of this festival and a carnival of sorts fills the streets with women singing and dancing, colouring one another in vermillion. The vibe of this city is best felt during this festivity, and hence is a must visit!
Long Weekends in November 2018
15) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 - Saturday, Sunday, Dhanteras, Take a Leave, Diwali, Govardhan Pooja, Bhai-Duj (Restricted Holiday), Saturday, Sunday
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Gokarna, Karnataka
A lesser known romantic retreat hidden in the arms of nature in Karnataka is Gokarna. With the charm of Goa, the artwork called nature and without the crowd and rush, you can easily enjoy some cosy moments with your special one.
- Time for an Adventure - Chembra Peak, Kerala
Trekking up to the Chembra Peak is a journey of self discovery. Surrounded by nothing but the purity of nature, this trail has some of the most surreal views. The heart shaped lake is famous and is a great spot for the shutterbugs. You can also head to Soochipara Falls to continue this experience.
- Colours and Flavours- Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Welcome to one of the holiest towns of the country. A place for all those looking for a larger than life experience, Varanasi has things that will humble you, maybe shock you...but at the end of the day, you would have fallen in love with this city of colours.
Long Weekends in December 2018
16) 22, 23, 24, 25 - Saturday, Sunday, Take a Leave, Christmas
Where to Go:
- Romantic Getaway- Kullu- Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Like a magnet, Kullu Manali has attracted young couples for so long. Its charm still intact, it makes it to the top most romantic places in the country. Thick woods, fields blooming with wildflowers, orchards, cosy cottages...the list is perfect and unending.
- Time for an Adventure - Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Have an affair with nature at this exciting colonial hill station. An offbeat place to explore sports like parasailing, trekking and hiking, you can plan an overnight camping trip in the forest.
- Colours and Flavours- Puducherry
A tiny France in India, this elegant city lights up in twinkling lights during Christmas. With the carol singing all night long, the mass and the delicious feasts beckoning you, this is the best time to explore this part of the country!
We are quite rich when it comes to long weekends in 2018. And this list will definitely tempt you to travel and delve into the magic of the country. Keep your “Go Bag” ready and set out when you get the first chance!