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There Are 15 Long Weekends in 2018, And Here's Where You Should Go For Each Of Them!

There Are 15 Long Weekends in 2018, And Here's Where You Should Go For Each Of Them!

The new year means a lot of different things to different people. For a lot of us, it’s about redeeming those days of guilt that we lived by skipping the gym for weeks altogether, and promising to give up drinking and taking up healthier lifestyles for as long as we can manage. For an avid traveller, it’s a year full of holidays and long weekends that are golden tickets to visiting places they haven’t been before.


The year 2018, in particular, has been plenty generous with its vacation opportunities, and has a whopping total of 15 long weekends that are waiting for you to grab on to the opportunity and book your tickets immediately! Knowing fully well how difficult a task it can be to plan these weekends well in advance, we bring you a comprehensive guide on where to travel for each of the long weekends of 2018!


1. Basant Panchami


1- long weekends 2018 - Basant Panchami


Dates: Jan 20 to Jan 22


Where to go: Darjeeling, West Bengal


Must visit: The Darjeeling Himalayan toy train ride, the Japanese Peace Pagoda, the gorgeous sunrise at Tiger Hills, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.


Where to stay: Golden Orchid - The Lodge for Rs 700 per night


2. Republic Day


2 - long weekends 2018 - Republic Day


Dates: Jan 26 to Jan 28


Where to go: Diu


Must visit: Naida Caves, Nagoa Beach, Diu Fort, St, Paul Church, Sunset Point, Gangeshwar Temple, Ghogla Beach


Where to stay: Hotel Cidade De Diu for Rs 1,959 per night


3. Mahashivratri


3 - long weekends 2018 - Mahashivratri


Dates: Feb 10 to Feb 13


Where to go: Thekkady, Kerala


Must visit: Periyar National Park, Thekkady Lake, Periyar Tiger Trail, Mangaladevi Temple, Chellarkovil, Border Hiking and Nature Walk by the Thekkady Forest Department


Where to stay: Coffee Inn for Rs 1,670 per night


4. Holi


4 - long weekends 2018 - Holi


Dates: Mar 1 to Mar 4


Where to go: Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra


Must visit: Chinaman’s Falls, Arthur’s Seat, Elephant’s Point, Panchgani, Venna Lake, Wilson Point, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Pratapgad Fort


Where to stay: The Mountain Pearl Resort for Rs 1,800 per night


5. Mahavir Jayanti/Good Friday/Easter


Easter


Dates: Mar 29 to Apr 1


Where to go: Srinagar, Kashmir


Must visit: Mughal Gardens, Dal Lake, Char Chinar, Shalimar Bagh, Wular Lake, Shankaracharya Temple, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden


Where to stay: Goona Palace Group of Houseboats for Rs 1,700 per night


6. Buddha Purnima


6 - long weekends 2018 - Buddha Purnima


Dates: Apr 28 to May 1


Where to go: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh


Must visit: Rashtrapati Niwas, The Army Heritage Museum, Christ Church, Kalka-Shimla Railway, Kufri Fun World


Where to stay: Hotel Golf Links for Rs 2,250 per night


7. Eid-Ul-Fitr


7 - long weekends 2018 - Eid-Ul-Fitr


Dates: Jun 15 to Jun 17


Where to go: Gangtok, Sikkim


Must visit: Rumtek Monastery, Nathu La Pass, Tsomgo Lake, Ban Jhakri Falls, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology


Where to stay: Hotel ChuLyan for Rs 1,500 per night


8. Independence Day/Parsi New Year


Parsi New Year


Dates: Aug 15 to Aug 19


Where to go: Lonavala, Maharashtra


Must visit: Lohagad Fort, Bushi Dam, Tiger’s Leap, Lonavala Lake, Rajmachi Fort, Aamby Valley, Amrutanjan Point


Where to stay: Hotel Omkar Residency for Rs 1,600 per night


9. Eid-Ul-Adha/Onam/Raksha Bandhan


Raksha Bandhan


Dates: Aug 22 to Aug 26


Where to go: Coorg, Karnataka


Must visit: Tea and coffee plantations, Bhagamandala Temple, Thadiyandamol, Nagarhole National Park


Where to stay:  GuestHouser Homestay for Rs 2,576 per night


10. Janmashtami


10 - long weekends 2018 - Janmashtami


Dates: Sep 1 to Sep 3


Where to go: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh


Must visit: Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Tarin Fish Farm, Kile Pakho, Meghna Cave Temple, Pine Grove,


Where to stay: Siiro Resort for Rs 1,344 per night


11. Ganesh Chaturthi


11 - long weekends 2018 - Ganesh Chaturthi


Dates: Sep 13 to Sep 16


Where to go: Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu


Must visit: Green Valley View, Kodai Lake, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar Rocks, Coakers Walk, Devil’s Kitchen, Thalaiyar Falls.


Where to stay: Kurinji House for Rs 1,450 per night


12. Gandhi Jayanti


12 - long weekends 2018 - Gandhi Jayanti


Dates: Sep 29 to Oct 2


Where to go: Jaipur, Rajasthan


Must visit: Sisodiya Rani Bagh, Ram Niwas Garden, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer Fort, Man Sagar Lake


Where to stay: Pandya Niwas for Rs 1,200 per night


13. Ram Navami/Dussehra


Dussehra


Dates: Oct 18 to Oct 21


Where to go: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


Must visit: Dasaswamedh Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Ramnagar Museum, Kedar Ghat, Archaeological Museum, Statue of Standing Buddha


Where to stay: Kanha Paying Guest House for Rs 800 per night


14. Dhanteras/Diwali/Govardhan Puja/Bhai Dooj


Bhai Dooj


Dates: Nov 3 to Nov 11


Where to go: Pondicherry


Must visit: Pondicherry Rock Beach, Botanical Gardens, Sita Cultural Centre Cycle Tour, Pondicherry Promenade, Chunnambar Boat House, Auroville Ashram, Basilica Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Baker Street Cafe, Rendezvous, Paradise Beach


Where to stay: The French Villa for Rs 2,500 per night


15. Christmas


15 - long weekends 2018 - Christmas


Dates: Dec 22 to Dec 25


Where to go: Kutch, Gujarat


Must visit: Rann of Kutch, Mandvi Beach, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Aaina Mahal, Dholavira, Kandla Port, Kutch Museum


Where to stay: Infinity Rann of Kutch; rates available on request


Here’s wishing you and your wanderlust an incredibly adventurous new year!


Images: Shutterstock

Published on Jan 13, 2018
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