Plan well and you can finally stop fretting about missing too many days off work and take that trip you’ve been dreaming of. Scroll down for our complete list of long weekend holidays in India in 2019.
Long weekends in January 2019
Saturday, 12 Jan
Sunday, 13 Jan
Monday, 14 Jan: Makar Sankranti/Pongal
Consider: Ahmedabad, Gujrat for the International Kite Festival (6-14 Jan); Bikaner, Rajasthan for the Bikaner Camel Fair (12-13 Jan); Skiing trip to Auli, Uttarakhand; Kutch Gujrat for the White desert.
Long weekends in February—March 2019
Thursday, 28 Feb: Maharshi Dayananad Saraswati Jayanti (Restricted)
Friday, 1 March: Take leave
Saturday, 2 March
Sunday, 3 March
Monday, 4 March: Maha Shivaratri
Consider: Madhya Pradesh for the Pench National Park; Udaipur for its rich heritage; Kodaikanal for trekking; Gulmarg for skiing; Kaziranga National Park in Assam; Nashik for Sula Vineyard; Lakshadweep for blue seas and beaches; Coorg for fresh air.
Thursday, 21 March: Holi
Friday, 22 March: Take leave
Saturday, 23 March
Sunday, 24 March
Consider: Vrindavan-Mathura for Holi; Ooty for picturesque views; Ranthambore, Rajasthan for wildlife spotting; Sikkim for a peaceful getaway; Mount Abu for a pilgrimage; Hampi for its ruins and landscapes.
Long weekends in April 2019
Saturday, 13 April
Sunday, 14 April: Dr Ambedkar Jayanti and Vaisakhi and Ram Navami
Monday, 15 April: Take leave/ Vishu (Restricted)
Tuesday, 16 April: Take leave
Wednesday, 17 April: Mahavir Jayanti
Friday, 19 April: Good Friday
Saturday, 20 April
Sunday, 21 April: Easter Sunday
Consider: Bali for a detox; Maldives for scuba diving; Jammu and Kashmir for the gorgeous landscape and cool weather; Dalhousie for snow-clad mountains; Sevilla for the Holy Week; Thailand for Songkran (water fight); Seychelles for the exotic islands.
Long weekends in May 2019
Thursday, 9 May: Guru Rabindranath Jayanti (Restricted)
Friday, 10 May: Take leave
Saturday, 11 May
Sunday, 12 May
Consider: Spiti for its mountainscapes; Bir Billing for paragliding; Kerala for its backwaters.
Mid year has arrived, June and July demand us to work our asses off to deserve that holiday for the rest of the year. Not a problem, let’s get our hands a little dirty with our professions and then August will be here to brighten up our lives again.
Long weekends in August 2019
Saturday, 10 Aug
Sunday, 11 Aug
Monday, 12 Aug: Bakrid (restricted)
Tuesday, 13 Aug: Take leave
Wednesday, 14 Aug: Take leave
Thursday, 15 Aug: Independence Day / Raksha Bandhan
Friday, 16 Aug: Take leave
Saturday, 17 Aug: Parsi New Year
Sunday, 18 Aug
Consider: Croatia for city life and beach life; Explore the Amalfi coast in Italy; Ha Long Bay, Vietnam for limestone islands and rainforests; Cappadocia, Turkey for a hot air balloon ride; Uttarakhand for the Valley of Flowers; Tanzania for its wildlife.
Long weekends in September 2019
Saturday 31st Aug
Sunday, 1 Sept
Monday, 2 Sept: Ganesh Chaturthi
Consider: Tarkarli, Maharashtra for stargazing and beach time; Daman and Diu for water skiing and camel riding; Kalimpong, West Bengal for a hill station getaway and monasteries.
Saturday, 7 Sept
Sunday, 8 Sept
Monday, 9 Sept: Take Leave
Tuesday, 10 Sept: Muharram
Wednesday, 11 Sept: Onam (Restricted)
Consider: Nainital for its lakes; Kerala for Onam; Sri Lanka for the elephant orphanage; Bundi, Rajasthan for the royal oasis; Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh for camping and the Apatani Tribe.
Long weekends in October 2019
Saturday, 5 Oct
Sunday, 6 Oct
Monday, 7 Oct: Take leave
Tuesday, 8 Oct: Dusshera and Durga Puja
Consider: Kullu, Himachal Pradesh for Dusshera celebrations; Rishikesh for river rafting; Kolkata for Durga Puja; Manas National Park, Assam for its endangered endemic wildlife such as the pygmy hog; Jodhpur for folk culture; Mysore for Dusshera.
Saturday, 26 Oct
Sunday, 27 Oct
Monday, 28 Oct: Diwali Holiday
Tuesday, 29 Oct: Bhai Dooj (Restricted)
Consider: Agra for Taj Mahal; Jaisalmer for its fort and museums; Amritsar for the Golden Temple Diwali celebrations; Varanasi for Diwali fireworks; Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh for tiger spotting.
Long weekends in November 2019
Saturday, 9 Nov
Sunday, 10 Nov: Eid e Milad
Monday, 11 Nov: Take leave
Tuesday, 12 Nov: Guru Nanak Jayanti
Consider: Rajasthan for the Pushkar Fair; Goa for nightlife; Bharatpur for bird-watching; Sundarban, West Bengal for the Royal Bengal Tigers; Manali for snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
Sadly, December is not that promising as it was in 2018!
But, nonetheless, we do take the last weekend of every year as a customary holiday to let go off our sins. Isn’t it!!
So what are you waiting for, start planning now!
– Rucha Khot