Check out our guide on where to spend your long weekends each month in this New Year. By Shrimayee Thakur
January 1 (Wednesday) – New Year
January 2 (Thursday) – Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
January 3 (Friday) – Take the day off
January 4 (Saturday)
January 5 (Sunday)
Kausani, Uttarakhand: An ideal winter destination, Kausani is famous for its scenic beauty. It is also enchanted by Anasakti Ashram — Mahatma Gandhi’s residence in 1929 where he stayed for a few days.
Panchgani, Maharashtra: January is one of the most ideal months to visit this tranquil hill station nestled between five hills of the Western Ghats.
Mandarmani, West Bengal: Head to Mandarmani for a beach weekend getaway. If you ask us, it’s a great way to kick start the year!
Madikeri, Karnataka: Explore this hilly paradise, which offers adventure activities such as trekking, hiking and river rafting.
February 21 (Friday) – Maha Shivratri
February 22 (Saturday)
February 23 (Sunday)
February 24 (Monday) – Take the day off
Alwar, Rajasthan: Overlooked by the hype around Jaipur, Jaisalmer, and Jodhpur, Alwar is a gorgeous offbeat getaway in winter.
Bhandardara, Maharashtra: Another lesser-known destination, Bhandardara is full of lush greenery, and waterfalls. It is even home to numerous species of fauna.
Bishnupur, West Bengal: Immerse yourself in the artistic history of Bishnupur with its terracotta temples and traditional saris.
Gokarna, Karnataka: Visit this peaceful beach haven and explore its natural wonders and heritage temples.
March 7 (Saturday)
March 8 (Sunday)
March 9 (Monday) – Take the day off
March 10 (Tuesday) – Holi
Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh: These twin cities are bustling with activity during Holi because of their association with the Hindu God, Krishna.
Ganpatipule, Maharashtra: The weather in this town during March is perfect. Not too hot, and not too humid. Enjoy the local culture and cuisines, relax on the beach, or visit one of the most prominent temples in Maharashtra — Swayambhu Ganesh Temple.
Tajpur, West Bengal: Probably one of the most unexplored beaches in India, Tajpur is unique due to its shape. The beach is an inverted crescent which also offers an unusual view of the sea.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu: This resort town is wildly popular for its spectacular views, lovely weather, and tea and chocolates.
April 2 (Thursday) – Ram Navami
April 3 (Friday) – Take the day off
April 4 (Saturday)
April 5 (Sunday)
April 6 (Monday) – Mahavir Jayanti
April 10 (Friday) – Good Friday
April 11 (Saturday)
April 12 (Sunday)
Abbott Mount, Uttarakhand: This tiny hamlet is perfect if you want solitude. Take the opportunity to do some bird watching and trekking.
Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra: Beat the heat at this beautiful ghat, which is also a favourite spot for trekkers.
Kalimpong, West Bengal: Located near the Teesta river, this town used to be the trading hub for Tibet in the British era.
Kudremukh, Karnataka: Kudremukh Peak is Karnataka’s highest peak, while Kudremukh National Park is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts.
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May 1 (Friday) – Labour Day/Maharashtra Day
May 2 (Saturday)
May 3 (Sunday)
May 7 (Thursday) – Buddha Purnima
May 8 (Friday) – Take the day off
May 9 (Saturday)
May 10 (Sunday)
Darang, Himachal Pradesh: Darang finds its roots in the 16th century, and was even mentioned in the Mahabharata. Beat the heat in Darang’s tea gardens and surround yourself with the aroma of fresh tea leaves.
Palghar, Maharashtra: Free from the crowds and noise that more popular beaches draw, Palghar is serene. To delve into history, visit the Kelva and Shirgaon forts.
Daringbadi, Odisha: Popularly known as the Kashmir of Odisha, Daringbadi is a village in the Kandhamal district.
Puducherry: A small town influenced by its French colonisers, Puducherry has pristine beaches and delicious food.
August 1 (Saturday)
August 2 (Sunday)
August 3 (Monday) – Rakshabandhan
August 12 (Wednesday) – Janmashtami
August 13 (Thursday) – Take the day off
August 14 (Friday) – Take the day off
August 15 (Saturday) – Independence Day
August 16 (Sunday)
August 17 (Monday) – Parsi New Year
August 18 (Tuesday)
August 19 (Wednesday) – Muharram
August 20 (Thursday) – Onam
Bharatpur, Rajasthan: Visit the UNESCO listed Keoladeo National Park to see the different species of birds or the nearby temple to spot rare species of turtles.
Karjat, Maharashtra: The city looks especially beautiful in the monsoon season. Don’t forget to check out the Kondana caves, where age-old man-made Buddhist caves are constructed on wooden patterns under a mountain.
Ajodhya Hills, West Bengal: Located in the Purulia district, Ajodhya hills are emerald hills with pristine lakes. Visit Pakhi Pahar (translating to birds hill) to see artist Chitta Dey and his team’s ‘birds on the face of a hummock’ artwork.
Nisargadhama Islands, Kodagu: A small island overflowing with diverse flora and fauna, Nisargadhama has ideal conditions during the monsoon to spot wildlife.
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October 2 (Friday) – Gandhi Jayanti
October 3 (Saturday)
October 4 (Sunday)
October 29 (Thursday) – Id-e-Milad
October 30 (Friday) – Take the day off
October 31 (Saturday)
November 1 (Sunday)
Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand: One of the oldest and best national parks in India, Corbett National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. It is also one of the few places in India where one can find a sizeable population of tigers.
Alibag, Maharashtra: If you are up for water sports, Alibag is a perfect weekend getaway. It is considered one of the most adventure-packed regions in Maharashtra.
Mongpong, West Bengal: Mongpong is an ideal place to gaze upon the beauty of the Eastern Himalayas.
Mysuru, Karnataka: Mysuru offers something for both — the history buff and the nature lover in you.
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November 13 (Friday) – Dhanteras
November 14 (Saturday) – Diwali
November 15 (Sunday)
November 16 (Monday) – Bhaiduj
November 28 (Saturday)
November 29 (Sunday)
November 30 (Monday) – Guru Nanak Jayanti
Amritsar, Punjab: Home to the Golden Temple, Amritsar is one of the most sacred places for the Sikh community. Head here on Diwali to witness its celebration of the popular festival.
Raigad, Maharashtra: The city was the erstwhile capital of the legendary Maratha king Shivaji. Raigad Fort is the primary attraction of this place.
Kurseong, West Bengal: This little hill station is also called the Land of White Orchids, and will take your breath away.
Coorg, Karnataka: Only one overnight journey away from Bengaluru, this is the perfect place to relax. Coorg has three wildlife sanctuaries and a national park for exploring.
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December 25 (Friday) – Christmas
December 26 (Saturday)
Sunday, December 27 (Sunday)
December 31 (Thursday) – Take the day off
January 1, 2021 (Friday) – New Year
January 2, 2021 (Saturday)
January 3, 2021 (Sunday)
Agra, Uttar Pradesh: Last, but not the least on the list for Delhi, Agra is a city steeped in the rich history of India. Explore Fatehpur Sikri, Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, Agra Fort and the iconic Taj Mahal.
Matheran, Maharashtra: This hill station is the perfect place to visit in the winter. It is known for its picturesque hills and waterfalls.
Jaldapara National Park, West Bengal: Head to this national park to see some of the rarest species of India.
Hampi, Karnataka: Once the capital of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire, this is one of the most exotic locations in India. Hampi has a lot to offer — explore the ruins of the once-great empire, marvel at its architectural beauty, or soak in the scenic views.