Make the most of the new year and kindle your wanderlust with the long weekend calendar of 2019. Here is a list of the long up and coming weekends of this new year, so that you don't have to compromise on holiday outings. You are never not prepared with this list of 2019's long weekends in India, which is your get-it-all handbook to plan vacations without any hassles.
You can make your plans in advance and also make some savings while booking for flights, hotels and holiday packages. The list puts forth a world of travel - from snow-kissed lofty mountains to green verdant valleys, and festivals that you should not miss. Scroll down for the long weekends coming to pass in each month of 2019, and get ready to achieve your travel goals.
12-13-14: Weekend + Weekend + Makar Sankranti (Restricted Holiday)
Where to go: Start your New Year Celebrations with the International Kite Festival celebrated in the state of Gujarat. On the occasion of Uttarayan, the sky is saturated with plenty of vibrant colours and flapping tails of kites of various shapes and sizes at the Sabarmati River Front in Ahmedabad. The entire city of Ahmedabad decks up in the colours of celebrations and what better way to welcome the new year?!
02-03-04-05: Weekend + Weekend + Take Leave + Losar (Restricted Holiday | Sikkim, Ladakh and Dharamshala only)
Where to go: Auli, in Uttarakhand is gaining popularity as the skiing hub of India. Snuggled among the lofty peaks of the Himalayas, Auli appears to be straight out of a fairy tale when the winters kiss the town with a veil of snow. It makes for a perfect destination to spend your four-day long weekend with tall coniferous and oak trees swaying in the backdrop among the snow-kissed peaks.
21-22-23-24: Holi (Restricted Holiday) + Take Leave + Weekend + Weekend
Where to go: Join the locals in the streets of Mathura and Vrindavan as they shower each other with vibrantly coloured powders and water. The Holi of Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh is popular all throughout the country.
Legend has it, that from Mathura and Vrindavan itself, the tradition of playing colours on Holi originated, from the banter of the mythological figures of Radha and Krishna. The number of temples here, hosting the Holi celebrations are aplenty! What better place to celebrate one of the most colourful times in the Indian calendar, than the birthplace of the Holi festival itself?
19-20-21: Good Friday (Gazetted Holiday) + Weekend + Weekend
Where to go: Welcome the Easter holidays with a visit to Nagaland, where a majority of population are Christians, hence Easter celebrations are not taken lightly here. The Catholic Church in Kohima hosts a vigil which is divided into four segments, which includes lighting a candle, inserting grains into the candle which is symbolic of the wounds inflicted on Jesus Christ. This is then followed by a procession where the people follow the priest back to the church and finally, everyone is blessed with water which signifies purification and life, and a reminder of baptism, which is the first step into Christianity. The ceremony ends with a distribution of Easter eggs to everyone.
04-05-06-07: Weekend + Weekend + Take Leave + Parshuram Jayanti (Restricted Holiday)
Where to go: Yumthang Valley in Sikkim, is getting popular as one of the dream vacay spots in the sweltering hot summer months. This beautiful and serene valley in Sikkim is home to scarlet rhododendron jungles and provides a sneak peek to the tallest Himalayan mountains.
Nestled in the laps of verdant valleys, lush green thickets, gurgling rivulets, and shimmering white snow peaks, Yumthang Valley has often been compared to the valleys of Switzerland. The valley will satiate your thirst for the much-needed city break with its unadulterated natural charm.
01-02-03-04-05: Weekend + Weekend + Take Leave + Take Leave + Eid (Gazetted Holiday)
Where to go: Visit the iconic Taj Mahal, in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, this Eid. This archaic wonder of historic significance, invites many Muslims every year on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, to celebrate the same. Witness this beauty in its utmost glory as people carry out their customs of the Islamic culture as the entire place turns into a sparkling affair of celebrations and togetherness.
P.C: Rishi Pande
Sadly July doesn't have any long weekends, but if you are lucky to get an off for Rath Yatra (4th July), which is restricted to a few states only, you can plan a short trip for that much-needed break.
Where to go: Chitrakoot Falls in Bastar, Chhattisgarh makes for a great short trip for the nearby travellers. This spectacular waterfall in the country also goes by the name of Niagra Falls of India. About 38 km away from Jagdalpur, the majestic 95 feet drop of the Indravati River makes Chitrakoot Falls a sheer spectacle to behold.
P.C: Kamran Ali
15-16-17-18: Independence Day (Gazetted Holiday) + Take Leave + Weekend + Weekend
Where to go: The Wagah Border in Punjab hosts the perfect ceremonies to be visited in the Independence Day weekend. Delight yourself with a dose of patriotism this long weekend and head to the Wagah Border. The Wagah Border is one of India's most famous tourist destinations on Independence Day and the same could be said for Pakistan as well. The Wagah checkpoint on the India-Pakistan border is a host to an elaborate 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony and the nightly flag-lowering ceremony with spiritedly dressed soldiers which is a sight to behold in itself.
07-08-09-10: Weekend + Weekend + Take Leave + Muharram (Gazetted Holiday)
Where to go: At this time of the year, the city of Hyderabad, Telangana, gets all festive with its hustling and bustling gastro hubs. Go on a foodie trip along the streets of this historic city and indulge in its delicacies.
The city of Nizams not just boasts of exceptional architectural heritage but also interestingly enough, serves the famous Haleem only during the holy month of Ramzaan. With Charminaar sitting at the heart of the city, the Mecca Masjid situated near the Charminar, is a major crowd-puller for a lot of people to end their fast and offer their prayers.
05-06-07-08: Weekend + Weekend + Ram Navami (Restricted Holiday) + Dussehra (Gazetted Holiday)
Where to go: With the longest weekend in the calendar of 2019, come witness the spectacular Dussehra or Dashami in the lanes and by-lanes of Kolkata, West Bengal. The city never sleeps with its week-long festivities, traditional food and music. Spend your Dussehra weekend in the City of Joy, soaking up the joy of unadulterated Bengali tradition of Sindoor Khela and enjoy fireworks by the banks of the river Ganga when the Durga idol is immersed.
09-10-11-12: Weekend + Weekend + Take Leave + Guru Nanak Jayanti (Gazetted Holiday)
Where to go: The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab makes for the ideal getaway for this long weekend. The Golden Temple goes all out when it comes to the Guru Nanak Jayanti. It is a festival that needs no introduction. The Golden Temple, also known as the Harminder Sahib and Darbar Sahib, is considered to be the holiest place of worship in Sikhism.
The Gurudwara's architectural features symbolize the Sikh community's commitment to openness. Its colossal four doorways on all sides of the building is symbolic of the Gurudwara's openness to welcome people of all races, creeds and sex. With the grandeur of its shimmering golden architecture, the temple on this day gets all lit up and its massive community kitchen runs to feed hundreds and thousands of visitors.
Bask in the glow and glory of this grand architectural beauty and witness the most remarkable Guru Nanak Jayanti of your life.
21-22-23-24-25: Weekend + Weekend + Take Leave + Christmas Eve (Restricted Holiday) + Christmas (Gazetted Holiday)
Where to go: Goa gets all decked up at this time of the year and makes for a perfect place to mark the end of your travel calendar of 2019. End your year with a cheer with nightlong festivities and parties on golden beaches, lively pubs and decorated cathedrals. With Christmas carols getting airtime, the New Year saturnalia kicks off on a full swing in Goa, where the city's every nook and cranny celebrates and welcomes the new year drenched in lights and decorations.