Travel your heart out in 2020, because this year comes with over 14 long weekends

If you plan your time judiciously, you might get to enjoy over 14 mini vacations.

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Start the first month of the new year on a rocking note with a five-day-long weekend.
With the advent of 2020, all your travel dreams will come true! After a gap of six long years, we’ve finally come across 2020, a year which has over 14 long weekends. Yes, you read that right. If you plan your time judiciously, you might get to enjoy over 14 mini vacations. Doesn’t sound like a bad deal, eh? Here’s the complete list of long weekends this year.

January

January is the perfect time to visit Kerala, popularly called ‘God’s own country’.
January is the perfect time to visit Kerala, popularly called ‘God’s own country’.


Start the first month of the new year on a rocking note with a five-day-long weekend.

Wednesday, 1 January – New Year
Thursday, 2 January – Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti (restricted)
Friday, 3 January – Take the day off
Saturday, 4 January
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Sunday, 5 January

Places to visit:

First week of January is usually the coldest. If you want some respite from the dropping temperatures, visit Kerala, popularly called ‘God’s own country’. With moderate temperatures, scenic beauty and fun-filled cruise trips, rest assured, you will have an amazing time in Kerala.

If you wish to enjoy the beauty of the backwaters, visit Alappuzha or Alleppey. Seated on the banks of the azure Vembanad Lake, it is in fact one of the most popular backwater destinations in Kerala.

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February

To enjoy the scenic beauty of the hills, take a trip to McLeodganj in February.
To enjoy the scenic beauty of the hills, take a trip to McLeodganj in February.

Friday, 21 Feb: Maha Shivratri (restricted)
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Saturday, 22 Feb
Sunday, 23 Feb
Monday, 24 February – Take the day off

Places to visit:

February is the perfect month to make that much-awaited Goa trip finally happen. It is in the month of February when the streets of Goa are full of colour, thanks to the celebration of the carnival or ‘Mardi Gras’ as it is popularly called.

Though significantly smaller than the well-known Rio Carnival, Goa Carnival is the largest in India. If need be, you can also take a trip to McLeodganj and enjoy the scenic beauty of the hills.

March

There is nothing like celebrating the festival of colours in the holy city of Vrindavan.
There is nothing like celebrating the festival of colours in the holy city of Vrindavan.

Saturday, 7 March
Sunday, 8 March
Monday, 9 March – Take the day off
Tuesday, 10 March – Holi

Places to visit:

If you want to witness the Holi celebrations on a grand scale, you ought to visit Vrindavan and enjoy the festival of colours in full fervour. What’s more? If your kids want to visit a hill station, March would be the right time to visit Ooty before the summer sets in.

Feast your eyes on the greenery and enjoy the beautiful, lush green forests, at Nilgiri Mountain Railway in Ooty. You can also board the Toy Train, which covers a distance of total 46 km in a span of 5 hours and takes one through a truly spectacular journey filled with picturesque views.

April

Enjoy the beauty of the tea plantations in Darjeeling in April.
Enjoy the beauty of the tea plantations in Darjeeling in April.

Thursday, 2 April – Ram Navami (restricted)
Friday, 3 April- Take the day off
Saturday, 4 April
Sunday, 5 April

Friday, 10 April- Good Friday
Saturday, 11 April
Sunday, 12 April

Places to visit:

April is the perfect time to visit the hill stations to beat the summer heat. You can visit Darjeeling to enjoy the beauty of the tea plantations or Dalhousie to see the snow-covered mountains.

When in Dalhousie, you ought to visit the town of Khajjar also known as the 'Mini Switzerland' or the 'Switzerland of India'. You could also visit the Satdhara falls, situated at a height of 2036 metres.

May


With increasing temperatures, you can visit the hilly areas of the state and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Bhakra Nangal Dam.
With increasing temperatures, you can visit the hilly areas of the state and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Bhakra Nangal Dam.

Friday, 1 May- Labour Day/Maharashtra Day
Saturday, 2 May
Sunday, 3 May

Thursday, 7 May – Buddha Purnima
Friday, 8 May – Take the day off
Saturday, 9 May
Sunday, 10 May

Places to visit:

May is the perfect time to explore the hills of Himachal Pradesh. With increasing temperatures, you can visit the hilly areas of the state and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Bhakra Nangal Dam.

While you’re at it, you could also visit Manali situated in the Kullu Valley. Manali is a hill station with attractions such as the Rohtang pass nearby and is popular among tourists, especially during the summers.

August
Waterfalls in Mussoorie are a delight to watch in the month of August.
Waterfalls in Mussoorie are a delight to watch in the month of August.

Saturday, 1 August
Sunday, 2 August
Monday, 3 August – Rakshabandhan

Wednesday, 12 August – Janmashtami (restricted)
Thursday, 13 August – Take the day off
Friday, 14 August – Take the day off
Saturday, 15 August – Independence Day
Sunday,16 August
Monday, 17 August – Parsi New Year
Saturday, 29 August
Sunday, 30 August – Muharram
Monday, 31 August – Onam (restricted)

Places to visit:

August is the month when monsoon arrives in several parts of India. If you wish to savour the rainy season, you ought to visit Cherrapunji. You could also visit Mussoorie to witness the grand waterfalls.

While in Cherrapunji, you could visit the Maysynram village, a beautiful lush, green area which receives 11,000 mm of rainfall every year. You could also visit the iconic Double Decker Living Root Bridge. It is truly a wonder to behold, as the bridge is made up of intertwining roots of the trees.

October

You could visit Bengal to experience the joyful colours of Durga Pujo or go pandal hopping in the state.
You could visit Bengal to experience the joyful colours of Durga Pujo or go pandal hopping in the state.

Friday, 2 October – Gandhi Jayanti
Saturday, 3 October
Sunday, 4 October

Thursday, 29 October – Id-e-milad
Friday, 30 October – Take the day off
Saturday, 31 October
Sunday, 1 November

Places to visit:

October is that time of the year when Durga Puja is celebrated across the world in full fervour. You could visit Bengal to experience the joyful colours of Durga Puja or go pandal- hopping in the state.

If you wish to go trekking, you can visit the Singalila National Park which covers the Indian side of the scenic Singalila Ridge, the Darjeeling region's finest trekking area, along the India–Nepal border west of Darjeeling.

You could also visit the Sundarbans National Park which has the world’s largest mangrove jungle full of tigers. The Sundarbans is only accessible by boat and exploring it this way is a unique experience that shouldn't be missed.

November

Friday, 13 November – Dhanteras
Saturday, 14 November – Diwali
Sunday, 15 November
Monday, 16 November – Bhaiduj

Saturday, 28 November
Sunday, 29 November
Monday, 30 November – Guru Nanak Jayanti

Places to visit:

November is the perfect time to explore North India. You could visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar, travel to see the Taj Mahal in Agra or go to Varanasi to witness the majestic Diwali firecrackers.

When in Varanasi, you could visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which is regarded as one of the most popular Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located in the heart of Varanasi, the temple is a core of faith for millions of Hindus.

What’s more? You could also visit the Assi ghat. The Assi Ghat is placed at the confluence of the Rivers Assi and Ganga and is famous for the large Shiva Lingam installed under a peepal tree.

December
You can go to Daman & Diu for experiencing the Christmas and New Year celebrations in full fervour.
You can go to Daman & Diu for experiencing the Christmas and New Year celebrations in full fervour.

Friday, 25 December – Christmas
Saturday, 26 December
Sunday, 27 December
Thursday, 31 January – Take the day off
Friday, 1 January 2020 – New Year

Places to visit:

December is another month when you could visit Kerala to witness the Christmas festivities. You could also visit Goa or Daman & Diu for experiencing the Christmas and New Year celebrations in full fervour.

December is also the month when the Sunburn festival takes place in Goa. Several popular artists can be seen performing at the festival. You could also visit Calangute, the largest beach in north Goa stretching from Candolim to Baga. Due to its sheer size and popularity, it is a hub for tourists and backpackers from all over the world.

Independence Day weekend: Some quick, budget getaways near Delhi
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Independence Day is here and for most professionals stuck in their round-the-clock job, this is an opportunity like no other to plan a quick getaway.

Staying in Delhi has its own advantages and disadvantages. But when it comes to travelling in a limited time and on a shoe-string budget, there are quite a few places to consider.

From history to nature to wildlife and adventure, there is an endless list of places in and around for a mini-vacation.

Here are 5 destinations you could be headed to during the Independence Day weekend.
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Distance from Delhi: 166 km

Ideal for: Travellers, family, friends & couples

Budget: Rs 1500-2000

Often overshadowed by the touristy locations of Jaipur, Jodhpur & Jaisalmer, the city of Alwar is a perfect weekend destination for those who seek something different.

Alwar is perhaps the oldest of the Rajasthani kingdoms, forming part of the Matsya territories of Viratnagar in 1500 BC.

Silserh Lake and Hill Fort Kesroli along with Sariska Tiger Reserve and the apparently haunted Bhangarh fort are the main attractions in and around Alwar.

So, hop into your car and head to this fairly unexplored destination for a slice of heritage, history, architecture and some yummy Rajasthani food!
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Distance from Delhi: 242 km

Ideal for: Travellers, family, couples, devotees

Budget: Rs 2000-3000

Nestled cautiously in the Himalayas with the river Ganges flowing next to it, Rishikesh is way more than just an important pilgrimage destination.

For the adventure-lovers, Rishikesh has the highest bungee-jumping spot in India, with a height of 83m.

For the gastronome, although most-places here offer vegetarian food, but it’s nothing like you have ever had.

So stop procrastinating and plan a quick trip to this exotic location that offers just the right amount of tranquillity and adventure.
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Distance from Delhi: 260 km

Ideal for: Family, friends, couples, nature-lovers and travellers

Budget: Rs 2000-5000

For those of us who prefer our vacations far from the madding crowd, Lansdowne is clearly a favourite.

Perched at an altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level, Lansdowne is a pretty and peaceful little hill station with relatively smaller crowds, especially when compared to the more popular hill stations in the same Garhwal region, like Uttarakhand, Mussoorie and Nainital.

The picturesque Himalayan peaks Chaukhamba & Trishul are visible from here.

So, if you are in the mood for a lazy weekend and want to spend time
observing and appreciating nature, think no further.
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Distance from Delhi: 235 km

Ideal for: Couples, Wildlife Lovers

Budget: Rs 3000-15,000

Are you fascinated by adventure and does the forest bring out the wanderlust in you?

To quench your thirst of spotting the rare and following animal trails, what could be better than visiting the country’s oldest tiger reserve? Think no more and head to the Jim Corbett National Park.

Located in the Himalayan Terai Region, the experience is delightful in itself even if you don't manage to spot a big cat. However, if you do get fortunate, no sight can quite match up to seeing a Bengal Tiger prowling in the wilderness. The free-roaming elephants are a spectacular sight too.

The cottages and hotels in and around the reserve are particularly comfortable and you are never too far from the adventure.
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Distance from Delhi: 366 km

Ideal for: Family, couples, friend, hill-station lovers

Budget: Rs 2500-6000

Almora is a picturesque district in the Kumaun region, east of Uttarakhand that offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayas. Perfect for nature-lovers, the alluring grandeur of natural beauty in this region is breathtaking.

Popular for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, delightful cuisine and magnificent wildlife, Almora promises just the right amount of fun and adventure.

So, if you don't mind a lot of fellow tourists, Almora can definitely turn out to be exactly what you need for a holiday to de-stress.
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