Long Weekends 2024: You Can Plan 16 Mini Vacations This Year

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Long Weekends 2024: You Can Plan 16 Mini Vacations This Year

With 16 long weekends lined up for you in 2024, maybe this will be the year of travel you were hoping for. Scroll down for the complete list and start planning that perfect mini-break.

If you too hate Mondays like Garfield, this might be your year to start with a bang with a long weekend celebration! Here’s the 2024 long weekends calendar for you, with a recommendation of places that you can visit during these long weekends. To help get started, we’ve created a travel calendar with three-day weekends and potential four-day breaks. Go ahead and start planning!

LONG WEEKENDS IN JANUARY, 2024

Saturday, 13 January: Lohri (restricted)
Sunday, 14 January
Monday, 15 January: Pongal (restricted)

Friday, 26 January: Republic Day
Saturday, 27 January
Sunday, 28 January

Where to go : If you love snow, January is the best time to don yourselves in furry jackets and gloves to visit Manali in Himachal Pradesh, Gulmarg in Kashmir, or Roing in Arunachal Pradesh. Winter is also one of the best seasons to visit the deserts of Jaisalmer or take a trip to the Jaipur Literary Festival in Rajasthan. You may also consider The Rann of Kutch for the Rann Utsav or Ahmedabad for Uttarayan.

LONG WEEKENDS IN MARCH, 2024

Friday, 8 March: Mahashivratri
Saturday, 9 March
Sunday, 10 March

Saturday, 23 March
Sunday, 24 March
Monday, 25 March: Holi

Friday, 29 March: Good Friday
Saturday, 30 March
Sunday, 31 March: Easter

Where to go : As the cold dies down and summer slowly begins to take over, March brings a variety of offerings for a quick relaxed vacay or an adventurous trip. Some places to consider are Mathura in Uttar Pradesh (specially during Holi), Anandpurin Punjab if you want to witness the Hola Mohalla festival that takes place a couple of days after Holi, Ajmer in Rajasthan, Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, Havelock Beach in Andamans, Gangtok in Sikkim, and Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan.

LONG WEEKENDS IN APRIL, 2024

Saturday, 6 April
Sunday, 7 April
Monday, 8 April: take the day off
Tuesday, 9 April: Gudi Padwa/Navreh/Ugadi (restricted)

Saturday, 13 April
Sunday, 14 April: Vaisakhi/Dr Ambekar Jayanti
Monday, 15 April: Pohela Boishakh (restricted)

Where to go : April is the best time to visit the Andamans, Mahabaleshwar in Mumbai, Masinagudi in Tamil Nadu or Kalimpong in West Bengal, Srinagar in Kashmir for the Tulip festival.

Clockwise from left to right: Gulmarg, Gir National Park, Mathura, and Andamans
Clockwise from left to right: Gulmarg, Gir National Park, Mathura, and Andamans

LONG WEEKENDS IN MAY, 2024

Thursday, 23 May: Buddha Purnima
Friday, 24 May: take the day off
Saturday, 25 May
Sunday, 26 May

Where to go : It is the best time to visit Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh for sightseeing. You can also consider Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu, Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh or hit Panchgani for a long weekend gateway!

LONG WEEKENDS IN JUNE, 2024

Saturday, 15 June
Sunday, 16 June
Monday, 17 June: Bakri Eid (restricted)

Where to go : While some parts of the country are still experiencing summer, a large part of Western India, is experiencing Monsoons. The summers are here and this is the best time to resort to the mountains for a weekend gateway, away from the scorching heat. Mussoorie or Almora in Uttrakhand, Mount Abu in Rajasthan, Munnar in Kerela are some of the places that make a sweet long weekend escape!

LONG WEEKENDS IN AUGUST, 2024

Thursday, 15 August: Independence Day and Parsi New Year
Friday, 16 August: take the day off
Saturday, 17 August
Sunday, 18 August
Monday, 19 August: Raksha Bandhan (restricted)

Saturday, 24 August
Sunday, 25 August
Monday, 26 August: Janmashthami

Where to go : You can hit the southernmost part of the country in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu for a weekend gateway, or visit the Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand. You can also visit Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, Darjeeling in West Bengal or take a trip to Lonavala, Khandala and Western Ghats in Maharashtra.

Long Weekends
Clockwise from left to right: Panchgani, Munnar, Kanniyakumari, Varanasi

LONG WEEKENDS IN SEPTEMBER, 2024

Thursday, 5 September: Onam (restricted)
Friday, 6 September: take the day off
Saturday, 7 September: Ganesh Chaturthi
Sunday, 8 September

Where to go : It is the best time to visit Tarkali in Maharashtra for stargazing. You can also consider Saputara in Gujarat, SpitiValley in Himachal Pradesh or Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh for a long weekend gateway!

LONG WEEKENDS IN OCTOBER, 2024

Friday, 11 October: Maha Navmi (restricted)
Saturday, 12 October: Dussehra
Sunday, 13 October

Where to go : Plan a trip to Kolkata during Durga Puja, a festival that has been inscribed in the ‘Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). You can visit the Jagannath Temple and the beach bordering the Bay of Bengal in Puri, Orissa. It is also a good time to visit Wayanad in Kerala, Kashmir to see the fall, and Jodhpur in Rajastha

LONG WEEKENDS IN NOVEMBER, 2024

Friday, 1 November: Diwali
Saturday, 2 November
Sunday, 3 November: Bhai Dooj

Where to go : The Golden Temple in Amritsar is worth a visit since the weather is cool and pleasant during November. It also makes up for a good time to visit Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh, Gokarna in Tamil Nadu and even Pushkar in Rajasthan which is located among the Aravalis.

LONG WEEKENDS IN DECEMBER, 2024

Saturday, 21 December
Sunday, 22 December
Monday, 23 December: take the day off
Tuesday, 24 December: take the day off
Wednesday, 25 December

Saturday, 28 December
Sunday, 29 December
Monday, 30 December: take the day off
Tuesday, 31 December: take the day off
Wednesday, 1 January

Where to go : December would be a perfect time to explore Rajasthan (Udaipur/Jasalmer), Gangtok in Sikkim, Bandhavgarh National Park in MP. You can also consider celebrating the new year in Pondicherry, Alappuzha in Kerala

Clockwise from left to right: Pushkar, Kolkata Durga Puja, Ziro, Bandhavgarh National Park
Clockwise from left to right: Pushkar, Kolkata Durga Puja, Ziro, Bandhavgarh National Park

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