The 2018 Long Weekend Calendar is Here

Plus, recommendations on where to go each month, and a print-friendly version too.  
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Illustration by: retrorocket/iStock

The best part about the holiday calendar each year is marking out the long weekends and planning where to go every month. We’ve made the process easy for you, with a list of expert travel options—beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, and heritage getaways, among other things. So here’s the 2018 calendar. Bookmark the list, or download the print-friendly version here.

 

January

1 Jan New Year, 22 Jan Basant Panchami, 26 Jan Republic Day

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Illustration by: Julia_Khimich/iStock

Winter’s Magic

Skiing, sledging, ice-skating—here’s how you can plot your snowy escapades.

 

February

14 Feb Maha Shivratri

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Illustration by: isaxar/iStock

Rajasthani Adventure

Enjoy the slight nip in the air, and choose from our guide of 16 getaways in Rajasthan.

 

March

2 Mar Holi, 29 Mar Mahavir Jayanti, 30 Mar Good Friday

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Illustration by: DimaChe/iStock

Underwater Escape

Holi celebrations are at their traditional finest in Mathura and Vrindavan. This is also a good time to go diving in the warm waters of the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

 

April

30 April Buddha Purnima

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Illustration by: ninochka/iStock

Tiger, Tiger

Jungle reserves like Bandhavgarh, Sariska and Ranthambore offer the thrill of spotting a wild cat along with comfortable (if not plush) accommodation options.

 

May

1 May Labour Day

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Illustration by: VectorPocket/iStock

Surf’s Up

Ride the waves in the coastal towns of Varkala and Kovalam.

 

June

15 June Eid Ul-Fitr

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Illustration by: Pazhyna/iStock

Eid Mubarak

Lucknow and Hyderabad should feature on any foodie’s itinerary. Or take a cue from Chef Ranveer Brar on how to eat your way through Ramadan.

 

July

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Illustration by majivecka/Shutterstock

Monsoon Treks

The Western Ghats overflow with lush greenery and waterfalls in July. There may not be a long weekend, but don’t let that stop you from following this guide of DIY hikes.

 

August

15 Aug Independence Day, 17 Aug Parsi New Year, 22 Aug Eid Al-Adha, 25 Aug Onam

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Illustration by Polar_lights/iStock

Mountain High

Combine all the holidays for a road trip to Ladakh. Choose from our recommendations for places to stay in Leh and Ladakh.

 

September

3 Sep Janmashtami, 13 Sep Ganesh Chaturthi, 21 Sep Muharram

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Illustration by: ksana-gribakina/iStock

Tea Trails

In the Nilgiris, hill slopes are carpeted with plantations. Take the scenic route in Ooty and Coonoor, or go hiking in Avalanchi.

 

October

2 Oct Gandhi Jayanti, 19 Oct Dussehra

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Illustration by: jemastock/iStock

Good v/s Evil

Whether it is Bharat Milap in Varanasi or celebration of the goddess Kali in Tamil Nadu, Dussehra celebrations cover a wide spectrum in India.

 

November

5 Nov Dhanteras, 6 Nov Choti Diwali, 7 Nov Diwali, 8 Nov Govardhan Puja, 9 Nov Bhai Duj, 23 Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti

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Illustration by: sv-time/iStock, kameshkova/iStock

Cultural Extravaganza

Buddhist stupas in Sanchi, ancient temples in Khajuraho and Orchha, riverside ghats in Ujjain and Jabalpur—Madhya Pradesh is perfect for history buffs.

 

December

25 Dec Christmas

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Illustration by: artefy/iStock

Southern Comfort

From houseboats floating leisurely in backwaters to tea and spice plantations, Kerala never disappoints.

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    Lubna Amir is Jr. Assistant Editor at National Geographic Traveller India. She travels in the search for happy places (which invariably involve a beach) and good food. When she’s not planning her next escape, you can find her curled up with a book or researching recipes.

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