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  • Weekend holidays in 2015

    2014 was indeed a year of weekends offering excellent options to explore long haul and short-haul destinations across India and overseas. However, 2015 is much better with good number of long weekends and a bumper nine-day Diwali break. If you take your sick leaves strategically, you will end up with good 58-60 days of travel in 2015! So, wait not! Check the list of places you can visit in India month-wise in 2015 and travel the world!

    Holidays in January 2015:

    January 1 (Thursday): New Year
    Club it with the coming weekend and you will be off till January 4.
    January 23 (Friday): Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Jayati
    Celebrated across Kolkata. So the people from West Bengal can go for a short weekend break to near by places. January 26 (Monday): Republic Day
    Club it with January 24-25 weekend and plan a fabulous extended weekend holiday!

     

    Places to visit in India in January:

    Since January is a part of winter season, the weather across India is excellent for travel. If you want to go skiing or experience snow; take a visit to Jammu & Kashmir, Manali or Shimla. However, if you are in the mood of having some encounter with the wildlife, how about visiting the wildlife parks of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal or Maharashtra?

    Holidays in February 2015:

    February 17 (Tuesday): Maha Shivratri
    For a romantic holiday, club it with February 14 (Saturday) weekend and you can end up with a good 4-day long Valentine Special break.

    Places to visit in India in February:

    Romance is in the air this month. So how about considering few romantic places in India like Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan or even Kashmir to pop the questions! If you are a couple looking for some festivals, book yourself a holiday to Goa (Goa Carnival - February 14-17) or even Rajasthan (Music Festival - February 12-15).

    Holidays in March 2015:

    March 6 (Friday): Holi
    Team it up with the weekend of March 7 & 8 for an exciting weekend break!

    Places to visit in India in March:

    With the on-set of summers in west and south of India, there will be a mix of places you can visit in March. To colour yourself in the festive mode of holi, you can visit places like Barsana Village, Mathura or Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), Anandpur Sahib (Punjab), Shantiniketan or Purulia (West Bengal) or even Jaipur (Rajasthan). If you are not planning to visit North India, visit Coorg (Karnataka) to catch some white coffee flowers in bloom!

    Holidays in April 2015:

    April 3 (Friday): Good Friday
    A perfect summer weekend if clubbed with weekend.
    April 14 (Tuesday): Ambedkar Jayanti, Tamil New Year
    Merge it with April 11th & 12th weekend and take a leave on April 13th to enjoy a long weekend).

    Places to visit in India in April:

    With the summers in full swing and the start of summer holidays in school, it’s time to visit the cooler corners of India. Hop on to a flight, train or bus and get to the popular hill stations of India. It is also the best time to spot tigers in national parks like Jim Corbett, Ranthambore, Tadoba and Bandipur. For all the strawberry lovers, hit the road to Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra to celebrate Strawberry Festival which takes place in the first week of April.

    Holidays in May 2015:

    May 1 (Friday): Labour Day; Maharashtra Day
    A perfect long weekend to beat the heat!
    May 4 (Monday): Buddha Purnima
    Merge it with May 1st holiday for an extended weekend

    Places to visit in India in May:

    With the scorching heat across India, it is time to beat the heat not just with hill stations but also with beaches! Head to the year round favourite Goa for some exciting beach holidays but don’t you forget your sun block lotion. You can also experience a house boat stay in the backwaters of Kerala and club it with some relaxing Ayurveda massages for glowing skin and refreshing mind!

    No holidays in June & July 2015 (Sad, but true!)

    Places to visit in India in June:

    Despite being a ‘No-public holiday month’, June is increasingly becoming a hot favourite month of travel for many Indians. This is because of the changing weather and also the extended school holidays. Most of the tourists flock to the south of India to welcome the monsoon and take respite from the heat! It is indeed mesmerising to witness the excellent green mountains of Kerala covered with monsoon clouds! Bereft of rain as it is, Ladakh is favoured among the adventure lovers as the highway to Leh opens in May. If you want to avoid crowd, June is the best time to visit this Himalayan Kingdom.

    Places to visit in India in July:

    Yet another ‘No-public holiday month’, this monsoon month highlights the best of ‘Incredible India’. One of the most important attractions in July is the ‘Valley of Flowers’ in Uttarakhand. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the valley is open for travellers from July to September featuring more than 300 varieties of flora and fauna in full bloom. You can also visit destinations like Andaman, Lakshadweep, Darjeeling, Gangtok and many more hidden treasures of India tourism.

    Holidays in August 2015:

    August 15 (Saturday): Independence Day
    You can opt for brief weekend break.
    August 18 (Tuesday): Parsi New Year
    Club it with August 15 weekend to enjoy an extended vacation

    Places to visit in India in August:

    With monsoon in its fullest glory, it is time for some trekking! Head to the hilly corners of India to catch some mesmerizing sites of mountains covered with clouds, lush green surrounding and waterfalls. You can also visit Jog Falls in Karnataka which are the second highest plunge waterfalls in India. Moreover, Kerala also offers excellent ‘spacations’ (Spa vacations) during monsoon.

    Holidays in September 2015:

    September 17 (Thursday): Ganesh Chaturthi
    Best enjoyed when combined with the following weekend!
    September 24 (Thursday) - Bakri Id
    Yet another extended weekend holiday option

    Places to visit in India in September:

    September marks the transition from monsoon to winter season in India. Get in the festive mood by witnessing one of the most vibrant festivals of Maharashtra - Ganesh Chaturthi by visiting any corner of the state during the celebrations. You can also head to Kovalam for the most romantic settings by nature for couples. Other destinations to take a visit in September are Chettinad (Tamil Nadu), Lachen (Sikkim), Pahalgam (Jammu & Kashmir), Dudhsagar Falls (Goa) and even Kalimpong (West Bengal).

    Holidays in October 2015:

    October 2 (Friday): Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
    Mini weekend break 
    October 22 (Thursday): Dussehra
    Becomes an extended weekend if clubbed with the following weekend.

    Places to visit in India in October:

    Perfect weather for travelling in India, October brings in the start of autumn. Thrill-seekers can go for white-water rafting in Rishikesh, paragliding in Kamshet, Tarkarli for scuba-diving and dolphin spotting or even Kabini or Dandeli for wildlife. You can also visit destinations like Hampi, Kanyakumari, Sikkim, Andaman, Srinagar or Varanasi to get closer to the roots of Indian culture.

    Holidays in November 2015:

    November 9 (Monday): Dhanteras
    November 11 (Wednesday): Diwali
    November 13 (Friday): Bhaidooj
    Technically, you can take an off for the whole week here and enjoy a long long vacation!

    Places to visit in India in November:

    One of the most popular Indian festivals, Diwali is celebrated across the country with great enthusiasm. The best places to celebrate Diwali are Varanasi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Amritsar, Goa and even Kovalam. If you are not looking for festive celebrations, head to destinations like Havelock Island (Andamans) for beaches, Dudhwa National Park (Uttar Pradesh) for wildlife, Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu) or Bodhgaya (Bihar) for religious travel or even Khajurao (Madhya Pradesh) to learn more about Indian history.

    Holidays in December 2015:

    December 24 (Thursday): Eid-e-Milad
    December 25 (Friday): Christmas
    Club both the above mentioned holidays with the following weekend for a stretched weekend break!
    December 31 (Thursday) - Last day of 2015

    Places to visit in India in December:

    Being the end of the year, get all excited but don’t forget your New Year resolution taken during early 2015. If you haven’t travel much in 2015, this is the month to fulfil all your wishes! Pack your bags and head to Sunburn Festival of Goa (starts by the 3rd week of December). For the romantics, destinations like Jaipur, Kovalam, Hampi or even Lavasa provides perfect natural settings. Families can head to destinations like Kochi (Kerala), Golconda Fort (Andhra Pradesh) and Agra (Uttar Pradesh).

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    Author : Rishika Karra