We are almost at the end of 2017. And the first thing that comes to mind for anyone who is enthusiastic about travel is – how many long weekends are there in 2018? Mercifully, 2018 has a long list of long weekends which can be availed for memorable trips. If you are enthusiastic about your travels next year and want to take it more seriously than the year that has gone by, we feel you! Here is the entire holiday calendar for 2018 to help you plan your vacations for the upcoming year. Use this list of long weekends to make the most of the year 2018.

January 1, 2018 – Monday – New Year

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New Year 2018 falls on a Monday giving you your first long weekend of the year. January is a great time to visit beautiful destinations like Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala. There are also several winter holiday destinations near Mumbai you can consider for this long weekend.

January 26, 2018 – Friday – Republic Day

Your second long weekend comes on account of Republic Day which falls on a Friday. Once again, the month of January means that the weather is extremely pleasant and favorable for sight-seeing in places like Rann of Kutch, Khajuraho and Chennai.

March 2, 2018 – Friday – Holi

Holi Vishram Ghat Mathura

One of India;s most popular and loved festivals, Holi falls on a Friday in 2018 giving you yet another long weekend. March is when it starts getting hot in several parts of India making it the best time to hit the hill stations of the north and the south. From Shimla, Kasol and Nainital to Ooty and Coonoor, a number of places are great for a trip in March. If you would like to witness Holi at its grandest, visit Varanasi or Mathura in Uttar Pradesh!

May 1, 2018 – Tuesday – Maharashtra Day

This particular holiday is only for those living in Maharashtra. If you take an off on Monday, the 30th of April, you get a long weekend which can be used to take a trip to lovely destinations like Dharamsala, Rudraprayag and Kheerganga, which are all absolutely magical in May.

September 13, 2018 – Thursday – Ganesh Chaturthi

Malshej Ghats in the monsoons

Malshej Ghats in the monsoons

And then there is the famous and convivial festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in September. Take an off on Friday, the 14th to give yourself a long weekend. Use it to take a trip to one of the many monsoon destinations of India. From Malshej Ghat in Maharashtra to Alleppey in Kerala and Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, you will spoilt for choice. And if you want to get a bit adventurous, there’s always Rishikesh and Ladakh!

October 2, 2018 – Tuesday – Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

The birth anniversary of India’s most popular personality ever falls on a Tuesday in 2018. If you take an off on Monday, the 1st of October, you get another long weekend. October is a great time to visit Goa where the peak season just begins to set in which means it is not too crowded and yet a great party spot. It is also a good time to check out places like Pondicherry, Rewalsar and Gokarna. You can also visit Sewagram, Raj Ghat or Mani Bhawan during this time to pay your respects to the Mahatma.

October 19, 2018 – Friday – Dussehra

Manali

Manali

Dussehra, the festival that signifies victory of good over evil, falls on a Friday in 2018 giving you a long weekend for a lovely October trip. It is the beginning of winter in places around Chandigarh which makes it a great time to visit destinations like Parwanoo, Kiratpur Sahib, and Manali.

November 7 and 8, 2018 – Wednesday, Thursday – Diwali (Lakshmi Puja and Govardhan Puja)

The festival of lights, India’s most significant festival, gives you holidays on Wednesday and Thursday in 2018. Just take one more day off (November 9) and what you have is a 5-day weekend that can be used to travel to anywhere from northeast India to Rajasthan to Kerala, all of which are marvelous in November.

December 25, 2018 – Tuesday – Christmas Day

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Photograph Courtesy: Shutterstock

Christmas 2018 falls on a Tuesday so if you can manage to swing a holiday on Monday, the 24th, you can get one last long weekend to end the year on a happy and high note. Use the 4 days to take a trip to Goa, Gokarna, Nagaland, Odisha, Gulmarg, Pondicherry, Gwalior, Varanasi, Jim Corbett or pretty much any place in the country. December truly is the best time to travel across India.

Exciting holiday calendar, isn’t it? Make the most of this list and plan your holidays well in advance to enjoy the long weekends of 2018.