Work routines have their way of getting to you one way or another. No matter what kind of job you are in, there are times when it gets too much and your mind, body and soul craves for a break. This is when bank holidays and long weekends come in handy. August 2017 has a number of holidays for you to utilize in the best way possible. It is the peak of monsoon in India which means there are a number of beautiful monsoon destinations across the country that you can explore in August. We have already given you the best places to visit in August 2017 in India. In case you’re wondering when you can travel to these places, here is the list of bank holidays in August 2017 that you can use to take off on a short vacation with your loved ones. Also Read - Places Where it Rains the Most in India: 5 Wettest Places for Those Who Love the Rains

Raksha Bandhan, Monday, 07-Aug-2017

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan



Raksha Bandhan is the festival of brother and sisters. It’s the day when sisters tie an auspicious thread called “rakhi” on the wrists of their brothers who in return promise to protect their respective sisters till eternity. Some states like Madhya Pradesh, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand have a holiday on this day. Since, Raksha Bandhan falls on a Monday, you can easily club it with the weekend and go for a 3-day day vacation. A number of monsoon holiday spots like the Jog Falls in Karnataka and Malshej Ghat in Maharashtra are at their scenic best during this time of the year. Also Read - How To Reach Phaltan Near Satara For An Offbeat Weekend Getaway From Mumbai and Pune

Independence Day, Tuesday, 15-Aug-2017 (Also Janmashtami)

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Red Fort in Delhi



India’s national holiday and perhaps the most prominent day in its history, August 15 is when India won its independence from the British in 1947. Every Indian celebrates this day with a great amount of pride and enthusiasm. This year, Janmashtami, which is the celebration of Hindu deity Krishna’s birth, also falls on August 15. Since this holiday falls on a Tuesday, it would be a smart move to take an off on Monday and convert the weekend into a 4-day trip. Cliched as it may sound, a trip to Delhi during this time can be quite rewarding. Also Read - Monsoon Lovers, Here Are Top 8 Places You Can Visit in August in India

Parsi New Year (Shahenshahi), Thursday, 17-Aug-2017

Meghalaya

Meghalaya

An auspicious day for the Zoroastrian community, Parsi New Year or Shahenshahi is a bank holiday in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. It falls on a Thursday which means that you can apply for a leave on Friday to get four whole days (including the weekend) to yourself. Pick from several monsoon destinations like Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu and Cherrapunji in Meghalaya which are a delight to visit in August.

Ganesh Chaturthi, Friday, 25-Aug-17

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

Celebrated to mark the birth of the beloved Hindu God Ganesha, Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the popular festivals of India which is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, especially in the state of Maharashtra. Several states like Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharshtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have a bank holiday on Ganesh Chaturthi. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on a Friday, which means that you get a long weekend for a wonderful trip with your loved ones. Places like Kaas plateau in Maharashtra or Coorg in Karnataka are a delight during this time.