Photograph Courtesy: sabamonin/Creative Commons

Photograph Courtesy: sabamonin/Creative Commons

May is the summer month in India when the heat starts getting on to your nerves. Most parts of the Indian plains face the brutal brunt of the scorching sun making life miserable for those traveling for hours to get to work. The good thing is, there is always someplace nice nearby where you can escape the heat. These amazing hill stations, river islands, forest reserves, valleys, or beaches serve as the perfect respite not just from the heat but also from the daily monotony. It then comes down to holidays when you can be away from work without having to worry about deadlines and assignments. And that’s why we love bank holidays, especially when they help transform weekly offs into long weekends. So, if you are fed up of the heat and daily routine already, here are the bank holidays in May 2017 in India that give you the perfect opportunity for a short summer holiday. ALSO SEE Events in May 2017 in India that you cannot let slip Also Read - Centre Mulls Extending Nationwide Lockdown as COVID-19 Cases Near 5000-mark With 124 Deaths | Top Developments



May 1 – Monday – Maharashtra Day

For those in Maharashtra, the month begins with a holiday giving you the perfect long weekend for a short trip. May 1 is celebrated as Maharashtra Day or Maharashtra Din or Maharashtra Diwas as it is the day when the state was formed in 1960. It falls on a Monday which means you can easily use the 3-day off to take off on a short trip. May is a great time to visit places like Dharamsala and Kasol in Himachal Pradesh. The weather during summer at these hill stations is absolutely spectacular and the scenic views provide the much-needed break from urban pollution and hustle-bustle.You can also take a small break to visit Goa which is hot but sans the tourist crowd making it a nice getaway. Another option is the Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh which can serve as an excellent getaway amidst the forest. Also Read - Coronavirus in Gujarat: 14-month-old Toddler Dies of COVID-19 in Jamnagar

Photograph courtesy: Creative commons/Tarique Sani

Photograph courtesy: Tarique Sani/Creative Commons



May 10 – Wednesday – Buddha Purnima

Buddha Purnima is celebrated to honor the birth, life, enlightenment and death of Gautam Buddha. Banks are closed and several organizations declare an off on this day. This year, it falls on May 10, a Wednesday. You can use it to take a mid-week break and take off on a picnic to one of the quiet places close to your city. Alternatively, you can take a couple of days off and convert the weekend into a 5-day holiday. This time can be used to tour wildlife sanctuaries like Tadoba, Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh where tiger sightings are maximum during summer. You can also go backpacking all across Himachal Pradesh where the weather is extremely pleasant during this time. NOW SEE List of long weekends in India in 2017: Escape to these amazing holiday destinations this year Also Read - New York Leads Coronavirus Death Toll With 731 Fatalties in 24 Hours

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