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Long Weekends In India 2024 To Plan Your Next Vacation: Complete Travel Guide

Long Weekends In India

You might have expected to take a long break from your busy work life, but somehow, all your travel plans got tanked due to your strict deadlines or other reasons in 2023. But there is no need to have regrets, as you still have a golden chance for long weekends in India in 2024. So better pay attention to your calendar once again and carve out new travel plans for the current year. 

If you want to take extended breaks to be with your loved ones, your wish will come true, with ample opportunities awaiting you in 2024. This allows you to spare time for your family or friends. Hence, there is nothing to fret about.

Plan your vacation this time with long weekends in India 2024

Now, it’s up to you to plan your vacation wisely and make the most of it without begging for extra leaves in your office. So, what’s holding you back now? It’s time to bring back the travel enthusiast in you who is always ready to move out and explore. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of long weekends in 2024 to revamp your travel plans for long vacations.

January – Makar Sankranti/Pongal & Republic Day Weekend

January is the first month that marks the beginning of the new year. This time in 2024, it has come up with the benefit of 2 long weekends to plan a holiday with your loved ones. There are many top travel destinations in India to spend your vacations.

Makar Sankranti/Pongal

  • 13th January: Saturday
  • 14th January: Sunday (Makar Sankranti/Pongal)
  • 15th January: Monday  (Take the day off)
Best Places to Celebrate Makar Sankranti in India
  • Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh: Take a holy dip in the river & participate in a kite flying competition.
  • Manali, Himachal Pradesh: Enjoying the snowfall & adventure activities. You can search for the top resorts in Manali to be the part of the celebration
  • Haridwar, Uttarakhand: Bathing in holy Ganges, & attending Ganga Aarti.
  • Ahmedabad, Gujarat: Enjoying the biggest Kite Flying festival.
  • Kolkata, West Bengal: Visiting the Ganga Sagar Mela & Kapil Muni Ashram.
  • Amritsar, Punjab: Exploring the energetic spirit of the city.

Republic Day Weekend

  • 26th January: Friday (Republic Day)
  • 27th January: Saturday
  • 28th January: Sunday
  • 29th January: Monday (Take the day off)
Best Places to Celebrate Republic Day in India
  • New Delhi: Watching the beautiful representation of Indian culture at the Republic Day parade.
  • Wagah Border, Amritsar: Seeing the stirring retreat ceremony.
  • Shimla, Himachal Pradesh: Visiting Ridge Maidan to watch the state-level celebrations. You can book a hotel in Mashobra near Shimla to reach there.
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra: Watching the lively parade at Shivaji Park.
  • Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Get to know about the atrocity of British rule on freedom fighters of India at Cellular Jail.
  • Bangalore, Karnataka: Attending flag hoisting ceremony at Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground.
  • Ahmedabad, Gujarat: Visiting Sabarmati Ashram, one of the residences of Mahatma Gandhi.

March – Maha Shivratri, Holi & Good Friday Weekend

March is the third month of the year, indicating the beginning of the summer season. In 2024, you have a long weekend of fun with Maha Shivratri, Holi, & Good Friday.   

Maha Shivratri Weekend

  • 8th March: Friday (Maha Shivratri)
  • 9th March: Saturday
  • 10th March: Sunday
  • 11th March : Monday (Take a day off)
Best Places to Celebrate Maha Shivaratri in India
  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Participating in the spiritual festivities on the banks of River Ganga.
  • Nathdwara, Rajasthan: To worship Lord Shiva during Maha Shivratri, you should visit Vishwas Swaroopam. You can stay in Nathdwara at one of the top hotels.
  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: Immersing in the holy wave on the ghats of the Ganga on the eve of Maha Shivratri.
  • Hyderabad, Telangana: Celebrating Ugadi & savouring the special Ugadi Pachadi with all traditional rituals.
  • Bengaluru, Karnataka: Watching the colourful processions & cultural events that signify the celebration of Ugadi.
  • Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh: Visiting Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple to worship Lord Mahadev.

Holi Weekend

  • 23th March: Saturday 
  • 24th March: Sunday
  • 25th March: Monday (Holi)
  • 26th March : Tuesday (Take a day off)
Best Places to Celebrate Holi in India
  • Barsana, Uttar Pradesh: Watch the unusual way of celebrating Holi with sticks, called Lathmar Holi.
  • Mathura & Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh: Welcome to the land of Lord Krishna, & experience the traditional Holi celebrations here.
  • Goa: Fill your vacation with enjoyment with Holi parties at the beach.
  • Udaipur, Rajasthan: Partake in the Holika Dahan ceremony. There are top-rated hotels to stay in Udaipur from where you can visit the major sites.
  • Shantiniketan, West Bengal: Be part of cultural Holi festive celebrations inspired by Rabindranath Tagore.
  • Jaipur, Rajasthan: Experience the royal Holi celebration with royal cultural events.
  • Anandpur Sahib, Punjab: Witness the martial arts skills of Sikh Warriors during the celebration of Hola Mohalla. 

Good Friday Weekend

  • 28th March: Thursday (Take a day off)
  • 29th March: Friday (Good Friday)
  • 30th March: Saturday
  • 31st March: Sunday
Best Places to Celebrate Good Friday in India
  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu: Visit San Thome Basilica to witness the spiritual ambience during Good Friday.
  • Kolkata, West Bengal: Partake in the particular services in the colonial-era churches of the city.
  • Goa: Visiting historic churches & attending the solemn processions. There are the best luxury boutique hotels in Goa where you can look for a stay. 
  • Puducherry: Notice the amazing unification of Tamil & French traditions in Good Friday commemoration.
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra: Visiting cathedrals in Mumbai, & becoming part of the Good Friday services.
  • Shillong, Meghalaya: Partaking in the religious observance in this state that follows Christianity.
  • Thrissur, Kerala: Notice the prayers & ritual customs in the age-old Syrian Christian churches.

May – Buddha Purnima Weekend

In 2024, May is a bonafide month to plan long weekend getaways in India with your family or friends. This is when you have many options to explore, whether beaches or mountains. 

Buddha Purnima Weekend

  • 23rd May: Thursday (Buddha Purnima)
  • 24th May: Friday (Take a day off)
  • 25th May: Saturday
  • 26th May: Sunday
Best Places to Celebrate Buddha Purnima in India
  • Lumbini, India-Nepal border: Explore the birthplace of Lord Buddha & witness the international Buddhist festivities.
  • Rajgir, Bihar: Visiting the ancient Gridhakuta Hill, where Buddha preached to his disciples. Attend the prayers here.
  • Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh: Kushinagar is a place where Buddha attained Parinirvana. Witness the Buddhist rituals.
  • Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh: Known to be the abode of Dalai Lama, you should attend the prayers & teachings at his residence. Plan your stay at the best resort in Dharamshala to witness the celebrations of Buddha Purnima.
  • Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh: This is the place where Buddha gave his first sermon. You must participate in the religious ceremonies here.
  • Leh, Ladakh: Watching the sacred dance performances of lamas by attending the lively Hemis Festival.
  • Bodh Gaya, Bihar: This is a place where Buddha attained enlightenment. Do partake in the celebrations at Mahabodhi Temple.

June – Bakri Id/Eid ul-Adha Weekend

June is also ideal for planning a long-term vacation to celebrate the Bakra-Eid festival. It is an auspicious celebration for the Muslim community.

Bakri Id/Eid ul-Adha Weekend

  • 14th June: Friday (Take a day off)
  • 15th June: Saturday
  • 16th June: Sunday
  • 17th June: Monday (Bakra-Eid)
Best Places to Celebrate Bakri Id/Eid ul-Adha in India
  • Delhi: Visiting historic Jama Masjid to attend Eid prayers, & eating the festive food in Old Delhi. 
  • Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir: Visit Hazratbal Shrine to attend communal prayers & witness serene beauty.
  • Malappuram, Kerala: Being one of the predominant regions for the Muslim community, you need to experience the cultural richness of the Eid festival.
  • Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: Feast on famous Mughlai cuisine when celebrating the grand Eid festival.
  • Kolad, Maharashtra: Visiting the revered Haji Ali Dargah & soaking oneself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Eid celebration. With many luxury resorts in Kolad, you can participate in this festivity.
  • Hyderabad, Telangana: Feast on popular Hyderabadi biryani when partaking in festivities with special prayers.
  • Kolkata, West Bengal: Taking part in communal Eid prayers, & feasting on unique culinary offerings.

August – Independence Day & Janmashtami Weekend

Regarding holidays, August is mainly known for celebrating Independence Day, followed by Janmashtami, the pious festival for Hindus, remarking the birth of Lord Krishna.

Independence Day Weekend

  • 15th August: Thursday (Independence Day)
  • 16th August: Friday (Take a day off)
  • 17th August: Saturday
  • 18th August: Sunday
Best Places to Celebrate Independence Day in India
  • New Delhi: Watch the National flag hoisting at the Red Fort & grand National Parade.
  • Kolkata, West Bengal: Visiting historical sites to see the flag hoisting ceremony & watching the cultural programs.
  • Bangalore, Karnataka: Visiting Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground to participate in the flag hoisting ceremony & cultural events. There are the best hotels in Indiranagar to stay & watch the celebration.
  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu: Feel patriotism by observing the celebrations of Independence Day with cultural activities.
  • Wagah Border, Punjab: You should watch the Beating Retreat ceremony that takes place at the India – Pakistan border.
  • Ahmedabad, Gujarat: Partake in kite flying events, signifying freedom
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra: Become part of patriotic events & attend the flag-hoisting ceremonies.

Janmashtami Weekend

  • 23rd August: Friday (Take a day off)
  • 24th August: Saturday
  • 25th August: Sunday
  • 26th August: Monday (Janmashtami)
Best Places to Celebrate Janmashtami in India
  • Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh: Partake in holy prayers in the town that remarks the upbringing of Lord Krishna.
  • Mathura, Uttar Pradesh: You should visit the birthplace of Krishna & must partake in big celebrations & events that take place in temples.
  • Nathdwara, Rajasthan: Be the part of Janmashtami celebrations at Shrinathji Temple. You can stay at a hotel in Nathdwara near the temple to attend aarti.
  • Puri, Odisha: When it comes to the celebration of Janmashtami, then Puri is one popular place to visit to watch the unique rituals at Jagannath Temple.
  • Dwarka, Gujarat: Visit Gujarat to see the submerged city of Dwarka, the kingdom of Krishna. Attend the grand ceremonies.
  • Jaipur, Rajasthan: Watch the celebrations of Janmashtami with lively parades & events around the city.
  • Udupi, Karnataka: Attending festivals & shows at the temples dedicated to Lord Krishna.
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra: Mumbai cannot be exempted regarding celebrations. Watch the daring act of Dahi Handi, where people assemble in pyramid shape to break the pots placed higher.

September – Eid Milad un Nabi Weekend

September is when the monsoon bids goodbye to us, paving a pleasant climate across the country that is convenient for travelling to hill stations, beaches, museums, forts, & wildlife sanctuaries. 

Eid Milad un Nabi Weekend

  • 13th September: Friday (Take a day off)
  • 14th September: Saturday
  • 15th September: Sunday
  • 16th September: Monday (Eid Milad un Nabi)
Best Places to Celebrate Eid Milad un Nabi in India
  • Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir: Soak yourself in festive spirit by watching colourful processions.
  • Delhi: Be part of religious gatherings & walking around the decorated streets of Old Delhi.
  • Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: Watching the processions & savouring the delicious delicacies.
  • Munnar, Kerala: Get indulged in the cultural & religious festive occasion of the Muslim community. You can stay at the best resorts in Munnar to celebrate Eid Milad un Nabi.
  • Hyderabad, Telangana: See around the unique lighting & decorations of the city & savouring the dishes made on the special occasion of Eid Milad un Nabi.
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra: Viewing the colourful processions while enjoying the festive spirit.
  • Kolkata, West Bengal: The festive eve of Muslims is celebrated widely across the city with special foods.

October – Dussehra Weekend

October brings you Dussehra weekend, the right time to plan your long-term holiday. The month allows you to visit the top travel destinations with your loved ones. 

Dussehra Weekend

  • 11th October: Saturday
  • 12th October: Sunday (Dussehra)
  • 13th October: Monday (Take a day off)
Best Places to Celebrate Dussehra in India
  • Delhi: Dussehra marks the victory of good over evil. In this city, you will see the effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna, and his son Meghnaad being burned down.
  • Kullu, Himachal Pradesh: Avail of the particular long weekend offers a unique dramatic representation of the Dussehra festival, which runs for an extended time.
  • Kota, Rajasthan: Get to see villagers dressed as iconic characters from Ramayana, & watch the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran, & Meghnad getting burned down.
  • Mysore, Karnataka: Mysore Dussehra has been very popular for 400 years. In this city of Karnataka, it marks the victory of the goddess Durga over Mahisasura. 
  • Almora, Uttarakhand: Watch all villainous characters’ statues be paraded by locals whose effigies are later burned.
  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: Come to Varanasi to discover the oldest Ramlila acts more than 200 years old. 

November – Guru Nanak Jayanti & Deepawali Weekend

November is the best time to visit places for holidaying, as the weather is very pleasant, making travelling convenient. Moreover, you should avail yourself of long-term vacation opportunities during Guru Nanak Jayanti & Deepawali weekend. 

Deepawali Weekend

  • 1st November: Friday (Deepawali)
  • 2nd November: Saturday
  • 3rd November: Sunday
  • 4th November: Monday (Take a day off)
Best Places to Celebrate Deepavali in India
  • Kolkata, West Bengal: During the Deepavali festival, partake in Kali Puja celebrations with the city’s bright light.
  • Delhi: Indulge yourself into the festive atmosphere of Deepawali in Delhi which is celebrated with zeal via crackers, lights, dias, decorations, etc. 
  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: Deepawali in Varanasi is celebrated with lit-up lamps on the Ganga River. To add excitement, people also burst crackers and fireworks.
  • Udaipur, Rajasthan: Come to Udaipur, the glorious City of Lakes in Rajasthan to witness the celebration of lights with lit up palaces.
  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Stay at the best resort in Rishikesh to celebrate the festival of lights at divine town.
  • Amritsar, Punjab: To celebrate the festival of lights with family, you must accompany your loved ones to Golden temple in Amritsar that beams with lights & decorations.
  • Jaipur, Rajasthan: Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan, should be visited to admire the decoration of buildings with lights.

Guru Nanak Jayanti Weekend

  • 15th November: Friday (Guru Nanak Jayanti)
  • 16th November: Saturday
  • 17th November: Sunday
  • 18th November: Monday (Take a day off)
Best Places to Celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti in India
  • Patiala, Punjab: To celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti, you should enjoy the sight of colourful parades.
  • Sultanpur Lodhi, Punjab: Partake in religious events in the town where Guru Nanak had spent his lifetime.
  • Amritsar, Punjab: Golden Temple in Amritsar is a prominent place to visit during Guru Nanak Jayanti.
  • Chandigarh, Punjab: Visiting Chandigarh is the best to witness the festive season celebration marking Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary.
  • Nankana Sahib near Lahore: The birthplace of Guru Nanak is worth exploring and witnessing the celebrations and religious ceremonies.
  • Kolkata, West Bengal: During Guru Nanak Jayanti, you must visit the Gurudwaras to partake in cultural & religious festivities.
  • Delhi: Bangla Sahib is one of the popular spots in Delhi. You should visit to celebrate Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary by taking part in prayers and watching the decorations. You can search for the best hotel in Delhi to enjoy the celebration.

December – Christmas Weekend

Coming to the last month is December, known for the celebration of Christmas, marking the birth of Jesus Christ. This is the festive occasion you can choose to spend a long weekend break, as the weather here is pleasant for travelling. 

Christmas Weekend

  • 25th December: Wednesday (Christmas)
  • 26th December: Thursday (Take a day off)
  • 27th December: Friday (Take a day off)
  • 28th December: Saturday
  • 29th December: Sunday
Best Places to Celebrate Christmas in India
  • Delhi: When celebrating festivities, including Christmas, Delhi, India’s heart capital, makes a worthwhile visit during vacations. 
  • Goa: Goa is more than just a coastal paradise where you can enjoy basking at its beaches. The churches, homes, and streets here are beautifully lit with sparkling lights during Christmas. There are beach resorts in Goa to look for your stay.
  • Manali, Himachal Pradesh: Known for its snowy and scenic places, this region is a great place to celebrate Christmas. During snowfall, you can make snowmen and celebrate with utmost joy. 
  • Shimla, Himachal Pradesh: Shimla, the evergreen hill capital of Himachal Pradesh, lures tourists with its chilly weather and snowfall. It is a must-visit destination to celebrate Christmas with your partner.
  • Bangalore, Karnataka: Bangalore, the famous IT hub and Silicon Capital of India is a perfect holiday destination for celebrating Christmas by visiting churches with a European touch.
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra: Mumbai is also the best place for celebrating Christmas with great enthusiasm. On this eve, Hill Road is decorated with lights and flowers.
  • Shillong, Meghalaya: If you want to celebrate Christmas in a picturesque location, plan your visit to Shillong. The churches, streets, and houses are all decorated with captivating decorations and lighting.


This ends our travel guide on the top places to spend long weekends in India in 2024. To experience having a long weekend vacation, jüSTa Hotels & Resorts comes as the leading brand in the hospitality industry with so many luxury hotels & resorts located in the different states of India, including Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Delhi, & Haryana. It provides special long weekend offers for its guests to make them grab the special offer to make their vacation unforgettable. 

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