A Long Weekend to Remember: 2019 Long Weekends with the TC Gift Card
Indian culture and heritage are so rich and strikingly diverse that if you travel from one place to another you feel as if you have entered a different world. If the travel bug has bitten you already, then rejoice! Because this year, we have a lot of long 2019 weekend holidays lined up. With some clever planning, and a day or two off from work, you can take holiday and after holiday.
Unfortunately, a long weekend, while precious, leaves you a little short on time. While you could visit a neighbouring country, India has plenty to offer for any kind of traveller.
Dates & Days
12, 13, 14 (Sat, Sun, Mon)
Monday is Makar Sankranti & Pongal
Febru & March
28 & 1,2,3,4
Thursday is Maharshi Dayanand
Saraswati and Monday is Mahashivratri
21-22-23-24 (Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun )
Thursday is Holi
and You may take leave on Friday
13, 14, 15, 16, 17 (Sat, Sun,
Mon, Tues, Wed)
Sunday is Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti
and Baisaakhi,, Monday is Vishu and Wednesday is Mahavir Jayanti. Take leave
19,20,21,22 ( Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon)
19th is Good Friday and 21st is Easter Sunday
9,10,11,12 (Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun )
Rabindranath Tahore Jayanti is on Thurs and is a restricted public holiday
10-18 (9 days long holiday from
one weekend to another)
Adha/Bakr Eid on Monday the 12th, Raksha bandhan and Independence day on
Thursday the 15th and Parsi New Year on Saturday the 17th
take the day
off from work on Monday as Tuesday is Muharram and Wednesday is Onam
5,6,7,8 (Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue )
Durga Puja on Tuesday the 8th Oct
Monday, followed by Bhaidooj
Eid Milad on Sunday and Guru
Nanak Jayanti on Tuesday
Christmas, take leave for Mon and Tues
How can Thomas Cook help?
At Thomas Cook, we understand holidays – after all, we’ve been in the business of holidays for well over a century. From a 2-month long vacation, to a 3-day long trip, we know that every trip and every experience counts. That’s why we’ve created exciting international holiday packages and around India, which you can check out.
Now that you’re armed with a holiday gift card, keep reading to find out where to spend your long holidays this year! Here are 10 epic weekend getaways across India.
Sat-Sun-Mon(Monday is Makar Sankranti and Pongal)
First up in the 2019 holiday weekends calendar is in January. And what better way to spend a winter weekend than on a beautiful white desert, as the chilly night air floods your face with the quaint light from the full moon? Rann of Kutch, in Gujarat, is a culture-seeker’s delight! The famous Rann Utsav is ongoing, this time of the year, so you are guaranteed a cornucopia of delights. The scrumptious mouth-watering food, distinctive music and folk dances, exquisite handicraft art, intricate embroidery textiles, bandhani sarees, ornaments made of lac and glass are some of the many things you can enjoy at the festival. But the most captivating experience you’ll find here is staying in the tents in the middle of a vast white desert!
February 28 and March 1-2-3-4
Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon (Thursday is Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati and Monday is Mahashivratri)
Another awesome destination, that’s also situated in western India, is Daman and Diu. If you love beaches and want to avoid large crowds, then we suggest you head to Daman and Diu for a quiet and romantic getaway. When it comes to long holidays 2019 is going to be a generous year, so if your anniversary trip or family holiday is on the agenda, this is the place for you. With spectacular beaches like Jampore, Goghla, Nagoa and more, Daman and Diu are a traveller’s paradise. Tropical islands, dotted with casuarina groves, palm trees, and clean sandy beaches make these a hit with those seeking pleasure and a break from the hustle of city life. Strolling down barefoot along the beach, soaking up the early morning sun, playing water sports or perhaps watching the sunset on the horizon; you can spend your 2019 holiday weekends however you want.
Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun (Thursday is Holi and you may have to take a leave on Friday)
Since this long
weekend is way into the end of March, the climate would be getting warmer by
the day. Auli, a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand is a popular spot for a
3- or 4-day long weekend getaway. The weather is very pleasant this time of the
year as it’s just the transition from winter to summer. Enjoy trekking through
the Valley of Flowers, take a joy ride in a cable car or camp near the great
artificial lake with a view of the snow-capped Himalayas on the horizon. Auli
is also the ski capital of India, which means if you visit between November and
March you can enjoy some snow-fights and go skiing or snowboarding. In winters,
the steep slopes of the mountains are covered with thick blankets of snow
surrounded by coniferous oak forests, overlooking stunning views of the holy
Hindu pilgrimage site, the Badrinath Temple.
Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed(Sunday is Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti and Baisaakhi, Monday is Vishu and Wednesday is Mahavir Jayanti. Take leave on Tuesday)
If your idea of a great long holiday is enjoying some adventure in the middle of the mountains, this is the place for you! Bir-Billing in Himachal Pradesh has some exciting activities lined up for the brave of heart. From mountain-trekking and camping to paragliding and exploring the raw untamed side of nature, this is a popular holiday destination among adventure enthusiasts. Bir is also known for its ancient Tibetan monasteries and a vast tea factory brimming with tea plantations galore.
Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon (19th is Good Friday and 21st is Easter Sunday)
If you don’t live
up north, there are plenty of weekend hot spots for you in all parts of the
country that promise an awesome time. Gokarna and Murudeshwar in Karnataka are
two such places. A few hours’ drive from Mumbai, Goa and Bangalore, these quiet
serene destinations are abundant in picturesque landscapes, beaches, long
winding roads, and sprawling green hills that make your experience luxe. If a
road trip is what you prefer, do visit these places where the journey is just
as calming and refreshing as the destination itself.
Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun(Guru Rabindranath Tahore Jayanti is on Thurs and is a restricted public holiday)
Go off the beaten
track and pay a visit to the ancient ruins in Hampi, a 7th-century kingdom in
the state of Karnataka. A few days are enough to explore this World Heritage
site which has been ranked second by the New York Times, on the list of
must-visit places in 2019. Make sure you check out The Vittal Temple standing
amidst humongous boulders and The Elephant Stables which housed the royal
elephants. The main Hampi Bazaar is also a huge crowd puller with its budget
lodges, shops, and restaurants. Also, the Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord
Shiva is one of the oldest structures in Hampi which is still functional.
August 10 to 18
A 9-day long holiday from one weekend to another!
Featuring Eid Al Adha/Bakr Eid on Monday the 12th, Raksha bandhan and Independence day on Thursday the 15th and Parsi New Year on Saturday the 17th
If you can manage
to get leaves for 13(Tue), 14(Wed) and 16(Fri), there are a lot of public
holidays in this week for a well-planned vacation. So where should you go?
backwaters of Kerala are a distinctive feature of the South Indian state. A
chain of 5 large brackish lakes and lagoons connected by canals lying parallel
to the Arabian Sea, with hundreds of houseboats for tourists to stay in, along
with many resorts on the banks. Alleppy, Thekkady, and Wayanad are the most
sought-after destinations. Picture lush greenery, crisp monsoon breeze, lined
with towering coconut palms, beautiful lagoons rich in wildlife, dotted with
villages and churches along the banks. You may even come across rippling paddy
fields and maybe spot a flock of paddling ducks making it a more than pleasant
experience. Do enjoy a calming Ayurvedic massage treatment while you’re here!
Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed(take the day off from work on Monday as Tuesday is Muharram and Wednesday is Onam)
Tawang or Dawang,
is a township located in the North Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. Its
natural beauty is wrapped up in the arms of spirituality, with beautiful
sanctuaries and monasteries that vibrate with the energy of peace and holiness.
Tawang is also the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama. The Tawang monastery is
extremely sacred to the Buddhists and is also the second largest in the world.
Be sure to pay homage to the esteemed Jaswant Garh or Tawang War Memorial,
which commemorates hundreds of Indian soldiers who fought the Chinese Invaders
in 1962. Also, the PT Tso Lake and Jang falls are a must visit here – all you
need is 3-4 days to explore this unique mountainous town! So, put your travel
gift cards to some good use!
Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue (Dussehra and Durga Puja on Tuesday the 8th Oct)
Assam’s Majuli Island, is the largest river island in the world, situated on the Brahmaputra river. Rent a bicycle and go around exploring the island, taking in its scenic beauty. Rich in culture, art, endangered species of wildlife, and colourful tribes, Majuli is the cultural capital of Assam since the 16th century. It’s also a bird watcher’s paradise as many exotic birds can be spotted between October and March so this is the perfect time to visit. Assam also houses the Kaziranga National Park and vast tea estates that are responsible for the world famous Assamese black tea.
Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue (Diwali on Monday, followed by Bhaidooj!)
another hidden gem that’s perfect for winter holiday weekends when you want a
break from the busy work life. Coorg, also sometimes known as Scotland of
India, is an exotic hill station with breath-taking scenery, mesmerizing
waterfalls, lush green forests and vast coffee plantations to satiate your need
for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. The place guarantees you a
serene and peaceful long holiday.
Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue (Eid Milad on Sunday and Guru Nanak Jayanti on Tuesday)
second largest state, is a heaven for every traveller. From thrilling wild
jungles, & serene places of worship, to world heritage sites and ancient
historical monuments, ‘the Heart of Incredible India’ houses all facets of our
country. Be sure to check out the Khajuraho temples to get a glimpse into the
ancient Kama Sutra, with the depiction of erotic sculptures that bring the text
to life. Head to Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks in Madhya Pradesh for
spotting the untamed – Majestic Tigers, Leopards, Jackals and the enchanting
Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed(25th is Christmas, take leave for Mon and Tues)
We’re ending this
list with the southern most tip of the country, because why not. The coastal
town of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, juts out into the Laccadive Sea. It was once
called Cape Comorin during the British rule. Most popular for it’s beautiful
beaches and noted pilgrimage site Bhagvati Amman Temple . Watching the
breathtaking sunrise, sunset and moonrise from the pristine beaches of the
‘land’s end’ leaves a lasting impression on your mind. While you’re at it,
indulge in some fun watersports or shop for shells, bamboo, cane and coir items
and other souvenirs sold by locals near the beach. If not, then maybe just
knowing that you’ve touched the end tip of the peninsular India will give you a
These were just a few incredible destinations, but India has far more to offer! We at Thomas Cook have the best package for your personal needs, check out here for some of the best India tour packages for short as well as long holidays.
It’s official –
wandering souls are going to be spoilt for choice about where to spend their
2019 long weekends!