A travel plan for every weekend of the year.
Posted on January 29, 2018 by Ghoomophiro
On the off chance that you suspected that 2017 was the time of explorers, then look at the long weekends of 2018 that are set to fill your year with travel.
To allow you to plan travels ahead of time, we have proposed the best destinations to visit in each weekend of 2018. From going to the Rann Utsav in January and celebrating in Goa in the main seven day stretch of February to spending summers in the crisp grasp of the Himalayas; 2018 is the time of travel!
Starting with January
1) From January 20 to 22 (Weekend + Basant Panchami)
Visit: Rann of Kutch for the Rann Utsav which is a four-month long festival of Kutch’s way of life, music and dynamic quality. Beginning in November, and ending in February, the Rann Utsav gives explorers enough time to enjoy the beautiful salt panes. The airplane terminal closest to the Rann of Kutch is Bhuj Airport.
2)January 26 to 28 (Weekend + Republic Day)
Visit: Diu is the beach destination of India known for its gorgeous beaches. Since the best time to visit Diu is from October to April, the Republic Day weekend is the ideal time to plan a beach getaway here. The town is arranged on a little island off the southern coast of Gujarat and is set apart by its Portuguese architecture, making it the perfect hideaway for people with an artistic outlook as well as writers.
Moving on to February
3) February 10 to 13 ( Weekend+ Mahashivratri+ 1 day leave)
Visit: While Goa may be flocked up during winter for tourists seeking solace in its warm beaches, this party destination is perfect for the February getaway. And there is more to Goa than just the beaches and parties. Make the most of the vacation by trying offbeat things in Goa.
4) February 16 to 18 (Weekend + Losar) Only for Dharamshala, Ladakh, and Sikkim.
Visit: The Tibetan New Year or Losar is celebrated with much festivity and intensity by Buddhists in Ladakh. Monasteries which take after the Tibetan school of Buddhism are decked with customary celebratory props and ornaments, and individuals from Tibetan settlements meet up for the beginning of another new year. There will, in any case, be snow in Ladakh during Losar, so check the climate before booking flight tickets.
Then there’s March
5)March 2 to 4 (Holi + Weekend)
Visit: Try exciting underwater life on Andaman’s Havelock Island. It is a backpacker’s paradise and one of the popular destinations of Andamans. The main attraction is that it is one of the best diving destinations in all of South Asia.
6)March 29 to April 1 (Mahavir Jayanti+ Good Friday+ Weekend)
Visit: Cherish the beauty of the marvelous Dal lake in Srinagar. The place is filled with popular tourist attractions from the floating gardens to buildings with historical importance like Hari Parbat, Hazratbal Dargah, Chashme Shahi and Shankaracharya Mandir. Then there is the already mentioned Dal lake which is the life-blood of Jhelum river that flows through Kashmir Valley. What’s even more beautiful is that during winters, its surface freezes and people play ice hockey on the lake.
Following with April to May
7)April 27 to May 1 (One day leave+Weekend+Buddha Purnima+ Maharashtra day) The last one only for Maharashtra.
Visit: This long weekend of 2018 is ideal for a climb to the Khuppar top in Pabbar Valley of Himachal. Start by taking an overnight bus to Shimla, from that point take another local bus to Khara Pathar or Giri Ganga. The trek begins from Giri Ganga and can take 4-5 hours relying on your speed. The trail to Kuppar Bugyal begins from Giri Ganga. For reaching Giri Ganga you can either trek from Kharapthar or drive straightforwardly from Shimla. Just go on the road till you find a trail of the thick forest at Giri Ganga. Then start walking towards the top where the Kuppar Bugyal meadow is.
8) June 15 to 17 (Idul’ Fitr+ Weekend)
Visit: Travel to Tirthan Valley located near Aut. It is a getaway village to the Green Himalayan National Park. If you are traveling from Delhi to Tirthan, take a bus going to Manali and get off at Aut. From there on, normal buses are available between bus stands of Tirthan region, Banjar bein the biggest one.. Then after that, you can get buses for Gushaini, Jalori, and Jibhi.
There are many things to do once you have reached like going hiking or staying at the apple orchard. You can also begin a multi-day trek in Great Himalayan National park or fish in Tirthan river.
9) August 15 to 17 (Independence day + one day leave+ Parsi New Year) The last one only for Gujarat and Mumbai
Visit: This destination is mainly for all the nature lovers out there. Located just 10 km away from the beautiful town of Munnar is Anamudi Shola National Park. It is an adventurous and picturesque place to visit and you can visit the Thoovanan Waterfall or the banks of Pamba River. Another trek from Karimutti Forest station can take you to Chinnar river with many other beautiful waterfalls. That forest walk is the perfect opportunity to view rare flora as well as wildlife.
10)August 22 to 26 (Idul’Zuha +One day leave+ Onam+ Weekend) Onam for Kerala only.
Visit: Shillong is loaded with remnants of its British heritage, that can be found in its architecture and the cuisines found on generally menus. Known as the ‘Scotland of the East’, it is one of the must-visit places. The spectacular Umiam is a man-made lake with Barapani as its local name. It’s one of Shillong’s most famous spots to visit. The Wards Lake is another man-made creation and sightseers run to this destination for the most part for the boat rides. The huge number of waterfalls swarming the city – Sweet, Bishop and Beadon, and Elephant falls assume a critical part of Shillong’s tourism. To witness a brilliant view of the whole city, the Shillong Peak at 1695 msl is the perfect spot. While visiting Shillong, remember to explore the excellent Golf Course, that is roosted at a height of 5200ft.
11)September 1 to 3 (Weekend + Janamashtami)
Visit: Go for a trek at Kalsubai near Mumbai which is the highest peak of the Sahyadri ranges at the height of 5400 feet. Situated at Ahmednagar and Nashik District border in Bhanardara region, the peak is named after Kalsubai Temple. The temple itself attracts many pilgrims along with several hikers to this spot throughout the whole year. It has an easy route as well as stairs for better access. It takes 4 hours to reach the peak from Mumbai and around the same time to wrap up the trek.
12)September 13 to 16 (Ganesh Chaturthi +One day off+ Weekend)
Visit: A two-hour long road trip through mountain roads of Ravi Valley would take you to Bharmour which is situated at the edge of Budil Valley. It is 60 km away from Chamba in Himachal Pradesh. Along with ancient temples dating back to 626 AD, the place also paves way for the adventurous treks of Shivalik and Dhauladhar ranges. There are also trails to Bara bhangal, Manimahesh Lake, Thamsar Pass and Keylong via Kalicho pass. But in case you aren’t a trekker, you can explore the nearby villages of Bharmour which house the semi-nomadic Gaddi community
13)September 29 to October 2 (Weekend+1 day leave+ Gandhi Jayanti)
Visit: Travel away from the influences of capitalism in a small temple town in Karnataka called Gokarna. Though it was originally popular because of the Mahabaleshwar temple which is believed to be the house of original image of Lord Shiva’s Lingam, it has recently gotten more attention because of its unadulterated beach.
14)October 18 to 21 (Ram Navami + Dussera + Weekend)
Visit: Madhya Pradesh is known for its alluring temples dating back to 10th century. The heritage trail starts from Khajuraho temples and passes through Orissa while ending up at Jhansi. All of these spots give off a unique experience about Central India’s history, telling the stories of Rani Lakshmibai from warrior kingdom of Jhansi and the temple dedicated to Shiva and Matanga who is the Hindu ‘god of love’.
15)November 3 to 11 (Weekend + Dhanteras & Diwali + Bhai Duj + 3 days off + Weekend)
Visit: On the borders of Nepal, Bangladesh, and Myanmar (Burma), the beautiful nation of Bhutan (otherwise known as Kingdom of Druk Yul) is dabbed with prayer flags fluttering in the wind, multicolored monasteries, apple plantations and candyfloss clouds. Despite the fact that Bhutan offers a variety of activities for travelers, sitting for a quite long time, listening to devout songs and hymns over the diverse monasteries is the approach to truly absorb the tranquillity that surrounds the air of this Himalayan kingdom. Visit this land of happiness for this long weekend of 2018.
16)December 22 to 25 (Weekend+ one-day leave+ Christmas)
Visit: Touted as the sublime city that has never been vanquished, Bundi, is a shrouded pearl of Rajasthan. Located near Kota, travelers frequently go through Bundi without paying regard to more than 50 preserved baoris (step-wells) that are spread across the city. With multiple havelis, cave paintings and a lovely waterfall (Bhimlat), Bundi has something each traveller. Bundi is a place with surprises at every corner and places such as the Bundi Palace, Chitrashala, Taragarh Fort, Rani ji ki Baori, Dabhai ka Kund, Nawal Sagar, Sukh Mahal and Shikhar Burj, will particularly take your breath away.
Hope you have started your travel savings now!!