Your Holiday Calendar for 2019

Posted on December 24, 2018 by

The tourism industry in India has seen a tremendous growth in the past few years and much of this growth can be attributed to the growing market segment of middle class organized sector jobbers. Many of us actually began our day by looking at the annual holiday list at work only so that we can plan our holidays in advance. And of course, it is often the motivation for us to go through the dull days at work. And so here we have prepared for you the 2019 holiday calendar. Of course, we don’t expect you to follow it word by word, you can adjust it according to the holidays at your workplace, budget etc.

29 December 2018 – 1 January 2019
If you take off December 31, you will have a four-day break long weekend. We recommend you take off to Pondicherry for the new year’s eve this time and celebrate it having fun with your friends and family at sea beaches – the way new year’s eve is meant to be celebrated. I know it is cliche to recommend Goa, but Goa can be crowded around the time for just that reason. Pondicherry combines the French culture inherited from times it was a French colony and Indian traditions sowed in form of ashrams such as Shri Aurobindo Ashram with evenings spent at sea beaches.

How to reach?
The French city enjoys good road and rail connectivity. It has its own airport and Chennai Internation Airport is 135 kilometers away.
What to see?
Seabeaches – to spend an evening sunbathing or for sea sports, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Yoganjali Natyalayam, French styled buildings. Ousteri Lake, museums – Pondicherry Museum, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Bharathi Memorial Museum, Jawahar Toy Museum, Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum

21 – 24 March 2019
Holi Falls on 21st of March which is a Thursday, if you can take the 22nd the Friday off, you have a four-day long weekend. Now there are a number of places to go traveling for the break but we highly recommend Indore. Indore. Indore is highly popular for its celebration of Holi. The playing with colors, flag yatra, the singing and dancing that are a part of the celebration of Holi are even more awesome here. Plus temperature is modest.
How to reach?
Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, which is named after Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore, is just eight kilometers away from Indore and it supports flights to several major cities of the country. The airport is one of the best and cleanest small airports of the world. The city also has eight railway stations and Agra National Highway connects it to Mumbai which is just 585 kilometers away. The local bus service is awesome. And talking about transportation, you should definitely try Indore Magic – Indore’s local auto-rickshaw.

What to see?
Rajwada Palace, Lal Bagh Palace, Centeral Museum, Bada Ganpati, Mahatama Gandhi Hall, Kanch Mandir
Nearby Places
Omkareshwar and Maheshwar are prominent destinations nearby – famous for its temples. Annapurna temple and Khajrana temple are some of the other prominent temples nearby.
What to eat?
Indore has been called the food capital of India. And rightly so, it combines the cuisine from all parts of India – and outside too, all coming together and combining to form the unique fifty shades of Indore cuisine.

19-21 April 2019
It is Good Friday on 19 April and well if it is a Friday, which is lucky as it extends the weekend by another day to three days. For this Good Friday, we recommend you a tour to Mussoorie. It is one the favorite getaways among North Indians and for very good reasons. The ‘Queen of Hills’ can be visited repeatedly for the beauty nature has endowed it with. Moreover, three days is just the amount of time you need to enjoy Mansoorie in its entirety.
How to reach?
Mussoorie is well-connected by road to Delhi via Saharanpur-Delhi road – a distance of two hundred and ninety kilometers. The nearest airport and railway station are both at Dehra-dun from where you can take a taxi or a bus to Mussoorie – a bus leaves for Musssorie ever hour or two from Dehra-dun.
What to eat?
Mussoorie has a very rich cuisine offering Indian, Western, Chinese, Thai, Tibetan and even Mexican food. Have at least one meal in Chaar Dukan – the food is delicious but it is the beautiful surroundings and a chance to see Europeans and Americans learning Hindi that makes it even more awesome. Also, visit New Lal Teeba coffee point for an early morning coffee – the perfect place to see the sunrise from the Himalayas. Go to Happy Valley for some Tibetian food.
What to see?
Mall Road, Gun Point, Happy Valley, Lake Mist, Kempta Falls, Cloud’s End, Chaar Dukaan, Saint Paul’s Church, Sister Bazaar, New Lal Teeba Coffee Point,
Nearby Places
Jwalaji Temple, Dhanaultri, Sukanda Temple

15-18 August
Independence day falls on Thursday this year. This means that if you take off Friday the 16th, you will have a four-day long weekend. Now, the most obvious choice for an extended weekend getaway around Independence Day is Delhi – you get to see parades and all but we won’t do the obvious thing. We recommend that you go Hiking in Valley of Flowers in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand Uttarakhand. Valley of Flowers is just what the name says and is as beautiful as the name suggests and it is open only for a few months in the year. The extended weekend is just the time when the valley will be at best of its beauty with rare varieties of flowers such as cobra lilies, Himalayan knotweeds etc.
How to reach?
The nearest airport is Dehra-dun. You can catch buses from Chamoli, Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Joshimath etc.

5 to 8 October 2019
Dusshera this year falls on Tuesday. Assuming you are able to take off Monday, you have a four-day long Weekend. And this year, we recommend a tour to Golden Triangle of Odisha as your getaway. It is a perfect getaway which gives you options for spending some time at sea-beaches, visiting temples, enjoying the beauty of architectural wonders of India, a chance to see exotic animals etc.
Places to see
Konark Sun Temple, Lingaraj Temple, Jagannath Puri, sea beaches, Shanti Stupa, Nandankanan Zoological Park, Rajarani Temple, Mukteshwara Temple, Tribal Research Institute Museum etc
What to eat?
To begin with, there is the food served at temples. Abadha of Lingaraj Temple and Ananta Vasudeva Temple serve awesome vegetarian delights for their devotees.
Trying a fish curry known as Machha Jhola is a must-do if you visit the city. It combines well with food items like Rasagola, Rasabali, Chhena Jhilli, Chhena Gaja and Chhena Poda. Among street food, Gupchup is very popular. You can also try other items like Cuttack-chaat, Dahi Bara, Aloo dum, Bara-Gauguin etc. If the heat bothers you, try Dahi-Pakhal which is a coolant. And don’t ever fail to try some sweets.
How to reach?
Bhubaneshwar has its own airport and is also well connected by road and railways to the major cities of the country.

Naturally, this calendar can be extended with local holidays but we have limited ourselves only to holidays that fall near weekends and that are most likely to be celebrated everywhere in India. We hope this helps you in planning your vocations well 

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