2019 is here!! And with the New Year, it is time to make some resolutions. You know those things that we promise to accomplish at the beginning of every year but never actually do!
Kiros Travels can help you. If one of your resolutions this year is to Travel More, we offer some great tour packages for offbeat destinations in India. In addition to providing a great destination, we have also come up with the below list of long holidays in 2019 to make trip planning easier for you.
- January 12 – Saturday
- January 13 – Sunday
- January 14 – Monday (take a leave)
- January 15 – Pongal/ Makar Sankranti (holiday in most states)
This is a great chance to go on a short vacation. Enjoy the glorious landscape of Uttarakhand with the Kedarkantha Trek. January is the best time to visit the Himalayas. Walk through the lush cover of dense Pine forests and take in the mesmerizing beauty of snow-filled valleys.
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Republic Day Weekend
- January 25 – Friday
- January 26 – Saturday
- January 27 – Sunday
The wonderful winter is a great season to visit these below places:
Mizoram: The land of green forests and high hills, Mizoram offers abundant natural beauty. From hill stations to tranquil lake and enchanting waterfalls, Mizoram has a lot to see. January is pleasantly cold and tourists can enjoy the mountain air.
Khajuraho: World-famous for its erotic stone carvings, the Khajuraho Temples are a perfect combination of architecture and culture. These temples showcase eroticism in the most aesthetic way. January is a good time to visit as the weather is pleasurable for sightseeing.
Orchha: Built on the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha is most known for old palaces, ancient temples, and well-preserved forts. The town used to be the capital of the Bundela Dynasty. With a quiet ambience and an old world charm, Orchha is perfect for a relaxed and quick getaway.
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Daman & Diu: The main attractions of this Union Territory are the various sea beaches present in both Daman and Diu and the famous Diu Fort. This tour is ideal for a long weekend break.
The best destinations to visit for Valentine’s Day Break (14 to 17 Feb) are as follows:
Dalhousie: The perfect destination for honeymoon couples, Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station surrounded by a dense cover of Pine trees. The view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and lush green meadows make it an ideal destination for couples.
Kalimpong: A quaint little hill station in West Bengal, Kalimpong is perfect for a short romantic getaway in the mountains. Old Buddhist monasteries, colonial-era churches, the Teesta River and lush greenery of the region make it one of the most romantic places.
Meghalaya: A treasure trove of natural beauty and picturesque views, Meghalaya is an ideal destination for people in love. Shillong, its capital city, is a favorite among honeymooners. Go for a memorable trek with your partner at the double-decker root bridge in Cherrapunji. Take a cozy boat ride in the Dawki River. Meghalaya is full of beautiful surprises.
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Puri & Chilika Lake: Shree Jagannath Puri Temple is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Odisha. It is the abode of Lord Jagannath, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Located 50 km away from Puri is the Chilika Lake, the biggest inland salt-water lake in Asia. The place is a scenic beauty and surrounded by lush greenery.
Andaman Islands: A crowning jewel of the Indian Ocean, Andaman Islands is a perfect destination. Couples can enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving in the deep ocean waters and witness colorful tropical fishes and coral reefs.
This is a happy month with two long weekends – at the start of the month and during mid-month.
- March 2 – Saturday
- March 3 – Sunday
- March 4 – Maha Shivratri (restricted holiday in most states)
- March 21 – Holi (Public Holiday)
- March 22 – Friday (take a leave)
- March 23 – Saturday
- March 24 – Sunday
With the summers approaching, some of the best places beat the heat would be:
Bir Billing: Known as the Paragliding Capital of India, Bir Billing is the perfect spot for taking a flight to the skies – both for a beginner and experienced glider. The Himalayas in the distance and the lush green valley makes for an excellent view.
Arunachal Pradesh: Arunachal Pradesh, the land of ‘Dawn Lit Mountains’boasts of the most astounding scenic beauty. Sharing international borders with Bhutan and China, the state has a unique and distinct culture. The chief places to visit are Tawang, Bomdila, Ziro, Dirang, and Bhalukpong. Arunachal Pradesh is home to some of the oldest monasteries, highest mountain passes, cascading waterfalls, breathtaking natural views, and even an orchid museum.
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Mount Abu: The one and only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is an ideal destination for a relaxed and peaceful getaway. The climate in June is perfect for sightseeing. The Nakki Lake, Sunset Point, and Dilwara Jain Temples are some of the must-see places to visit.
Manas National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Park has also been declared as a Project Tiger Reserve, Elephant Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve. Manas National Park is home to many rare and endangered wildlife species such as the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur, and pygmy hog. March is a great time to visit forest regions because the wildlife comes out of their hiding places due to the heat.
The state of Assam is home to many well-known national parks. The Kaziranga National Park is most famous for its population of the one-horned rhinoceroses. The Nameri National Park near Tezpur is home to diverse wildlife including elephant, tiger, leopard, wild boar, etc. For tourists who love nature and wildlife, Assam is a great destination.
- April 17 – Mahavir Jayanti (restricted holiday in most states)
- April 18 – Thursday (take a leave)
- April 19 – Good Friday (Public Holiday)
- April 20 – Saturday
- April 21 – Sunday
As the temperature continues to rise in the rest of the country, the below destinations are some great places to visit:
Spiti Valley: The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. Located on an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, this cold desert mountain valley in Himachal Pradesh has perfect weather in April month. The freezing winter starts to retreat and the climate is perfect for sightseeing. A land of monasteries and high-altitude lakes – Spiti Valley is a treasure of beautiful natural landscapes.
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Kashmir: The wonderful valley of Kashmir has been deemed as “Heaven on Earth” by many authors and poets in the past. Srinagar, Sonmarg, and Pahalgam are some of the most beautiful places to see with its mesmerizing panoramic views. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy skiing at the snow-laden slopes of Gulmarg.
Manipur & Nagaland: Beautiful treasures are hidden in the hills of Himalayas, Manipur, and Nagaland boast of astounding flora and fauna. One of these amazing treasures includes Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur, the world’s only floating national park, home to the dancing deer. April has the perfect weather to explore these marvels of our North-East.
Coorg: With spellbinding natural beauty, Coorg is the most beautiful hill station in Karnataka. The lush green hills covered in spice and coffee plantations paint a pretty picture all through the year. It is a perfect getaway destination to take a break from the soaring heat.
- May 1 – Labour Day
- May 2 – Thursday (take a leave)
- May 3 – Friday (take a leave)
- May 4 – Saturday
- May 5 – Sunday
This is the time for summer vacations. Most of the popular destinations are flocked by a large number of tourists all across the country. Some of the best places to visit are:
Sikkim: Lying in the lap of the Himalayas, the elevation inSikkimvaries between 920 feet to 28,169 feet. The state is home to Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. The most famous hill stations here include Gangtok, Pelling, Nacmhi, Ravangala, and many more. These lush mountains offer the most amazing panoramic views. The land of snow-capped mountains, tranquil lakes, and ancient Buddhist monasteries – Sikkim is the perfect destination for an enjoyable family vacation.
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Manali: Nestled amidst the majestic Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Some of the places to see are Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Hidimba Devi Temple, Jogini Falls, Bhrigu Lake, and more. Most people choose to visit Manali during the summer to get a respite from the scorching heat in other parts of the country. April, May, June – these are the best months to visit Manali.
Sandakphu: Sandakphu is the highest mountain peak in Darjeeling, West Bengal. It is a popular trekking point in the region. On reaching the top, one can view four of the five highest peaks in the world – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu.
Kargil: Located in the Ladakh region, Kargil is most known for the Indo-Pak war. Tourism attractions in the region include the Mulbekh Monastery and the Drass War Memorial. The Suru basin is the most fertile region in Ladakh, receiving water from the melting glacier in Panzella.
- June 5 – Eid-ul-Fitr (Public Holiday)
- June 6 – Thursday (take a leave)
- June 7 – Friday (take a leave)
- June 8 – Saturday
- June 9 – Sunday
The temperature continues to rise during this time of the year. Most people prefer to run away to a cool and pleasant hill station to take a break from the heat. For some others, forests are the favorable choice of destination.
Some of the best places during this time are:
Kasol & Kheerganga: A hidden gem in Himachal Pradesh, Kasol is a quaint hill station known for its scenic views. It is the starting point for a trek to Kheerganga. The trekking trail passes through the astounding beauty of Parvati Valley, with breathtaking scenery of dense Pine forests, mesmerizing mountains and the gushing waters of Parvati River. There are many beautiful waterfalls in the route, including a serpent-shaped waterfall at Rudra Nag.
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Manasarovar and Kailash: Witness the most stunning landscape with serene mountain views. Mt. Kailash, believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva, is a difficult trek to complete. But the view is amazing and worth every effort. Near the summit of Mt. Kailash you will find the Manasarovar Lake, the highest freshwater lake in the world.
Rishikesh: This is a dream destination for both nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Nestled amidst the mesmerizing Shivalik Hills and surrounded by lush greenery, Rishikesh is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Also known as the “Adventure Capital of India”, the place is famous for white river rafting, bungee jumping, rappelling, and more adventure activities.
This is the time for monsoons in the country. Some great places to experience the cool burst of rains are:
Munnar & Kerala Backwaters: Munnar is a serene hill station nestled in the Western Ghats. Rows and rows of tea plantations growing over these hills paint a pretty picture of the scenery. After experiencing the mountain bliss in Kerala, also visit the famous Backwaters. A scenic stretch of lakes, canals, and lagoons located parallel to the Arabian Sea, these tranquil backwaters are known for their local houseboat rides.
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Majuli: Located in Assam, Majuli is a river island in the Brahmaputra River. Spread over 352 sq km of area, it is the largest river island in the world. The island is only accessible via ferries which can be taken from the city of Jorhat.
Pushkar: A small town in Rajasthan, Pushkar has a rich history and culture. The Jagatpita Brahma Temple in Pushkar is the one and the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in India. Believed to be around 2000 years old, the temple is built on the banks of the holy Pushkar Lake.
- August 10 – Saturday
- August 11 – Sunday
- August 12 – Bakri Eid (Public Holiday)
- August 13 – Tuesday (take a leave)
- August 14 – Wednesday (take a leave)
- August 15 – Independence Day (National Holiday)
- August 16 – Friday (take a leave)
- August 17 – Saturday
- August 18 – Sunday
This is the highest number of days you will get together for a holiday in 2019. It gives you the perfect chance to plan a long trip to any of your dream destinations. Some great options would be:
Valley of Flowers: Located in Uttarakhand, the Valley of Flowers National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The whole valley is a biodiversity zone, home to some of the most indigenous species of flowers, insects, and birds. August is one of the best times to visit, as the valley is covered under a blanket of more than 300 blooming flowers. The Park remains open only during the months of June to September.
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Udaipur: Known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world. During the month of August, the hot desert sun takes a backseat and the weather becomes cool and pleasant. Capture the picturesque city with grey monsoon clouds in the sky against the backdrop of the Aravlli Range.
Cherrapunjee: Considered to be the second wettest place on earth, Cherrapujee during August receives the heaviest rainfall. Enjoy the unique smell of wet soil, fresh air and lush greenery. Witness the beauty of gushing waterfalls and pay a visit to the Double Decker Living Root Bridge.
- August 31 – Saturday
- September 1 – Sunday
- September 2 – Ganesh Chaturthi (holiday in many states)
This long weekend is only for people who are living in the Western and Southern states. If you’re from Mumbai, take a short trip to Lonavala or Malshej Ghat.
- 7 September – Saturday
- 8 September – Sunday
- 9 September – Monday (take a leave)
- 10 September – Muharram (Public Holiday)
This is applicable to all of India. Some of the best places to visit are:
Dooars: Lying in the Himalayan foothills, Dooars is the name given to the floodplains formed by Teesta River. The Dooars Valley boasts of lush green hills, large stretches of tea plantations, river streams, and densely forested regions. One of the highlights is the Gorumara National Park. Known for rich wildlife and diverse flora, the Elephant Safari in this park attracts many tourists.
Ladakh: The land of virgin locales and immense natural beauty, Ladakh is a dream destination for many travelers. The rocky mountain terrain and the serene high-altitude lakes make up a breathtaking landscape. For those who are interested in mountain biking, September is the ideal time for a drive through the mountain passes. One can clearly spot the glaciers during the ride.
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Ziro Festival: A musical extravaganza, the Ziro Music Festival is an outdoor music festival held in the Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh. It showcases independent music artists in India and from around the world. The festival is usually held in the last week of September. Tourists can experience the natural beauty of the valley, while also attending the most happening music festival.
October is the festive time in most of India. Make your festivals more joyous this year with a trip plan. Be sure to book a tour with Kiros Travels and no need to worry about any arrangements. Kiros Travels takes care of all food, accommodation and transport facilities.
- October 5 – Saturday
- October 6 – Sunday
- October 7 – Monday (take a leave)
- October 8 – Dussehra (Public Holiday)
- October 26 – Saturday
- October 27 – Sunday
- October 28 – Monday (take a leave)
- October 29 – Bhai Dooj (restricted holiday in most states)
Some of the best places to visit to avoid the festive crowds in your city are:
Mcleodganj and Triund Trek: Spend a relaxing vacation amidst the beauty of lush green meadows, snowcapped mountains, and natural high waterfalls. Home of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Mcleodganj is a small picturesque suburb of Dharamshala. The trek to Triund passes through one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing landscapes of Himachal Pradesh. Trekkers can have the perfect view of the Dhauladhar Mountains on one side and Kangra valley on the other.
Lachen, Sikkim: This scenic mountain village is located just at the base of Kanchenjunga. The panoramic view is both serene and spectacular at once. Nearby attractions include Gurudongmar Lake, Lachen Monastery, Yumthang Valley, and more.
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Tripura: The land of imposing mountains, mystical waterfalls and dense forests, Tripura carries rich history and tradition. The natural beauty and wonderful landscapes of this state are a sight to see, but the real treasure of Tripura lies in its history. The carvings found in Unakoti, the tea estates of Kailashahar, the Ujjayanta Palace and Neermahal in Agartala are some of the must-see places to visit.
Kolkata City Tour: Discover the rich cultural heritage of the City of Joy. With a comprehensive city tour of Kolkata, visit the famous historical monuments belonging to the colonial era and the zaminadari period.
Nainital & Corbett: A picturesque Himalayan hill station in Uttarakhand, Nainital is famous for its serene lakes and mountain views. After this scenic destination, it is time for some adventure! Just about 2 hours drive away, the Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. It is one of the few places in India where you may have the good fortune of witnessing a tiger in its natural habitat. Go for the jungle safari and witness diverse wildlife species.
- November 9 – Saturday
- November 10 – Sunday
- November 11 – Monday (take a leave)
- November 12 – Guru Nanak Jayanti (holiday in most states)
By November, winters start to set in many places in India. Some good destinations to visit this time:
Khajjar: Located in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, Khajjar is a picturesque hill station. The place is often described as “mini-Switzerland of India”. Enjoy a scintillating view of Dhauladhar Mountains while paragliding here. Khajjiar Lake is also a popular spot to see.
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Jaisalmer: Located in the middle of the Great Indian Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is known for its sand dunes and the Jaisalmer Fort. Visit this majestic and royal fort and be awed by the Rajputana glory! Later, visit the Desert Safari camp and enjoy a camel ride. In the evening, attend a piece of folk music and dance cultural night.
Sunderban: Take this opportunity to catch a glimpse of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. The largest mangrove forest in the world, Sunderban is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Gir National Park: It is the only place in the world where you can find Asiatic Lions. Located in Gujarat, the Gir National Park is also home to other wildlife species such as the Indian leopard, jungle cat, striped hyena, Golden jackal, sambar, four-horned antelope, chinkara, and many more.
- December 25 – Christmas (Public Holiday)
- December 26 – Thursday (take a leave)
- December 27 – Friday (take a leave)
- December 28 – Saturday
- December 29 – Sunday
December means winter has officially arrived. This is a great time to travel to most parts of our country. Some great places are:
Chopta Chandrashila Trek: Explore the beautiful and picturesque region of Garhwal Himalayas with this trekking tour. Chopta is a quiet hill station in Uttarakhand which acts as the base point for Chandrashila Peak. The first point of this trek is the Tungnath Temple. From there, the climb to Chandrashila peak is a further ascent of an hour. On reaching the summit, trekkers can enjoy the most amazing stunning panoramic views of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Trishul, Bandarpunch, and Chaukhamba peaks.
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Auli: One of the best skiing destinations in India, Auli has a 3-kilometer long slope and a 500-meter long ski lift. While skiing on these snow-covered slopes, tourists can enjoy the captivating views of several mountain peaks like Mana Parwat, Dunagiri, Mt. Nanda Devi, Mt. Kamet and Nar Parwat.
Hornbill Festival: Taking place from December 1 to 10, the Hornbill Festival is a lavish and exuberant celebration of the Naga culture and its heritage. The festival is a beautiful blend of various cultural displays, featuring traditional arts, dances, folk songs, and, cultural games. Some activities include Naga wrestling and traditional archery and other cultural shows.
Rann of Kutch: A salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in Gujarat, the Great Rann of Kutch is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. The entire area comprises of massive deposits of salt in the desert. The white stretch of land looks an amazing sight to see. December is the perfect weather to visit because of the cold climate.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning for a year of travel with these long holidays.