November 14, 2017
The best part about the holiday calendar each year is marking out the long weekends and planning where to go every month. We’ve made the process easy for you, with a list of expert travel options—beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, and heritage getaways, among other things. So here’s the 2018 calendar. Bookmark the list, or download the print-friendly version here.
1 Jan New Year, 22 Jan Basant Panchami, 26 Jan Republic Day
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Skiing, sledging, ice-skating—here’s how you can plot your snowy escapades.
14 Feb Maha Shivratri
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Enjoy the slight nip in the air, and choose from our guide of 16 getaways in Rajasthan.
2 Mar Holi, 29 Mar Mahavir Jayanti, 30 Mar Good Friday
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Holi celebrations are at their traditional finest in Mathura and Vrindavan. This is also a good time to go diving in the warm waters of the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
30 April Buddha Purnima
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Jungle reserves like Bandhavgarh, Sariska and Ranthambore offer the thrill of spotting a wild cat along with comfortable (if not plush) accommodation options.
1 May Labour Day
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Ride the waves in the coastal towns of Varkala and Kovalam.
15 June Eid Ul-Fitr
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Lucknow and Hyderabad should feature on any foodie’s itinerary. Or take a cue from Chef Ranveer Brar on how to eat your way through Ramadan.
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The Western Ghats overflow with lush greenery and waterfalls in July. There may not be a long weekend, but don’t let that stop you from following this guide of DIY hikes.
15 Aug Independence Day, 17 Aug Parsi New Year, 22 Aug Eid Al-Adha, 25 Aug Onam
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Combine all the holidays for a road trip to Ladakh. Choose from our recommendations for places to stay in Leh and Ladakh.
3 Sep Janmashtami, 13 Sep Ganesh Chaturthi, 21 Sep Muharram
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In the Nilgiris, hill slopes are carpeted with plantations. Take the scenic route in Ooty and Coonoor, or go hiking in Avalanchi.
2 Oct Gandhi Jayanti, 19 Oct Dussehra
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Good v/s Evil
Whether it is Bharat Milap in Varanasi or celebration of the goddess Kali in Tamil Nadu, Dussehra celebrations cover a wide spectrum in India.
5 Nov Dhanteras, 6 Nov Choti Diwali, 7 Nov Diwali, 8 Nov Govardhan Puja, 9 Nov Bhai Duj, 23 Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
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Buddhist stupas in Sanchi, ancient temples in Khajuraho and Orchha, riverside ghats in Ujjain and Jabalpur—Madhya Pradesh is perfect for history buffs.
25 Dec Christmas
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From houseboats floating leisurely in backwaters to tea and spice plantations, Kerala never disappoints.