As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to start planning for the next year. Our long weekend calendar spoils you for choice: there are options for Indian getaways for every month (even for those which do not have a long weekend). Bookmark the list, or scroll down for a printable version.
Gorge on tribal delicacies in Arunachal Pradesh, explore Tripura’s Hall of Faces or revel in the folk traditions of the world’s largest river island in Assam—India’s northeast beckons. Or, be a part of Holi traditions in Mathura and Vrindavan.
Ramzan delights. As does the food on offer in the holy month. Trace Sufi shrines in Hyderabad, visit Calcutta’s Zakaria Street for a feast, follow our resident grinch’s guide to Bombay’s Ramzan, or go on an Afghan food walk in Delhi.
While the country receives a soaking, there are mountains to scale. Go trekking in the Garwhal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, and if you do visit Ladakh, we have tips on how to take the perfect snap, and a story on why Lamayuru is closest you’ll get to a lunar landscape on Earth.
Gujarat celebrates the monsoon with a month-long festival in Saputara. While you’re there, also stop at the grand Vadodara Palace, and shop for handicrafts in Kutch. Since August also marks India’s month of independence, it’s a good time to visit Amritsar’s Partition Museum.
Benaras lights up during Diwali, and is a sight to behold. Make time to visit the town’s classical music cafés. October is also the month of Durga Pujo, and we’ve got a roundup of the best pandals around the country.
It’s rafting season. Roll with the rapids in Rishikesh: we’ve got you covered with stay options. Don’t want adventure? The nip in the air ensures it’s the perfect time to go heritage-spot hopping around the country.
Lubna Amir travels in the search for happy places (which invariably involve a beach) and good food. When she’s not planning her next escape, you can find her curled up with a book or researching recipes.
Devang H Makwana is Art Director at National Geographic Traveller India. He believes that Jammu and Kashmir is paradise on earth, and that everyone should visit it at least once in their lifetime. He is a big movie buff, and spends most of his weekends in movie theatres.