Here Are All the Long Weekends in 2021

Here Are All the Long Weekends in 2021
Chittorgarh, Rajasthan is postcard perfect during monsoons , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Even though 2020 was supposed to be the year of travel, 2021 is not too late to check every destination off your bucket list

Simrran Gill, Karan Kaushik
January 10 , 2021
17 Min Read

With the year that we've all had, 2021 was much anticipated. And now that it is here, all travel plans are in full swing and rightly so. While international travel may still be out of bounds, there is plenty to explore in the home country. And even though work from home (or rather anywhere) permits a little freeway, here is a list of all the long weekends that await you in 2021. P.S. we also have recommendations for each long weekend.

January
January 14: Thursday off on account of Makar Sankranti and Pongal
January 15: Take Friday off
January 16: Saturday
January 17: Sunday

Where to go: Ranakpur, Rajasthan
Inside the hall of the famous Ranakpur Jain Temple
Located between Udaipur and Jodhpur, this quaint town is located on the western side of the Aravallis. Known for its stunning Jain temples, it is a hot favourite among both domestic and foreign tourists alike.

January 23: Saturday
January 24: Sunday
January 25: Take Monday off
January 26: Tuesday off on account of Republic Day

Where to go: Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Sunset at the Jalori Pass
One of Himachal’s best kept secrets, the Tirthan Valley is known for being a quiet hamlet with its breathtaking sunset and sunrise hues. Choose to wind down in a quiet homestay with your favourite book or walk the daunting cliffsor visit the Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

February
February 13: Saturday
February 14: Sunday
February 15: Take Monday off
February 16: Tuesday off on account of Basant Panchami

Where to go: Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
Flanked by the rivers Gambhiri and Berach, Chittorgarh boasts royal Rajput heritage. Home to the largest fort in India and Asia—the Chittor fort—the place promises a royal rendezvous with history. Soak yourself in India’s architecturally rich past while treating your taste buds to some lip-smacking Rajasthani fare. This time around, the weather is also favourable to explore the whole fort.

March
March 11: Thursday, Maha Shivratri
March 12: Take Friday off
March 13: Saturday
March 14: Sunday

Where to go: Kalimpong, West Bengal
The golf course in Kalimpong
Move away from the commercialised Darjeeling, and you will come upon the equally charming Kalimpong—but with narrower roads, steeper bends and breathtaking panoramic views. Local legends also come to life here about the town’s inception. It is also a haven for wildlife enthusiasts as the Neora Valley National Park is not far away.

March 26: Take Friday off
March 27: Saturday
March 28: Sunday
March 29: Monday off on account of Holi

Where to go: Varkala, Kerala
Walking along the coastline in Varkala

Nature’s bounty can completely be cherished in Kerala. But as more and more people look to escape the grind, the popular destinations here may just be too overcrowded. So we’ve found the perfect town, Varkala. Known only to a handful (yet), Varkala is where you’ll find most of the accommodation units right next to the beach. Serene, away from the city humdrum and next to the beachdoes it get any better?

April
April 1: Take Thursday off
April 2: Friday off on account of Good Friday
April 3: Saturday
April 4: Sunday

Where to go: Auroville, Tamil Nadu

 
 
 
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A short drive away from the much sought after Pondicherry is Auroville. Extremely quiet yet brimming with energy, Auroville is where you’ll get the essence of life. Wholesome food, colourful evenings, serene beaches and the most wonderful people from all walks of life ensure that Auroville is just the place for you.

April 10: Saturday
April 11: Sunday
April 12: Take Monday off
April 13: Tuesday off on account of Ugadi
April 14: Wednesday off on account of Ambedkar Jayanti

Where to go: Gokarna, Karnataka
The endless serenity in Gokarna
Located on the western coast of Karnataka, Gokarna, even though in the public domain, is frequented by a few. The beaches here find a home between the gigantic cliffs that most often travellers climb while heading from one beach to the other. Well-suited for the adventure junkie, you’ll realise your addiction to the town in no time. 

May
May 13: Thursday off on account of Eid ul-Fitr
May 14: Take Friday off
May 15: Saturday
May 16: Sunday

Where to go: Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
The blue Popy in full bloom in the Valley of Flowers
Set against the backdrop of the Himalaya, Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and trekkers' favourite escape. Think sprawling meadows speckled with a thousand different flowers, cool breeze and glittering glaciers. The month of May is also perfect to escape here since the snow starts melting and makes for spectacular views with most flowers in full bloom. Get ready to treat your eyes to some exotic as well indigenous species.

The month of June, sadly, does not have a long weekend but July would make up for it with two long weekends. 

July
July 10: Saturday
July 11: Sunday
July 12: Monday off for Rath Yatra

Where to go: Sitla, Uttarakhand 

 
 
 
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Nestled amongst evergreen forests, with fruit-laden orchards and staggering views of the Himalayas is the serene village of Sitla. Soaking in the sunshine, wandering through the surrounding countryside, indulging in some retail therapy or a relaxing massage, or revelling in lavish meals are just some of the ways to enjoy an indulgent, relaxing holiday here. Dotted with apricot and plum trees, with dramatic views of the snowcapped peaks of Panchachuli, Trishul and Nanda Devi, this quaint village is ideal to unwind in the lap of nature. 

July 17: Saturday
July 18: Sunday 
July 19: Take Monday off 
July 20: Tuesday off on account of Bakri Eid

Where to go: Ranchi, Jharkhand 
Jharkhand is primarily a nature lover's delight and will leave you mesmerised with its spiritual, religious and heritage attractions. One of its standout attractions are the stunning waterfalls. The state is home to 14 major waterfalls with several others, known and unknown spread across its length and breadth.

 
 
 
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In fact, five of these waterfalls are located in the Ranchi area itself, within a 50-km radius of the state capital. July would be the best time to embark on a waterfall trail that will take you through pristine forests and will introduce to stunning back-to-nature tribal habitats. 

August 
August 28: Saturday 
August 29: Sunday 
August 30: Monday off on account of Janmashtami 

Where to go: Orchha, Madhya Pradesh  
Confused between heritage-rich towns and riverside locations? Think no more. Orchha, on the banks of the Betwa in northeastern Madhya Pradesh, offers both. There’s much to do here over a long weekend. Besides the main fort, there are ruins of temples, palaces and cenotaphs which evoke awe for its architectural and historical delights.

 
 
 
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While here, check out the first palace built, Raja Mahal, and its elaborate motifs. Also see Rani-ka-Mahal, Dauji-ki-Haveli and the grandeur of Jehangir Mahal. The Chatturbhuj Temple takes the limelight for its sheer scale while the Laxmi Narayan Temple is famous for its murals. The Ram Raja Temple is perhaps the only one which worships Ram as a king, rather than a god.

September
September 10: Friday off on account of Ganesh Chaturthi
September 11: Saturday
September 12: Sunday

Where to go: Kamshet, Maharashtra 

 
 
 
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If a back-to-nature weekend with a hint of an adrenaline rush is what you are looking for, Kamshet, with its world-class paragliding facilities is the perfect place to be. Surrounded by panoramic views of paddy and sunflower fields fringed by hills all around, Kamshet is a back-to-nature weekend destination. Its history has been shaped by the hills here. Once known for breeding fierce, freedom-loving guerrilla warriors, they now play host to bands of fearless paragliding pilots and adventure lovers.

October
October 15: Friday off for Dussehra
October 16: Saturday 
October 17: Sunday

Where to go: Shillong, Meghalaya
The stunning landscape of Shillong
Surrounded by rolling hills, the British fondly dubbed Shillong as the ‘Scotland of the East’. The city still appears to bask in the British legacy as is evident from its culture and architecture. As is the case with most northeastern towns, Shillong’s society is highly anglicized. Locally known as Nan-Polok, the Ward’s Lake is amongst the landmark sites of Shillong. If you fall in love with Ward’s Lake and end up seeking a similar site, then head to Lady Hydari Park. You must also visit Spread Eagle Falls, which derives its name from its unique shape of an eagle spreading its wings. 

November
November 19: Friday off on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti
November 20: Saturday
November 21: Sunday

Where to go: Amritsar, Punjab 
The Golden Temple
The spiritual centre of Sikhism for centuries, Amritsar remains a city of tumultuous bazaars, incredible heritage, great food and soulful vibes. Modern turmoil is heaped around monuments that arise from a history that is just as absorbing and confounding. When done seeking blessings from the almighty at the Golden Temple, head to Jalianwala Bagh, the site of the infamous massacre of 1919, ordered by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer. Go dhaba-hopping and then head to the Wagah border to witness the Wagah Border ceremony.

December
December 24: Take Friday off
December 25: Saturday, Christmas
December 26: Sunday

Where to go: Pelling, Sikkim 
Mt. Khangchendzonga seen from Pelling
One of the most popular tourist destinations of Sikkim, Pelling is the gateway to many of West Sikkim’s natural, religious and historical attractions. Perched at a height of 1900m, it offers a great view of Mt Khangchendzonga and other snowy Himalayan peaks. It is also the gateway to the ruins of Rabdentse or the second capital of Sikkim, and two of the holiest monasteries — Pemayangste and Sanga-Ngang Choling. In November 2018, Pelling got a new attraction by the way of a giant Buddha statue and a skywalk perched at 50m above the ground. 

Note: Some of the holidays may be restricted. Also do not forget to check all restrictions related to COVID-19 and travel with all safety measures in place.


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