We are not here to disturb your last moment New Year party plans but to help you lessen the tension that arises from deciding where to go when you have that long weekend away from work. We have found the best weekend plans for 2016. Pack those bags, tear that long itinerary and follow the master plan below:
1. Welcome the New Year.
1st – 3rd January
Head to ‘The French Riviera of the East’, or Pondicherry, for a vintage, serene New Years’ Celebration.
24th – 26th January
Head to the Rann Utsav at the salt dessert of Kutch, Gujarat.
The festival starts around the the last week of December and continues till February 22.
2. Don’t make it a lazy weekend – gear up and Yoga!
5th – 7th March
Raft the gorgeous white waters of the Ganges, camp on the riverside, trek in the forests of Garhwal and indulge in a detox session for your mind and body at the International Yoga festival.
The festival starts from March 1 and will continue till March 7.
23rd – 27th March
Holi khele Raghuveera biraj mein!
Play a vibrant Braj Holi at Mathura-Vrindavan this year for an unforgettable Holi experience.
3. Spring has not ended yet!
14th – 17th April
Spend this long weekend in Kashmir.
Find the breathtaking Tulip garden in Srinagar where you can sway your saree (YashRaj style), be a Kashmir ki kali
on Dal Lake (Sharmila Tagore style) and make Olaf – the snowman in Gulmarg (Elsa style).
4. Delhi Traffic in monsoon? We’ve got a better idea!
13th – 15th August
Head to the hills of McLeodganj. It will not be vacation-crowded and will definitely be pleasant and lush-green.
25th – 28th August
Celebrate Janmashtami with a Snake Boat Race in Kerala.
Get the real taste of monsoon in the Kerala backwaters. The Aranmula Snake Boat Race is an ode to Lord Krishna’s birth tradition. It’s part of the Onam celebrations.
5. September has always been boring. Well, not this year!
3rd – 5th September
It’s Ganesha Chaturthi, so be where the festivities are. Visit Pune to know what it really feels like celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi in all its madness.
10th – 12th September
Ladakh has one of the most breath-taking landscapes in India. Visit it in September to get a feel of its vibrant culture.
6. Light up the October sky with Dusshera celebrations.
10th – 12th October
Visit Ramlila at Ramnagar to enjoy the enthralling dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Rama.
7. Wash away all your sins and multiply your blessings in the November rain. 12th – 14th November
Enlighten yourself on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Amritsar at the Golden Temple.
8. Have a swag-filled, intoxicating holiday in Goa
10th – 12th December
No aunty to stop you, no cops howling post midnight. It’s Goa, parties start after midnight!
Get. Set. Plan.