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Long Weekends in 2024: Best Places to Travel


Written by Ardra M B
26 Dec, 2023

Time flies, a quote that resonates with most of us, and indeed, it is very true. 2023 proved to be a roller coaster for many of us; we laughed, we cried, and we celebrated every moment of the year. As wanderlusts, each year brings new travel plans and destinations. As we bid adieu to 2023, we welcome 2024 with a new heart and a fresh attitude. What makes this year more dynamic and inspiring is the number of long weekends that 2024 holds for us. Let’s make the most out of the long weekends in 2024. Let’s hold hands together and promise ourselves that 2024 is our year!

How beneficial is a Long Weekend?

“Long weekend” is a phrase that brings hope to many corporate employees and students who harbor the desire for travel amid their daily hustle and bustle. A Monday or Friday close to Saturday or Sunday opens the doors for travel. If you plan your long weekends properly, you can create a mesmerizing weekend getaway or a full-fledged backpacking trip. This is where planning is crucial, and we are here to help you out with that.

Below is the list of long weekend holidays in 2024 and the recommended trips for you to consider.

January Long Weekends 2024

Snow covered mountains of Himachal in the month of January
Long Weekends in January

Start the year with a blast. Sounds amazing, right? Yes…Embark on your 2024 journey by celebrating the new year at a place that you are going to love.

New Year Long Weekend 2024

  • Saturday, December 30 (Weekend)
  • Sunday, December 31 (Weekend)
  • Monday, January 1: New Year’s Day
  • Where to Go: Manali, Meghalaya, Chopta, Spiti, Meghalya
  • Recommended Trip : Uttarakhand Explorer Edition, Himachal Explorer Edition, Spiti 4×4 and Meghalaya Backpacking


Makar Sankranti Long Weekend 2024

  • Saturday, January 13: Lohri (Weekend)
  • Sunday, January 14 (Weekend)
  • Monday, January 15: Makar Sankranti, Pongal or Take a Leave
  • Where to Go: Kedarkantha, Mcleodganj, Kaziranga National Park 
  • Recommended Trip : Kedarkantha Trek, McCleod Ganj Triund Bir , Meghalaya with Kaziranga
  • Quick Weekend Getaways: Manali Solang and Nag Tibba Trek 

Republic Day Long Weekend 2024

  • Friday, January 26: Republic Day
  • Saturday, January 27 (Weekend)
  • Sunday, January 28 (Weekend)
  • Where to Go: Bhutan, Dubai, Rishikesh 
  • Recommended Trip: Bhutan Backpacking, Dubai Community Trip, Rishikesh Chopta  
  • Quick Weekend Getaways: Kasol Grahan and Kasol Tosh  

READ MORE: Republic Day Long Weekend 2024

Interesting Fact
Republic Day marks the occasion when the Constitution of India came into effect on January 26, 1950.


Two couples playing in snow in Kashmir
Romantic Getaways in February

February doesn’t have any long weekends, but you can always consider going on small weekend trips. In February the air around you, will be filled with love…Each part of your body will crave for a holiday with your partner.

  • Quick Weekend Getaways: Prashar Lake, McLeod Triund, Jibhi, Chopta Chandrashila, and Jaisalmer weekend.
  • Prefect Romantic Trip: Kashmir Backpacking, Winter Spiti and Himachal Backpacking


Quick Tip
February 14 is Valentine’s Day, but unfortunately, it is not a long weekend. Still, don’t let your leaves decide your romantic getaway.

READ MORE: Best Places to Visit in Spiti Valley

March Long Weekends 2024

Holi celebration in Puskhar
Long Weekends in March

If you are a travel enthusiast, then March 2024 is your month. The month is filled with festivals and holidays that will allow you to turn your dream travel plans into action. March will gift you two long weekends. And guess what? The whole March is a festive month. Joyfully celebrate your Holi and Maha Shivaratri through a quick getaway.

Shivaratri Long Weekend 2024

  • Friday, March 8: Maha Shivratri
  • Saturday, March 9: (Weekend)
  • Sunday, March 10 (Weekend)
  • Where to Go: Banaras, Tunganth, Uttarakhand 
  • Recommended Trips: Uttar Pradesh Backpacking, Uttarakhand Backpacking, Chopta Chandrashila 

Holi Long Weekend 2024

  • Saturday, March 23 (Weekend)
  • Sunday, March 24 (Weekend)
  • Monday, March 25: Holi
  • Where to Go: Pushkar, Vrindavan, Kasol-Tosh, Madhya Pradesh
  • Recommended Trip: Jaisalmer Weekend, Pushkar Weekend, Madhya Pradesh Backpacking, Manali Kasol Tosh
  • The Best Place to Celebrate Holi: The best place to celebrate your birthday or anniversary may be a controversial question, but when it comes to Holi, all hands are up to Pushkar. 

Extended Read: Puskhar Holi 2024

Easter Long Weekend 2024

  • Friday, March 29: Good Friday
  • Saturday, March 30 (Weekend)
  • Sunday, March 31: Easter (Weekend)
  • Where to Go: Meghalaya, Kaziranga, Spiti, Kuari Pass 
  • Recommended Trip:  All Girls Meghalaya Backpacking, Meghalaya with Kaziranga, Winter Spiti and Kuari Pass Trek 



Prashar Lake Trek covered in greenery. This you can see in the month of April
Weekend Escapes in April

When the month of March gives you three long weekends, allowing you to explore big trips, April will enable you to try two-day quick trips in your locality. There are no long weekends as such in April, but you can always consider the chance of having quick weekend visits.

Quick Weekend Getaways: Prashar Lake, McLeod Triund, Jibhi, Chopta Chandrashila, and Nag Tibba.



Barren mountains of Ladakh
Long Weekends in May

It’s finally time to celebrate summers. From summer treks to international trips, the month of May will allow you to experience the month in full strength. Buddha Purnima is considered a restricted holiday, but you can take advantage of your optional leaves and head out for a weekend escapade.

Buddha Purnima Long Weekend 2024

  • Thursday, May 23: Buddha Purnima
  • Friday, May 24: take the day off
  • Saturday, May 25
  • Sunday, May 26
  • Where to go: Ladakh, Spiti, Tawang, and Bali
  • Recommended Trips: Ladakh Backpacking, Winter Spiti, and Tawang Backpacking.


Interesting Fact
Buddha Purnima is an auspicious occasion that honors the arrival of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha into this world. This momentous event is celebrated with great fervor on the Full Moon Day of Vaisakh.


Breathtaking lake view from Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Long Weekends in June

June presents you with an opportunity to go on a long trip. By taking one day off, you will get a four-day break during Bakri Eid. June will allow you to say a proper goodbye to summer and welcome monsoon. On the onset of monsoon, the mountains will get a new carpet of greenery and wait for you with dazzling rain.

Bakri Eid Long Weekend 2024

  • Friday, June 14 (Take a leave)
  • Saturday, June 15 (Weekend)
  • Sunday, June 16 (Weekend)
  • Monday, June 17: Bakri Eid
  • Where to go: Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Har Ki Dun, Spiti
  • Recommended Trips: Himalayan Treks and Backpacking Trip to Spiti



Valley of flowers trek filled with vibrant colors.
Long Weekends in July

In the upcoming July, brace yourself for a parched period, but fear not, for the glorious August of 2024 shall bestow upon us an abundance of long weekends, ripe for the picking. These precious moments of respite present the perfect opportunity to embark on a delightful mini-vacation, should you be prepared to set off on Friday evenings.

Suggested Read: Best Places to Visit in Monsoon

Trekking in Monsoon

The trekking experience in Monsoon is elevated to new heights, as the rain transforms the dull beige-brown valleys into breathtaking lush green landscapes adorned with enchanting trickling waterfalls.

Experiences not to miss: Ladakh, Spiti, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Valley of Flowers Trek.


August Long Weekends 2024

Star gazing from spiti valley
Long Weekends in August

If you are someone who likes to do a big trip once a year and is struggling to adjust your leaves according to your travel plans, then look no further. August is your month for that. With Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan coming together, August will offer you an incredible opportunity to merge your leaves and count it as the most important travel month of 2024.

Independence Day Long Weekend 2024

  • Thursday, August 15: Independence Day
  • Friday, August 16 (Take a leave)
  • Saturday, August 17 (Weekend)
  • Sunday, August 18 (Weekend)
  • Monday, August 19: Raksha Bandhan (Restricted)
  • Where To Go: Ladakh, Spiti, Chopta chandrashila
  • Recommended Trips: Backpacking Trip to Ladakh and Spiti


Did you Know
The 2024 Independence Day will be the nation’s 88th celebration of freedom, what is a better way of celebrating the long struggling freedom like utilizing it. 

Janmashtami Long Weekend 2024

  • Friday, August 23 (take a leave)
  • Saturday, August 24 (Weekend)
  • Sunday, August 25 (Weekend)
  • Monday, August 26: Janmashthami
  • Where To Go
  • Recommended Trips: 

September Long Weekends 2024

Tawang Gate in September
Long Weekends in September

The month of September will allow you to experience two restricted holidays that will help you open the doors to your favorite travel destinations. The month of September will help you experience the destinations from a monsoon shade that will enrich your holidays. Monsoon will allow the country to get a new shade of freshness, giving more colors to the places you are going to visit.

Ganesh Chaturthi Long Weekend 2024

  • Friday, September 6: (take a leave)
  • Saturday, September 7: Ganesh Chaturthi (Weekend)
  • Sunday, September 8: Weekend
  • Where To Go: Tawang, Spiti, Jaisalmer
  • Recommended Trip: Bike and Backpacking to Tawang, Winter Spiti


Eid Milad Un Nabi Long Weekend 2024

  • Saturday, September 14: Weekend
  • Sunday, September 15: Weekend.
  • Monday, September 16: Eid Milad Un Nabi (Restricted)
  • Where To Go:
  • Recommended Trip:


Boating in Dawki River in Meghalaya
Long Weekends in October

What is the best time to visit India? Have you ever thought about this question? If yes, then October is your month. The month of October is an ideal time for all trips, including short and long. Whether you are looking for a quick weekend or a long weekend to celebrate the victory of good over evil, then don’t look for another time. It is October for you! The month of goodness, the month of travel.

Dussehra Long Weekend 2024

  • Friday, October 11: Maha Navmi (Restricted).
  • Saturday, October 12: Dussehra (Weekend)
  • Sunday, October 13 (Weekend)
  • Where To Go: Meghalaya, Dayara Bugyal, Prashar Lake
  • Recommended Trips: Meghalaya Backpacking, All Girls Himachal Backpacking


How about this?
Since Dussehra is the perfect time to start new things, take advantage of this time and expand your travel dreams to new horizons.

November Long Weekends 2024

Safari in Jim Corbett National Park. A deer crossing the road in front of safari vehicle
Long Weekends in November

November marks the last long weekend holiday in the year 2024. With Diwali and Guru Nanak Jayanti, November will give you the perfect goodbye to 2024.

Diwali Long Weekend 2024

  • Thursday, October 31, Choti Diwali (Optional)
  • Friday, November 1: Diwali
  • Saturday, November 2 (Weekend)
  • Sunday, November 3: Bhai Dooj (Weekend)
  • Where To Go: Kedarkantha Trek, Jibhi, Chopta, Dubai
  • Recommended Trips: Himalayan Treks, Himachal Backpacking, Uttarakhand Backpacking


Guru Nanak Jayanti Long Weekend 2024

  • Friday, November 15: Guru Nanak Jayanti (Restricted)
  • Saturday, November 16 (Weekend)
  • Sunday, November 17 (Weekend)
  • Where To Go: Brahmatal, Kasol, Rishikesh, Nag Tibba
  • Recommended Trips: Himalayan Treks, Himachal Backpacking, Uttarakhand Backpacking


A snow filled sighting from Kasol Valley in Manali
Snow-spilled December

December is always the season to celebrate, and Christmas is around the corner. Since the year is coming to an end, this is the right time for you to fulfill all the pending travel dreams. It’s the time of the year for you to celebrate to the core. Welcome the next year with a blast by covering the entire Uttarakhand and Himachal with our Uttarakhand Explorer Edition and Himachal Explorer Edition.

Recommended Trips: Himachal Explorer Edition and Uttarakhand Explorer Edition


Q1: What are some popular long weekend destinations in India for 2024?

Some popular long weekend destinations in India for 2024 include Goa, Shimla, Ooty, Jaipur, and Kerala. These places offer a mix of scenic beauty, cultural experiences, and adventure activities, making them perfect for a quick getaway.

Q2: What are some tips for planning a long weekend trip in India in 2024?

Here are a few tips for planning a long weekend trip in India in 2024:

  • Start planning early to secure the best deals on flights and accommodations.
  • Research the weather conditions of your chosen destination during the long weekend to ensure a pleasant experience.
  • Create an itinerary that includes a mix of sightseeing, relaxation, and local experiences.
  • Pack light and carry essentials such as sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and appropriate clothing.
  • Check if any local festivals or events are taking place during your visit to make the most of your trip.

Q3. How many Long Weekends are there in 2024?

There are 15 Long weekends in 2024 which will allow you to explore the world around you.


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