If you’ve been kicking yourself for not travelling much or at all this year, 2023 is your chance to indulge your wanderlust. It’s the perfect year to plan your vacations to save money and give yourself a break now and then. Along with a fresh start, the new year brings with it a string of long weekends, particularly in March, April, and August. A five- to six-day vacation can easily be squeezed in to take a break from your mundane life and lift your spirits if properly planned. With this long travel weekend planner for 2023, we’ve compiled a list of the upcoming year’s holidays and weekends to help you execute your travel wishlist with less clutter.
Kickstart the year with a break
Snow lovers can visit Auli, Manali, Shimla, and Gulmarg during the winter months to see snowfall and amazing scenery. Partygoers can head to Goa or Puducherry to soak up the rays on pristine beaches. This month is ideal for a trip to South India because the weather is mild and ideal for planning a temple tour in Tirupati, Kerala, or Rameshwaram Dham in Tamilnadu. Adventurers can go on a desert safari in Jaisalmer’s Golden Sand Dunes or participate in the Rann Utsav in Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch. Join the most famous Kite Festival in Ahmedabad during the festive season of Uttarayan.
Celebrate love and bliss for 28 days
February is a wonderful month to begin your travel. It is the time when cruel winter welcomes the refreshing and lively spring season. Many cultural programs and festivals are celebrated across India during February. On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, travel to Varanasi and experience divine vibes at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. You should also explore the rich culinary trail in Banaras’ bylanes. Other places to visit in February include Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu) and Kolkata. February is a great month for couples to travel and spend time together because it includes Valentine’s Day.
Prepare for Summer with Holi-days
Is there a better place to celebrate the festival of colours than Vrindavan? The Braj Bhumi offers an epic Holi celebration unlike any other, with several unique rituals and fervour! Hampi, Rishikesh and Gokarna are two other places in March where travellers can have a great time.
Escape from the heat to the hills
April 4 is Mahavir Jayanti, and April 7 is Good Friday. If you take leave on April 5 and 6, you will have six days off, including the weekend. With so many days available, you can plan a trip to the breathtaking Kashmir. With the tulip festival, it is the ideal place to be at the start of summer. Shimla and Manali are also excellent places to visit to escape the heat.
Explore the unexplored with buddies
The 5th of May is Buddha Purnima, which is a holiday or optional leave in many organisations. This is also an excellent time to visit your favourite hill stations and escape the summer heat in style! Go Bungee jumping in Rishikesh or get lost in Dawki’s serenity. With this long travel weekend planner for 2023, just find the ideal adventure in the middle of summer!
Travel to the corners of India
June normally marks the end of the summer season and the beginning of the monsoon season in India. Hence, it is a good time to travel, but a lot of places are still hot because the monsoon is not at its peak. A vacation in June is all you need if you need to escape from the hot summers for some time. Attend the Jagganath Rath Yatra and cherish the grasslands of Dalhousie to make the most out of this month.
Cherish the monsoon mania with serenity
The monsoons are at their peak in July, and it is the ideal time to soak up nature’s bounty. While many Indian destinations in July enjoy verdant greenery, gushing waterfalls, and dreamy cloud walks, places that receive limited rain spells have their own unique charm. With this long travel weekend planner for 2023, sooth your senses in Nubra Valley and experiencing monsoon magic in the Cherrapunji of the south, Agumbe.
Go on an adventurous venture
August is a month of gentle showers and lush greenery in almost every part of India. Some areas become drenched and soggy, while others bloom like heaven itself after two months of rain. A trip in August is sure to bring you unparalleled joy, with carpeted mountains, crisp fresh waterfalls, nature treks, monsoon adventure activities, and plenty of delicious comfort food to accompany it. With the showers and festivities in mind, celebrate Independence Day at Red fort and take a trip down the south to explore the lush coffee plantations in Wayanad.
Celebrate festivals with family
Clear, sunny skies and pleasant temperatures characterise September. Witness the best places to travel in India in September as you take in the unmatched natural beauty following the end of the rainy season. This month is ideal for exploring the vibrant states of India due to the sporadic monsoon showers. During this time, the gleaming blue beaches, verdant mountains, charming structures, and exotic wildlife parks flourish. It is also the ideal time to travel because it is just before the busiest season, which means lower costs, fewer crowds, and more comfortable weather overall.
Prepare for a month of celebrations
October is a magical time to travel to India. It marks the end of the monsoon season and the arrival of the bright shades of fall in India. The rains have pretty much dried up in the north, while you’ll still get sporadic showers further south, and everywhere feels fresh. The weather becomes nice and conducive to travel, with migrating birds from other nations flocking to India to escape the harsh winter, and nature presents colour during autumn. It’s the perfect time to go Pandal hopping in Kolkata and witnessing the magic of Mysore in all its glory.
Discover hidden gems of India
November, the month of complete relaxation in terms of weather stability in India, entices travellers of all types to straighten their backs. While the northern half of India is being relieved of the hot heat, the eastern part is saying farewell to the torrential monsoon. Along the same lines, the southern and western sections of the country begin to calm down and are ready to receive suitors to visit them. It’s the best month to paraglide in the mountains in Kasaul and go on a jungle safari at Gir National Park.
Celebrate the holiday season with offbeat travels
December marks the end of a year and the birth of the next which calls for a celebration filled with exploration. With the onset of winter and the arrival of the holiday season, people from across the country are eager to catch a break with serenity and exciting activities from the mundane. As the temperature begins to drop drastically throughout India, travellers begin to plan their journeys to explore hidden gems, during this time of the year. With this long travel weekend planner for 2023, there’s nothing quite like celebrating Christmas in Goa and witnessing the Shilpgram Festival in Udaipur to make the most out of the end of 2023.
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Last Updated on January 23, 2023 by Shabari Shankar