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2017: The Year of Long Weekends

With most of the major holidays falling either during the middle of the week on a Wednesday or on a Sunday, 2016 robbed us of the chance to rejuvenate and travel as much as we would have liked to.

Well, it’s time to rejoice! 2017 is here. And it is officially the year of long weekends!

There are over 12 long weekends this year, with the first one coming up in less than a week. There is nearly one long weekend every month no matter which part of the country you are from!

As your favourite personal assistant, we took it upon ourselves to compile a list of the 12 most likely long weekends and depending on where you are, how you can make the best use of them:

Republic Day Weekend | 26th – 29th January

This year, the Republic Day, 26th conveniently falls on a Thursday, and if you just take a day off on Friday, you’ll have 4 whole days all for yourself!

What can you do?

Because of the 4 whole days you get, you have an option to explore a location slightly farther away from home – Why not take a desert safari in the Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer?

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Shivratri Weekend | 24th – 26th February

Exactly a month after the previous long weekend comes the 2nd long weekend of the year. Shivratri is on a Friday, so you get the entire weekend off without digging into your leave balance.

What can you do?

Coming off the heels of Valentine’s Day, you’re probably all dried out ;). Why not engage in the customary ‘Jaagaran’, and host a lovely cocktail party at home or on the terrace and enjoy the city’s skyline in the pleasant February breeze? Make sure to light it up because there will be no moon light.Rooftop_Friends_Haptik_Long_Weekends-2017Pic Courtesy: http://haptik.ai/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/1.jpg

Holi Weekend | 11th – 13th March

Barely 2 weeks from your previous long weekend is the colourful festival of Holi,  this time on Monday, 13th March.

What can you do?

It’s Holi. There’s nothing better. You should stay at home and just take it all in! And have a blast!Holi_Haptik_Long_Weekends-2017Pic Courtesy: http://haptik.ai/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Holi-Wallpapers.jpg

Gudi Padva / Ugadi Weekend | 25th – 28th March

Ugadi / Gudi Padva is the New Year in accordance to the regional calendars. The Holiday is on a Tuesday this time – 28th March. Take the 27th off and you’ll once again have 4 straight days off to spend time with your loved ones after two months.

What can you do?

How can you make the most of these 4 days? If you are into customs, you’ll most likely spend the weekend preparing your house to welcome the new year with your friends and family.

If you are looking to travel, you should look at taking a road trip to a local small town/village nearby where they have fairs, a lot of dances and the most delicious local cuisine ever made.

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Good Friday / Easter Weekend | 14th – 16th April

The best part about Good Friday has always been that it’s a confirmed long weekend! You get 3 whole days off in the middle of April, no matter what.

What can you do?

The heat wave would be just getting started. So, if you want to cool it off a little before you burn up, why not head up to the serene hills of Panchgani or Kodaikanal or McLeodganj for a quick getaway?Easter_Haptik_Long_Weekends-2017Pic Courtesy: http://haptik.ai/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/66214_8762.jpg

May Day Weekend | 29th April – 1st May

Right on the heels of Easter comes May Day and this time, the holiday is on a Monday, 1st May.

What can you do?

With the summer heat kicking it up a notch, you should look to spend some time near some cool water bodies. If you are from Mumbai, take a speedboat to Alibaug/Mandwa. If you are in Delhi, head towards Dehradun/Rishikesh for rafting and kayaking in the pristine waters.MayDay_Haptik_Long_Weekends-2017Pic Courtesy: http://haptik.ai/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Whitewater-Rafting.jpg

Ramzan Eid Weekend | 24th – 26th June

Nearly 2 months after the previous long weekend weekend comes Ramzan Eid, which falls on the 26th of June, a Monday.

What can you do?

You should take a trip to the likes of Hyderabad or Lucknow where the festivities and the delicious food will make you fall in love with the festival for a life time.

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The Independence Day Week | 12th – 20th August

Well, you can’t classify this as a long weekend. With Janmashtami (Restricted Holiday) on the 14th, Independence Day (National Holiday) on the 15th and Parsi New Year (Restricted Holiday – Mostly Mumbai) on the 18th of August, take leave on the 16th & 17th, and you’ll get 9 whole days to spend time with your loved ones.

What can you do?

With so many days off, this would be the time for you to plan that Leh-Ladakh trip you’ve been putting off for years! August is the most beautiful time to be in Leh-Ladakh where the roads are clear and the rain shadow would have cooled off the desert heat without any actual rain in sight.

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Gandhi Jayanti & Dusserah Weekend | 30th September – 2nd October

You don’t have to worry that you didn’t get a long weekend in September with Dusserah falling on the Saturday, 30th September. Because you have Gandhi Jayanti on the Monday after the festival immediately.

What can you do?

Stock up on your liquor (because, you know, there’s a dry day in there) and have a nice time at home with friends and family. You have a long month ahead of you.Dusserah_Haptik_Long_Weekends-2017Pic Courtesy: http://haptik.ai/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/11.jpg

Diwali | 14th – 22nd October

This is a big one. Starting on the 14th & 15th October, Saturday and Sunday, you have Dhanteras on Monday, the 16th, Diwali on Wednesday, 18th and Bhai Dooj on Friday 20th. Take leave on Tuesday and Thursday, and you’ll have 9 whole days for yourself again, for the second time in 2017.

What can you do?

If you are looking to travel during this week, why not head to the land of dreamy palaces and forts – Rajasthan?

You can start off with a 2-day trip to Jaipur, head to the Sun City of Jodhpur for the main festival night and cap it off with a final 2-day trip to the heart of Thar Desert, Jaisalmer. Watching the gorgeous palaces lit up in the pleasant weather from one of the many forts in each of the cities will make you want to come back again and again, every year!Diwali_Haptik_Long_Weekends-2017Pic Courtesy: http://haptik.ai/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/umaid-bhawan-jodhpur-india-baradari-dining.jpg

Eid-Weekend | 1st – 3rd December

Isn’t it exciting to know that the final month of the year, starts off with a long weekend? The coveted birthday of the Prophet falls most likely on the 30th of November or 1st of December, which means no matter what, you can get 3 days off together till 3rd December.

What can you do?  

You should take this time to plan your end of the year activities because the final week-end is yet to come! Trust us, you’ll need it.

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Christmas & New Year Week | 23rd December – 1st January

With both Christmas and New Year falling on Mondays, if you can manage a 4 day leave in between from 26th to 29th, you’ll be able to get the third 9-day holiday of the year, for yourself!

What can you do?

While tradition and customs of the generation dictate that you head to Goa or Dubai or Europe or NYC or any of the hugely popular places where you are no doubt going to have the time of your life, let us offer you a different option for those of you who don’t prefer the crowd. Check if you can book a cottage in Gulmarg, Kashmir or Shimla or Darjeeling or Shillong, for the entire week and you will experience a world you’ll never forget.Christmas_Haptik_Long_Weekends-2017Pic courtesy: http://haptik.ai/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Gulmarg-2.jpg

And as your favourite personal assistant, we are always here to help you manage your travel plans better – Be it suggesting places for you to head to, booking flights, web-checking you in ahead of time or setting reminders to let you know it’s time for you to have the time of your life. No matter what it is that you want, #WeGetItDone 😉

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