Weekends usually whiff off too quickly in running errands and catching up with pals, but these special weekends of the year are much awaited as they come with an extra day off. Yes, long weekends are not ordinary but fun when people can plan a short, unwinding vacation with their family and friends. An extra day off is like a treat for all those who keep waiting for these little indulgences that refresh our minds. If you also want to make the most of these special Holidays, this blog will prove essential for you. We have compiled a complete list of long weekends in 2023 and weekend getaways worth exploring.
List of Long Weekends 2023 in India at your fingertips
Here’s a 2023 Holiday Calendar and options of places to visit in India where weekend fun is to the next level. This year is packed with 16 long weekends. Check out!
- January 13 to January 15 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
- January 26 to January 29 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
- March 8 to March 12 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
- April 04 to April 09 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
- May 5 to May 7 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
- June 29 to July 2 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
- August 12 to August 15 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)
- August 26 to August 30 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
- September 7 to September 10 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
- September 16 to September 19 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)
- September 28 to October 2 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- October 21 to October 24 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)
- November 11 to November 13 ( Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- November 25 to November 27 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- December 23 to December 25 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
Long Weekend in January 2023
1.January 13 to January 15 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
The second long weekend of the year starts with Makar Sankranti, one of India's most celebrated festivals. It is celebrated with great fervour in almost every region. However, it is observed in many ways in some parts of the country. So why not witness these grand festivities during this extended break?
Best Places to Visit in India to Celebrate Makar Sankranti
- Haridwar, Uttarakhand: Attend Ganga Arti and take a dip in the holy river.
- Amritsar, Punjab: To enjoy a vibrant spirit.
- Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh: Take a dip in the holy river and participate in a kite flying competition.
- Kolkata, West Bengal: Take part in Ganga Sagar Mela, which is considered the second-largest pilgrims gathering in India after the Kumbh Mela and visit Kapil Muni Ashram.
- Ahmedabad, Gujarat: Take part in the biggest Kite Flying festival.
2. January 26 to January 29 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
One more long weekend in January? Yes, you heard it right. This year, the month of January seems to be turbo-charged with three long weekends. Plan a relaxing trip with your friends or family and recharge yourself. Since this is a Republic Day weekend, you can plan a trip to all those places that played a significant role in India’s Independence. Have a look at some places.
Best Places to Visit in India to Celebrate Republic Day
- New Delhi. Witness iconic Republic Day parades.
- Wagah Border, Amritsar. Watch the elaborate retreat ceremony.
- Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Visit the famous Sabarmati Ashram.
- Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Visit the Cellular Jail, a reminder of the British Raj in India.
- Bangalore. Watch Flag hoisting at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground.
- Shimla. Visit Ridge Maidan to witness state-level celebrations.
- Mumbai. Lively parade at Shivaji Park.
Long Weekend in March 2023
3. March 8 to March 12 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
The harbinger of harvest and spring season, Holi is the much-awaited festival in India celebrated with a frenzy in all the regions. There are colourful celebrations in every street and even at the royal residences. In some regions, temple rituals are followed, whilst some play it in the wildest possible way. And the good news is that you can participate in these fun-filled celebrations this year as Holi falls on Wednesday. Take the next two days off and club it with the weekend for a 5-day long vacation. Happy Holi, Fellas!
Best Places to Visit in India to Celebrate Holi
- Mathura. Attend the most spectacular Holi events at Dwarkadheesh Temple.
- Vrindavan. Take part in Phoolon wali Holi at Banke Bihari Temple.
- Barsana Witness the unique Lathmar Holi in Barsana.
- Udaipur Take part in royal Holika Dahan at Shambhu Niwas Palace.
- Jaipur. Visit Govind Dev Ji Temple in the City Palace.
- Shantiniketan. Take part in Basant Utsav.
- Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. Catch a glimpse of valour at Hola Mohalla.
- Goa. Take part in vibrant Shigmotsav.
Long Weekend in April 2023
4. April 04 to April 09 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
April is one of the pleasant months of the year that is perfect for travelling as it marks the onset of the summer season. Another exciting point of this month is that it comes with a Good Friday long weekend, giving us all an opportunity to go on a relaxing trip. So here is the list of the best places to travel in India during this time of the year. Take a look!
Best Places to Visit in India in April
- Shimla. Explore the summer capital.
- Dharamshala. Enjoy the vibrant culture.
- Munnar. Grab the mesmerising vistas.
- Matheran. Enjoy a laid-back vacation.
- Lonavala. Get a stunning view of nature.
- Alibaug. Bask in the lap of nature.
- Wayanad. Take a short break from the hustle and bustle.
- Mount Abu. Discover the only hill station in Desert state.
- Goa. Bask on the beaches and enjoy water activities.
- Shillong. Gather unique experiences.
Long Weekend in May 2023
5. May 5 to May 7 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)