Long weekend getaways for 2017: Where are you going for Ganesh Chaturthi?

This year has 14 long weekends, and two of which could be nine-day-long mini vacations in August and October if only you take a couple of strategic leaves. We've taken notes from our own travels and with inputs from experts, we suggest destinations in India and abroad.

Written by Shruti Chakraborty | New Delhi | Updated: August 17, 2017 2:22 pm
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Did you spend most of last year grumbling about how you didn’t get to travel much; how work pressure was too much and there wasn’t any time to take a break? Well then, let that not be an excuse for 2017, because this year has a whole host of long weekends (some you may need to work around, but then what are casual leaves and sick leaves for?) for you to make good use of. So far we’ve identified 14 of them, of which two (in August and October) can give you nine full days of vacation fun if only strategically add a couple of extra days.

We took inspiration from our own travels, added inputs from travel experts from Cleartrip, TravelTriangle, Travkart, Expedia, Skyscanner, etc., to come up with this. Check them out.

 


Total days: 4
Extra leaves: 1
Where to go: Hit the beach by going to Goa or Diu. The weather is perfect for water sports and fun. Love the snow? Then trek up to Auli or Parashar Lake for the weekend. You can even head to Dubai to catch the fag end of the Dubai shopping festival.

Total days: 3
Extra leaves: None
Where to go: Head to Goa for Mardi Gras, or towards Shimla and Fagu for a relaxing weekend in the hills.

 

Total days: 3
Extra leaves: None
Where to go: Head to the hills for some chill time, and to catch a bit of snow if you’re lucky. Options could include Shimla’s outskirts or McLeodganj to the north, a hilly trek towards Malshej to the west, or even Puri or Digha in the east.

 

Total days: 4
Extra leaves: 1/2
Where to go: Head to Singapore for some weekend fun. There is much to do and see, and the destination can be covered fairly well over four days.

Total days: 4
Extra leaves: 1
Where to go: If you’re health conscious and a tad bit religious, then you could head towards Rishikesh for a Yoga retreat during this weekend. Or attend the Aoleang festival, held during the first week of April, along with the Konyak tribe in Nagaland.

Total days: 4
Extra leaves: None
Where to go: If you like nature and a bit of hiking, then head towards McLeodganj or a bit higher up towards Triund. It’s an easy hike for those who have never trekked before and gives you the most stunning views.

Total days: 3
Extra leaves: None
Where to go: Head to Orchha for a quick weekend trip, or Pondicherry or Coorg if you’re in southern India. This a good time to head to these places before summer comes by in full swing.

Total days: 3
Extra leaves: None
Where to go: Head to places that are known for their non-vegetarian and Mughlai fare, such as Hyderabad, Lucknow and Ajmer.

Total days: 9
Extra leaves: 2/3
Where to go: If you take just two leaves, you have nine full days for a mini vacation, and the weather is perfect for a sojourn to Europe. Head to Eastern European countries such as Greece, Croatia, Hungary and Poland. There’s a lot to cover, and it works well for the budget traveller as well.

Total days: 3
Extra leaves: None
Where to go: If you plan really tight, this is the season to head to the Valley of flowers in Uttarakhand for a mini trek, and you can also go up to the Hemkund Sahib gurudwara, which is the highest gurudwara in the world.

Total days: 3
Extra leaves: None
Where to go: If you’re really fond of beer, then a quick visit to Munich for the Oktoberfest (on till October 3) may not be a bad idea. This is also a bucket list item for many, so why not! If you’re around Mumbai, then Karjat may be a viable option or if you want to head towards the North East then Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh is a great option. Though the music festival happens in September, you can always find local pubs with live music and there are, of course, some picturesque hiking trails.

Total days: 9
Extra leaves: 4
Where to go: Nine days is like a mini vacation, so make full use of it. October is a good month for a Vietnam-Cambodia trip, or just one of these countries, if you don’t want to rush it. Eastern Europe is also a good bet since it would be just before the severe winter sets in. In India, a trek through Spiti valley would give you stunning vistas to gorge upon, or if you haven’t been to Rajasthan yet, then a road trip is highly recommended.

Total days: 3
Extra leaves: None
Where to go: Dhanaulti, Ranikhet, Mukteshwar, Manali, Binsar and Chakrata are all hill stations that would not only be a refreshing change, but also give stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayas. In southern India, Pondicherry or Kovalam are lovely seaside destinations worth considering.

Total days: 3
Extra leaves: None
Where to go: Let’s face it, Goa is an obvious choice for this three-day weekend, and that’s for a reason. But if you’d rather not hit the crowded streets and beaches, and love snow then Manali and Rohtang Pass could be good options, even Auli is covered in white at this time of the year.

 

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