Long Weekends 2018 : Plan Your Public Holiday Weekend Getaways

February 2018

Long Weekends 2018
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Skyscanner India brings to you a list of perfect long weekends and getaways that will help make 2018 a year punctuated with regular vacations!

Long weekends from January to March

Republic Day: January 26th-29th

Holi: March first fourth

Great Friday/Easter: March 29th-April first


An all-time tourist favourite for both Indians and foreigners, this destination needs no introduction. Itineraries vary from person to person, depending on your interests. You can slip into hippie mode, hang out at clubs, spoil your taste buds at the famous eateries, patronise street hotspots, or be a time explorer and visit churches and architecture left behind by the Portuguese in Old Goa. Goa will also let you sample luxury at its exclusive resorts and try your luck at its casinos. A visit in January offers the added bonus of great weather.


The Pink City is another great place to visit during a long weekend in these months. Explore Jaipur glorious past in the world-famous observatory Jantar Mantar, its palaces and forts such as the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal, or enjoy local cuisine on the streets. Most of the city’s fine dining establishments and hotels are set in old forts and palaces, so do set out an evening in your schedule to explore how tradition meets modern hospitality.


India’s most famous metropolis is worth a visit if you’re planning a short weekend getaway and January would be perfect weather for a city break. Enjoy the beaches such as Juhu or Chowpatty, shop at those humungous malls such as Palladium, Oberoi or Phoenix, go sightseeing at Churchgate or Marina Drive, or dig into delicious food at its iconic eateries with cuisines both local and foreign – Mumbai has something in store for everyone.

Long weekends from April to June

Buddha Purnima: April 28th-30th

Eid: June fifteenth seventeenth


A bustling metropolis, Pune is an ideal tourist spot. Besides the city’s fun night life, there are also many monuments and parks such as Sinhagad and Aga Khan Palace that you can visit during the day. History buffs will find the place appealing because of unique museums such as the Blades of Glory Cricket Museum and Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railway.


Looking to relax, shop, party, take nature walks, sprawl on a beach and delve into history all in one holiday? The answer is Bangkok. Explore the city’s historic Buddhist shrines such as the Wat Arun or Wat Phra Kaew, visit the Grand Palace, shop at bustling MBK Centre or Terminal 21, explore wild and sea life at Safari World, explore rainforest or unwind at spas – Bangkok has it all.


Another all-time favourite full of sites and attractions, Dubai is a must on a long weekend list. With attractions like the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and others such as the Burj al Arab, desert safaris, Lego Land, the Dubai Marina, the Dubai Mall, and the Dubai Aquarium, Dubai is an all-in-one package. Looking for off season discounts? Summer is the best, though hot, time to visit.

Long weekends from July to September

Independence Day: August 15th-19th

Janamashtmi: September 1st-3rd

Gandhi Jayanti: September 29th-October 2nd


A very family friendly destination, Singapore is full of surprises. Check out Universal Studios, exotic nature parks, the Night Safari and the Singapore Zoo, shop at Vivo city or Orchard Road, get a panoramic view of the city from the Singapore Eye or do something off beat like watching a play at the Esplanade theatres or exploring the Gardens by the Bay.


A year-round destination, Colombo has a mysterious charm. Spend your time at the National Museum and the Dutch Museum, beaches, temples such as the Buddhist temple or Raj Maha Vihara, shop at the Arcade Independence Centre or enjoy the wildlife at the Zoological Gardens, Colombo is the place to go to if you are looking to rejuvenate yourself. The off season runs from June to September, so this would be the best time to avail discounts.


An archipelago full of wonder, Bali is definitely worth checking out. Explore marine life at the Bali Safari and Marine Park, relax at the many beaches, explore volcanoes such as Mount Batur or indulge in water sports – a visit to Bali will be one worth remembering. At this time, the weather would be perfect for all these activities.

Long weekends from October to December

Dusshera: October 19th-21st

Diwali: November 7th-11th

Christmas: December 22nd-25th

Kuala Lumpur

Explore marine life at Aquaria KLCC, delve into history at the Batu Caves, National Mosque or National Museum, go sightseeing at the iconic Petronas Towers, City Centre and Merdeka Square and shop at some of Asia’s largest shopping malls such as the Pavilion or Star Hill Gallery; Kuala Lumpur never fails to impress.

New Delhi

The national capital is definitely worth checking out during this period, since it will have a festive vibe and good weather. You can either take a heritage tour across the city’s historic monuments such as the Red Fort or Qutub Minar, shop at the humungous malls such as DLF or ambience, dine at the finest establishments or go clubbing.


A city full of history from colonial and Mughal times, Lucknow is the perfect place for a weekend trip. Check out the Bara and Chota Imambara, Chattar Manzil and the Rumi Darwaza, or get a feel of the colonial period at the 1857 Residency Museum, Satkhanda and Hussainbad clock tower, which is amongst the largest in India. You can also treat your taste buds to local cuisine and the famous biriyani at local eateries.

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