Long weekends are nothing but holidays before and after a weekend, which when combined can give you 3 or sometimes even 4 days of holidays. Apart from being excited about new year resolutions and a new beginning, if checking for long weekends in 2021 on your freshly purchased calendars (or digital calendars) is what you’ve been doing these days, you’re not alone! In this blog post, we bring you the complete list of long weekends in 2021. And as a bonus, we’ve also included the best places to visit in 2021 during these long weekends for a fun-filled holiday. Scroll through and mark your calendars now!
Long Weekends in 2021 and the Best Places to Visit in 2021
Long Weekends January
- January 1 (Friday)- New Year’s Day
- January 2 – Saturday
- January 3 – Sunday
- January 14 Thursday- Makar Sankranti
- January 15 (Friday) – Take an Off
- January 16- Saturday
- January 17 – Sunday
- January 23- Saturday
- January 24 – Sunday
- January 25 (Monday) – Take an Off
- January 26 Tuesday – Republic Day
Places to Visit in January
If you are looking for an enchanting hill station to spend at least one of the long weekends in 2021, just head to Chikmagalur. You can thank us later!
Chikmagalur is a serene and scenic hill station that is nestled amidst dense and green Western Ghats. Being a perennial destination that is blessed with pleasant weather, you can plan a trip to this city and also enjoy exploring various places to visit in Chikmagalur. Don’t forget to check out the breathtaking tea plantations or the incredible coffee museum that showcases the entire coffee-making process!
The scintillating capital of Tamil Nadu is a blissful blend of amazing beaches, beautiful temples, wonderful eating joints and marvellous architecture. Seeped deep in history, art and culture, Chennai is an excellent destination to plan your long weekends in 2021 if you love exploring the temples, colonial architecture, check out the rangoli outside netizens houses or just be greeted with “Vanakkam” by any random Tamilian. There are several amazing places to visit in Chennai that will keep you engrossed and entertained while you’re staying here.
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Long Weekends in February
- February 13 – Saturday
- February 14 – Sunday
- February 15 (Monday) – Take an Off
- February 16 Tuesday – Vasant Panchami
Places to visit in February 2021
February is the month of celebrating love and what’s better than planning one of your long weekends in 2021 in the spectacular Coorg? Dubare Elephant Camp, Abbey Falls, Namdroling Monastery are among the best places to visit in Coorg, and if you aren’t pressed for time, you can even tour the Nagarhole National Park or Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Varanasi, better known as Benaras or Kashi, situated on the banks of the River Ganga, is an important religious and tourist site in India. Varanasi is famous for the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, along with silk sarees, perfumes, sculpture, wide variety of sweets and savouries, numerous ghats, temples, and the evening Ganga aarti.
If you are looking for interesting things to do in Varanasi while visiting the city, you can indulge in several activities like visiting the temples, enjoying a boat ride on the holy Ganga, taking a dip in the river, and just taking a tour of the city to understand its history and culture.
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A prominent hill station in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is the second most-loved vacation place after Ooty. The scenic destination is home to pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls, parks, gardens, viewpoints and more. It is a popular tourist retreat and a perfect holiday destination that promises you a peaceful and exciting vacation. There are several places to visit in Kodaikanal that you can cover if you travel here in any of the long weekends. If you are planning an extended stay, you can visit numerous places near Kodaikanal that are equally beautiful and visit-worthy.
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Long Weekends in March
- March 11 Thursday – Maha Shivratri
- March 12 (Friday) – Take an Off
- March 13 – Saturday
- March 14 – Sunday
- March 27 – Saturday
- March 28 – Sunday
- March 29 (Monday) – Holi
Places to visit in March
Rameshwaram, located in Tamil Nadu, is one of the char dhams that pilgrims wish to visit at least once in their lifetime. The pristine Rameswaram Beach, awe-inspiring Ramanathaswamy Temple, temple tanks & the popular Pamban Bridge are some of the best places to visit in Rameshwaram among others.
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Agra is an unmissable city in India that owes much of its fame and popularity to the timeless Taj Mahal that was built by the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan. There are numerous intriguing places to visit in Agra, prominent among them being Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Taj Mahal (all 3 of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites), Chini ka Rauza – the Mughal-era architecture; stunning gardens, several bazaars and more. Travel to Agra to enjoy the eclectic food and explore the magnificent structures that dot the city.
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Wayanad, a picturesque hill station located in Kerala, is an excellent vacation and travel destination for those who love hills and mountains. The lush green slopes and dense forests is a paradise for nature lovers who can trek, hike or simply soak in the breathtaking views of Wayanad. There are many amazing places to visit in Wayanad that include Thirunelli Temple, Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary, Tholpetti Wildlife Sanctuary, Pookode Lake and others.
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Long Weekends in April
- April 2 – Good Friday
- April 3- Saturday
- April 4 – Sunday
Places to visit in April
1 Mount Abu
Mount Abu is another gorgeous location where you can spend your long weekends in 2021. Situated in the historic state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a sweet mountainous retreat nestled amidst the beautiful Aravalli Ranges and a much sought-after vacation destination in Rajasthan. The hill station is home to the spellbinding Nakki Lake, a major tourist attraction, along with other places to visit in Mount Abu such as Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Trevor’s Tank, Guru Shikhar (the highest peak on the Aravalli Mountains) and more.
If you are looking for a quick escape from the busy cities like Delhi, Gurgaon or the NCR, Kasauli is your perfect respite. Blessed with a moderate and pleasant climate throughout the year, the calm and serene Kasauli gives you the much-needed solace and peace. Surrounded by dense pine and cedar forests and dotted with charming Colonial-era architecture, Kasauli offers you ample options to explore on your own pace. Among the many places to visit in Kasauli, Mall Road, Monkey Point, Kasauli Brewery & Gurka Fort are much loved by tourists.
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Treat yourself to a vacation in the idyllic vistas of Alleppey in April if you love a short and quick break from your routine. Alleppey’s untouched beauty, the abundance of greenery and its serenity are enough to fill your hearts with instant joy. Among the several places to visit in Alleppey, Alleppey Beach, Lighthouse, RKK Memorial Museum and Kuttanad backwaters are the top destinations that tourists love. You can even enjoy a house-boat stay in Kuttanad backwaters and just relax afloat on the calm blue waters.
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Long Weekends in May
- May 13 Thursday – Eid ul-Fitr
- May 14 (Friday) – Take an Off
- May 15- Saturday
- May 16- Sunday
Places to Visit in May
The hot temperatures in May in major part of India calls for a quick getaway to someplace cooler and pleasant. Mahabaleshwar, an idyllic hill station located in the Sahyadri mountain ranges, is a perfect getaway for your long weekends in 2021 where you can spend some quality time in nature’s lap. You can also explore some of the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar which include Wilson Point, Kate’s Point, Dhobi Falls, Lingamala Falls, Venna Lake and others.
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Manali is popularly known as a resort town, honeymooners’ haven, and a paradise for mountain-lovers. It is a gorgeous valley surrounded by beautiful Himalayan landscape and is an ideal holiday destination throughout the year. It is situated on the ancient trade route to Ladakh and is a gateway to reaching the Great Himalayas in Leh-Ladakh. There are many interesting places to visit in Manali such as Solang Valley, Beas River, Jogini Waterfalls, Pandoh Dam and more that you can include in your 2021 travel list.
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Long Weekends in July
- July 17 – Saturday
- July 18 – Sunday
- July 19 (Monday) – Take an Off
- July 20 Tuesday – Bakri Eid
Places to Visit in July
July is one of the best months to spend your long weekends in 2021 in the northeastern part of India. Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is also a spectacular holiday destination thronged by motorists and tourists all year long. Blessed with picturesque beauty, abundant greenery and pleasant climate, Gangtok is one of the most loved cities in Sikkim. Among the many places to visit in Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Himalayan Zoological Park, Rumtek Monastery are important sites are a must-visit.
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Famously called the “Scotland of the East”, Shillong is a mystical city in Meghalaya and an abode for nature lovers. The city is known for the breathtaking Khasi & Jaintiya Hills, sprawling green valleys, amazing waterfalls, and scenic beauty. The city is often shrouded by clouds which gives you the feeling of floating among the clouds! Spend your long weekends in July this year in this magical city and explore the numerous interesting places to visit in Shillong.
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Long Weekends in August
- August 28 – Saturday
- August 29 – Sunday
- August 30 Monday – Janmashtami
Places to Visit in August
Home to the highest railway station in India (Ghum Railway Station) and the scintillating Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Darjeeling appears nothing less than a city out of a fairy tale. The steam engine train running across Darjeeling, covering important sites such as the local markets, Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop etc is a major attraction here apart from other places to visit in Darjeeling. You can enjoy flavourful food, travel to numerous tea estates sipping freshly brewed tea, soak in the heartwarming views of the city and of course take a glimpse of the world’s third-highest mountain ranges – Mount Kanchenjunga.
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The National Capital is best visited in the months of August or January if you wish to be a part of the Prime Minister’s address from the Red Fort, on Independence Day, or engross yourselves in the brilliant parade of the Republic Day. And in case you are history buff or an architecture enthusiast, Delhi is your go-to place to witness the Mughal-era & the British-era architectural marvels that still stand tall and unflinching, ready to transport you back in time. There is no separate list for the best places to visit in Delhi, as every bit of the city offers you a new & intriguing experience.
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Long Weekends in September
- September 10 Friday – Ganesh Chaturthi
- September 11 – Saturday
- September 12 – Sunday
Places to Visit in September
Ganesh Chaturthi is an important festival celebrated across Maharashtra, so if you plan to spend any of the long weekends in 2021 in Mumbai, we’d highly recommend you visit in September. The “City of Dreams” celebrates this festival in full pomp & grandeur, and the netizens flock to numerous pandals where mammoth idols of beautifully decked up Ganesha are set up. You can experience the fast-paced lifestyle, the mouth-watering street food, the rich culture of the city and also explore the amazing places to visit in Mumbai with family or friends.
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Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka and the IT hub of India. The cosmopolitan city is most-loved by techies who wish to make big in the Indian Silicon Valley. The city is seeped in history that can be dated back to 890 AD and is home to amazing places like Cubbon Park, Bangalore Fort, Banglore Palace, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and more that some of the top places to visit in Bangalore. The city is also famous for its serene lakes, well-maintained gardens, delicious food and exciting nightlife.
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Long Weekends in October
- October 15 Friday – Dussehra
- October 16 – Saturday
- October 17 – Sunday
Places to Visit in October
If Mumbai is synonymous to Ganesh Chaturthi, Kolkata resonates with Durga Puja, a festival celebrated to worship Goddess Durga. One of the 4 metro cities in India, Kolkata is known for its colonial charm, lip-smacking food, British-era architecture, and the amazing Bengali culture and heritage. During Durga Puja, the entire city dazzles in colourful lights emitting from the magnificent Durga pandals and exudes a festive aura that is hard to miss. Dussehra long weekend in 2021 is perfect for you to visit Kolkata to enjoy the energy and festivity here. You can also explore the best places to visit in Kolkata.
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If not for Kolkata, we’d highly recommend a trip to Mysore or Mysuru, one of the most magnificent cities of South India. Mysore is home to the marvellous Mysore Palace that portrays the opulence and grandeur of the Wadiyar dynasty. Mysore is also famous for awe-inspiring monuments, fascinating heritage, culture and rich history. During Dussehra, the Mysore Palace shimmers in hundreds of lights used for decorating it and is a brilliant sight to withhold. From historical monuments to temples, there are several places to visit in Mysore that will keep you engrossed and engaged.
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Long Weekends in November
- October 30 – Saturday
- October 31 – Sunday
- November 1 (Monday) – Karnatak Rajyotsava [Leave on in Karnataka]
- November 19 Friday – Guru Nanak Jayanti
- November 20 – Saturday
- November 21 – Sunday
Places to Visit in November
Guru Nanak Jayanti in 2021 falls in November, and we can’t help but recommend a trip to Amritsar to spend your long weekend and also seek the Guru’s blessings. Along with Harmandir Sahib or the Golden Temple, Jalianwala Bagh, Wagah Border, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, ISKCON Temple, there are other popular places to visit in Amritsar as well that one must explore while travelling to this city.
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The City of Pearls and Nizams promises you sumptuous food, mind-blowing “Irani chai”, an array of mind-blowing architectural marvels and, of course, pearls! Among the many places to visit in Hyderabad, Charminar and the nearby markets are most loved by any tourist as one can soak in the culture, colours, aroma, and aura of the city entirely over here. Travel to Hyderabad this November and enjoy the pleasant and favourable weather here.
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Long Weekends in December
- December 24 Friday – Christmas Eve (Take an Off)
- December 25 (Saturday)– Christmas
- December 26 – Sunday
Places to Visit in December
Goa is the first place that pops up in our minds when it comes to travelling for the Holiday Season! The smallest state of India is also the biggest party destination, attracting tourists from all over the country and world. With beaches, resorts, forts, churches, pubs, eating outlets and innumerable other places to visit in Goa, your trip here will be packed with fun and thrill entirely. You can enjoy the Christmas and New Year festivities in this amazing destination, indulge in watersports, experience the fun-filled nightlife or spend a peaceful vacation in less-crowded beaches in Goa.
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Pondicherry is famous for its clean beaches, organised streets and the remnants of the French quarters present here. It is a favourite among solo backpackers and college students, and is in fact considered safe for women travelling solo as well. One of the best places to spend your long weekends, Pondicherry is undeniably a hassle-free and chilled-out place for calm vacations or a fun-filled troip with friends. Auroville, Auroville Botanical Garden, Auro beach, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Chunnambar backwaters, etc are some pf the best places to visit in Pondicherry.
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With this, we come to the end of our list of the long weekends in 2021 and the top destinations to visit in 2021. Comment the destinations that you are planning to visit this year.