If you live for long weekends, this is something you would want to pay attention to. As you prepare to usher in the New Year, we bring you a few memorable vacation ideas and a ready list of many long weekends 2019 has on offer to plan your perfect driving holidays. Read on.
December: New Year Weekend
Usher in the New Year in Style
Duration: 4 days
New Year is ideal to put aside all your routine tasks (yes, all please) and plan something exciting. If, Goa still tops the list of your perfect New Years’ eve, we suggest you try and explore a different side of this beautiful beach state.
The Butterfly Beach is undoubtedly one of the most secluded beaches in Goa, away from the raucous and bustling North Goa that will mesmerize you with the golden sands touching the rocks surrounded by crystal blue water and palm trees.
If adventure is something you are looking at, take a snow-trekking trip to Gangtok, Sikkim or snowboarding in Dayara Bugyal would be an ideal snow experience.
January: Sankranti Weekend
Soak in a Bit of Tradition
Duration: 3 days
Makar Sankranti, falling on Monday, January 14, is one of the most important harvest festivals in India with cities adorning a distinct visage as per their local traditions. A road trip is a perfect way to explore the country’s traditions and soak in our diverse culture, art and ethnicity.
Travel to Pochampally, the weaver’s town in Andhra Pradesh, cultural town of Banavasi in Karnataka, Applique craft town of Pipili in Odisha, rural ambience of Lachen in Sikkim, catch Kite Festival anywhere in Gujarat or any other similar place in your vicinity to forget the bustling city life for natural splendour.
Driving the comfortable New Ford Aspire heightens the experience and makes you yearn for more such long weekends.
March: Holi Weekend
A Colourful March to Welcome Spring
Duration: 4 Days
Holi will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 20. And what better time to travel and experience the best of this festival around the country.
You can choose places with some roaring celebrations yet avoiding the hustle. The warrior Holi in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab or the royal Holi in Udaipur, Rajasthan, elephant festival in Jaipur on Holi eve make for the best picks.
A road trip in your Ford EcoSport promises a fabulous blend of comfort, space, and style and is ideal for the celebratory getaway.
August: Independence Day Weekend
Freedom to Explore New Adventures
Duration: 4 Days
Feel the thrill of adventure and the excitement of flying like a bird, while making the most of the Independence Day (Thursday, August 15) long weekend.
If you opt for places for parasailing, such as Jaisalmer, Rajasthan or Bedni Bugyal, Uttarakhand, a drive in a workhorse like Ford Freestyle will provide you the best experience ever.
You can also read our other recommendations especially for the Independence Day long weekend here.
August: Ganesh Chaturthi Weekend
Duration: 3 Days
A perfect time for an ultimate monsoon trip. Visit places such as Shillong in Meghalaya surrounded by picturesque valleys of Khasi and Jayanti hills, adorned by numerous waterfalls.
Udaipur can be your choice of travel in Rajasthan to see pristine lakes engulfed in greenery and docked by beautiful palaces for breathtaking views.
To tackle all muddy roads during monsoon, choose Ford Endeavour which easily traverse any type of road, ensuring you a great time.
Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated Monday, September 2. Make the most of this weekend by planning to travel starting Saturday, August 31.
October: Gandhi Jayanti Weekend
Crumpling Leaves Under Your Feet
Duration: 5 Days
Arrival of autumn is the right time to explore some of the most interesting places. However, a place that becomes a must-visit at this time of the year is the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand.
The sprawling meadow is wrapped in orchids, poppies, marigolds, and many medicinal plants that are unique to this place.
After autumn, the valley gets decked in white snow and closed to visitors until next summer. A trek here will let you soak up the autumn season in a spectacular setting that will prove to be a rewarding experience for any nature lover. You can drive to the foothills in your Ford Freestyle before commencing your trek up.
Take leave for two days and make it into a five-day long break until Wednesday, Oct. 2.
October: Dussehra Weekend
Celebrate Victory of Good Over Evil
Duration: 4 Days
Dussehra falls on Tuesday, October 8, leaving you four continuous days of vacation if you take leave on Monday. Madikeri in Karnataka offers a unique and admirable celebrations of Dusshera for 10-day that you will find invigorating and lively.
Your next best destination can be Kolkata for some pandal-hopping and see various statues of elaborately decorated Goddess Durga.
With a smooth ride like Ford EcoSport, you will enjoy driving even on the most difficult roads and easily make your way city traffic and potholes on roads.
December: Christmas Weekend
Festivities by the Beach
Number of days: 5 Days
From warm beaches in South India to the hilly terrain of North India, you can experience the entire country in the Christmas spirit during this time.
Daman and Diu with its rich colonial Portuguese influence adorns in its glory fully making it one of the top picks for the celebration. You can make it into a five-day weekend by planning to take leaves on Monday and Tuesday.
Treat yourself to enjoy your long weekend of the year to the fullest. Time to pack your bags and keep your Ford ready!
Other long weekend suggestions:
Maha Shivratri – Monday, March 4
Mahavir Jayanti – Good Friday – Thursday, April 17
Eid – Monday, August 12 (Club it with Independence Day)
Guru Nanak Jayanti – Tuesday, November 12