Balancing a job and travel can be challenging. While cocktails by the beach in Goa, music festivals in the Northeastern States and Rajasthani hospitality lure us afar, we often struggle to manage leaves to cover them all. Here’s a way to hack your 2022 so you can align your annual leaves with public holidays and weekends. The math is simple: 21 days of yearly leave becomes 42 days of vacation time. What? How? When? Here is a long travel weekend calendar for 2022.
1. Republic Day: January 26, Wednesday
January 26 To January 30
Wednesday To Sunday (Thursday & Friday off)
Where to travel: The month of January is best for visiting the snow-laden slopes of Auli! If you are an adventure enthusiast, Auli can be the best place for trying your hands at skiing. If you are a beginner, the professional trainers are available to help you learn the basics. Explore South India On Luxury Train Golden Chariot With Deluxe Cabins From January 2021.
2. Holi, March 18 (Friday)
April 18 to March 20
Friday to Sunday
Where to travel: March can be the best time to visit Cherrapunji in Meghalaya and experience nature at its best. One of the wettest places in the country, Cherrpunji’s Living Root Bridges should be on your bucket list.
3. Mahavir Jayanti & Good Friday: April 14 & 15, Thursday & Friday
April 14 to April 17
Thursday To Sunday
Where to travel: Take advantage of the months between winter and monsoon and visit Dharamshala. The hill station is extremely vibrant during this time when the sun shines in the morning, and the night brings spontaneous jam sessions with other travellers.
4. Eid-ul-Fitr: May 3, Tuesday
April 30 to May 3
Saturday To Tuesday, Monday Off
Where to travel: Bask in the sun and enjoy a cool breeze in May. Visit the pristine ghats of Rishikesh during this time and take part in all the adventurous sports like rafting. When it comes to the food, Rishikesh is a munchies paradise for chocolate and pancake lovers. Here are 5 Secluded Islands In India For Your Next Social- Distanced Holiday!
5. Buddha Purnima: May 16, Monday
May 14 to May 16
Saturday to Monday
Where to travel: Have an adventurous time trekking on the hills and unleash your spirit animal at Sikkim’s Pelling. This place is the base for scaling the Kanchenjunga and April can be the perfect time to explore the terrains.
6. Eid ul Fitr: May 13, Thursday
May 13 to May 16
Thursday To Sunday, Take Friday Off
Where to travel: Kashmir’s Pahalgam is just breathtaking where you can enjoy lots of moments with your family and friends. The scenic beauty and pleasant weather of Pahalgam would definitely spark romantic vibes between you and your partner.
7. Raksha Bandhan & Independence Day: August 11 & 15
August 11 To August 15
Thursday To Monday
Where to travel: August can be the best time to visit the pristine Andaman and Nicobar islands as it’s an offseason here and you will get the best of everything at meagre rates. Andaman just gets, even more, prettier during the rains. Also, Head To Mahuli Farms Agro and Ecotourism Center In Shahpur, The Perfect Budget Monsoon Getaway From Mumbai
8. Janmashthami: August 19, Friday
19 August to 22 August
Friday To Monday, Take Monday Off
Where to travel: Munnar turns into a lush green paradise during this time of the year. The weather is pleasant, and there are several waterfalls to drive past. And if you’re an adventure junkie, then river rafting is your thing to check out here.
9. Ganesh Chaturthi: August 31 to September 3, Wednesday
August 31 to September 3
Wednesday To Sunday (Thursday & Friday Off)
Where to travel: The beautiful Udaipur comes alive on October with the wedding fever and mystical fog making everything magical magic. Lake Pichola and the local food surrounding it makes this place perfect for a royal feel in October. 7 Childhood Diwali Memories That Will Make You Instantly Nostalgic.
10. Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti & Dusshera: 2nd & 5th October, Sunday & Wednesday
October 2 to October 5
Saturday to Wednesday, Take Monday, Tuesday Off
Where to travel: Watch the phytoplankton light up your life in Gokarna. At night, the sea lights up. Gokarna is a great place to relax. Walk on the beaches, meet musicians and maybe dedicate a day to Frisbee.
11. Diwali: October 24, Monday
October 22 to October 24
Saturday to Monday
Where to travel: The Rann of Kutch is an oasis in an otherwise deserted village of Dhordo. Perched on barren and cracked land, the Rann’s tent city is speckled with beautiful tents and colourful stalls. The silver sand is the most beautiful backdrop you will ever witness. Here are 7 Safe Places To Travel In India For Your Christmas And New Year Celebrations.
12. Guru Nanak Jayanti: 8 November Tuesday
November 5 to November 8
Saturday to Tuesday, Take Monday Off
Where to travel: If you like a wildlife safari, make your New Year special by planning a trip to Sundarbans National Park in West Bengal to spot tigers.
Unfortunately, Christmas & New Year falls on a Sunday in 2022. But if you can manage a day off, Daman & Diu and Pondicherry can make for amazing holiday getaway options.
With the pandemic in scene, travelling is still a slippery slope. So, be sure you take all the necessary precautions.