Here is the good news: There are 4 three-day weekends (Fri-Sat-Sun), 9 four-day holidays (Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun) and two bumper 9-day holidays in 2015, with a few cheeky sick leaves of course. They present the perfect excuse to jump, skip and hop to your favourite destinations in India and abroad. At Tripoto, we are eyeing the holidays with glee and have listed down some of our favourite getaway spots for your 2015 travel calendar. Bookmark this now and let the travel begin
January 15th Pongal Celebrations (South India)
January 16th Skip Work
January 17th Saturday
January 18th Sunday
January 24th Saturday
January 25th Sunday
January 26th Republic Day
Skiing in Gulmarg comes close to a suave stay in Switzerland and at half the cost. Or you can also explore the colourful vistas of the Pink City (Jaipur) during this holiday.
Tripoto’s Pick: The Jaipur Literature Festival (21–25 January) adds another dimension to the capital of Rajasthan with culture performances, talks and discussion during this time.
February 14th Saturday
February 15th Sunday
February 16th Skip Work
February 17th Maha Shivratri
Jan 31st Saturday
Jan 1st Sunday
January 2nd Monday Skip Work
February 3rd Guru Ravidas Jayanti (Harayana, Himachal & Punjab)
February is the month of festivals with Ragasthan music festival in the Thar desert (12-15 February) and Goa Carnival on the beaches (14-17) leading the way in 2015 holidays.
Tripoto’s Pick: This is a great time to pack your bags and head to Auroville in Pondicherry. Great food, beautiful beaches and a completely different way of life; you can’t go wrong with that?
March 6th, Friday — Holi
March 7th, Saturday
March 8th, Sunday
There are many versions of holi and each one is an experience in itself. Pick your favourite from the lot: Holi Cow Festival, Jaipur Elephant Holi and the badass Warrior Holi in 2015.
Tripoto’s Pick: March is a great month to enjoy the breathtaking views in Meghalaya popularly known as Abode of Clouds.
April 3rd, Friday — Good Friday
April 4th, Saturday
April 5th, Sunday
Come April and the mountains begin to call. Choose from Shimla, Darjeeling or Manali.
Tripoto’s pick: Take in the sights and gourmet food of Italy just as the weather turns for the better in 2015.
May 1st, Friday — Labour Day; Maharashtra Day
May 2nd, Saturday
May 3rd, Sunday
May 4th, Monday- Buddha Purnima
There are acres of open space in Coorg (Karnataka) to lose and find yourself. Mcleodganj, though less open, in the upper footing of Himalayas comes with appetizing food and refreshing air.
Tripoto’s Pick: Istanbul (Turkey) is easy to fall in love with its culture, food and the sight of Blue Mosque at night.
August 15th, Saturday
August 16th , Sunday
August 17th, Monday — Skip Work
August 18th, Tuesday — Parsi New Year
Nubra Valley in Ladakh is heavenly and so are pristine hill stations of Munnar and Kodaikanal in the monsoon season.
Tripoto’s Pick: In Africa, animals undertake an epic journey from Serengeti to the Masai Mara beginning in August. Don’t miss out on the front seats to the nature’s greatest theatre.
September 17th, Thursday — Ganesh Chaturthi
September 18th, Friday — Skip Work
September 19th, Saturday
September 20th, Sunday
The holy city of Amritsar in Punjab and the hill station in Cooonor (Tamil Nadu) are the top draws for this month.
Tripoto’s Pick: Bhutan, the last Shanghrila on Earth, serves the perfect weather at this time of the year. A trek to the Tiger Monastery may well turn out to be a life changing experience.
24 September, Thursday — Bakrid ( (Id-ul-Zuha)
25 September, Friday — Skip Work
26 September, Saturday
27 September, Sunday
Bundi (Rajasthan) is called an oasis in a desert. It’s blue colored houses add to its allure and charm. On the other hand, Kochi (Kerala) is lush green, cool and colorful in September. The Onam festival is a popular draw for tourists and travellers alike.
Tripoto’s Pick: Oktoberfest is a great time to be in Germany and experience the festivities with many rounds of beer.
2 October, Friday — Gandhi Jayanti
3 October, Saturday
4 October, Sunday
Rishikesh is the perfect place to get your pulse racing with adventure activities like water rafting and bungee jumping. If you are not very keen on water than take to the skies with paragliding in Kamshet.
Tripoto’s pick: The UNESCO world heritage site, Hampi, is an ideal October getaway. It boasts of beautiful architecture and grand temples.
22nd October, Thursday—Dussehra
23rd October, Friday — Skip Work
24th October, Saturday
25th October, Sunday
Dussehra celebrations in Mysore are a sight to behold. Tarkarli beach in Mahrasthra is one of the best places for diving and dolphin-spotting in India.
7th November, Saturday
8th November, Sunday
9th November, Monday — Dhanteras
10th November, Tuesday — Naraka Chaturdashi or take leave
11th November, Wednesday—Diwali (Lakshmi Puja)
12th November, Thursday—Diwali (Balipratipada) or take leave
13th November, Friday—Diwali (Bhaidooj)
14th November, Saturday
15th November, Sunday
Witness thousands of diyas light up the Ganges at the holy city of Varanasi in November or watch 50,000 camels and countless humans converge in the holy town of Pushkar for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The livestock fair is a riot of colours with an array of magicians, dancers, acrobats, snake charmers ready to enthrall the crowd.
Tripoto pick: The camel trek through Morocco’s Erg Chebbi Desert halts time and often leaves travelers mesmerized.
24 December, Thursday — Eid-e-Milad
25 December, Friday — Christmas
26 December, Saturday
27 December, Sunday
Folk dance, music and camping is at its best at the Ran Utsav in Gujarat. Meanwhile, Beaches are stunning and the Sunburn Festival is in full flow in Goa (spoiled for choices).
Tripoto Pick: Head to Rio for Christmas celebrations. Not only will you spot the biggest floating Christmas tree in the world, but also the biggest street party of them all.