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Make This The Year Of Travel: Perfect Road Trips For 10 Long Weekends Of 2019

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It's that time of the year again when there's cheer in the air and the sound of resolutions rings loud. Here at Tripoto, everyone is busy planning their vacations for the coming year. Turns out there are quite a few long weekends in 2019, which can be put to good use especially if you love road trips.

So to help you make 2019 your "year of travel", I've put together some awesome road trips corresponding with these long weekends so you can make the most of your year without taking many leaves. And you can do this without driving/owning a car! Uber Intercity will help you sit back and enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

1. Start the year off with a bang

December 29: Saturday

December 30: Sunday

December 31: Monday (take a leave)

January 1: New Year's Day (Restricted holiday)

Trip to take: Pune to Mumbai

Suggested route: Pune – Aamby Valley – Lonavala – Panvel – Mumbai

No one does New Year's celebrations better than the Mumbaikars. If you're looking for a few days of good food, parties and all things fun, head to the City of Dreams to have the time of your life. And the beautiful Pune-Mumbai highway is just a cherry on the cake with its beautiful views and smooth drive.

2. Make the most of March

March 2, Saturday: Weekend

March 3, Sunday: Weekend

March 4, Monday: Mahashivratri (Gazetted Holiday)

Trip to take: Delhi to Jaipur

Suggested route: Delhi – Gurgaon – Sidhrawali – Behror – Shahpura – Jaipur

This is the perfect weather to take a trip to the Pink City. You can visit the famous monuments, shop to your heart's content and take in the beautiful sights of Rajasthan's desert landscape. On the way you can stop at the posh dhabas just outside of Gurgaon to fill up on your favourite chai and snacks.

3. Celebrate Holi in style

March 21, Thursday: Holi (Restricted Holiday)

March 22, Friday: Take a leave

March 23, Saturday: Weekend

March 24, Sunday: Weekend

Trip to take: Jaipur to Pushkar

Suggested route: Jaipur – Gadota – Dudu – Kishangarh – Makadwali – Pushkar

You've probably heard of magnanimous holi celebrations in Vrindavan and Varanasi, but did you know that Pushkar's version is also bucket-list worthy? If you haven't already, take a trip to this holy city to celebrate the festival of colours and you will end up having the time of your life.

4. Make time for Easter

April 19, Friday: Good Friday (Gazetted Holiday)

April 20, Saturday: Weekend

April 21, Sunday: Easter, Weekend

Trip to take: Guwahati to Shillong

Suggested route: Guwahati - Nongpoh - Umiam - Shillong

The Easter weekend is a great time to go to Shillong. The locals, who mostly follow Christianity, are prepping for easter celebrations and there's a lot to do. You'll find people in a festive spirit, good food and merriment all around. Who doesn't want to experience that?

5. Take a foodie trip this June

June 01, Saturday: Weekend

June 02, Sunday: Weekend

June 03, Monday: Take Leave

June 04, Tuesday: Take Leave

June 05, Wednesday: Eid (Gazetted Holiday)

Trip to take: Chandigarh to Amritsar

Suggested route: Chandigarh – Rupnagar – Nawanshahar – Jalandhar – Beas – Amritsar

Of all the things Amritsar is known for, food has to be my favourite. From the perfectly cooked tandoori chicken to the ghee-soaked kadha prasad, it is a place that will spoil you for choice. Plan your trip such that you are able to try the maximum number of delicacies besides visiting all the attractions – Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and the Beating Retreat parade.

6. Spend some time away from the fast-paced life

August 10, Saturday: Weekend

August 11, Sunday: Weekend

August 12, Monday: Bakr Id (Gazetted Holiday)

Trip to take: Hyderabad to Warangal

Suggested route: Hyderabad – Secunderabad – Shamirpet – Pregnapur – Kodakandla – Duddeda – Husnabad – Warangal

Known for its ancient temples and beautiful lakes, Warangal makes for a great weekend trip from Hyderabad. The ride is beautiful and if you're looking to escape the mundane city life and explore something offbeat, this is definitely worth trying.

7. Get some freedom from work this Independence Day

August 15, Thursday: Independence Day (Gazetted Holiday)

August 16, Friday: Take a Leave

August 17, Saturday: Weekend

August 18, Sunday: Weekend

Trip to take: Ludhiana to Chandigarh

Suggested route: Ludhiana – Doraha – Sirhind – Rajpura – Ambala – Chandigarh

Sometimes a good weekend amounts to retail therapy, good food and sinful indulgence and Chandigarh is the perfect place to do just that. On top of that, the entire route from Ludhiana to Chandigarh is lined with dhabas serving some of the most delectable north Indian food you'll come across. Eat, drink, and shop to your heart's content and you'll come back home fulfilled.

8. Celebrate Gandhi Jayanti in Bapu's state

September 28, Saturday: Weekend

September 29, Sunday: Weekend

September 30, Monday: Take a leave

October 1, Tuesday: Take a leave

October 2, Wednesday: Gandhi Jayanti (Gazetted Holiday)

Trip to take: Baroda to Ahmedabad

Suggested route: Direct route via National Expressway 1

Ahmedabad is a city steeped in history and culture. You'll find here beautiful monuments, remnants of India's freedom struggle, insights into Gandhi's life and some aspects of modern life thrown in there as well. Take a trip to some of the famous monuments like the Adalaj Stepwell and Jama Masjid and also watch a movie at the drive-in cinema. You'll not run out of things to do in Ahmedabad.

9. Celebrate a grand Dussehra

October 5, Saturday: Weekend

October 6, Sunday: Weekend

October 7, Monday: Ram Navami (Restricted Holiday)

October 8, Tuesday: Dussehra (Gazetted Holiday)

Trip to take: Bangalore to Mysore

Suggested route: Bengaluru – Ramanagara – Channapatna – Srirangapatna – Mysore

Mysore is known for its royal and grand Dussehra celebrations and witnessing them should definitely be up there on your list of travel goals. Luckily you can easily do it this year thanks to the Dussehra long weekend. In addition to that, visit the beautiful temples and natural wonders in Mysore for a complete trip.

10. End the year with cheer

December 21, Saturday: Weekend

December 22, Sunday: Weekend

December 23, Monday: Take a Leave

December 24, Tuesday: Christmas Eve (Restricted Holiday)

December 25, Wednesday (Gazetted Holiday)

Trip to Take: Chennai to Pondicherry

Suggested Route: Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Edaikazhinadu – Pondicherry

What's Christmas cheer without a few solid nights of partying, good food, and great company? Instead of staying indoors this Christmas, plan a getaway to Pondicherry, where you will get an insight into French-style celebrations. Take your friends along because although you don't need an occasion to go all out on great food and drinks, a festival spirit is even better.

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