A traveller’s quest to see the world never stops and a new year brings new opportunities to travel. With everyday life and responsibilities, it is daunting to shell out days for a vacation. The New Year will surely bring a lot of prosperity and positivity but it also brings along quite a few long weekend holidays in 2024. 

Yes! Major public holidays in 2024 fall around the weekends making it possible for you to enjoy some elongated time for a nearby getaway or if possible an international escape. So it is time, you stop worrying about your paid annual leaves in 2024 and start planning your dream vacation. 

Know in detail about the 2024 Holiday Calendar India. 

A Tempting List of Long Weekend Holidays in 2024:

Long Weekends in January 2024

Monday, 1 January: New Year’s Day (in continuation with the holidays from 20th December 2023)
Tuesday, 2 January: Take the day off

Saturday, 13 January: Lohri
Sunday, 14 January
Monday, 15 January: Pongal

Friday, 26 January: Republic Day
Saturday, 27 January
Sunday, 28 January

Long Weekends in March 2024

Friday, 8 March: Mahashivratri
Saturday, 9 March
Sunday, 10 March

Saturday, 23 March
Sunday, 24 March
Monday, 25 March: Holi

Friday, 29 March: Good Friday
Saturday, 30 March
Sunday, 31 March: Easter

Long Weekends in May 2024

Thursday, 23 May: Buddha Purnima
Friday, 24 May: Take the day off
Saturday, 25 May
Sunday, 26 May

Long Weekends in June 2024

Saturday, 15 June
Sunday, 16 June
Monday, 17 June: Bakri Eid

Long Weekends in August 2024

Thursday, 15 August: Independence Day and Parsi New Year
Friday, 16 August: Take the day off
Saturday, 17 August
Sunday, 18 August
Monday, 19 August: Raksha Bandhan (restricted)

Saturday, 24 August
Sunday, 25 August
Monday, 26 August: Janmashthami 

Long Weekends in September 2024

Thursday, 5 September: Onam (restricted)
Friday, 6 September: Take the day off
Saturday, 7 September: Ganesh Chaturthi
Sunday, 8 September

Long Weekends in October 2024

Friday, 11 October: Maha Navmi (restricted)
Saturday, 12 October: Dussehra
Sunday, 13 October

Long Weekends in November 2024

Friday, 1 November: Diwali
Saturday, 2 November
Sunday, 3 November: Bhai Dooj

Friday, 15 November: Guru Nanak Jayanti 
Saturday, 16 November 
Sunday, 17 November

If travelling more is on the list of your New Year’s resolutions then these long weekend holidays in 2024 are golden opportunities. 

It is never too early to start planning for a vacation. So we have got a list of some interesting domestic as well as international vacation ideas for the long weekend holidays in 2024. 

Top 10 Destinations in India to visit for Long Weekend Holidays in 2024

1. Zanskar, Ladakh

Long weekend holidays in 2024- Zanskar
The Zanskar River Valley, Leh
Image Credit: Pawika Tongtavee

India is known for its diverse range of geographic locations and Ladakh is known as India’s crown. And one of Ladakh’s breathtaking, quite literally, gems is Zanskar. Zanskar is no less than an alien paradise sitting at a height of 13,154 feet. The Zanskar Valley is decked with two pristine lakes, snow-clad mountains in the distance, numerous secluded monasteries, etc. Apart from the serene natural beauty, it’s a hotspot for adventure activities like water rafting, trekking, paragliding, etc. 

Our Ladakh Tour Packages offer you the best glimpse of the valley’s charms like Zanskar along with great deals on hotel bookings online. 

2. Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
A snowy morning in Tawang.
Image Credit: Dhruba Jyoti Baruah

Another Indian state with verdant valleys and indigenous cultures, visit Arunachal Pradesh for some off time during long weekends in 2024. The Northeastern state is also known as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. Immerse yourself in the local culture and tradition in Ziro Valley, experience the snowy peaks at Sela Pass, taste the local rice beer at Solung Festival or admire nature at Nuranang Falls. A vacation in Arunachal Pradesh will be a close encounter with the best of nature and cultures. 

3. Sikkim

Sikkim, India
Beautiful huge statue of Lord Buddha, at Rabangla, Sikkim
Image Credit: Rudra Narayn Mitra

Sikkim in Northeast India has been picked on the list of National Geographic’s ‘Coolest Places to Visit in the New Year 2024’. The natural Himalayan escape has snow-capped mountains such as Kanchenjunga and greenscapes in the Valley of Flowers. With our all-inclusive Sikkim Tour Packages, you get to enjoy a unique conjecture of adventure, culture and a memorable travel experience. 

Make use of the bank holidays in 2024 and start planning your Sikkim vacation by making your flight bookings in advance. 

4. Varkala

Varkala- One of the most famous beaches in India
Image Credit: Dmitry Rukhlenko

India is blessed with a beguiling coastline that makes up attractive tourist spots in several locations. One such seaside paradise you should visit for your long weekend holidays in 2024 is Kerala’s Varkala. Here the palm-fringed red cliffs merge with the Arabian Sea giving off a Goa vibe, but minus the nightlife and crowds. Visit Varkala Beach and Papanasam Beach to test the waters and indulge in some water activities like paragliding and parasailing. Varkala is also known to be a holy site with many religious, spiritual and wellness escapades. 

5. Bikaner

Long weekend holidays in 2024, Bikaner
Cameleer with camel at the dunes during the Bikaner festival
Image Credit: Igor Plotnikov

Many Rajasthan Tour Packages are mainly about Jaipur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer. However, the lesser-known cities like Bikaner and Pushkar have a raw traditional charm to explore. Bikaner is famous historically for its royal family, geographically for being surrounded by the Thar Desert, religiously for its ornate temples and culturally for local shopping and food. 

6. Andaman Islands

Ross Island, Andaman
Beautiful Ross Island beach bay at Andaman India
Image Credit: Roop_Dey

For the long weekend holidays in 2024, ditch the mainland and explore the Andaman Islands to the South. The untouched marine life and unspoiled beaches are a tranquil paradise redefined. The island paints a pretty picture with azure blue waters, stunning coral reefs and white sand beaches with swaying palm trees in the background. 

For adventure lovers, you cannot miss out on fun activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, seacart adventure, sea walking, angling, etc with our Andaman Islands Tour Packages

7. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India
A picturesque lake in Kodaikanal.
Image Credit: Dmitry Rukhlenko

A stunning hill station in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal has to be on your list of plans for long weekend holidays in 2024. You will be stunned by the enormous natural beauty of lush valleys, exotic flora and fauna, stunning lakes popular for boating and some captivating waterfalls. If you are looking for some relaxing time off, don’t look further than Kodaikanal. 

8. Kutch

The Great Rann of Kutch
The expanse of the white Rann of Kutch
Image Credit: Dchauy

Kutch is not a year-long tourist destination. However, the 4-month window in the winter season is more than enough to soak in the tranquillity of the white expanse of the Rann of Kutch. The Rann Utsav held during this time is a dive into the ethereal glory of Kutch’s tradition and culture. You cannot miss this special winter celebration with our special Kutch Tour Packages

Apart from the Rann of Kutch, some other enchanting places to visit in Kutch are Aina Mahal, Dhordo Village, Kala Dungar, Mandvi Beach, Lakhpat, Vijay Vilas Palace, etc.

9. Shillong

 Meghalaya, Shillong
Living Root Bridges of Shillong, Meghalaya
Image Credit: WanderDream

One of the many pristine hill stations of India, Shillong is better known as the ‘Scotland of the East’. Made up of forests and waterfalls, this tourist destination can be your preferred destination for long weekend holidays in 2024. You will enjoy a pleasantly chill weather, especially from March to June, and explore the intriguing culture of Shillong’s native people. Visit Shillong for a chill and relaxing vacation like no other. While in Shillong visit popular tourist places like Elephant Falls, Umiam Lake, Don Bosco Museum, Ward’s Lake, Laitlum Canyon, Mawlynnong, etc. 

10. Gulmarg

long weekend holidays in 2024
Snow-clad mountains, Pine forests, the highest golf course in the world, and the best skiing destination.
Image Credit: ImagesofIndia

With the most stunning stretch of snow as far as your eyes can see with a breathtaking backdrop of the snow-clad majestic Himalayan Mountains. It is well known to be a nestling fairyland for honeymooning couples but over the years it has been developed as a hotspot for snowy adventures. Some common staples of Gulmarg in your Kashmir Tour Packages are the Gulmarg Gondola, Khilanmarg, Afarwat and Butha Pathri. 

For your Long weekend holidays in 2024, ditch these places and explore the skiing capital of India. Book yourself a stay at one of Gulmarg’s latest ski resorts for the best experience.  

Top 10 Mesmerizing International Destinations to Visit for Long Weekend Holidays in 2024

Itching for a foreign vacation? Use the public holidays in 2024 to plan some quick foreign trips from India with our International Tour Packages. 

1. Dubai

Dubai skyline- long weekend holidays in 2024
The grand Dubai skyline
Image Credit: shutterlk

UAE’s crowned jewel, Dubai is known as the ‘City of Superlatives’ as well as the ‘Oasis of the Middle East’. Bringing together the best of hypermodernity and technology along with the blend of Emirati culture and traditions, Enjoy the land of ultimate entertainment like huge malls, parks, parties and a generously lavish lifestyle with our all-inclusive Dubai Tour Packages

Dubai is famous for so many things that visitors are often spoilt for choices. It truly has evolved to become a top tourist destination in the world. Getting a Dubai Visa online brings you closer to the marvelous wonders like Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain, Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s Museum of the Future, etc. 

Also Read: Dubai Travel Guide: 18 Things Dubai Is Famous For

2. Singapore

Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands- Singapore’s best tourist attraction
Image Credit: MOLPIX

An island, a country and a city, Singapore is one of the most sought-after family vacations from India. The ‘Lion City’ offers Singapore Visa for Indians through an easy online process as well as affordable Singapore Tour Packages so you won’t want to miss it on your list of long weekend holidays in 2024. Singapore is home to state-of-the-art architecture, gorgeous landscapes and plenty of fun-filled attractions. 

Right from the world-class Changi Airport to stunning attractions like the Merlion Statue, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa Island, Little India, Chinatown, etc. Owing to these Singapore attractions, the garden city has become a bedding tourist hotspot in recent years. Book your flight tickets to Singapore in advance to avoid last-minute hurdles in your travel plans. 

Also Read: The Perfect 4-Day Singapore Itinerary For First-Time Visitors

3. Thailand

Wat Arun Temple, Bangkok,, Thailand
Wat Arun Temple at the sunset landmark of Bangkok, Thailand
Image Credit: Sakdawut Tangtongsap

A beach lover’s paradise, Thailand is your best bet for a vacation for one of the long weekends in 2024. If you are a fan of gorgeous beaches and coral islands as well as ornate temples, local markets and exciting nightlife our Thailand Tour Packages offer it all. The exotic country of Thailand is also known for its deep-rooted royal culture, ageless ruins and special Thai cuisine. It is an ideal tourist destination for solo travellers, couples, friends and families alike. 

Unmissable tourist spots in Thailand are the Grand Palace, Koh Phi Phi, Railay Beach, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Wat Arun, Elephant Nature Park, etc. With Thailand Visa free for Indians, the time to plan a Thailand trip is now! 

Also Read: Thailand Trip: 15 Things Thailand Is Famous For?

4. Vietnam

long weekend holidays in 2024 Vietnam
Floating village in Vietnam
Image Credit: Nguyen Quang Ngoc Tonkin

With its untouched natural beauty, tucked away beaches, lush terraced rice fields, bustling cities, limestone caved islands, vibrant Vietnamese culture and opulent war history, Vietnam is inviting enough to visitors wanting to explore the country. Choose Vietnam for your long weekend holidays in 2024 for it is a tourist paradise along with affordable Vietnam Tour Packages and cheap flights to Vietnam from India. 

A Vietnam Visa for Indians lets you explore Vietnamese gems like Halong Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, Mekong Delta, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, My Son, etc. 

Also Read: Vietnam Travel Made Easy

5. Maldives

Maldives trip
Aerial view of Maldives’ Overwater villas
Image Credit: Siraphob Werakijpanich

Envisaging a rejuvenating vacation to a tropical paradise for your long weekend holidays in 2024? The island country of Maldives has to be your best bet for a weekend getaway as a Maldives Visa is not required for Indians. 

The scenery of Maldives paints a perfect picture where the azure blue sea meets the sky in the distance. Your all-inclusive Maldives Tour Packages are filled with views of pristine white beaches, lagoons, lavish water villas, coral reefs, exotic seafood and a lot of serene adventures. 

6. Japan

long weekend holidays in 2024- Japan
The Chureito Pagoda and Mt. Fuji
Image Credit: Blue Sky imagery

The serene landscape paired with cultural richness is a refined embodiment of Japan’s timeless tranquillity. The elegant traditions and cultural heritage of Japan take you back in time while the modern day aesthetics take you to the future. These unique touristy characteristics of Japan paired with the ease of getting the Japan Visa for Indians makes Japan a tourist favourite international destination. 

Fill up your Japan Tour Packages with the most exciting tourist attractions like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hokkaido, Yokohama, Hakone, etc. Also, don’t miss out on fun things to do in Japan like enjoying the Cherry Blossoms, exploring Nijo Castle, trying Okonomiyaki, taking a hot spring bath, riding a bullet train, spending a day in Harry Potter World or drinking Matcha Tea at a robot restaurant. 

7. Turkey

long weekend holidays in 2024- Turkey trip
Hot air balloons in Goreme Village, Cappadocia, Turkey
Image Credit: givaga

A quite modern Islamic country, Turkey stands on the land where the West meets the East. Over the years, Turkey has grown to be a favourite tourist country with so many marvellous monuments, scenic locations, archaeological sites along with a rich cultural heritage. From religious monuments like Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, the famous archaeological sites like Göbeklitepe, Mount Nemrut, Didyma, and Kaunos to the mouth-watering Turkish cuisine with Baklava, Döner kebap, Lahmacun, Meze, Pilav, etc. 

Start planning your trip to Turkey by applying for a Turkey Visa online and enjoy the modern cultural landscape of the country. You can get Turkey visa online if you have a valid US/UK/Schengen visa.

Also Read: What Makes A Turkey Popular Among Other Destinations?

8. Greece

Picturesque view of traditional cycladic Santorini houses
Image Credit: Feel good studio

The Southeast European marvel of Greece is a hot-selling tourist country among its European counterparts. For those who wish to take a longer luxury vacation, club together two consecutive long weekends. Get a Schengen Visa online (Greece Visa), choose one of our all-inclusive Greece Tour Packages and book your flights to Greece from India for a fantastic time. Home to over 6000 beautiful islands, a vast coastline and a sunny paradise with a banging nightlife, your heart would not want to leave this breathtaking place. 

9. Egypt

The Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, Egypt
Image Credit: AlexAnton

One of the oldest countries in the world, Egypt has always been attracting tourists with its older-than-time pyramids. The country has something to offer for everyone. Ride on the Nile River, take a guided tour of the pyramids, shop at the local markets like Khan el-Khalili or go scuba diving at Hurghada. 

Unlike other countries, Egypt is a refreshing dive into history. Have a look at the 2024 holiday calendar India to plan your trip to Egypt. Get the Egypt Visa for Indians in just 10 to 15 days starting from INR 5,999/-. 

10. Sri Lanka 

holiday destination in 2024- Sri Lanka
Nine Arches Bridge from above, Sri Lanka
Image Credit: aksenovden

Talking about short and cheap international trips from India and Sri Lanka takes the cake. A tropical country to the south of India, Sri Lanka is quite similar to India with its diversity in cultures, languages, and ethnicities and serves natural beauty with tropical beaches, lush green mountains, national parks filled with unique wildlife, cuisine and top beach-side resorts. 

The Sri Lanka Visa is free for Indians for a limited period which means you only need to arrange your Sri Lanka Tour Package and make sure it includes famous Sri Lanka tourist attractions like Galle, Adam’s Peak, Udawalawe National Park, Bentota, Anuradhapura, Jaffna, etc. 

Also Read Top Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Sri Lanka!

This marks the end of our list for domestic and international long weekend holidays in 2024. 

Yes, 2023 will end soon but there are many long weekend holidays in 2024 to look forward to and an abundance of holiday destinations to fulfil the wanderlust soul. Stick to your New Year’s resolution of travelling more as we provide you with exciting travel deals and offers to make your travel plans easier. 

Tell us in the comments below which places would you like to explore in 2024!

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