Best Travel Destinations - Know where to holiday in 2019

It’s a brand new year and the first thing I’ve looked up is the Holiday Calendar for 2019! It’s the best way to mark off the long weekends to plan some awesome getaways. I’m so excited, I’m gonna skip a long description and go right to it! Here are some Travel Ideas for 2019 from India!

January 2019

Dubai

Best Travel Destinations - Know where to holiday in 2019
Enjoy a Desert Safari in Dubai

It’s the beginning of a new year and you ought to start it with a bang!

Dubai is the perfect way to do that. It’s a ‘foreign’ trip without really spending much. It’s not too hot, so sightseeing is a breeze. They’ve got their shopping festival during this time which means your wardrobe can get an awesome new makeover!

What more can you ask for? You can club it with the Republic Day holiday (though this year it comes on a Saturday! Dammit!) or just take a few days off. 4/5 days is good enough for a quick and easy break.

February 2019

Goaaaaaa!

Best Travel Destinations - Know where to holiday in 2019
Beach Bliss at Goa

You’ve been there a million times, or you’ve planned and never quite made it. Either way, February is a great time to actually Go Goa! The weather is still quite cool, it’s not as crowded as December, and if Valentine’s Day is coming close to the weekend (Thursday, this year) then you really have no excuse why you shouldn’t go there. Treat your loved one to a romantic beach getaway. DO IT!

March 2019

March is a hectic time for accountants in India since its the year-ending. But for people working in other sectors too, it’s not the ideal month. You’re most likely to run out of money quicker this month than any other – because 1) you’ve not planned your taxes well and have to suddenly invest like 50k this month or 2) you can’t be bothered to invest and you’re salary just got a deep cut. Ouch. So maybe just stay at home and enjoy the festivities of Holi or…

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

This year Holi is on a Thursday which makes it ideal for a long weekend getaway, especially if you don’t like playing Holi (me!). I would choose a place that don’t get hyped up on bhaang, so somewhere down south would be good… like Kanyakumari and Rameshwaram. Relax on the beaches and take in the beauty of the heritage temple. Just take it easy macha!

Mathura & Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

But if you do want to get down with it (I mean wet & colourful) then try going to the place that is probably the most famous for their Holi festivities – Mathura & Vrindavan. It is the birth place of Lord Krishna. Celebrations start 1 week in advance!

Holi (Thursday)

April 2019

It’s getting hot in here… and damn I’d love to take off my clothes and dip into icy cool waters... but NO! Don’t do it. Going to a beach in the summer is a terrible idea. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Ranthambore, Rajasthan

Instead, what you want to do is go into a national park and enjoy safari rides within a thick forest. And if you get to see a Tiger or two, you’re life is made. The best time for spotting animals is during summer – as they too (like us humans) feel hot and thirsty. So they spend their time around a waterhole whenever possible – and this here is your best chance to spot them.

Ranthambore in Jaipur is a popular park for spotting Tigers. Gir in Gujarat is great for Lions. There are tons of other parks too, so choose your pick.

Team it up with Mahavir Jayanti (Wednesday) or Good Friday (Friday, duh!)

May 2019

If April was hot, May will surely melt you. So maybe it’s time to go up into the mountains and spend some quiet time there.

Mount Abu, Rajasthan

India has so many hill stations that it would be difficult to choose. But because I want to be as specific as possible in this list, I’m just gonna choose one — Mount Abu. It’s a beautiful place and it’s gonna have decent climate around that time of the year. Thanks to global warming, even hill stations aren’t that chilly anymore in summer, but it will definitely be better than Mumbai or Delhi or almost anywhere that isn’t a hill station.

Gangtok, Sikkim

Okay, I lied. I’m choosing 2. I’m also gonna recommend Gangtok. Cos wow! have you seen the pictures? It’s not as easily accessible, but if you’re from the east or central India, I guess that would be a preferred destination. It’s all about convenience really. Cos in a 4-day long weekend – you don’t want to end up spending 2 days on a train or right?

Mount Abu is slightly better in terms of accessibility by rail. But it really depends where you’re from. You know what? Drop me a comment and I’ll be happy to plan a customised trip for you, how about that?

The only holiday I know of in May is Labour Day / Maharashtra day (Monday)! So people from Maharashtra… stop cribbing and enjoy your extra holiday.

June – July 2019

There are never many holidays in June & July. That’s exactly why I like to plan a nice long-distance holiday. Cos saving one day here is not really going to make much of a difference, is it?

Kashmir

So think 6 nights 7 days in Kashmir. Perfect weather – not too hot, not too cold. Picturesque and how! You’ll be done with your Instagram quota with just this one state. Words cannot describe how stunningly beautiful this place is.

Europe / International Holiday

Best Travel Destinations - Know where to holiday in 2019
The iconic London Bridge

Or if you’re up for an international vacation, why not? It’s tourist season around the world, because schools have their summer break between June and September. So yes, it might get a little crazy, but crazy fun! Europe, Americas, Africa – all great during this time. Just point a place on the map and go!

August 2019

August is my favourite month! (for no other reason but that its my birthday) It usually has a lot of holidays as well, but this year? not so much.

Independence Day & Raksha Bandhan are falling on the same day this year (Thursday) and there is Bakri EId (Monday)

August is also the peak time for the rains in India. So you may prefer to sit at home and stay cosy or…

Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

Go get wet wet wet in a place that is most famous for its rains! Cherrapunji is the 2nd rainiest place in the world! So go enjoy the greenery of the lush forests and the full force of their mighty waterfalls.

Visapur Fort, Near Lonavala

If you live in Maharashtra, you can also opt for a quick weekend trek. There are plenty of groups that arrange for monsoon treks almost every weekend during this period. There is a wide range of beautiful forts to choose from – Visapur is just one of them. Just make sure you are extra safe as trekking during monsoon can get quite slippery!

September 2019

Valley Of Flowers, Uttarakhand / Khaas Pleateau, Maharashtra

You can choose to go to Khaas Pleateau in Maharashtra of the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand – depending on the convenience. The flowers bloom only during monsoon, so yes, it’s going to be wet and muddy but totally worth it!

Combine it with the Ganesh Chathurthi holiday if you’re from Maharashtra. Muharram & Onam are other holidays in September that you could use. If none of these suite you, you could also go in August and combine it with the Independence Day holiday on August 15th.

October 2019

There are so many holidays in October this year, that it would be a crime if you don’t go on a holiday. In fact, you could take a week-long break from 2nd October (Gandhi Jayanti, Wednesday) to 8 October (Dusshera, Tuesday).

Arunachal Pradesh

You may still have a few days of the monsoon left, so early in October. But with a whole week to spare, Arunachal Pradesh is the perfect getaway. Beautiful landscapes, great weather and you will finally be able to strike off that checklist of North East India. Well, at least one part of it.

Kutch / Kolkata

If you don’t want to miss out on the Dusshera Festivities then you could also deep dive into them! Go to Kutch where they celebrate Navratri in splendor and style. Learn how to do the Garba the right way and make your city friends jealous! 😉

You could also drop in at the Statue Of Unity and see what the fuss is all about. Since this would be just after the rains, the river it is built next to should be full flowing and make for a lovely backdrop.

Or if Durga Pooja is your thing, go crazy with the best bhog’s of the country. It would be a mad mad time to be in Kolkata, but sometimes, mad is good. Right?

Andaman Islands / Lakshadweep

There is also the Diwali holidays (28th & 29th of October, Monday/Tuesday) that will be celebrated towards the end of the month. If you’re not up for spending it in your city, eating sweets and lighting lamps, then then spend it on the beaches of Andaman or Lakshadweep. While it will still be summer, it won’t be as hot as May. By adding a few extra days, you can turn this into a nice week long stay as well.

November 2019

Hampi, Karnataka

I’ve been tempted to recommend this place almost every month on my list. Hampi was listed no. 2 as the best place to visit in the WORLD by New York Times! How cool is that! It’s a must-visit destination this year, so put it on your bucket list no matter what.

I recommend November, simply because the weather would be decent. Anytime during the winter months should be good. There isn’t too much shelter there and you don’t want to get a sun-burn during the summer months.

December 2019

Kerala

Best Travel Destinations - Know where to holiday in 2019
Serene Landscapes of Kerala

God’s own country. It truly is a magical place. There is something for everyone in Kerala. Whether you are a beach bum or a wildlife enthusiast. Or you just want to relax in a cabin overlooking tea plantations. Or how about a romantic weekend in a house-boat?

If you really want to explore all of Kerala, you need 2-3 weeks. But if you don’t have that kind of time, go spend a week there during the Christmas holidays.

The weather is awesome and the atmosphere is festive. If you haven’t experienced Kerala yet, you have truly missed out on a paradise so close to home.

India is full of beautiful destinations. We have the best weather and every landscape imaginable in our own country. Keeping this list so short was almost heart-breaking. So yes, I know I’ve skipped plenty of great places and I’m sorry! Would anyway love to hear your feedback on my recommendations, so drop me a comment below!

I would also love to help plan an itinerary for your trip within India or abroad. Drop me a comment or send me a request via my online form!