If you are a travel junkie who cannot go on without getting away to a faraway place every now and then, the year 2020 is bringing with itself numerous delights for you in the form of many long weekends.
Whether you are interested in hopping the hill stations in the Himalayas, sunbathing on the beaches of South India, or checking out the architectural wonders dotting the country, 2020 is going to give you plenty of opportunities to please the traveller in you.
Furthermore, if your travel budget allows, you can also transcend the national borders by planning short foreign trips. Immerse your senses in the ethereal charm of the Swiss Alps or roam around the streets of Paris to discover a wealth of architectural masterpieces.
A laid back sojourn or an action-packed adventure, you have a long list of long weekends and gorgeous destinations to tune with the mood of the season.
Without any further ado, let’s have a look at the list of all the long weekends in 2020, and start daydreaming already!
1) Where to go in JANUARY:
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-Bangkok: With its stunning cityscapes, bustling street markets, high-end shopping malls, and floating markets, Bangkok is an excellent option.
-Peru: A trip to Peru, admiring its majestic mountains and architectural treasures is a great way to start your year.
-Shimla: Nothing beats the charm of experiencing a live snowfall in Shimla, and to strengthen your chances, this is the best time to visit this pretty hill city.
-Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Spotless white beaches, indigo blue sea waters, and clusters of palms – mesmerize your senses by surrounding yourself with the exotic scenery of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
-Nainital: The romantic ambience of this hill station set around a vast lake is an experience worth considering.
2) Where to go in FEBRUARY:
-Varanasi: The Hindu pilgrimage is immersed in the cultural colours is a delight to tour during Maha Shivaratri festivities.
-Haridwar: Experience a cultural extravaganza along with throngs of pilgrims and tourists by the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar.
-Mandi: Take in the gorgeous panoramas of Himachal Pradesh and enjoy a cultural fiesta in Mandi.
3) Where to go in MARCH:
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-South Africa: The exotic wildlife and unique culture are tempting enough.
-Italy: Being an important centre for art, architecture, and culture in Europe, Italy must be on your bucket list.
-Mathura and Vrindavan: Unleash the culture enthusiast in you during the captivating Holi festivities in these places.
-Barsana: Get a firsthand experience of Lath Mar Holi in Barsana and indulge in photography.
-Anandpur Sahib: Spend your mini vacation enjoying the Punjabi version of holi aslo known as Hola Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib.
4) Where to go in APRIL:
– Jammu and Kashmir: Experience heaven on earth by touring the gorgeous mountainous landscapes of Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Srinagar.
-Dalhousie: Treat your eyes with the views of snow-clad Himalayas and forests blooming with rhododendrons in and around Dalhousie.
Suggested Read: 20 Must Visit Places in Dalhousie
-Ladakh: Set out on a sojourn to feel the magic of the Land of High Passes via Manali.
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Phuket: Get ready to be blown by the exotic beaches, forested hills, and limestone rock formations of Phuket.
Cappadocia: The city in Turkey, known for its iconic “Fairy Chimneys” and hot air balloons is a treat for photographers and culture enthusiasts.
Jaipur: Soak up the charm of the Pink City and explore its countless palaces and forts.
Alappuzha: Make the most of the long weekend by trying backwater cruise in houseboats and photographing the exotic tropical greenery of this paradise in Kerala.
Mcleodganj: Unwind in the pleasantly cool climate of this Himachali town, tour monasteries, and indulge in Triund trek.
5) Where to go in MAY:
Kheerganga Trek: Fill your vacation with the thrill of hiking in the lush green forests of Parvati Valley.
Khajuraho: Any architecture and history buff will be glad to gaze at the wonderful architecture and intricate carvings of the cluster of temples in Khajuraho.
Pachmarhi: This exquisite hill station in Madhya Pradesh will impress you with its collection of waterfalls, caves, and man-made places of interest.
Ranthambore: Grab the opportunity to spot tigers roaming freely in the forests sprawled across the hilly stretches of Rajasthan during a wildlife safari.
Suggested Read: Ranthambore National Park Safari – A Detailed Guide
6) Where to go in August:
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Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand: Travel to this gorgeous place and lose your heart to the valley decked with myriad of flowers.
Meghalaya: The sights of gushing waterfalls and lush green forests of Meghalaya will refresh your senses.
Lahaul & Spiti: Let the exquisite mountain scenery of Lahaul & Spiti region set your vacation mood right.
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Colombo: A great mix of cultures and architectures awaits you in this coastal city in Sri Lanka.
Suggested Read: 45 Best Tourist Places in Colombo
Netherlands: Plenty of places and attractions for those interested in history and architecture in addition to scenic beauty.
Chopta & Tungnath: Adventure enthusiasts can utilize this opportunity to partake in the adventure of trekking and witnessing the magnificent Himalayas under clear skies.
Munnar: Spend your vacation in the magical realm of the Western Ghats, taking pleasure in coffee plantation strolls.
7) Where to go in OCTOBER:
Rishikesh: It is one of the best seasons for river rafting in Rishikesh, so go for it.
Udaipur: Perfect season to enjoy boating and explore historical monuments dating back to the times of Rajput rulers.
Agra: Explore the Taj Mahal and other iconic architectural marvels in Agra.
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Switzerland: get enchanted by the magical scenery of Swiss Alps
Australia: Great opportunities for surfing and sunbathing
Kolkata: Witness Durga Puja festivities and indulge in street photography.
Kullu: Partake in Kullu Dussehra Festival and enjoy scenic hilly landscapes
Jim Corbett National Park: Spend a couple of days exploring the wilderness and spotting tigers, leopards, and bears.
8) Where to go in NOVEMBER:
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Bali, Indonesia: Give yourself a chance to experience the vibrant culture and picturesque beaches of Bali.
Las vegas: Buy yourself a large chunk of happiness in the form of some fun days in Las Vegas in the moderate weather of November.
Amritsar: The iconic Diwali celebration at The Golden Temple which involves releasing thousands of sky lanterns in the sky is a spectacle worth witnessing.
Alibaug: This is the perfect occasion to get away from the polluted cities and enjoying a beach vacation in Alibaug.
Hampi: A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Karnataka, Hampi has a treasure of ancient Hindu temples and much more to explore.
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Morocco: The vibrant culture and geographical diversity of Morocco makes it a perfect destination to visit in November 2020.
Iceland: If witnessing the Northern Lights or aurora borealis is on your checklist, visit this fascinating destination in November for the best experience.
Greece: Plan a trip to Greece because a kaleidoscope of gorgeous landscapes and wealth of historical sites is on offer.
Pushkar: Be there to experience and capture the colourful event of Pushkar Camel Fair where you get to partake in various cultural activities.
Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh: Explore the breathtakingly scenic valleys and mountain peaks before the winter arrives and snow hides it all.
Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir: The city known for Dal Lake and exotic culture looks absolutely stunning with many shades of yellow brought upon by the autumn season.
9) Where to go in DECEMBER:
New York: The festive season adds a unique charm to the city, making it one of the best destinations around the world to celebrate Christmas.
The Vatican City: The cheerful atmosphere and sights of the beautiful churches decorated with lights make this important Christian city a delight for vacationers.
Goa: If you like the idea of catching magical sunsets on the beach and bar-hopping at night, Goa will have the perfect vibes during the Christmas days.
Gokarna: This coastal town frequented by hippies from across the world is quite dynamic with countless parties and events during this festive season.
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Dubai: For a happening conclusion of the year, Dubai has a whole range of delights in the form of activities and events.
Maldives: A beach holiday in Maldives in December is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of the new year.
Suggested Read: 101 Places to Visit in Maldives
Kasol: Absorb the charm of Himalayas alongside the Parvati River and attend some psychedelic trance parties and chill with fun loving travellers.
Jaisalmer: Desert safari during sunset, chilly nights in desert camps, and an undiluted experience with the culture of Rajasthan.
Kodaikanal: Rolling hills and laidback parties make this a perfect destination for making the most of the occasion with friends and family.