Long weekends in 2022

Thanks to COVID-19, the last two calendar years, academic years and financial years, have all gone for a toss. With the world slowly limping back to normalcy, the travel industry is one of the worst-hit and probably the last ones to recover. Due to government restrictions on people gathering, the year-end festivities will be subdued this time. We at have put across a convenient long-weekend travel calendar for 2022. Perhaps we all might travel with a vengeance to make up for the travel restrictions of the last 2 years.

Here’s the list of 15 long weekends, our pick of lesser crowded destinations, the beautiful wildlife sanctuaries across India, keeping in mind social distancing and an opportunity to spend quality time with your family and friends. More than 50% of these are world heritage sites declared by UNESCO.

January 2022 

1) Pongal & Makar Sankranti

Thursday, 13 January – Pongal

Friday, 14 January – Makar Sankranti

Saturday, 15 January

Sunday, 16 January

Our Pick – Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand 

Famous for – Leopards, samba deer and the Bengal tiger

2) Republic Day

Wednesday, 26 January – Republic Day

 Thursday, 27 January – Take the day off

 Friday, 28 January – Take the day off

 Saturday, 29 January

 Sunday, 30 January

Our Pick – Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam      

Famous for – Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur and pygmy hog     

World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Feburary 2022

3) Mahashivratri

Saturday, 26 February

Sunday, 27 February

Monday, 28 February – Take the day off

Tuesday, 1 March – Mahashivratri

Our Pick – Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat     

Famous for – Asiatic lion

March 2022

4) Holi

Friday, 18 March, – Holi

Saturday, 19 March

Sunday, 20 March

Our Pick – The Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh 

Famous for – Musk deer and the western horned tragopan

April 2022

5) Easter Weekend

Thursday, 14 April – Mahavir Jayanti/ Vaisakhi/Dr Ambekar Jayanti

Friday, 15 April – Good Friday

Saturday, 16 April

Sunday, 17 April

Our Pick – Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim      

Famous for – Musk deer, dhole, snow leopard and Himalayan tahr

World Heritage Site by UNESCO

May 2022

6) Eid-ul-Fitr

Saturday, 30 April 

Sunday, 1 May

Monday, 2 May – Take the day off

Tuesday, 3 May – Eid-ul-Fitr

Our Pick – Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area, Himachal Pradesh 

Famous for – Blue sheep, snow leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan tahr, and musk deer. 

World Heritage Site by UNESCO

7) Buddha Purnima

Saturday, 14 May 

Sunday, 15 May

Monday, 16 May – Buddha Purnima

Our Pick – Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh     

Famous for – Tigers

August 2022

8) Independence Day

Thursday, 11 August – Rakshabandhan

Friday, 12 August – Take the day off

Saturday, 13 August

Sunday, 14 August

Monday, 15 August – Independence Day

Tuesday, 16 August – Parsi New Year 

Our Pick – Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan  

Famous for – Tigers

September 2022

9) Ganesh Chaturthi

Wednesday, 31 August – Ganesh Chaturthi

 Thursday, 1 September – take the day off

 Friday, 2 September – take the day off

 Saturday, 3 September

 Sunday, 4 September

Our Pick – Nanda Devi and valley of flowers national parks, Uttarakhand  

Famous for – Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep 

World Heritage Site by UNESCO

10) Onam

Thursday, 8 September – Onam 

Friday, 9 September – take the day off

Saturday, 10 September

Sunday, 11 September

Our Pick – Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal 

Famous for – Royal Bengal tigers   

World Heritage Site by UNESCO

October 2021

11) Dussehra

Saturday, 1 October

Sunday, 2 October – Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

Monday, 3 October – Maha Ashtami 

Tuesday, 4 October – Maha Navami – Maha Navami 

Wednesday, 5 October – Dussehra

Our Pick – Hemis National Park, Jammu And Kashmir 

Famous for – Snow leopards

12) Diwali

Saturday, 22 October

Sunday, 23 October

Monday, 24 October – Diwali

Our Pick – Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala (Western Ghats)     

Famous for – Asian elephant and white tigers   

World Heritage Site by UNESCO

November 2022

13) Dussehra

Saturday, 5 November

Sunday, 6 November

Monday, 7 November – Take the day off

Tuesday, 8 November – Guru Nanak Jayanti

Our Pick – Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka      

Famous for – Elephants, tigers and Indian bisons

December 2022

14) Christmas

Saturday, 24 December

Sunday, 25 December – Christmas

Monday, 26 December – Take the day off

Our Pick – Kaziranga National Park, Assam    

Famous for – one-horned rhinoceroses   

World Heritage Site by UNESCO

15) New Year

Friday, 30 December – Take the day off

Saturday, 31 December

Sunday, 1 January 2023 – New Year’s Day

Our Pick – Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan  

Famous for – Siberian crane     

World Heritage Site by UNESCO

The best time to visit each wildlife sanctuary may slightly vary according to the climate and migration pattern of birds and animals. Nevertheless, sightings depend on one’s luck. Sighting is a bonus for the trip, what matters is the journey itself, which opens up our minds and soothes our souls.

Almost in all locations, we provide hotels/resort/jungle lodges and also chauffeur-driven cabs for your convenience, so go ahead and plan a trip for your clients with ease and speed.

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As a wise person once said – “Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you

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