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Kanika Nevatia Dec 31 2014

Best places for long weekends in 2015

Etti Bali Dec 31 2014
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Quench your wanderlust with these perfect getaways ideal for the long weekends in 2015! The new year brings with it a number of long weekends perfect for visiting and exploring new places.



Dubai, once again, welcomes you to the largest shopping extravaganza! This year, the carnival begins on 1 January and carries on till 1 February.

The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world! (by Christian van Elven)


Beautiful snow-capped mountains in Gulmarg serve as the perfect place to strap on those skis and go conquer the slopes!

Ready to take the on the slopes (by Peter)



The “City of Love” is beautiful any time of the year, but the festival of St. Valentine adds a special charm to Paris! Nothing can be more romantic than a long weekend trip to Paris with the love of your life!

If you like it then you should put a lock on it--Love Lock Bridge (by Dustin Gaffke)


Jaisalmer Desert Festival--that time of the year when the dry desertscape comes alive. The three-day long festival includes spectacular performances by acrobats, fire dancers and puppeteers.

Sunset at the Gadsisar Lake (by Terry Presley)



Vivid colours streaking and dancing across the night sky. Visit Iceland to witness the amazing phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis!

Shimmering night sky and Aurora Borealis! (by Claudia Regina at flickr.com/claudiaregina_cc)


Vrindavan, Braj and Barsana celebrate a special kind of Holi, known colloquially as Lath Maar Holi! But as they say, “Please don’t mind--it's Holi”! Plan a trip to Vrindavan to enjoy the flavours of the city!

The tradition of Lath Maar Holi as celebrated in Barsana (by Narender9)



An exotic blend of the old and the new, Greece is a charming destination for the Easter weekend getaway. Go on an egg hunt, enjoy the spectacular fireworks and feast on the traditional Greek Easter dinner!

The splendor of Santorini cannot be captured in words! (by Nikola Totuhov)


The erstwhile Portuguese colony of Diu is most famous for its churches and the old fortress. Have your dose of sun, sand and sea--minus the chaos!

A Portuguese Fort in Diu (by Rashmi.parab)



Vivid Sydney--the 18-day light, music and entertainment bonanza will be held from 22 May to 8 June 2015. Make the most of the long weekend with pleasant weather, clear blue skies and all the love from Down Under!

Take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House (by Pavel)


Hot springs, gushing waterfalls, numerous lakes and the famous Tawang Monastery make for the beautiful landscape of Tawang. The monastery is one of the largest in India with a magnificent prayer hall!

Sakyamuni Buddha at Tawang Monastery (by Sandrog)


Hong Kong

An ancient Chinese tradition, the Dragon Boat Race is an adrenaline-pumping festival. Several teams race away in specially-crafted boats with ornate detailings of the Dragon. Drum beats and cheers only add to the fervour!

Row, row, row your Dragon Boat! (from the official tourism website)


Ladakh is also known as the “Roof of the World”. In an ideal world, it would be labelled as the lost kingdom. Cross over to the heavens with this bridge between the earth and the sky!

Palace and Monastery at Shey (by Gaurav click’s)



Come July, get ready for the ultimate weekend of madness in Boom, Belgium which will be hosting “Tomorrow 2015”--the world famous EDM festival. The three-day festivities will be celebrated from 24 to 26 July.

Frozen, not stirred! (by photophilde)

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

There is no better time to capture the beauty of Valley of Flowers than July! The whole valley is carpeted with vibrantly coloured wildflowers. The picturesque backdrop of the mountains, the colourful valley below--the beauty of this place is beyond words.

Fragrant valley! (by Alosh Bennett)



Paint the town red this August at the annual La Tomatina Festival in the town of Buñol in Spain, which happens to hold the title of the “Biggest Food Fight in the World”. It takes place on the last Wednesday of August.

Tomatina Festival (by Revolution_Ferg)


Make the most of this long weekend in 2015 and escape to the dreamy landscape of Coorg. You must experience the monsoons in Coorg at least once.

Lose yourself to the lush greenery! (from the official Facebook page)



Oktoberfest 2015 in Munich coincides with the long weekend in September! Treat yourself to 16 days of non-stop fun, unlimited food and beer. A vacation doesn’t get better than this.

Cheers! (from the official Facebook page)


Maharashtra’s most popular hill station--Mahabaleshwar deserves a visit in September. This is the peak strawberry season and you can indulge in strawberry picking and, of course, large helpings of strawberries and cream. The weather, too, is perfect at this time of the year.

Needle Hole Point (by Rishabh Tatiraju)



From the Andean peaks to the Caribbean coastline and the acres of lush Amazon rainforest in between, Venezuela is a country with a staggering variety of landscapes. Add to this, the rich cultural heritage and unlimited adventure options, Venezuela is a great choice for the experimental traveller who wants to make full use of the ultra-long weekend in October.

A colonial castle on the Margharita Island in Venezuela (by Marcial Quintero)


Visit the heart of India--Khajuraho and revel in the breathtaking architectural masterpieces. Apart from architecture, visitors can also explore the local villages, browse through tribal museums, explore the food scene and plan a trip to the Panna Sanctuary.

The magnificent temples of Khajuraho (by Dennis Jarvis)



Travel visa-free to Jamaica--the beautiful island country! Fewer things in life can be as invigorating as a trek to the Blue Mountains, or as relaxing as the stretches of sandy beaches with crystal clear waters and hidden coves.

Blue Lagoon in Jamaica (from awesomeplacestovisit.com)


Considered to be one of the best tropical island clusters and deep sea diving spots in the world, Lakshadweep can be a wonderful island retreat for the long weekend in November. Lakshadweep is nothing short of paradise.

Kadmat Island in Lakshadweep (by Ekabhishek)



Starting mid-November, Vienna’s lovely town squares become even more magical with numerous Christmas markets setting off the pre-Christmas celebrations. Pretty lights, festive decor, mouthwatering baked goodies and lots more--a must experience.

Lighting up the town! (by MTSWien)


With the Sunburn Festival, Christmas and New Year celebrations, the party capital of India is at an all time high in December! Make the best of the long weekends with a trip to Goa and bid a rocking farewell to 2015!

A Portuguese villa in Goa (by Dominik Hundhammer)

With several long weekends in 2015, make the most of them. Hope this list helps you plan your holidays. Here’s wishing you a wonderful new year filled with joy, abundance and lots of travel!

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