Vista’s Travel Calendar for 2021: Everything you need to know for your long weekend trips!

by Kirti Kabra
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With 2020 being an absolute wash-out for your travel plans, 2021 comes packed with 18 long weekends. We hope that this year would be the year of travel, with all the COVID-19 precautions accounted for. Scroll down to see what’s in store for your 2021 holiday plans:

JANUARY

1.Friday, 1st January – New Years Day
Saturday, 2nd January
Sunday, 3rd January
2.Thursday, 14th January – Makar Sankranti, Pongal
Friday, 15th January – Take the day off
Saturday, 16th January
Sunday 17th January
3.Saturday, 23rd January
Sunday, 24th January
Monday, 25th January – Take the day off
Tuesday, 26th January – Republic Day

Where to stay:

a) Consider travelling to Goa and book yourself into Bella Aquila, surrounded by paddy fields for a susegad mood and four-poster beds, private pool and green lawns for complete relaxation. 

b) For some cold-wintery vibes, opt for Ooty. With wild tea plantations surrounding you, atop a hill and ever-changing skies, Villa Sullivan is the ideal place to be. 

c) Serene spaces amidst coffee plantations and chilly weather, Acacia Villa in Coorg is the place to be! With rainforests surrounding you, huge lawns and cosy interiors, this property is the perfect getaway spot.

FEBRUARY

1.Saturday, 13th February
Sunday, 14th February
Monday, 15th February – Take the day off
Tuesday, 16th February – Vasant Panchmi

Where to stay:

a) For a love-filled weekend, opt for Whispering Pines in Shimla to be enveloped by nature, ideal for yoga enthusiasts with a peaceful and relaxing environment.

b) Those missing the yesteryear decades and heritage furniture, Chitrita Bhavan in Puducherry is the perfect getaway, located in the heart of the city, for a romantic vacation in the French Capital of India. 

c) Lakeside view and mountainous areas with a gazebo within the premises, Novera in Wayanad, Kerala offers the finest of Sri Lanka architecture with a sprawling lawn, absolutely stunning for a romantic weekend.

MARCH

1.Thursday, 11th March – Maha Shivratri
Friday, 12th March – Take the day off
Saturday, 13th March
Sunday, 14th March
2.Friday, 26th March – Take the day off
Saturday, 27th March
Sunday, 28th March
Monday, 29th March – Holi

Where to stay:

a) Craving the last bit of winter? Head off to Manali and stay at the Magnolia Estate, for the last bit of cold air, cosy vibes and ultimate opulence, at this 60-year old property.

b) Charming, vintage cottages and a deck of mountain views, Destine in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh is an absolutely dreamy property to be at before tourists start flocking for respite from the summer heat.

c) For a holi-tastic weekend, stay at El Lago Villa in Udaipur, Rajasthan and enjoy a private soak in the jacuzzi or a dip in the plunge pool with your gang and explore nature trails too!

APRIL

1.Thursday, 1st April – Take the day off
Friday, 2nd April – Good Friday
Saturday, 3rd April
Sunday 4th April – Easter Sunday
2.Saturday, 10th April
Sunday, 11th April
Monday, 12th April – Take the day off
Tuesday, 13th April – Ugadi
Wednesday, 14th April – Dr. Amedkar Jayanti

Where to stay:

a) Consider travelling to Goa during the Easter break for the lovely architecture and beautiful sculptures of the Churches and stay a stone’s throw away from the beach at Vista Willow, Bardez, with a lush private garden and swimming pool.

b) If you’re craving some waterfalls, head over to Amala – Kanatal, Mussoorie and be amidst the misty Himalayas with cosy fireplaces and beautiful views.

c) Replete with streams, forested views, waterfalls and acres of open land, Wildernest One in Kodaikanal is the place to be for peace, mountain luxury and tranquility.

MAY

1.Thursday, 13th May – Eid-ul- Fitr
Friday, 14th May – Take the day off
Saturday, 15th May
Sunday 16th May

 Where to stay:

a) Head over to The Verandah in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand during its off-season, for a chance to catch some cool weather breeze and escape the scorching summer heat amidst the mountainside and tasteful interiors.

b) Snow-clad Himalayas, bird song, tea plantations and a heated swimming pool, The Mirage – White House, Palampur is everything you need for a hideaway, staycation during this long weekend.

c) Spend a three-night escape at Pamba House, Alappuzha, Kerala for its serene backwaters, paddy fields and luxuriously designed houseboat, to experience a journey like no other!

JUNE

Unfortunately, there are no long weekends in June. However, good news is that it is a great time to embrace the monsoon showers and bid adieu sunny days. South India is simply divine during this month and definitely worth visiting!

JULY

1.Saturday, 10th July
Sunday, 11th July
Monday, 12th July – Rath Yatra
2.Saturday, 17th July
Sunday, 18th July
Monday, 19th July – Take the day off
Tuesday, 20th July – Bakri Eid

Where to stay:

a) Want to detox and relax? Rush to Vista Divine at Rishikesh for their meditation garden and spectacular view of River Ganges. 

b) Head over to Lawnside Maison at Mahabaleshwar for a private weekend getaway , in a grand structure with a huge private lawn and waterfall. 

c) For a nature-wrapped haven, Araliya House in Coonoor is the place for you. Its antique furnishings and flaming sunsets, this property will transport you into the land of Goldilocks.

AUGUST

1.Friday, 27th August – Take the day off
Saturday, 28th August
Sunday, 29th August
Monday, 30th August – Janmashtami

Where to stay:

a) Light showers, panoramic mountain views and your dream house with charming exteriors – Vaga Roville in Vagamon, Kerala is the place to be.

b) For some winter chill, during the otherwise rainy monsoon, head over to Fagunia Estate in Nainital for a unique, Pahadi farmstay experience like no other, quietly hidden within the mountains.

c) Weary of your monotonous city life? The Orchid Glade in Gangtok, Sikkim is the perfect chalet to escape to, with a contemporary wooden house, open garden and located in the vicinity of nature.

SEPTEMBER

1.Friday, 10th September – Ganesh Chaturthi
Saturday, 11th September
Sunday, 12th September
Monday, 13th September – Take the day off

Where to stay:

a) Take advantage of one of India’s largest festivals and explore Udaipur, while staying at The Jungalow as its tranquil, green location amidst the Aravalli Hills, surrounded by dense forests and orchards and Persian-Style interiors leave you feeling like royalty. 

b Love history and heritage? Mayur Villa in Jaipur is the ideal property for you, as its subtle riches and bespoke solitude leaves you reminiscent of the royal past.

c) The perfect blend of modernity with traditional décor, Gorayya Villa in Dehradun is the place to stay with bohemian vibes and rustic interiors.

OCTOBER

1.Friday, 15th October – Dusshera
Saturday, 16th October
Sunday, 17th October
Monday, 18th October – Take the day off
Tuesday, 19th October – Eid e Milad

 Where to stay:

a)  Turn a no-frills weekend into a weekend full of relaxation at Vayu Retreat in Nainital for its tranquil, mountain air and modern aesthetics.

b)   Surrounded by greenery and a convenient location, Aristo Grand in Lonavala is the property to be at, as it has charming interiors and artfully painted walls, which gives palace-like feels.

c)  Missing your family reunions? Taruchaya, Raichak is a short walk away from the River Ganges and commands privacy with picture-postcard views. Its lush gardens and vast spaces are perfect this holiday getaway.

NOVEMBER

1.Wednesday, 3rd November – Dhanteras
Thursday, 4th November – Diwali
Friday, 5th November – Take the day off
Saturday, 6th November
Sunday, 7th November
2.Friday, 19th November – Guru Nayak Jayanti
Saturday, 20th November
Sunday, 21st November

Where to stay:

a)   For the perfect weather and a low-key Diwali, away from the noisy, cacophony in the cities, visit Mynaakom, Ernakulam in Kerala for its paddy wetlands and ideal location for backwater cruises.

b)   To celebrate Guru Nayak Jayanti in its truest form, visit the stay at Serenity Bangla in Amritsar. Its homely ambience and authentic experience will make this weekend a surreal Diwali extravaganza.

c)  To witness a spectacular Diwali, opt for a stay at Secret Garden at Pushkar. This beautifully designed fortress with spacious terraces, ornate gardens and chaarpais is irresistibly perfect.

DECEMBER

1.Friday, 24th December – Take the day off
Saturday, 25th December – Christmas
Sunday, 26th December
2.Friday, 31st December – Take the day off
Saturday, 1st January – New Year’s Day
Sunday, 2nd January

Where to stay:

a)  Cosy evenings, warm, thick blankets and heaps of hot coffee, spend the last month of an exhilarating 2021 at Serendipity in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. True to its name, this luxurious villa is perfect for bird-watching and outdoor activities, with mountain views surrounding you. 

b)  Beachy Christmas, with a hint of portugese-inspired interiors, Vista Palma, Bardez in Goa will cater to all your needs. Your home, away from home provides you with all the comforts you could desire, in the heart of the city.

c)  The epitome of a holiday retreat can be achieved at your stay in Pranaam in Alibaug as its beautiful modern exteriors and luxurious private pool and shamiana is the finest holiday getaway!

In 2021, escape the indoors! Take time off and experience the wonders India has to offer with the various long weekends and spend some quality time with your family and friends. Make this year count with endless memories and joyful escapades with Vista Rooms holiday homes.

For your safety, we have implemented an upgraded safety and hygiene program at all our vacation homes. All frequent touchpoints are regularly disinfected and upon your arrival, the property is thoroughly sanitised to ensure you have a worry-free stay. We’re relentlessly striving to keep our properties safe. Take a look at a detailed update on the steps we’re taking to keep our villas clean, secure and protected.

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