The month kicks off with a four-day-long weekend for a quick getaway if you take the day off on Friday, August 4, through to Monday, which is Raksha Bandhan.
Nine days’ holidays
Later, there’s scope to get nine days’ holidays by taking three days off. Here’s how: After the weekend of August 12-13, the next two days are Janmashtami and Independence Day.
Take a day off on Wednesday and you could avail of Jamshed Navroz (Parsi New Year), a restricted holiday, on Thursday , August 17. Another day off on Friday and you are into the next weekend.
Relaxed three-day weekend
Ganesh Chaturthi on Friday, August 25, creates yet another opportunity for a relaxed three-day weekend. This Independence Day, Delhi is set to witness an exodus.
With August 15 being a Tuesday, an off day on Monday means an extended weekend spanning four days, starting August 12.
Delhi is set to witness an exodus
A large number of Delhiites are planning getaways during the extended weekend and if you too are planning a short vacation but haven’t booked your travel tickets and accommodation yet, better hurry.
Air fares from Delhi to hot favourite tourist destinations like Goa, Kerala and Rajasthan are already touching the sky.
For instance, while the usual air fare from Delhi to Goa is around Rs 3,000 for other days in August, the figure goes up to Rs 9,000 during the extended weekend.
According to travel agents and tour operators, hotel rooms at most tourist destinations are also getting booked at a speedy rate.
However, if you haven’t booked your tickets yet, there is still hope though. The peak of booking to happen in the next week or so. We are still not seeing a sold out situation and peak booking usually comes a little closer to such weekends,” Mohit Gupta, chief operating officer of travel portal makemytrip.com said.
“August 12 and 13 are the big check-in dates and we are expecting peak bookings from August 2 and going on till August 9,” he added.
Weekend leisure destinations
Weekend leisure destinations closer to Delhi and with fewer inventories, such as Shimla and McLeod Ganj, might prove to be a problem for those looking for accommodation.
It is going to be a choked weekend and getting accommodation anywhere would be a big problem even if travel tickets are available. You should go for a complete tour package instead of just booking tickets and wait till they reach the destination to book a hotel.
Huge rush for destinations
Many people are traveling to southeast Asia and eastern Europe also. There is a huge rush for destinations in these areas and it is getting very difficult to get flight seats.
Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore are the most preferred destinations for the extended weekend.