Long weekends are ideal for mini-vacations…
Long vacations enable quick getaways for the wanderlust-bitten. Travel agencies offer special itineraries around these weekends at discounted prices. Short vacations lasting over 3 or 4 days are excellent to rejuvenate and revive the spirits after the hectic life that one is exposed to in India's metros. People do get fed up with routine and like to grab any opportunity to escape the cities. It is observed that fewer people prefer to stay at home during long or extended weekends.
One can visit nearby tourist spots or go on short vacation to go any other place in India or to countries like Hong Kong-Macau, Dubai, Nepal, Bhutan, Mauritius, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
The year 2017 has no less than 14 long weekends…
As can be seen in the Resources section below, in 2017 quite a few public holidays occur just prior to Saturdays or just after Sundays. In case the public holiday is on a Thursday or Tuesday, casual leave could be taken for the intervening working day so that the weekend truly stays long!
So go ahead and pan short vacations to diverse destinations during some of the weekends that are left. It is well-known that earlier the travel and hotel bookings are made, cheaper will be the tariffs that one would have to incur.
However, since Banks work for full day on 1st, 3rd and 5th (if any) Saturdays, Bank employees will not be able to take advantage of long weekends due on Shivaji Jayanti, Ambedkar Jayanti / Ram Navami, Maha Shivratri and Ganesh Chaturthi unless they avail leave on the intervening Saturday.