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This New Year, the Taj invites you to translate the glad tidings of the long weekends for a unique vacation at off beat destinations, royal retreats, scenic safaris and more. With a bit of planning and weekday offs, chart out your holiday calendar to make the best of 2018 with Taj!

JANUARY: 26th January for Republic Day, 27th January and 28th January
Gear up for Republic Day
Visit the Wagah Border for the annual Republic Day Parade ceremony which brings in huge crowds who celebrate India’s passion and patriotism together. Check into Taj Swarna Amritsar, embodying the best of Punjab’s iconic history, art and culture for a signature Taj experience.

FEBRUARY: 10th February to 13th February for Maha Shivratri
Let love be the mantra

Whisk your loved one to the City of Lakes – Udaipur where a stay at Taj Lake Palace lets you indulge in a romantic night out at Mewar terrace with captivating views captivating of the City Palace, Lake Pichola and the Monsoon Palace.

MARCH: 1st March to 4th March for Holi
Celebrate the festival of colours

On 2nd March, make sure you visit the Pink City – Jaipur to be awed by the sight of elephants, bedecked with beautiful rugs and jewelry, being paraded on the streets during the unique Elephant Festival. Witness the symbolic burning of evil through the ritual of Holika Dahan and top these experiences with sumptuous food, cultural performances, and a luxurious stay at the Rambagh Palace.

MARCH: 29th March to 1st April for Mahavir Jayanti, Good Friday and Easter
Revel in the Easter cheer!
Witness the beautiful sunset at the Galle Face Green in Sri Lanka. Soak in the joy of simply walking down the streets of Colombo, with its bustling and colourful bazaars coupled with a memorable stay at Taj Samudra. Or escape the city, enjoy the views of the Indian Ocean and embrace the spirit of Sri Lanka at Vivanta by Taj - Bentota

APRIL/MAY: 28th April to 1st May for Maharashtra Labor Day
Explore nature at its best

Lose yourself among the soothing nature trails and rainforests in Coorg. As a guest at Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, explore the rainforests of Madikeri, set out on nature walks and treks, and participate in pottery classes, coffee-tasting, concierge tours, and even cookery lessons for a wholesome, energizing holiday experience.

JUNE: 15th June for Eid ul Fitr to 17th June
Experience the Nizam Life at Hyderabad
When in the capital city of Nizams, live like one and celebrate Eid ul Fitr in Hyderabad. Famed for its pearls and diamonds, fine food, and architectural gems, Hyderabad is home to the iconic Charminar and the picturesque Hussain Sagar lake. Visit the erstwhile capital of the Nizams of India with a stay at Taj Falaknuma Palace, a heritage hotel and former residence of the Nizam.

AUGUST: 15th August 2018 for Independence Day to 22nd August for Eid-ul-adha
The Wellness Sojourn
Indulge in an invigorating wellness retreat to discover the magic of Jiva Spa at Taj Green Cove Resort & Spa Kovalam. Recapture your inner peace with a curated spa package that includes accommodation for 3 nights with a number of spa and yoga experiences during the stay.  

SEPTEMBER: 1st September to 3rd September for Janmashtami
Escape to a Private Island
For those who would like a private island experience, unwind at Vivanta by Taj – Rebak Island where the blue Andaman sea flirts with the secluded beaches and vibrant jungles across 390 acres of discovery. One of the top resorts in Langkawi, it offers unique experiences such as Jungle Trails, Batik Lessons, Sunset Cruises and more.

SEPTEMBER: 13th September for Ganesh Chaturti to 16th September
Experience the Last Shangri La on Earth
Embark on a visit to Bhutan, referred to by many as The Last Shangri La on Earth as it is blessed with serene environs, spellbinding scenery, remarkable architecture, and hospitable people. Taj Tashi in Thimphu is ideally located for visitors who seek to explore the many monasteries, scenic mountain passes, and pristine wilderness that dot the countryside.

OCTOBER: 29th September to 2nd October for Gandhi Jayanti
Royal Retreat
Check into the award-winning Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur for a luxury experience befitting royalty. The architecture from the bygone era of Jodhpur royals will leave you spellbound, as will the delectable Rajasthani cuisine. Rejuvenate yourself with a range of treatments and therapies at the Jiva Grande Spa. And while you’re in Jodhpur, try riding the zip lines that run over and beyond the Mehrangarh Fort, offering a stunning aerial view of the blue city.

OCTOBER: 18th October to 21st October for Dussehra
Spiritual retreat with Durgotsava   
Explore the roots of Kolkata with the most famous festival celebrated in West Bengal – Durga Pooja coupled with a stay at Taj Bengal, a landmark hotel in the city. Celebrated in honor of Goddess Durga during the period of Navaratri, you can catch a glimpse of the beautifully handcrafted idols, unique theme and decorative style of the ‘Pandals’, indulge in decadent delicacies and be a part of the festive fervor with the immersion of the idol by the devoted crowds.

NOVEMBER: 3rd November to 11th November 2018 for Diwali
Nine-day Diwali Escapade
Enjoy a fun family experience for nine days with a getaway to the Maldives, Taj Safaris or a Palace Retreat. Vivanta by Taj – Coral Reef, Maldives and Taj Exotica Resort & Spa offers unique experiences such as Big Game Fishing, Stingray Feeding, Snorkelling, Parasailing and more. Set off to experience the unrivalled thrill of the jungle wilderness getaway at Taj Safaris where Meghauli Serai – Chitwan National Park offers a choice of safaris – walking safari, elephant safari, and boat safari. For nature lovers, it is an opportunity to see sloth bears, Asiatic wild elephants, striped hyenas, hog deer, Bengal foxes, and many other species of animals in their natural habitat. From horse-drawn carriages to the glistening white marble of the palaces, descend into a world of royalty with a stay and splendor of a bygone era at four regal palaces in India – Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad; Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur; Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur and Rambagh Palace, Jaipur.

DECEMBER: 22nd December to 1st January 2019 for Christmas and New Year
Bring 2018 to a close with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Celebrate the festive cheer and experience the coziness of festive winter celebrations in London, New York or Boston. Travel to either of these destinations with family or friends for themed experiences, decadent buffets and a memorable stay at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences and St. James’ Court in London, The Pierre in New York or Taj Boston

2018 promises to be a highly rewarding year for well-chosen holidays, so block your calendar and start making your vacation plans! For further information please visit -

About Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris

Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is lndian Hotels Company Limited’s (IHCL) brand for the world’s most discerning travellers seeking authentic experiences in luxury. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the crown jewel has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house. Vivanta provides new generation travellers a contemporary and creative hospitality experience that matches their work-hard, play-hard lifestyles. 

The Gateway Hotel welcomes guests to a refreshingly enjoyable and hassle-free experience, anytime, everywhere, offering the highest consistency in quality, service and style. 

Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is the iconic flagship brand of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL). IHCL also operates hotels in the economy segment with the Ginger brand, a pioneer in the branded budget hotel space in India and also its largest. Indian Hotels Company Limited runs TajSats Air Catering, a joint venture of the Indian Hotels Company, and SATS (formerly known as Singapore Airport Terminal Services), the market leader in airline catering, providing inflight catering at key cities.

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