Public Holidays

There are officially three national public holidays – Republic and Independence Days and Gandhi's birthday (Gandhi Jayanti). Every state celebrates its own official holidays, which cover bank holidays for government workers as well as major religious festivals. Most businesses (offices, shops etc) and tourist sites close on public holidays, but transport is usually unaffected. It’s wise to make transport and hotel reservations well in advance if you intend visiting during major festivals.

Republic Day 26 January

Holi February/March

Ramanavani March/April

Dr BL Ambedkar's Birthday 14 April

Mahavir Jayanti March/April

Good Friday March/April

Buddha Purnima April/May

Eid al-Fitr June

Independence Day 15 August

Janmastani August/September

Eid al-Adha August/September

Dussehra September/October

Gandhi Jayanti 2 October

Diwali October/November

Guru Nanak Jayanti November

Eid-Milad-un-Nabi November/December

Christmas 25 December