There are three official national public holidays – Republic and Independence Days and Gandhi's birthday (Gandhi Jayanti) – plus a lot of other holidays celebrated nationally or locally, many of them marking important days in various religions and falling on variable dates. The most important are the 18 'gazetted holidays' (listed) which are observed by central-government offices throughout India. On these days most businesses (offices, shops etc), banks and tourist sites close, but transport is usually unaffected. It’s wise to make transport and hotel reservations well in advance if you intend visiting during major festivals.

Public Holidays

Republic Day 26 January

Holi February/March

Ram Navami March/April

Mahavir Jayanti March/April

Good Friday March/April

Dr BL Ambedkar's Birthday 14 April

Mahavir Jayanti March/April

Buddha Purnima May

Eid al-Fitr May/June

Independence Day 15 August

Janmastami August/September

Eid al-Adha July/August

Dussehra September/October

Gandhi Jayanti 2 October

Muharram August/September

Diwali October/November

Guru Nanak Jayanti November

Eid-Milad-un-Nabi November/December

Christmas Day 25 December

Major Religious Festivals

Holi (Hindu) February/March

Easter (Christian) March/April

Mahavir Jayanti (Jain) March/April

Buddha Purnima May

Eid al-Fitr (Muslim) August/September

Dussehra (Hindu) October

Diwali (Hindu)October/November

Nanak Jayanti (Sikh) November

Christmas (Christian) 25 December