Holi, India's Festival of Colours takes place in March. It has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The celebrations begin with lighting a bonfire on Holi eve. Numerous legends and stories associated with this celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid. People rub special colours and dyes, known as gulal and abeer, on each others' faces. People send blessings to loved ones wrapped in special gifts. Aside from Holi Festival, India offers a rich culture with alluring palaces, temples, forts, enchanting towns and unforgettable cities.
Alternatively for a slice of South East Asian paradise we recommend heading to the west coast of Thailand. From the limestone cliffs of Krabi to the blissfully deserted beaches of Koh Lanta the scenery is truly breathtaking and this time of year offers perfect beach weather. The west coast of Thailand offers an unbeatable combination of perfect silky soft white palm-lined beaches, superb hospitality and great value accommodation. Whether it's world-class diving in the Andaman Sea, golf at international-standard championship courses or exciting eco-adventures in tropical forests, the west coast of Thailand is a place to extend your horizons.
We also recommend travelling to the Middle East in March. Oman is a place of mysticism, natural beauty and archaeological marvels. It offers golden sandy beaches and towering mountain ranges with an unspoiled culture and traditional lifestyle in almost every aspect. Oman is distinctly Arab and offers visitors a glimpse of many unique old-world wonders.
Huge and beautiful, noisy and enchanting, colourful, maddening, dusty and completely magical. India is everything people always say it is. From its vast, arid centre to the lushness of the backwaters, and the magnificence of the Himalayas to the glories of the Western Ghats. India offers palaces, temples, forts, enchanting towns and unforgettable cities alongside elephants, tigers and a myriad of festivals.
With beautiful island beaches, lush landscapes, national parks, hill tribe villages, exotic cuisine and a rich Buddhist culture, Thailand is a perfect all round destination. It offers much more than sea and sun. Bangkok offers world class shopping and sightseeing where you can shop until you drop, explore the floating market by boat, barter in local markets, visit the museums, palaces and temples and watch a Muay Thai boxing match. In the north you can elephant trek, explore the lush landscapes, go trekking, river raft, explore the night market bazaar and sample authentic cuisine in the local restaurants. The islands and southern Thailand offer fantastic island hopping, white sand beaches, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and rock climbing. An ideal place to relax after a tour or sightseeing in the cities.
The Sultanate of Oman is a place of mysticism, natural beauty and archaeological marvels. Oman is an Arab country on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the United Arab Emirates on the northwest, Saudi Arabia on the west and Yemen on the southwest. Its coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the south and east and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. Oman exudes great untouched natural beauty from its golden sandy beaches to the towering mountain ranges with an unspoiled culture and traditional lifestyle in almost every aspect. Oman is distinctly Arab and offers visitors a glimpse of many unique old-world wonders.