Suggested itineraries in December
The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is the ideal place to forget the stresses of a busy year – although it can be visited year round, many people don’t realise that winter is a great time to go. The weather is predominantly dry and bright, views are crystal clear and, though chilly and crisp, there is nothing like warm blankets and wood fires at a luxury property to make you feel snug and content. For another alternative Christmas holiday we suggest a trip to Burma, where the cool season makes for comfortable temperature with little rain. A perfect climate to explore the sacred stupas of Bagan and the traditional lost-in-time charm of Lake Inle. A visit to Sri Lanka at this time of year is a dream. Unwind on the white-sand beaches of the south west coast or up in the Hill Country when its picturesque but often rainy tea plantations are at their driest. For truly intrepid travellers, the ski season starts in Gulmarg, Kashmir, in Northern India. These exotic powder pistes offer an unforgettable and unique skiing experience!
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A Family Wilderness Adventure in Kipling Country
This bespoke Indian wildlife adventure has been especially designed for families travelling with children, bringing to life Rudyard Kipling's stories.View here
Grand Tour of South India... Our Signature Family-friendly Holiday
This fabulous journey cherry-picks the region's highlights, from the colonial charm of Cochin and the buzzing temple-town of Madurai to the...View here
Maharajas' Express - North India's Most Luxurious Train Journey
Experience India’s most luxurious train, the Maharajas’ Express, on a fascinating route through bejewelled cities, cultural sites and wildlife hubs....View here
Meandering Down the Mekong... Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam
- Chiang Rai
- Luang Prabang
- Si Phan Don
- Siem Reap
- Phnom Penh
- Mekong Delta
- Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
This is our ‘super luxe’ Mekong itinerary. Sleeping both on the boat and in hotels, you will experience four countries...View here
Natural Wildlife Wonders of Sri Lanka
Experience the astonishing diversity and natural beauty of Sri Lanka's rivers, lakes, mountains, jungles and beaches. Staying in accommodation ranging...View here
Tamil Nadu & the Andaman Islands... Cultural Tour & Beach Holiday in South India
A chance to experience two extremes of India: Tamil Nadu, a fabulous alternative to Rajasthan renowned for its incredible centuries-old...View here
The Ultimate Burma Tour... No Stone Left Unturned
- Yangon (Rangoon)
- Inle Lake
- Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin)
- Mrauk U
- Ngapali Beach
This is our definitive Burma itinerary. As well as taking in all the major sites, this journey showcases all of...View here
Events in December
Kumbhalgarh Festival (India): 1st - 3rd December 2018
This festival brings together India’s art forms and the finest artists – musicians, dancers performing classical dance recitals – set against the backdrop of the magnificent Kumbhalgarh citadel.
Hornbill Festival Nagaland (India): 1st - 10th December 2018
Named after the large colourful forest bird, the week long annual Hornbill Festival celebrates and showcases the diversity of customs in warrior tribes of Nagaland, who joined forces during World War II to fight against the invading Japanese army.
Lao National Day: 3rd December 2018
Celebrating the 1975 victory of the people over the monarchy in establishing the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 1975, this national holiday is commemorated with parades, speeches and dancing.
Thailand Father's Day: 5th December 2018
Thailand Constitution Day: 10th December 2018
Japan Emperor's Day: 24th December 2018
Christmas & Boxing Day: 25th & 26th December 2018
An annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ celebrated around the world on the 25th December.
Mahabalipuram Dance Festival: 25th Dec 2018 - 15th Jan 2019
The annual four-week long Mahabalipuram Dance Festival pays tribute to Tamil Nadu’s rich and ancient heritage of music, dance, art and culture, and celebrates different dance forms from all over India.
Chennai Music Festival (India): 25th Dec 2018 onwards
An extravagant six week event, the Chennai Music Festival, or ‘Madras Music Season’, is held from mid-December to mid-January at various venues in Chennai.