Suggested itineraries in February
Escaping the UK in the bleak month of February is a tempting prospect; short days, dark evenings and cold weather start to take their toll so it’s a great opportunity to explore your holiday options and get your healthy dose of Vitamin D! Here we have compiled our list of recommendations for where to go on holiday in February, which include relaxing beach retreats, long-haul adventures, romantic Valentine’s breaks, and suggestions for those looking for family holidays in February half-term.
For a fantastic change in climate we recommend the Maldives. February is the driest and sunniest month of the year, with constant warm temperatures of around 28°C and clear blue skies, it's a beautiful time to visit. As there is very little rain at this time of year as well, it means the visibility for diving and snorkelling is superb. Have a look at our special offer with Coco Island or combine the Maldives with Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. Thailand is also another great beach option; it’s coming to the end of the season, so the hordes will have left and you’ll get the best of the weather on Phuket and surrounding islands. If you want to do more than lie on a beach there is also a dry climate for trekking in the north around Chang Mai and Chang Rai.
Southeast Asia is beautiful in February, before the heat of summer kicks in. For February half-term options, immerse yourself in the history, culture and culinary joys of Vietnam on our Family Adventure to Vietnam, or you could consider the beautiful World Heritage town of Luang Prabang in Northern Laos too, as February is one of the driest. With temperatures of 31°C and 8 hours of daily sunshine, Indonesia is another great family option for island hopping and diving; have a look at our Ultimate Sea Safari on Tiger Blue or Group Diving in Raja Ampat.
February in India is one of our favourite months to visit, both North and South India (with the exception of Ladakh) sees up to 28°C and 10 hours of daily sunshine. In our opinion, there is nothing more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day in Rajasthan, surrounded by elegant palaces and ancient temples. From January to March 2019 also sees the arrival of the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. This very special Hindu festival occurs once every 6 years and is the world's largest religious gathering, celebrating harmony, unity and peace for all humanity.
A Family Wilderness Adventure in Kipling Country
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Grand Tour of South India... Our Signature Family-friendly Holiday
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Maharajas' Express - North India's Most Luxurious Train Journey
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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)
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Natural Wildlife Wonders of Sri Lanka
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Tamil Nadu & the Andaman Islands... Cultural Tour & Beach Holiday in South India
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Events in February
Sri Lanka National Day: 4th February 2019
Chinese New Year Week (World): 4th - 6th February 2019
Traditionally a time to honour gods as well as ancestors, Chinese New Year has more than 4,000 years of history and is celebrated by families coming together, fireworks, traditional Chinese shows and red packets containing money.
Chinese New Year Day (World): 5th February 2019
Marking the start of the Year of the Pig (the final - 12th - position in the Chinese Zodiac).
Tet Vietnamese New Year: 5th February 2019
Vietnamese express their respect and remembrance for their ancestors during Tet and welcome the New Year. It is the festival of purity and renewal.
Nagaur Cattle Fair (India): 10th - 13th February 2019
Nagaur Cattle Fair is an opportunity for cattle merchants from all over Rajasthan to sell and but livestock such as camels, horses, cows and sheep. It is estimated that around 70,000 livestock are marketed each year in the carnival.
Japan National Foundation Day: 11th Februrary 2019
This public holiday marks the mythological foundation of Japan and honours Japan’s founder and first emperor Jimmu.
Valentine's Day (World): 14th February 2019
London Fashion Week (UK): 15th - 19th February 2019
Venice Carnival: 16th Feb - 5th Mar 2019
Jaisalmer Desert Festival (India): 17th - 19th February 2019
Held to display Rajasthan’s rich and colourful culture, Jaisalmer Desert Festival sees locals dancing and performers such as snake charmers and puppeteers entertaining spectators throughout the streets of Jaisalmer.
Ranvas Spirit Festival, Nagaur (Sufi): 18th - 20th February 2019
The desert town of Nagaur plays host to this spiritual festival and welcomes Sufi artists from around the world to showcase their most sacred traditions. The festival also includes concerts, lectures, yoga and workshops.
Taj Agra Festival (India): 18th - 27th February 2019
Khajuraho Dance Festival (India): 20th - 26th February 2019
A week long festival of classical dances highlighting the richness of various Indian styles and performed in an open-air auditorium.
Konark Dance Festival (India): 21st - 23rd February 2019
World Sufi Spirit Festival, Jodhpur (India): 22nd & 23rd February 2019
Jodhpur hosts this spiritual festival and welcomes Sufi artists from around the world to showcase their most sacred traditions. The festival also includes concerts, lectures, yoga and workshops.
Braj Festival (India): 25th & 26th February 2019
The Braj Festival takes place prior to Holi Festival. It is dedicated to Krishna who is believed to have spent a considerable time of his childhood at a place called Brij. The festival is an occasion for the villagers to be proud of the rich Indian culture and mythology.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Susan Ford, India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Leslie Siben, India