Suggested itineraries in January
January is the time of year when people are usually bearing post-Christmas blues and ‘dry January’; it can be a dreary month to endure in the UK to say the least! But this is most certainly not the case if you head eastwards and it can be one of the best months to go on holiday. To escape the bleak British weather and for some great value holidays in the sunshine, read below of where to go on holiday in January.
For those looking for a dose of sunshine, South India is an absolutely perfect destination to visit in January; the tropical beaches of Goa and Kerala have calm warm seas which are ideal for swimming, long stretches of white-sand beaches and the sun shines for around 9 hours a day, often without a cloud in the sky. Choose between beachfront hotels such as Ahilya by the Sea or Taj Holiday Village, or a comfortable homestay such as Fort Tiracol or Philip Kutty’s Farm, an Ampersand favourite.
The far-flung Andaman Islands are ideal for the perfect island retreat, with cooling sea breezes that keep the temperature down at night. Stay at the boutique Jalakara or Taj’s newest beach property, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans for a remote island holiday and combine South India’s unique culture and ancient heritage with visits to Chennai, Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry for the ultimate South Indian adventure. The coconut-studded west coast of Sri Lanka is also at its best in January with clear, azure-blue waters ideal for swimming, surfing, snorkelling and blue whale spotting.
North India offers almost endless possibilities, where temperatures are a very comfortable 25°C. It’s the perfect time to visit the Royal Palaces of Rajasthan, the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and the Taj Mahal in Agra, or opt for a private tour of central India’s wildlife, history and culture. From January to March 2019 also sees the arrival of a very special Hindu festival in Allahabad; the Ardh Kumbh Mela occurs once every 6 years and is the world's largest religious gathering, which celebrates harmony, unity and peace for all humanity.
In Southeast Asia, January is an excellent month to explore the history, culture and culinary joys of Vietnam and the ancient temples of Angkor in Cambodia. Thailand is a perennial favourite for this time of year, famed for its most picture-perfect weather. The beaches of Phuket, Krabi and the surrounding islands such as Ko Phi Phi are perfect, although one should avoid the east coast beaches in January as it is the is rainy season. Bali is also a great destination for winter sun and offers stunning beaches and fascinating local culture. But head beyond Bali further into the Indonesian archipelago to the beautiful Raja Ampat for some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling.
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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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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The Ultimate Burma Tour... No Stone Left Unturned
- Yangon (Rangoon)
- Inle Lake
- Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin)
- Mrauk U
- Ngapali Beach
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Events in January
New Year's Day: 1st January 2019
Burma Independence Day: 4th January 2019
Observed every year on 4th January the date celebrates Burma’s Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1948.
Int Yoga Festival (Pondicherry): 4th - 7th January 2019
Int Kite Festival (Ahmedabad): 6th - 14th January 2019
Bikaner Camel Fair, India: 12th & 13th January 2019
The Bikaner Camel Fair is celebrated to acknowledge the importance of camels in the lives of the Rajasthani people, and includes performances such as dances and races by the animals.
Lohri Festival (Punjab): 13th January 2019
Observed on the eve of the winter solstice the Lohri festival is marked by a range of traditional activities where locals expressing gratitude to the good harvest season and natural elements.
Coming of Age Day Japan: 14th January 2019
Celebrated every year on the second Monday of January, the public holiday marks the transition between childhood and adulthood (recognised as age 20 in Japan).
Kite Festival Jaipur (India): 14th - 16th January 2019
Coinciding with the Makar Sankranti celebrations the International Kite Festival is held in Rajasthan where the skies above the city come alive with kites of all colours and sizes.
Tamil Thai Pongal Day (Sri Lanka): 15th January 2019
A 4 day harvest festival celebrated to offer thanks to the Sun God and livestock for creating agricultural abundance. The festival is a thanksgiving to a successful harvest.
Tamil Thai Pongal Day (India): 15th - 18th January 2019
Galle Literary Festival (Sri Lanka): 16th - 20th January 2019
Attended by internationally acclaimed and well known writers, Galle Literary Festival hosts workshops, readings and panel discussions as well as championing local talent.
World Economic Forum Davos (World): 22nd - 25th January 2019
Jaipur Literary Festival, India: 24th - 28th January 2019
Celebrating excellence in Rajasthani, Indian and international writing, Jaipur Literary Festival welcomes over 100,000 people yearly and holds sessions and talks with famous authors over a five day period.
India Republic Day: 26th January 2019
Republic Day honours the day in which the constitution of India came into force completing the country’s transition towards becoming an independent republic.
Elephanta Festival, India: 27th & 28th January 2019
Held at the UNESCO-protected Elephanta Caves, this festival celebrates the rich heritage and culture here.
India Art Fair: 31st Jan & 1st Feb 2019
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Susan Ford, India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India