Suggested itineraries in July
For a far-flung adventure in July, Indonesia is your best bet. However, it will be filling up in the popular destinations so we suggest exploring some of Indonesia’s remote islands. After all – there are over 17,000 of them! Find fabulous accommodation in Lombok, Bali’s lesser-known neighbour, or head to Raja Ampat, where it will be dry and warm, perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving above some of the world’s most pristine corals.
Events in July
Wimbledon Tennis (UK): 1st - 14th July 2019
Henley Regatta (UK): 3rd - 7th July 2019
Independence Day (USA): 4th July 2019
Rath Yatra Charriot Festival (Orissa, India): 4th July 2019
Enormous elaborately decorated chariots pulled by a frenzied crowd through the streets of Puri, carrying the three sibling Hindu Gods, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra. The annual ritual journey that takes place between Puri’s main temple, Jagannath Temple and the Gundicha Temple, and attracts millions of devotees.
Kandy Esala Perahera (Sri Lanka): 7th - 17th July 2019
Sri Lanka's biggest festival, it comprises of ten nights or extravagant festivities and street dancers, involving fire dancers, drummers and bejewelled elephants.
Hemis Festival (Ladakh, India): 11th & 12th July 2019
The birth of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibet Tantric Buddhism, is celebrated during the two-day Hemis Festival in Ladakh at the Hemis Gompa Buddhist monastery.
Bastille Day (France): 14th July 2019
Marine Day (Japan): 15th July 2019
A Japanese national holiday to celebrate the ocean's abundance and to consider the importance of the ocean to Japan as an island nation.
Setouchi Triennale, Summer Gatherings (Japan): 19th Jul - 25th Aug 2019
A contemporary art festival held every three years on a dozen islands in the Seto Inland Sea (Setonaikai), the sea which separates Honshu and Shikoku, two of Japan's main islands.
Galungan (Indonesia): 24th Jul - 3rd Aug 2019
A Hindu festival held in Bali to honour the Almighty God and Creator of the entire universe. Celebrated every 210-days / every 6 months based on Balinese calendar, can often fall twice in a year.
Makepung (Indonesia): 28th Jul - 17th Nov 2019
An annual buffalo race which takes place in west Bali from July to November. The races are held annually and take place monthly from July - November (starting on Sunday morning at 7am) at various circuit locations.
Details of 2019 schedule:
- Sunday, 14 July: Samblong Circuit (Governor Cup)
- Sunday, 28 July: Kaliakah Circuit
- Sunday, 11 August: Mertasari Circuit
- Sunday, 25 August: Sangyang Cerik Circuit
- Sunday, 8 September: Dlodberawah Village Circuit
- Sunday, 22 September: Kaliakah Village Circuit (Regent Cup)
- Sunday, 6 October: Samblong Circuit
- Sunday, 20 October: Kaliakah Village Circuit
- Sunday, 3 November: Mertasari Circuit
- Sunday, 17 November: Sanghyang Cerik (Jembrana Cup - FINALS)
Jember Fashion (Indonesia): 31st Jul - 4th Aug 2019
This fashion carnival has become the icon of East Java's contemporary culture. It is a festival to showcase local fashion designers and to put Indonesian fashion on to the world stage. Thousands attend each year to watch models parade down the 3.6km catwalk. Held annually in the month of August, each year the theme changes according to world fashion trend tendencies.
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka