Suggested itineraries in March
Although we are waiting with baited breath for the green shoots and warm sunshine of spring to appear in the UK, March is often a wet and chilly month. Through our own travels and our extensive list of contacts, we have compiled our best recommendations for where to go on holiday in March.
In the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, spring is ahead of the game. In western Bhutan the air is crisp and everywhere is bursting with new life; bright rhododendrons come into bloom and violets and orchids cover the ground. We highly recommend this time of year to enjoy this fresh and invigorating season in Bhutan ahead of the pre-monsoon showers starting in June.
In Sri Lanka’s popular west coast, the tourist crowds thin out, yet the weather is still warm and dry on the beach. In the central plateau the Maha monsoon will have passed by March, so it’s a great time of year to head to the ancient cities of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. On a grand three-week holiday to Sri Lanka you can cover the whole island on an adventurous wildlife holiday – if Tarzan went to Sri Lanka we are sure that he would do something along these lines! Further north, this is a great time of year to visit Rajasthan in North India, as well as to visit some of North India’s finest monasteries and temples. If you are looking for a renaissance unlike any other, we recommend a week at India’s ultimate wellness retreat at Vana. March 2019 is also the final month of the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. This is a very special Hindu festival which only occurs once every 6 years. It is the world's largest religious gathering and celebrates harmony, unity and peace for all humanity.
The Golden Land of Burma is beautiful at this time of year and is our favourite time of year to travel there. It is the start of the hot season, so the temperatures are higher, but you can enjoy this cultural treasure trove with less crowds. We have designed the ultimate luxury tour of Burma using her finest luxury hotels and most exclusive experiences. Alternatively, the undiscovered islands of the Mergui archipelago are perfect, with warm and sunny weather, and the wind has also dropped slightly which makes it one of the best months for diving and snorkelling with clear water.
March is the best time of year to scale the length and breadth of Vietnam. The usually sticky humidity has vanished into dazzling sunshine, with the southern beaches being perfect, as well as it being optimum weather for trekking in the northern mountains. What’s more, it’s shoulder season which means you can see much more for less. Explore Vietnam’s cultural heartland, meander down the tranquil Mekong or for a real feast for the senses, discover the country’s culinary delights.
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
Himalayan Odyssey... North India's Finest Monasteries, Temples & Spas
A delightful tour starting with the incredible Golden Temple in Amritsar, followed by travels through the scenic foothills of the...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 March
Rishikesh Yoga Festival (India): 1st -7th March 2019
Rio Carnival (Brazil): 2nd - 9th March 2019
Maha Shivratri (Sri Lanka): 4th March 2019
Families and friends come together during this Hindu festival to honour the god Shiva.
International Women's Day (World): 8th March 2019
Also known as 'The United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace', this day celebrates womanhood.
Shwedagon Pagoda Festival (Burma): 16th - 20th March 2019
The festival celebrates the enshrinement of the sacred hair of Buddha that resides at the pagoda.
Holi (India): 20th & 21st March 2019
Also known as the festival of colours, Holi marks the coming of spring and commemorates the victory of good over evil.
Cherry Blossom Festival (Japan): 20th Mar - 17th Apr 2019
The cherry blossom is seen as the national flower of Japan and symbolises hope and renewal. During the festival the flowers are the main attraction in addition to the Japanese performing arts and tea ceremonies.
Equinox Day (Japan): 21st March 2018
Human Right's Day (South Africa): 21st March 2019
Declared by Nelson Mandela in 1994, this holiday captures the essence of the struggle of the South African people and encourages non-racial democracy.
Oxford Literary Festival (UK): 30th March - 7th April 2019
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Susan Ford, India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka