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When to visit Asia

When to visit Asia

Travelling at the right time of year is crucial, especially if you are trying to take in a festival or perhaps trying to see certain wildlife. Here we guide you through the highlights that each month presents, in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Borneo, Burma (Myanmar) and the Maldives. If in doubt, please call us!

South of the Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Maldives: October-late April (Certain areas affected by winter monsoon).

Trans-Himalayas (Ladakh, Lahul, Spiti): Late May to mid-September. Nepal and the Middle Himalayas: Late September to mid-December, and mid-February to end of May.

Wildlife and nature

Game-viewing: November to June. All-round best months February, March, April. Central Indian forests are relatively open after the monsoon, but February through April the forests become very open, and grasses are dried and burned.

Bird-watching: October to April. Across plains and peninsular India, the post-monsoon period sees the influx of migrants which remain until April or a bit later. Trans-Himalayas and high altitudes May to September are the best months.

Family holidays in India and Asia

  • July and August in South India and Ladakh
  • February and December in Kerala, India and Maldives
  • April in Bhutan and Kumaon, India
  • October in Borneo

Jan

Holidays in Kerala; Sri Lanka (whale-watching);  Maldives

Holidays in Kerala; Sri Lanka (whale-watching); Maldives

Andamans and Lakshadweep, India -scuba diving and snorkelling

Andamans and Lakshadweep, India -scuba diving and snorkelling

Scuba diving and deep sea fishing.

Wildlife safari India

Wildlife safari India

Madhya Pradesh and South India.

Jaipur Literary Festival, Rajasthan, India

Jaipur Literary Festival, Rajasthan, India

Burma (Myanmar)

Burma (Myanmar)

Feb

Tiger safari India (Central India, Corbett) and Nepal

Tiger safari India (Central India, Corbett) and Nepal

Nagaur Cattle Fair, Rajasthan

Nagaur Cattle Fair, Rajasthan

Bird-watching in Kerala and Western Ghats

Bird-watching in Kerala and Western Ghats

Riding in Assam

Riding in Assam

Some of the finest riding on the very best schooled horses in India. These riding holidays can be from just a few hours on a wonderful tea plantation, to what we most recommend, which are dedicated rides, lasting up to a week in this beautiful region! Ride along the Bhramaputra River where one can see gangetic dolphins.

River cruise on the Hooghly River, west Bengal

River cruise on the Hooghly River, west Bengal

Burma - Cruise along the Irrawaddy River

Burma - Cruise along the Irrawaddy River

Luxury Irrawaddy cruise.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan

Sufi festival of dance, poetry and music and Jaisalmer Desert Festival.

Sri Lanka - Blue Sperm Whale boat excursions

Sri Lanka - Blue Sperm Whale boat excursions

Blue sperm whale boat excursions.

Kerala

Kerala

Mar

Snow leopard trek, Ladakh

Snow leopard trek, Ladakh

Birding in Bhutan, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh

Birding in Bhutan, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh

Walking holiday India, in Western Ghats

Walking holiday India, in Western Ghats

Elephants and rhinos in Kaziranga, Assam

Elephants and rhinos in Kaziranga, Assam

Bhutan - Paro Festival

Bhutan - Paro Festival

Paro festival (tsecchu).

Tiger-viewing/tiger safari in India

Tiger-viewing/tiger safari in India

Rajasthan holidays

Rajasthan holidays

Kerala

Kerala

Burma

Burma

Borneo

Borneo

Sri Lanka - Whale watching and Galle Music Festival

Sri Lanka - Whale watching and Galle Music Festival

Galle Music Festival and whale-watching.

Apr

Bhutan - Rhododendrons, Wonderful  Walking

Bhutan - Rhododendrons, Wonderful Walking

Rhododendrons, orchids and monasteries. Beautiful temperature, lovely walking.

Tiger-viewing/tiger safari India

Tiger-viewing/tiger safari India

Borneo

Borneo

Mahseer Fishing India - Himalayas Feb-May

Mahseer Fishing India - Himalayas Feb-May

May

Houseboats in  Kerala and Kashmir

Houseboats in Kerala and Kashmir

Visit Shimla Hills, Garhwal and Kumaon in India

Visit Shimla Hills, Garhwal and Kumaon in India

Bhutan - Rhododendrons, Wonderful  Walking

Bhutan - Rhododendrons, Wonderful Walking

Rhododendrons, orchids and monasteries.

Borneo

Borneo

June

Trout-fishing in Kashmir

Trout-fishing in Kashmir

Hemis festival, Ladakh, India

Hemis festival, Ladakh, India

July

Explore the Trans-Himalayan regions

Explore the Trans-Himalayan regions

Explore the Trans-Himalayan regions of Ladakh, Lahul and Spiti with their Tibetan Buddhist culture, high-altitude wildlife and dramatic scenery.

Ladakh - walking, white water rafting, monasteries

Ladakh - walking, white water rafting, monasteries

Jeep safaris, walking and white water rafting.

Borneo - Orangutans

Borneo - Orangutans

Wonderful time for orangutan holidays.

Kerala - Nehru Boat Race

Kerala - Nehru Boat Race

Nehru Boat Race.

Myanmar - Cruise along the Ayerwady River

Myanmar - Cruise along the Ayerwady River

Eleven night boat trip along the Ayerwady River.

Aug

Explore the Trans-Himalayan regions

Explore the Trans-Himalayan regions

Explore the Trans-Himalayan regions of Ladakh, Lahul and Spiti with their Tibetan Buddhist culture, high-altitude wildlife and dramatic scenery.

Ladakh - walking, white water rafting, monasteries

Ladakh - walking, white water rafting, monasteries

Jeep safaris, walking and white water rafting.

Borneo - Orangutans

Borneo - Orangutans

Wonderful time for orangutan holidays.

Kerala - Nehru Boat Race

Kerala - Nehru Boat Race

Nehru Boat Race.

Myanmar - Cruise along the Ayerwady River

Myanmar - Cruise along the Ayerwady River

Eleven night boat trip along the Ayerwady River.

Rajasthan - Jodhpur - Migration of Demoiselle Cranes

Rajasthan - Jodhpur - Migration of Demoiselle Cranes

Crested, plumed and dapper, Demoiselle Cranes are the smallest of the worlds' cranes and in their epic migrations over the Himalayas provide one of the great spectacles of the natural world.

Sept

Temples and cities of the Deccan Plateau - India

Temples and cities of the Deccan Plateau - India

The Deccan Plateau extends through most of the southern part of India and covers eight different states including Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Central India and the romantic ruins of Mandu

Central India and the romantic ruins of Mandu

Thimphu Festival - Bhutan

Thimphu Festival - Bhutan

Thimphu festival (tsechhu).

This is a wonderful time to visit Bhutan and the skies become cloudless whilst the mountains become sharper in relief - perfect for photography.

Festivals in Kerala and Ladakh, India

Festivals in Kerala and Ladakh, India

Kerala:

Athachamayam - There isn't a more colorful start to the Onam festival than the Athachamayam festival, which kicks off celebrations. The festival features a street parade accompanied by decorated elephants and floats, musicians, and various traditional Kerala art forms.

Onam - This is a 10 day harvest festival. People strikingly decorate the ground in front of their houses with flowers arranged in beautiful patterns to welcome the King. The festival is also celebrated with new clothes, feasts served on banana leaves, dancing, sports, games, and snake boat races.

Aranmula Snakeboat Race

Ladakh Festival - The Ladakh Festival is a cultural extravaganza and main showcase event for the region. It has plenty to offer, including polo-matches, music concerts, mask dances from the monasteries, motorbike/cycle expeditions to Khardung-la, Thanka painting exhibitions, archery, river rafting and folk songs.

 

Borneo - Orangutans

Borneo - Orangutans

Wonderful time for orangutan holidays.

Oct

Mountain scenery across the Himalayas - perfect for photography

Mountain scenery across the Himalayas - perfect for photography

Perfect for photography.

Dassehra Festival -  in Nepal and India

Dassehra Festival - in Nepal and India

This is one of the most important Hindu festivals. In western India, Navaratri is celebrated with nine nights of dancing. The traditional dances of Gujurat, known as garba and dandiya raas, are performed in circles with dancers dressed up in colorful clothes. Small, decorated sticks called dandiyas are used in the dandiya raas.

Kulu Valley and elephant procession in Mysore

Kulu Valley and elephant procession in Mysore

Bailey Trail trek in Arunachal Pradesh

Bailey Trail trek in Arunachal Pradesh

This is one of the most beautiful treks that one can do - through  pristine,  rhododenron  and pine forests of Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas. Meet the Monpa tribe in their villages and the Buddhist hill station of Tawang, which houses the world's second largest monastery Trek through the Sela Pass at 4550 metres, experiencing some of the most beautiful, majestic scenery. Visit an orchid sanctuary.

Family holidays India - south India, Kerala & Himalayas - Kumaon

Family holidays India - south India, Kerala & Himalayas - Kumaon

South India, Calcutta and Northeast Hills.

Kumaon, Himalayas - wonderful walking on village treks with Sherpa guides.

Bhutan - Jakar Festival, fantastic mountains for photography

Bhutan - Jakar Festival, fantastic mountains for photography

Jakar Festival (tsecchu).

Bhutan - Black Necked Cranes migrate Pobjkika Valley

Bhutan - Black Necked Cranes migrate Pobjkika Valley

The black-necked cranes in the Pobjhika valley migrate from Tibet.

Bhramaputra river cruise, Assam or Hooghly River Cruise, Bengal

Bhramaputra river cruise, Assam or Hooghly River Cruise, Bengal

Borneo

Borneo

Nov

Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan

Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan

Bateshwar Cattle Fair

Bateshwar Cattle Fair

Bird-watching in the grasslands of Gujarat, Rajasthan

Bird-watching in the grasslands of Gujarat, Rajasthan

Bhutan - Jambay Lhakang Festival, Black Necked Cranes, Photography

Bhutan - Jambay Lhakang Festival, Black Necked Cranes, Photography

Jambay Lhakhang Festival and black-necked cranes, and a wonderful time for photography.

Diwali – Festival of Light - India

Diwali – Festival of Light - India

This is a wonderful, five day Hindu festival in India.

Horse-riding in India (Assam)

Horse-riding in India (Assam)

Sri Lanka - Beaches, Tea Plantations, Whale Watching

Sri Lanka - Beaches, Tea Plantations, Whale Watching

Beaches and tea plantations and whale-watching.

Borneo

Borneo

Burma

Burma

One of the best months to travel.

Kerala

Kerala

Dec

Riding safaris in Rajasthan

Riding safaris in Rajasthan

Ganges river cruise

Ganges river cruise

Bastar - Tribal heartland of Central India

Bastar - Tribal heartland of Central India

Tribal heartland of Central India.

Sri Lanka - Beaches, Tea Plantations, Whale Watching

Sri Lanka - Beaches, Tea Plantations, Whale Watching

Wonderful beaches, tea plantations and a chance to see blue sperm whales through to April.

Maldives - Scuba Diving and Beaches

Maldives - Scuba Diving and Beaches

Magnificent diving and beaches.

Kerala

Kerala

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