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Festivals & Events

Destinations in Asia are often at their best during festivals: local people in friendly holiday-mode, streets awash with colour and the chance to see centuries-old traditions played out in front of you. In Sri Lanka the Perahera Festival is characterised by beautifully decorated elephants and in India, the exhilarating festival of Holi allows you to join in and get enveloped by brightly-hued powders.

Diwali - India's Festival of Lights: November

14 days from £4595

At Ampersand, luxury and culture are what we do best and our “Festival of Lights” tour is the epitome of both. Be a part of one of India’s most famous festivals, Diwali, whilst staying in some of the country's very best hotels. Make your way through the Golden Triangle and feel like a modern day maharajah or maharani, staying in several former palaces along the way. 

India's Pushkar Camel Fair: November 2013

14 days from £3450

Be a part of one of the largest camel and cattle fairs in the world and one of the most important events of the year for any Rajasthani villager. Join the hundreds of thousands of Indians as they migrate to the deserts of Pushkar for its annual Camel Fair. For a few weeks in November this humble little town turns into an oasis of colour in the middle of the Rajasthani desert. This trip promises to offer something new for everyone whether it is your first time in India or you are something of a local veteran.

Rajasthani Nights - Dreamy Desert Luxury Tour of North India

13 days from £3515

Combine sparkling sand dunes, secluded tented camps, sunset camel rides, impressive forts and glittering palace hotels in this 13 day tour of the best of Rajasthan's desert landscapes. Covering Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Rohet and Osian, this itinerary is perfect for those who enjoy vast natural landscapes, wildlife, colourful Rajasthani villages and the romance of desert life.

The Most Spectacular Festival in Sri Lanka - Esala Perahera

9 days from £2100

This variety packed tour gives you an in depth insight into what Sri Lanka is all about. Take part in the Esala Perahera festival in Kandy, visit the mysterious and fascinating ancient sites in the Cultural Triangle, followed by a couple days of pure relaxation on a beautiful beach. Before you depart to go home, spend the evening in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo where you will be surprised by its seductive charms.

Balloons Over Burma

11 days from £2485

The perfect “taster” itinerary of Burma taking in all the major sites including a sunrise balloon trip over Bagan with extraordinary views of the ancient temples & pagodas. The length of this trip means it can easily be combined with other parts of Asia, such as Bangkok, beaches in Thailand or Siem Reap & the temples of Angkor.

Colours of Rajasthan, North India

17 days from £2935

* Visit in November to experience the Pushkar Camel and Cattle Fair (6-17 Nov 2013) *    This is a wonderfully vibrant way to experience India: from bustling Delhi and the impressive Taj Mahal to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur and the holy white town of Pushkar. Experience the Thar Desert, kaleidoscopic spice & textile markets and a boat trip on shimmering Lake Picchola.

Witness the Black Necked Cranes in Bhutan

12 days from £7530

The best time for spotting the beautiful Black Neck Crane is from early December to mid-March. This is a great itinerary for people who want to explore Bhutan’s unique landscape and see the variation between the different valleys whilst staying in local lodges along the way. You will stay in Gangtey and visit the Valley of the Black Necked Cranes, going as far as Phobjikha Valley where electricity is still a novelty.