Holi is the Hindu festival of colours and one of the most exciting times to visit India. Celebrated in March of every year and characterised by vibrant colour and festivities, it is given particular spice in Jaipur, Rajasthan, where it combines with the Elephant festival to give an unforgettable travel experience. Elephants are decorated spectacularly from head-to-toe and take part in races, polo matches and even a tug-of-war with men, as they entertain excitable crowds in the famous Chaugon ground of Jaipur. Music, dancing and festivity are abound throughout Holi making this a hugely entertaining Indian festival.
Located 2 hours drive from Delhi on the Jaipur highway, Flying Fox Neemrana offers an exhilarating travel experience in a spectacular setting. The Flying Fox itself is a 2km long zip-wire that passes high over Neemrana fort, giving riders breathtaking views of the surrounding area. The ride is certainly not for the faint hearted but those interested in Rajasthan’s rich heritage will find plenty to satisfy them as they explore the 15th century hill-fort.
Via Via is building a growing reputation as the place to socialise in Arusha. Set in lush forest scenery within the grounds of an old German fort, Via Via offers a relaxing and fun atmosphere for either a casual drink or a big night out. Frequented by a mixture of expats and locals, it’s a great venue for discovering upcoming Tanzanian music, with live bands and DJs filling the dancefloor every week. Thursday nights are particularly popular, as are the bar’s range of cocktails, making it a great place to unwind and meet fellow travellers.
Roughly 30 minutes boat ride from Stone Town, Zanzibar lies the private tropical paradise of Changu Island. Although its historic role in the slave trade has given the island the colloquial name of Prison Island, nowadays its most famous inhabitants are its Giant Tortoises, which can be found nowhere else in Eastern Africa. In fact, along with the Galapagos Islands, Changu Island is one of the few places in the world where Giant Tortoises exist, making it a ‘must-see’ for nature lovers. Visitors to the island can feed these lumbering giants and explore the stunning scenery and rich history of their stunning home.
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