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Are you looking for trip inspiration during the month of March? Why not combine your visit with one of these events, as recommended by our specialists?

Masterton Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, Wellington, New Zealand

Hot air balloonEvery March sees competitors take part in the spectacular Genesis Wairarapa International Balloon Fiesta. During this five day long festival, it is possible to take a balloon ride and enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley and the surrounding rugged Tararua ranges. By night the balloons light up the sky in a display set to music, and the evening culminates with spectacular fireworks. 

Nyepi Ball, Bali, Indonesia

Bali Ball The Balinese are skilled artisans and are also noted for their traditional dance, the distinctive music of the gamelan and for their skills in weaving cloth. Another tradition is Nyepi, an ancient festival marking the Balinese New Year. On New Year's day itself the island comes to a complete standstill and so is a great time to visit to experience this fascinating tradition.


Spring in Morocco

MoroccoMarch is a great time to visit Morocco, blue skies and plenty of sunshine make it an ideal time for exploring this diverse country. This exotic gateway to Africa has so much to offer; its mountains, desert and coast are populated by Berbers and nomads, and the ancient medinas are bursting with mystique.


Holi Festival, Jaipur, India

India

Holi, "Festival of Colours" is celebrated in India with parades, music, dance and powder paint to welcome the season of spring and end of winter. On the day of the festival, people apply dry and wet colours to each other or exchange small gifts. Holi is celebrated with same enthusiasm all over India but Jaipur is one of the best places to see it.


Cherry blossom season, Japan

cherry blossom season

The cherry blossom season (called hanami locally) is a national institution in Japanese society. Hanami sees families, friends, work colleagues and sporting teams gather to sit on blue tarpaulin on avenues lined with cherry blossom trees and sing, chat and generally make merry until darkness falls.


Hokitika Wild Food Festival, New Zealand

Huhu grubs, Hokitika Festival, New ZealandThe annual Hokitika Wild Food Festival has become a major event in New Zealand’s calendar. New wild foods are introduced every year such as huhu grubs, fish eyes and venison tongue. With a wealth of entertainment and live music alongside the stalls, the weekend-long event offers something for everyone.This festival is a celebration of New Zealand's west coast food, lifestyle and hospitality, and aims to promote novel and tasty wild food. 

Jaipur Elephant Festival, India

Jaipur elephantsThe Elephant Festival is a unique event held annually in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The festival is held at the city stadium during March each year and starts with a procession of elephants, camels and horses followed by folk dancers. Later elephant races, elephant-polo matches and tug-of-war between elephants and men will be held.

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