10 of the best: carnivals and festivals - 6. Holi festival, India
The event: A Hindu holiday known as the Festival of Colour, it is one of the most exuberant festivals in the world and is celebrated all over India.
When: March 8, 2012
What happens: Revellers welcome the arrival of spring and disregard social norms and taboos with parades, music, dancing, and mayhem – spraying friends and family with brightly-coloured powders and water.
Do it: World Expeditions’ seven-day compact Delhi to Kathmandu trip will make sure you are in Jaipur, the capital of the desert lands of Rajasthan, for Holi. Departing on March 7, it costs from £590 not including flights. You can also take in the festival on a tour through Rajasthan aboard India’s luxury Palace on Wheels train, starting and ending in New Delhi. It is featured by several UK tour operators.