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As the UK hopes to see the beginning of spring, it is still a while until higher temperatures return. Some of the best escapes to warmer climates include Cuba, where there are sunny skies, warm weather, little rain and fewer crowds than usual. In central south India, it remains warm, but is the cooler, dry season with temperatures lower than normal – making it a great time to explore the remarkable temples and monuments of Hampi and royal palaces in Mysore. Even cooler are the relaxing hill stations in Coorg. If you are looking to celebrate, then head to the Easter festival Fasika in Ethiopia. Revellers stay up until the early hours of the morning eating, drinking and sharing gifts with family.
The best months to visit Oman are between October and April while temperatures will be between 20–30C, and cooler in the mountains. April will also be less busy than the winter months and is the end of the rose-blooming season in the Jabel Akhdar mountains, near to Muscat. As a conservative country, Omani traditional culture is very welcoming and hasn’t been completely shrouded by great wealth like its neighbours.
Visiting in autumn has numerous advantages. The weather is most temperate in Buenos Aires and autumnal leaves turn the Lake District and Mendoza into a spectacular scene. It’s also harvest season, and the country celebrates with their wine festival in the region where most of it is produced – Mendoza. The revelry lasts for 10 days with the Queens Carousel Parade, a spectacular stage show, fireworks, dancing and, of course, plenty of wine to taste. With the country being the world’s fifth largest wine producer, it is no wonder the festival is such a popular event.
March is a perfect time to visit Burma (Myanmar) as it’s the country's dry season and the weather is not too hot. As the dry season ends in March, this spells the start of the low season for tourists and often means sights will be less crowded than usual. We regard it as the best time to visit the ethereal temples in Rangoon (Yangon) and Pagan (Bagan) as well as to cruise the Irrawaddy. Why not explore the further reaches of this country, perhaps discovering the pristine beaches in Ngapali or heading to the cool highlands to stay in Pyin Oo Lwin?