So where are the best places to go at this time of year? We’ve put together a few ideas of destinations which are great to visit in October and November based on likely weather patterns and particular highlights which take place at these times of year.
Burma: the best time to visit is during the cool, dry season which generally runs from October to May.
Temperatures are cooler and humidity lower than in the wet season which is much more comfortable for sightseeing. November to February are the peak tourist seasons; visiting in October can bring you the climatological benefits but without the crowds.
What to see: glittering, golden temples – don’t miss the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the pagoda-dotted plains of Bagan and the traditional ‘leg rowers’ on Inle Lake. You’ll also meet some of the most friendly, welcoming people on the planet.
Tours to try: Inside Vietnam (VN)
Tours to try: Burma Highlights (BUH) and Burma in Depth (BUI)
South India: the best time to visit is during the South’s winter season which runs from October to February. At this time temperatures are generally mild and pleasant with relatively low rainfall.
What to see: spend a couple of days on a houseboat cruising Kerala’s tranquil backwaters, go in search of wildlife in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, watch traditional Kathakali dancers perform.
Tours to try: Kerala Backwaters (KB)
North India: October to mid-April is the dry season when humidity is at its lowest. It’s generally warm and sunny in the daytime with cool evenings and mornings. October and November are good months to go as the weather is warm but not wet. If you like festivals, choose a tour which coincides with the Pushkar Camel Fair or the Sonepur Mela Festival (both held in early November in 2013).
What to see: the Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Agra, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the desert city of Jaisalmer, the fort at Jodhpur, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, the deserted city at Fatehpur Sikri.
Tours to try: Rajasthan – Forts and Palaces (DRD), Moghul Highlights (MG), Moghuls and Mystics - 06 Nov 2013 departure coincides with Pushkar Camel Fair (QMG), Kolkata to Amritsar – 12 Nov 2013 departure coincides with Sonepur Mela (RBA).
Iraqi Kurdistan: if you don’t like really hot temperatures, October and November are good times to travel to Iraq. The weather is generally still pleasantly warm and with light rainfall.
What to see: the Grand Mosque in Dohak, the ancient citadel at Erbil, the 12km wide Gali Ali Beg Canyon. Hearing the stories of local people is also a real privilege.
Tours to try: Highlights of Kurdistan (IKR)
Jordan: October and November are great times to travel to Jordan. The fierce heat has subsided but water temperatures in the Red and Dead Seas are at their warmest – perfect for swimming (or floating!). The cooler temperatures mean that sightseeing is more pleasurable. Light rainfall starts to turn the parched landscape green again.
What to see: Petra – hewn from solid rock, the desert landscape at Wadi Rum, the salt-laden Dead Sea, the Greco Roman ruins at Jerash.
Tours to try: Treasures of Jordan (DJD), Lawrence’s Arabia (JD)
Morocco: October and November are great months to visit Morocco. With mild temperatures and outside the peak summer holiday season, sightseeing is more enjoyable.
What to see: the labyrinthine medina in Fes, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, the Sahara Desert, the Djemma el-fna in Marrakech, the Roman ruins at Volubilis
Tours to try: Highlights of Morocco (DMR), Imperial Cities and Desert (MR), Moorish Spain to Marrakech (RMO)
Vietnam: Vietnam is a linear country stretching over 2,500 miles north to south. Weather patterns vary greatly depending on where you are so there isn’t really a right or wrong time to visit. The weather is typically warm and humid with some seasonal variation. In the northern part of the country (which includes some of the most popular sites such as Hanoi and Halong Bay), October and November herald the change from the hot, wet summer to the cooler and drier winter so this can be a good time to visit
What to see: the dramatic karst landscape of Halong Bay, the vibrant river life of the Mekong Delta, the Cu Chi Tunnels – an ex Viet Cong hideout, the old Imperial Capital of Hue