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Where to go in October

Planning an October holiday? Here are our recommendations of the top destinations to visit this October, from Botswana to Bhutan.
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1. India

Travelling to India is a wonderful and colourful adventure at any time of year but travelling in late October, and witnessing the country-wide Diwali celebrations, is an extra special experience. The ‘festival of light’ lasts for five days each year, is celebrated right across the country, and is characterised by the lighting of thousands of oil lamps or diyas. Houses (inside and out), landmarks and other public places all glow in the light of hundreds of tiny flames. While you can witness Diwali celebrations throughout India, the Pink City of Jaipur is arguably one of the best spots. 
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2. Nepal

October marks the beginning of Nepal’s trekking season. At the end of the annual monsoon season, everything is vivid green, and mountain views are especially clear thanks to excellent air clarity following the rains. Stay at the renowned Ker and Downey lodges on our Annapurna luxury lodge holiday - a treat to return to after a day’s trekking. Everything here is taken care of, from a strong gin and tonic on arrival, to a hot water bottle popped between your sheets while you’re down having dinner.
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3. Japan

Known for the colour of the cherry blossom season, Japan’s autumn colours are just as fabulous. October is a wonderful time to visit Japan, and is especially popular with photographers, who are drawn by the spectacular changing colours of the leaves from green to red, rust and brown, and the clear blue skies typical of this time of year. Travel by high-speed train and stay in a classic ryokan, furnished in traditional Japanese style, on our Shogun Trail trip
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4. Bhutan

One of the biggest festivals in Bhutan, and the highlight of the country’s social calendar, Thimpu Tshechu takes place each October for three days. While celebrations take place across throughout the country’s monasteries, dzongs and temples, the festival displays are concentrated in Thimpu. Thimpu Festival brings together people from all over Bhutan, and all over the world, to experience the monks perform dances, the colourful brocade costumes and dramatic masks, whole community comes out. 
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5. Portugal

Extend your summer in the sunny Algarve, which gets plenty of sunshine year-round. October is an ideal time of year for a walking holiday in southern Portugal. You can swim in the still-warm sea, or at the swimming pool in our hotel in Sagres, and spend the day exploring this beautiful region on foot. The warm sun and cooling Atlantic breezes at this time of year make it perfect hiking climate.
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6. Mexico

Travel on our premium Contrasts of Mexico trip this October and experience the Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca, which takes on a carnival atmosphere and comes alive with parades and market stalls bursting with flowers and local treats. This is a festival with history – the Zapotecs, Mayans and the Aztecs all had rituals for marking the death of ancestors, and customs from all three cultures can be seen in the modern Day of the Dead festivities.
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7. Egypt

Avoid the summer heat and travel to Egypt in October on our Family Egyptian Adventure. Sail down the Nile on a traditional felucca boat and feel the breeze gently push our boat upstream. Sit back and watch life on the Nile unfold in much the same way that it has for over a millennium. Explore the awe-inspiring sites of Valley of the Kings and Aswan and step into the footsteps of ancient Egyptians.
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8. China

Our one-off annual Ancient Kham and Litang Nomadic Festival trip is timed to coincide with this unique Nomadic celebration that includes monks chanting and offering blessings. We are likely to be the only westerners at the Festival, and will be warmly welcomed into the temple tent where the usual celebratory offerings of yak butter tea, sweets and meat will be shared as we learn about nomadic life in this remote region.
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9. Spain

The extreme heat of the southern Spanish summer mellows into lovely warm autumn days ideal for our Murcia cycling holiday. Take to your bike and discover the beautiful landscapes and vibrant autumnal colours of Murcia against a backdrop of deep blue skies. Cycle on quiet backroads and cycle paths on this moderate-graded trip, and enjoy delicious Spanish food and drink to fuel your days. 
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10. Botswana

Water levels are low in Botswana in October, making it a fantastic time to see wildlife. At this time of year, animals (including the Big 5) congregate around waterholes, making them easier to spot. Join a Botswana Wildlife Safari and stay on a houseboat on the Okavango Panhandle, looking out for water-based wildlife like hippo and crocodile, as well as exotic birds along the waterline. We’ll also explore Chobe National Park and visit the mighty Victoria Falls.
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