One of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, Diwali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across India. The festival is celebrated for the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. November is a good time to visit Rajasthan famed for its maharajas, its majestic forts and lavish palaces, sand dunes, jungle, camel trains and wild tigers, glittering jewels, and vibrant culture. The romantic lake city of Udaipur, is also known as the Venice of the East.
November is a good time to visit the Middle East. The Sultanate of Oman is a place of mysticism, natural beauty and archaeological marvels. From diving in the warm Arabian Sea to enjoying views from the country’s highest mountain Jebel Shams, Oman is a country of contrasts. With an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular mountains, wind-blown deserts and a pristine coastline, Oman is the obvious choice for those seeking out the modern face of Arabia while wanting still to sense its ancient soul.
In November celebrate Loi Krathong, Thailand's 'festival of lights'. During this festival; every expanse of water (river, lake or ocean), will be covered with thousands of lights making a spectacular sight. One of the best places to witness this is on the west coast island of Phuket. You can buy Krathongs (flower covered mini-floats, with candles and incense sticks), resembling lotus flowers. At dusk release your krathong in any water. The belief being that if the krathong floats away from you, the coming year will bring good fortune, and vice versa. Loi Krathong is also the time to make a wish for happiness together and success in love. Aside from the celebrations Phuket is known for its blend of secluded beaches, world class diving spots, temples and varied nightlife. From here you can visit Phang Nga Bay, Wat Chalong temple and the Big Buddha.
Huge and beautiful, noisy and enchanting, colourful, maddening, dusty and completely magical. India is everything people always say it is. From its vast, arid centre to the lushness of the backwaters, and the magnificence of the Himalayas to the glories of the Western Ghats. India offers palaces, temples, forts, enchanting towns and unforgettable cities alongside elephants, tigers and a myriad of festivals.
The Sultanate of Oman is a place of mysticism, natural beauty and archaeological marvels. Oman is an Arab country on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the United Arab Emirates on the northwest, Saudi Arabia on the west and Yemen on the southwest. Its coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the south and east and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. Oman exudes great untouched natural beauty from its golden sandy beaches to the towering mountain ranges with an unspoiled culture and traditional lifestyle in almost every aspect. Oman is distinctly Arab and offers visitors a glimpse of many unique old-world wonders.
With beautiful island beaches, lush landscapes, national parks, hill tribe villages, exotic cuisine and a rich Buddhist culture, Thailand is a perfect all round destination. It offers much more than sea and sun. Bangkok offers world class shopping and sightseeing where you can shop until you drop, explore the floating market by boat, barter in local markets, visit the museums, palaces and temples and watch a Muay Thai boxing match. In the north you can elephant trek, explore the lush landscapes, go trekking, river raft, explore the night market bazaar and sample authentic cuisine in the local restaurants. The islands and southern Thailand offer fantastic island hopping, white sand beaches, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and rock climbing. An ideal place to relax after a tour or sightseeing in the cities.