Capetown, Africa

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The ride to the top of the iconic Table Mountain is one you’ll never forget. You’ll relish the views of the cobalt blue ocean and urban landscape from this lofty perch.

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Reap the rewards of an encompassing panorama after an hour’s hike to the Lion’s Head. A night with a full moon makes it a popular place to view the sparkling city lights below.

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The eastern slopes of Table Mountain rise above the swathes of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The flora, locally known as fynbos, is at its best between August and November.

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Dubbed the Cape of Storms by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, the lighthouse, which illuminates the Cape of Good Hope, is the strongest on the continent.

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For shopping, entertainment and a slew of restaurants, you won’t go wrong at the V&A. It’s convenient to reach the aquarium and stadium nearby, and it’s the place for a bay cruise.

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The Two Oceans Aquarium name reflects the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and it features the marine life in these waters. Don’t miss the shark feeding on Sundays at 3:00 pm.

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You can buy a ticket online for either a morning or afternoon trip to the top by cable car. However, an excursion to the 3,500-foot summit always depends on the weather, so check it before you go. It’s wise to bring a sweater with you, and wear sunblock and proper footware. If you plan hiking to the peak or along one of the trails at the summit, be safe and bring water, snacks and a friend.

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As in any other city you visit, it’s always best to keep your wits about you. It is recommended to take a taxi in Cape Town at night, rather than walking, and be on your guard when withdrawing cash at an ATM. If you’re curious about visiting a township, then go with a group led by an experienced guide.

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Cape Town has a temperate climate. October to April offer warm and dry weather, but the notorious south-easter winds occur from December through January. February to mid-April has great beach weather, and hiking enthusiasts will enjoy crisp, clear days from late April to early June.

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Four to five full days allow you to experience the sites and sounds of the Mother City at a leisurely pace. Stay longer if you’d like and use the city as a base to explore the beautiful, surrounding areas in the Western Cape, such as the wine region of Stellenbosch.

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Colorful India

Beaches fringed by the Indian Ocean, hectic but mesmerising cities, marble covered palaces and Kerala’s coconut coastline; holidays in India are a feast for the senses.

The energy and spirit that dances through India comes from the first explosion of patchouli incensed balmy air to the second or third bizarre glimpse of a cow ambling along the road on your wild rickshaw journey into Delhi. There’s that breathtaking first sighting of the pink city of Jaipur and a spectacular sunrise view of the Taj Mahal.

I have lived a long life, and I am proud that I spend the whole of my life in the service of my people. I am only proud of this and nothing else. I shall continue to serve until my last breath, and when I die, I can say, that every drop of my blood will invigorate India and strengthen it.
Indira Gandhi

India holidays are all encompassing – one moment mouth-watering street food in Mumbai, the next a gastronomic feast in Udaipur; one day a cacophony of vibrant market shopping, Hindu temples and sacred statues, another a sedate afternoon cruising the Keralan backwaters. Imagine regal hotels clad in cool marble, cities built by Mughal emperors, undiscovered rural corners where you can share a cup of chai with locals and Rajasthan’s hectic but resplendent cities.

Our hand-picked holidays to India take you on a journey of cultural riches from bold and beautiful sights to smaller pockets of this incredible country. Pop into your local store or give one our Personal Travel Experts a call to start creating your dream India holiday.

  • Experience India’s spiritual side on the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi or the city of temples Madurai
  • Seek out Asian elephants, Bengal tigers and other wildlife species in India’s National parks
  • The natural landscapes range from the Himalayas in the north to the beaches of Goa and Kovalam and Kerala’s backwaters in the south
  • The Golden Triangle – one of the world’s most well-travelled routes – encompasses India’s most visited cities Delhi, Jaipur and Agra
  • There’s such a wide range of accommodation in India from historic havelis to sprawling spice plantations allowing you to immerse yourself in authetic Indian culture.
Best time to visit India

North India

  • The climate is best from October to November and February to March, when the nights are cool and the days filled with mellow sunshine.
  • Delhi is hottest May to July (up to 42°C), however prices are lower and sights can be quieter.
  • Most of the rain falls between July and September.

South and Central India

  • Peak season is during the winter months from November to February, when temperatures range from 23°C to 30°C.
  • Monsoon season is between May and October in Goa and from June to August in Kerala.
  • Summer temperatures aren’t as high as in northern India, although humidity is extreme.
  • The coast benefits from some cooling breezes.