Emily Williams, dnata Travel’s resident globetrotter, reveals the best destinations to head to this month
The gateway to Mount Everest, Nepal’s capital is leading this month’s best destinations for its vibrant culture, delicious food and warm hospitality. Explore the historic city and admire the Newari architecture before boarding a plane and setting off on a scenic flight across the mountains. It’s a brilliant way to see the world’s tallest peak in all its majesty, without having to attempt the difficult feat of climbing it.
1. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and unwind amid lush foliage at the neo classical Garden of Dreams.
2. Huff and puff your way up the Swayambhunath Monkey Temple (it’s more than 365 steps), which is home to hundreds of monkeys considered holy to Tibetan Buddhists.
3. Trawl Thamel market for keepsakes, such as singing bowls and luxurious pashminas.
The Garden Route
Spring is in full swing at this South African beauty spot, with its blooming wildflowers painting the landscape in vivid colours. Embark on a road trip to explore this scenic region and marvel at the incredible beaches, mountains, forests and lakes that line its winding roads. You won’t have a minute to spare with all the wildlife thrills on offer, including whale watching at Plettenberg Bay, scuba diving, and caving adventures (the Cango Caves are a must-see).
1. Get a bird’s eye view of the Kaaimans River winding its way through the countryside at the Map of Africa viewpoint at Wilderness Heights.
2. Grab your binoculars and head to Bontebok National Park,
which is credited with bringing the native bontebok antelope back from the brink of extinction.
3. Take the canopy tour at Tsitsikamma, and zip line past the giant trees this nature spot protects.
Known as the ‘Hollywood of Morocco’, the city of Ouarzazate is home to Ait Ben Haddou fortified village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has served as a filming location for hit movies and television shows, including Gladiator and Game of Thrones. At the edge of the city, you’ll find Taourirt Kasbah, a stunning 19th century palace. Follow the maze of stairwells to the top and watch the sun set against the backdrop of Morocco’s desert landscape.
1. Meet berber people at Tassoumaat Old District Medina. The cosy neighbourhood promises an authentic local experience.
2. Watch skilled female artisans work on hanbel carpets and embroidered straw mats at Coopérative de Tissage.
3. Movie buffs can continue the quest for behind the scenes insight by visiting Atlas Film Studios, which is home to lots of old movie sets and is where scenes for silver screen successes including Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy and The Living Daylights were shot.
As the temperature drops across the UAE, this northernmost emirate calls intrepid travellers with its wide expanse of white-sand beaches, fascinating wildlife and majestic mountaintops. Make Jebel Jais, the country’s highest peak, the jumping-off spot for your adventure. Whether it’s shooting down the world’s longest zip line, setting off on a challenging hike, or basking in the tranquil desert, it’s a thrill-a-minute kind of place.
1. Amateur detectives will view the town of Al Jazirat Al Hamra as a mystery worth solving, with its abandoned buildings and ghostly tales.
2. Take a dip in the mineral-rich hot pools of Khatt springs and let
the sulphurous waters envelop you.
3. Pay a visit to the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, which proudly
exhibits a collection of historical, ethnographical and archaeological treasures.