World Wonders, October Best

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

The very top of Borobudur’s huge Buddhist temple in Java, Indonesia

Best Ancient Sites to visit in October

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Sphinx and four pyramids at Giza on the desert’s edge near Cairo, are a sensation – if you can survive the hawkers. Best: October-May.

Pyramids on Giza plateau with Cairo in background, Egypt, Africa

Pyramids Photos and information

Luxor, Egypt

The variety of spectacular temples, tombs and bizarre monuments astride the river Nile make this a tourist must-see. Best: January – April, October, November. Avoid: July, August. (heat).

A view of the Luxor Temple (east bank) from the River Nile, Egypt

Luxor Guide

The extraordinary marble tomb of Shah Jahan’s wife, in a calm, rural setting around a river bend from Shah Jahan’s Red Fort makes a sensational day’s sightseeing. Best: October-March. Avoid: the summer (extreme heat).

Taj Mahal and boat

Taj Mahal Pictures

Machu Picchu, Peru

‘Lost’ Inca city, picture above. Amazingly scenic and well and mysterious old city built by the Incas on a hilltop surrounded by virgin mountains. Best: April-June, September-November. OK July, August. (winter). Avoid: December-March (rain).

A distant panoramic photo/map of Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu Pictures Guide

A truly magnificent and timeless piece of engineering, offering terrific walks too if you have the time. Best: April-July, September, October. Avoid: winter.

Rough track on a hike from Gate 23 of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, China

Great Wall Pictures

Persepolis & Isfahan, Iran

Persepolis is packed with tombs, palaces, sculptures and friezes in a beautiful location near Shiraz while Isfahan contains an ebullient scattering of colourful architecture. Best: April-June, September, October. Avoid: winter.

An intact and intricately carved 9thC Buddhist temple housing a thousand Buddhas. Best: April-June, September, October. Avoid: December and January.

Borobudur buddhist stupa, Java island, Indonesia

Borobudur

Kyoto and Nara, Japan

A large number of superb temples, Zen gardens and ancient tea houses surrounded by modern Japan. Best: March – May, October – November. Avoid: June-August.

Fushimi-Inari shrine and its multi-gates, Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Pictures

Palmyra, Syria

Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra tourist information

An ancient and ruined city in the middle of dusty, Syrian nowhere and now inaccessible due to civil war. Best: March-May, September-November. Avoid any season unless you are a jihadist.

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