plan ahead - Places to visit in September
Written by Oryx
Oryx presents its insider’s tips for places to visit in September. The rain and humidity in Beijing and Nepal are subsiding, and Budapest stays warm and dry after the summer rush.
The two faces of Beijing
Hot, wet, and humid during the heart of summer, by September the pleasant and cool weather is just right to take in all of Beijing’s sights. The city has famous tourist spots from historical and cultural to scenic and modern. One of the top attractions, of course, is the Great Wall. Badaling is the ‘must-see’ section of the Great Wall and therefore the most crowded; Mutianyu has beautiful mountain scenery and fewer tourists; and the steeper Jinshanling and Simatai are well preserved with many original features. In the city centre, the famous Tiananmen Square is another tourist draw, as is the adjacent Forbidden City, or Palace Museum, the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. For more modern landmarks, visit some of the venues from the 2008 Summer Olympics, including the Bird’s Nest, still hosting sporting events and now boasting the largest ski resort in urban Beijing, and the neighbouring Water Cube, formerly the National Aquatics Center.
Distance: 6,164 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 35 minutes
September is the perfect month to visit Budapest as most days are warm and its one of the drier months as well, whilst still avoiding the July and August tourist rush. West of the river Danube, explore historic Castle Hill before crossing Chain Bridge, the first bridge to connect Buda and Pest, or take a Danube cruise for beautiful panoramic views of both parts of the city. East of the river, discover the amazing architecture of Hungary’s Parliament Building, which houses the Hungarian Crown Jewels, sample some traditional Hungarian food at Central Market Hall, and enjoy a performance at the world-famous Budapest Opera House.
Distance: 3,757 km
Flight Time: 5 hours, 55 minutes
Trekking the Himalayas
While the first part of September can still be wet and muggy, the last half of the month is one of the best times of the year to visit Kathmandu: the end of the hot and humid weather with torrential downpours means that hiking in the Himalayas is possible again. Pokhara is the starting point for hiking Poon Hill and several treks through the mountains of the Annapurna range, and nearby Dhampus is one of the entry points to Annapurna Base Camp. Away from the trekking, Thamel is the most happening place for tourists in and around Kathmandu.
Distance: 3,368 km
Flight Time: 4 hours, 40 mins
Frequency: 4 flights a day