The Indian subcontinent stands distinct from the rest of Asia. It is the most natural geographic unit that has developed a very distinctive culture. The countries of the Indian subcontinent are part of one of the most ancient living civilizations, where all religions, faiths, ideologies of the world live together. You can mix and match your trip to India with any of her neighbors for your own unique holiday experience or visit them as stand alone destinations.
Bhutan the land of the Thunder Dragon, nestling in the heart of the great Himalaya, has for centuries remained aloof from the rest of the world. Since its doors were cautiously opened in 1974, visitors have been mesmerised: the environment is pristine, the scenery and architecture awesome and the people hospitable and charming.
Bhutan has three regions that are open to visitors, these three regions are distinctly different due to the prominent north and south mountain ranges that separate them, resulting in different topographical features.
Western Bhutan- Known for its stunning scenery with rice paddies and orchards cascading down magnificent mountains, the pristine rivers that flow through the min towns of Paro, Thimpu and Punakha and the unique two-story houses with brightly painted window designs.
Central Bhutan – The black mountains separate Western Bhutan from Central Bhutan. The region is known for its buckwheat and apple production, its sturdy houses and its plethors of monasteries …it’s the ideal place for walking tours due to its broad valleys and sloping mountains. The region includes Trongsa and the broad valleys of Bumthang, Chumey and Ura.
Eastern Bhutan- the Sengor Valley separates Central from Eastern Bhutan …the forests dissipate the altitude is much lower in this region. Easten Bhutan is known for its stunning handloom textiles and is the least traveled area of the country where many of the kingdom’s most ancient and spiritual sights are found.
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Draped along the spine of the Himalaya, Nepal is a land of sublime scenery, time-worn temples, and some of the best hiking trails on earth. It's a poor country, but it is rich in scenic splendour and cultural treasures. The kingdom is the home of the great Himalayan range. With its peaks rising over 25,000ft these legendary mountains provide a spectacular sight. The capital city Kathmandu is only 4,200ft high and is a year round destination. A short flight away is the valley of Pokhara with a backdrop of 23 to 25 thousand feet high Annapurna Ranges and at the foothills is the famous Chitwan National Park, the home of the single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros and the Bengal tiger.
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For a small island, Sri Lanka has many nicknames: Serendib, Ceylon, Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle, Island of Dharma, Pearl of the Orient. This colourful collection reveals its richness and beauty, and the intensity of the affection it evokes in its visitors.
The beach thing may be a cliche, but don't miss them. Then head to the hills to cool off amidst tea plantations and ancient cities. The island teems with bird life, and even the occasional elephant or leopard. To top it all off, the people are friendly, the food is delicious and the sights the awe inspiring.
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The Maldives are a delightful cluster of equatorial coral islands floating like emeralds in the deep blue of the Indian Ocean. The most common features are tall palms, soft white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and crystal clear waters.
The Maldives has all the ingredients for a perfect retreat: desert islands, clear warm waters, thriving coral reefs and an almost limitless variety of marine life. Its turquoise lagoons and magnificent coral drop-offs make it an ideal place to observe the beauty of this quiet and slow moving "inner universe". There are well over a thousand species of fish around these islands and 200 or so species of coral. Of the 1190 islands only 202 are populated and you may when traveling through the Maldives come across an island which bears no name, is not shown on any map, and has no human footprint on its shores.
The islands are a paradise for divers and a new collection for marine biologists & if your idea of paradise is a pristine, tranquil tropical island with swaying palm trees, pure white beaches and brilliant turquoise lagoons, then the Maldives won't disappoint.
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