6 Things You Didn't Know You Can Do in South Asia
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To travelers looking to explore Asia, South Asia is brimming with exotic destinations to discover and sites to behold. Consisting of India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan, there is certainly much to see and do in this part of the world.
From safaris in Sri Lanka to yoga in India, millions of tourists land in South Asia in search for an adventure of a lifetime. While there is much more than to do in any one of these countries than there is listed, I’ve come up with a list of the 6 most interesting things that you can do in South Asia without breaking the budget.
Indulge in a Safari Tour in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is an amazing destination that you simply must add to your tour of South Asia. One of the most awesome experiences that you cannot afford to miss on your trip is undoubtedly a safari trip in Sri Lanka. Explore the beautiful jungles of Udawalawa National Park on a safari, or self-drive into some of the most peculiar forests in the country that is home to some of the rarest species of animals and wildlife on the planet. Here, you will find Asian elephants, water buffalo, leopards and various kinds of birds.
Explore Apple Orchards in the Himalayas
This one will leave your heart longing for more of South Asia. If you happen to visit the valley of Kashmir, Manali or the valley of Srinagar, stop by resplendent Apple Orchards and taste some of the finest quality of apples straight from the trees. The beauty of these orchards is a sight to remember and, the experience is eternally memorable.
Spot Dolphins in the Maldives
Sure, you could spot dolphins in many places in the world, but hands down the best place to spot them is in the Maldives, where the waters are of the bluest blue and the ocean spans miles and miles on end. Here, civilization and human modernization is less intrusive you can fully immerse in the splendid beauty of nature. In the Maldives, you will find over 20 different species of dolphins ranging from the Blue Whale to the Spinner Dolphin. Dolphins are very easy to spot in the Maldives, which means that many resorts and tour operators offer dolphin excursions.
Admire the Architecture in Bhutan
When in Bhutan, there’s nothing that will stop you in your tracks quite like a dzong in all its majesty. Dzongs are made entirely of wood and mud bricks and are among the most unique buildings in the world. They’re typically built on steep ravines and mountainsides, and often feature government offices and monastic quarters. Intricate Buddhist motifs line the interior of the dzong, which will surely evoke a sense of peace and calm within you.
Visit Saint Martin’s Island in Bangladesh
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At the southern most tip of Bangladesh lies Saint Martin’s island – a small continental island in the Bay of Bengal and the only coral island in Bangladesh. This beautiful island, with its long beach and colorful corals is a breath of fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of Bangladesh cities like Dhaka and Chittagong. The best time to visit Saint Martin’s island is between November and February. It is also possible to visit during off-peak season. However, do take note that cyclones can strike between March and July.
Go on A Yoga Retreat in India
A yoga retreat in India is definitely the most priceless experiences, even though unexplored by many. India is the motherland of yoga and spirituality. Every corner of this divine land has yoga imbibed in its soul. A trip through India is unfulfilled if you did not plan for a Yoga Retreat in the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh.
Relish a memorable experience by investing time in these utterly amazing and time-worthy ventures in South Asia. Take back some of the most interesting and memorable stories of your lifetime.
If Africa is not in your travel plans this year then head over to Sri Lanka for a wildlife safari like no other!