For the last one week, I have written about traveling in the seven countries of South Asia. South Asia is a great place and if you have not come here, you must visit this place. Here, I have compiled all the reasons to visit South Asia. My suggestion is that, if you have enough money then make an arrangement for visiting the seven countries at the same time. Of course, you need minimum one month to enjoy the beauty. Two months is even better. I can guarantee you that you will have the most memorable experience of your life.
1) India is the seventh biggest country in the world in terms of land area. It is also the second most populous country and the most populated democratic country. There are also many other surprising facts about India. It is a country of 1.1 billion people that speak around 800 languages and 2000 dialects. Aside from the major religious communities, such as Hindu, Muslim, Shikh, Zoroastrians, Jains, and Buddhists there are many small communities. In a word, India is a country of great diversity; diversity in terms of land, climate, people, language, culture, religion, and many more. There is no country in the world that offers so much diversity. So, if you like traveling and have not visited India then I would suggest you start making plans to travel India A S A P!
2) The best thing about Indian travel and tourism sector is that it gets lots of facilities from the government. The Indian government is very well aware of the fact that the country can be a great tourist attraction and has taken full advantage of it. In addition, various international news and television channels do various programs (such as short films, documentaries) on historical sites of India. This has helped to build a better image of the country around the world. There are channels like Travel and living, Discovery, History, The National Geography that shows documentaries on various aspects of India. You will find many good websites on Indian travel and tourism.
3) Water sports: If you like water sports then India is a good choice. India has coastline of more than 7000 kilometers which is ideal for skiing, fishing, yachting, kayaking etc. The streams and lakes of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are great spots for fishing and angling. India has many rivers and majority of them originate from the Himalayas. These rivers are also used for all kinds of water sports. The best time for water sports are from October to March.
4) Snorkeling and scuba diving: Another source of fun and joy for the tourists. Andaman, Nicobar, and Lakshadweep are great spots for scuba divers. The blue lagoons of Lakshadweep, the underwater plants and fishes of Andaman and Nicobar, the volcanic islands will spell cast any diver. Then, there is the famous sea beach of Goa that offers great excitement both above and under water.
5) Eco tourism: India has a diverse landscape. On the North, there is the Himalayan mountain range, the western portion is desert area, the rich fertile lands of Indo-Gangetic area is situated on the east and on the south, the Deccan plateau has two hill ranges. The weather also varies widely from one region to another. Due to this varied climate, and diverse land, different kinds of trees and plants grow all over India. The total forest area of India can be divided into ten regions: tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests, tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests, tropical and subtropical coniferous forests, temperate broadleaf and mixed forests, temperate coniferous forests, tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands, montane grasslands and shrublands, flooded grasslands and savannas, deserts and xeric shrublands, mangrove. So if you are looking for eco tourism then India can be a great destination.
6) Caving, a rising tourist attraction: As I was browsing the Indian tourism website, I came across this new tourist attraction called caving. The main idea is to get into a cave and look at it for recreational purpose. This is not popular yet but has a great potential for attracting tourists. In central, northern and north eastern part of India there are many caves that can be used for caving. Meghalaya, situated in North East India has 780 caves.
7) Mountain trekking: The Himalayan mountain range is situated on the Northern region of India. This range, starting from Northern India goes up to the Arunachal state. There are more than 100 peaks above 600 meters. This is a great opportunity for people who love to climb mountains.
8) Religious tours: If you want to go to any religious site then India has a lot to offer. For Muslims, one of the major religious sites is the tomb of Khaja Mainuddin Chishti, founder of the Chistia Sufi order, one of most important Sufi orders in this subcontinent. This place is open to people of all religion. Every year, lots of people from all over India come here. Among other famous religious sites are: Asthapad for the Jainists, and Tirthapuri for the Buddhists. Mount Kailash is a major religious site for the Hindus. Kailash is another symbol of the great god Shiva. Besides these sites, there are many other small and big temples situated all over India and all of these temples are considered to be very sacred.
9) Historical sites: In India,the most significant tourist spots are the historical ones. India has numerous historical sites. Writing about the historical sites, the first thing that came to my mind was the world famous Taj Mahal. It is a tomb built by Shah Jahan for his favorite wife Taj Mahal. Built within 1631 to 1648, it is considered one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” and a major landmark of Indian culture and heritage. Among other major heritage sites there are: Agra Fort, Ajanta Caves, Sanchi Buddhist monuments, Elephanta caves, Fatehpur Sikri, Humayun’s tomb, the temples at Khajuraho, Qutb Minar etc. You can get information about all these locations in Incredible India.
10) Palaces and forts: Aside from these great historical sites, there are many palaces and forts situated in various states of India. The fort of Chittaurgarh in Rajasthan is a symbol of genius and heroism of the Rajputas. This fort was built in 7th century A.D. Situated on a hill which 180 meters high. Among other major palaces and forts there are: Abhaneri, Ajit Bhawan, Akbar's Palace, Amber Palace, Bal Samand Palace, Bala Quila, Bhairon Vilas, Bhanwar Niwas, Brijraj Bhawan Palace, Bundi Palace etc.
11) Ellora: The temples and monasteries of three religions situated at Ellora is another major heritage site of India. Ellora is basically an ancient village situated at Aurangabad in Maharashtra. The main feature of this whole area is that there are monasteries and temples of three religions: Hindu, Buddhists and Jainists. The temples and monasteries are situated in side caves.
12) MICE: Another emerging tourism business in India is MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibition). India is now emerging as an economic giant. Indian IT sector is the most rapidly growing sector in the world. Due to the availability of skilled manpower at a low price, many service oriented companies are shifting their business in India. This has created a great opportunity for Indian tourism as well. Officials off various foreign companies visit India for business purpose. They stay in hotels and use the conference spots for meetings and seminars. In addition, these people also go out for a little bit of sight seeing amidst their schedules. So, the whole thing has opened up another opportunity for the Indian tourism sector.
13) Beaches: Beaches are another great attraction in India. I have already mentioned that India has coastline over seven thousand kilometers. The popular beach areas are:Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar, Goa, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Lakshadweep Islands, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry. You can know about these beaches by visiting this link.
14) Luxury train ride: Another major tourist attraction is the luxury train ride to Shimla, Ooty, and Darjeeling hill resort. The train is a toy train. It moves slowly but you will be able to enjoy the beautiful breathtaking sites and sceneries of both sides. The train will go through numerous tunnels and bridges. If you are tired of the city’s crowd and noise then this is best way to relax. The interior of these trains are very well decorated with local crafts and artworks.
15) Herbal treatment: People also come to India for health and medical purpose. Every year, people from the surrounding countries visit India for medical treatment. These people also contribute a lot to the tourism sector of India. Aside from its modern medical treatment, India is also famous for herbal treatment. Herbal treatment has a long tradition in India. Various herbal treatments like Ayurveda, Unani and alternative healing attract lots of people from abroad.
1) If you look at the location of Bangladesh then you will see that it lies on the south downward from the Himalayas. This country is basically a deltaic region formed on the mouth of rivers. The 1400 kilometer long coastline makes it a very attractive trading location since the ancient times. Suitable trading location, added with tropical climate and fertile soil made it a very prosperous country in the ancient times. All the famous travelers of ancient period, such as Hiuen Tsang, Fa Hien, Ibn Batuta (famous Moroccan traveler) described the beauty of “Banga or Bangala” (The ancient name of Bengal) in their travelogues.
2) Paharpur Buddha Vihara: The ancient Bengal was mainly ruled by Buddhist kings who built many viharas and temples around the country. Paharpur Buddha Vihara is one of the major Buddha viharas of seventh century. Buddhism entered in India in 5th century. Built on 27 acres of land the Vihara has a quadrangular court of more than 900 ft. This vihara was built during the rule of the Pala dynasty. In 1985, this site was included in the UNESCO’s world heritage list. This famous Buddhist site was first discovered by Buchanan Hamilton in 19th century. Alexander Cunningham, known as the “Father of Indian Archaeology” wanted to excavate this vihara but did not get permission from the local landlord.
3) Mahasthangarh: It is the oldest city and one of the main tourist attractions in North Bengal. The history of Pundranagara can be traced back to 3rd century B.C. It is situated on the western bank of the Korotoa River. During the reign of the Maurya, Gupta and Sena dynasty, it was the capital of Bengal. The total area measures 5000 ft. by 4500 ft. This site is of great importance to the Hindu community of Bangladesh. Some of the major sites of Mahasthangarh are: Govinda Bhita Temple, Khodai Pathar Mound, Mankalir Kunda, Parasuramer Bedi, Jiyat Kunda etc. Another major attraction of this area is the Mahasthangarh museum that exhibits recovered objects from Mahasthangarh.
4) Kantajee’s temple: Another great historical site of Bangladesh. It is one of the oldest temples built in 1752. The temple was partially destroyed by earthquake in 19th century. Still, it has many great things to offer to the tourists. The most noticeable feature of this temple is its terra quota plaques. These plaques are a great source of knowledge for the historians because the craftsmen who made these plates engraved pictures of the contemporary society, trees and plants, creatures, socio-economic condition of the people. Situated in Dinajpur, this temple was built by Maharaja Pran Nath. The temple is a three storied building.
5) Shat Gambuj Mosque: The period between 13th to 16th centuries is known as the medieval period. During this period, Islam spread all over Bengal. Saints and Sufis of Middle East, especially from Iraq, Iran, Turkistan and Samarqand spread Islam in this region. In addition, from thirteenth century onwards, the rulers of Bengal were Muslims. This mosque was built during that period. This mosque has many great features that show the ingenuity of the contemporary craftsmen.
6) Ahsan Manjil: This spectacular building, once the dwelling place of the famous Nawab family of Dhaka, is now turned into a museum. The building was named after Khaza Ahsanullah. The building contains thirty one rooms that are now turned into galleries. Situated on the bank of Buriganga, there is a dome on the top of the building which can be seen from a long distance. This building was actually built during the reign of the Mughals and was bought and sold to different person. Each of them reconstructed the building according to their own necessity. Hence, it lost many of its original features.
7) Tourist attractions of Old Dhaka city: Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and one of the rapidly growing cities of the world. Its population is more than twelve million (12,479,000). The historical background of this city can be traced back to 7th century A.D. During the reign of the Mughals, it became an important administrative and economic center. After the Liberation war of 1971, the modernization of this city started. Now the city is divided into two parts: Old Dhaka and New Dhaka. Old Dhaka is the place where most of the historical sites are to be found: the Lalbagh fort, Choto katra & Borokatra, Hoseni Dalan, Dhakeshwari Mandir etc. If you are looking for excitement and fun then I would suggest you to visit Old Dhaka. The whole area is very congested, the streets are very narrow. The shops on the both sides of the streets are small. However there are many shops that are more than hundred years old. Another great attraction is the foods of old Dhaka.
8) Tourist attractions of New Dhaka city: The New Dhaka city started to grow after independence of Bangladesh. Some major features of the new Dhaka city are: comparatively wide roads, high rise buildings and shopping malls, various important administrative offices. The Parliament Building of Bangladesh, designed by famous American architecture Louis I. Kahn, in the 60’s, is a major landmark in the field of Bangladeshi architecture. Among other major tourist attractions there are: the National museum, the Science museum, the Liberation war Museum (Mukti Juddha Jadughar) and many more. You can get detail information about these places in Dhakacalling.com.
So far, I have talked about various important historical sites. Now, I am going to talk about various natural sites. If you like Eco-tourism then Bangladesh is a good choice. Bangladesh has a tropical climate. On the south, lies the Bay of Bengal. Due to the Himalayan range on the south, the cold wind of Central Asia does not reach Bangladesh. On the other hand, the monsoon wind from Indian Ocean causes plenty of rainfalls. In addition, the alluvial soil of deltaic plain has made it very suitable for growing a wide range of crops all through the year. Not only crops but numerous trees and plants grow in Bangladesh.
9)Forests: Due to agriculture, fuel wood and other reasons the forest area of Bangladesh has decreased significantly. At present, the total forest covered area is only 0.27 million hectors. However, this small cover is very significant. There are mainly five types of forests in Bangladesh. They are: Tropical wet evergreen forest,Tropical semi-evergreen forest,Tropical moist deciduous forest,Tidal forest, and Plantation forest. Each of these forests has their own unique attractions in terms of flora and fauna.
10) Sundarbans (Tidal forest): The word “Sundarban” means “Beautiful forest.” It is the largest natural mangrove forest in the world. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1966. UNESCO has declared it a ‘World Heritage Site’ in 1997. It is the largest tiger reserve of the world. Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris Tigris), Pallas Fishing Eagle, Masked Finfoot and many other animals are found in this forest. Among tree species Sundri (Heritiera fomes), Gewa (Excoecaria agallocha), Passur (Xylocarpus mekongensis) deserves mention. In 2001, Shell Oil Company planned to drill for oil in Sundarban but due to extreme pressure from different environmental groups, it decided not to proceed further. For detail information about tours in Sundarban visit Disovery Bangladesh.
11) Beach: Another great attraction for tourists. The Cox’s Bazaar has the longest sea beach of the world (120 kilometers). Situated 152 kilometers south of Chittagong, this place has great natural landscapes and beautiful sea beaches. There are several Buddhist pagodas. The major tourist attractions of Cox’s Bazaar are: Himchari, Inani, Tekhnaf, Moheshkhali, Sonadia Island, St. Martins Island and many more. You can get detail information about these places from this link.
12) Another major attraction for travelers is Bangladeshi foods. The main feature of Bangladeshi food is that various kinds of spices are used in their preparation. Bangladesh foods are very popular in many European countries. In U.K, there are ten thousand Bangladeshi restaurants. Bangladeshi sweet is also very famous for its test. Sweets are eaten in many occasions in Bangladesh. Various kinds of sweets and sweet dishes are prepared during religious festivals. In marriage ceremonies sweets are a very important element. If you go to some one’s house for the first time in Bangladesh, you should bring some sweets for your host.
1) If you enjoy visiting the historical sites then I would say Pakistan is a must visit for you. This country bears the remains of the dawn of human civilization. Without seeing it, your knowledge of history would remain incomplete. The history of Pakistan can be traced back to 3000 B.C. The Indus valley civilization, stretching from Kashmir to the Arabian Sea is one of the first civilizations of the world and it included the area of the present day Pakistan. The two major centers of this civilization are: Harappa, on the bank of Ravi in Sahiwal district and Moenjo Daro, situated in the Larkana district.
2) Marakan coastline is the only coastline of Pakistan. Situated on the south of Balochistan, this coastline is 754 kilometers long. The army of the great Greek Commander, Alexander, marched through here in 325 B.C. Muhammad Bin Qasim, the famous Muslim General, led his expedition to Sindh through Marakan.
3) Many of you have heard the name of the famous Silk Road. It is a series of interconnected roads through the South Asian region. Recently, Pakistan and China jointly built a road that followed this ancient Silk Road. The main attraction of this road is that it runs along the Himalayan mountain ranges, Indus River, and the Gilgit and Hunza valleys. It is very popular among tourists.
4) Karachi: The former capital and the largest city of Pakistan. Situated by the Arabian Sea, at present, this city is the capital of Sindh province. Despite loosing the status of the capital city, it remains one of the major economic centers of Pakistan. The major tourist attractions of Karachi are: street restaurants, tea houses, samosa and juice stalls. The harbor is another great place. Boats can be hired to sail in the harbor. Among other tourist attractions there are: remainders of British period buildings, the tomb of Quaid-e-Azam, the National Museum, parks, the zoo and beach at Clifton.
5) Lahore: According to legend, Lahore, another major city of Pakistan was established four thousand years ago by Hindu Prince Rama. Historians have found that this city is basically two thousand years old. World famous traveler, Hieuen-tsang, had given a very beautiful description of this city in his travelogue. During the reign of the Mughals, it was one of major cultural centers. Mughal emperors built many gardens, palaces, and mosques in this city many of which still remain. The British also built many monuments that blended Victorian, Gothic and Mughal architectural style.
6) Islamabad: Islamabad, the present capital of Pakistan contains some great attractions for travelers. It was declared as the new capital in 1963.The wide streets, beautiful gardens and fountains, modern office buildings have turned it into a symbol of hope and pride for Pakistan. Among the tourist attractions of Islamabad there are: Margalla Hills, Daman-e-Koh, a terraced garden, and the Shah Faisal Mosque, where 10,000 worshippers can pray at a time.
7) Rawalpindi: Both Rawalpindi and Islamabad are situated on the Pothawar plain. After the declaration of Islamabad as the new capital of Pakistan, the importance of this small sleepy town also increased. The old part of the town can be a major attraction for the tourists. Local buildings and mosques, local market with narrow streets and handicraft shops can be very exciting for many travelers. However, the main tourist attraction, the Rawal Lake is situated five miles from Rawalpindi. This is basically an artificial water reservoir. After beautification of the surrounding areas it turned into a great tourist and picnic spot.
8) If you want to go to a country of diverse landscape then Pakistan is a very good choice. The 880,254 square kilometers area has deserts, mangrove swamps, sandy beaches and temperate forests, cold icy mountains on the north, green fertile lands and many more.
9) Mountains: Pakistan is home of the world’s second highest mountain, K-2. There are two mountain groups in Pakistan; the northern and the western group. The northern group includes the Himalayan, the Karakoram, and the Hindukush Ranges. K-2 is situated in the Karakoram Range. If you are a trekker then this is the ultimate challenge for you. For more information visit the government tourism website.
10) The mountains of the western group are comparatively smaller. They include Chitral and Swat hills. Although small, these mountains have great historical value as Alexander the Great marched his army in 327 B.C through here. For more information on this area visit this link.
11) If you enjoy water sports then you should visit Northern Pakistan. The following rivers in Pakistan have water sports facility: Indus, Kunhar, Swat, Pankora, and Hunza.
12) Still there are many other places of either great historical value or natural. I could not cover them all in my article. Here I am providing names of some of those places. If anyone of you has any further information to add here, you can submit it in the comment.
Gandhara and Taxilla , Abbotabad, Bahawalpur, Banbhore, Chaukundi Tombs, Chitral - Kalash Valleys, Gilgit Hunza & Khunjerab, Haleji Lake, Hyderabad, Kaghan Valley, Keenjhar Lake, Khybar Pass, Kirthar National Park, Lal Suhanra National Park, Multan, Murree & Gallies, Peshawar, Quetta, Skardu, Sukkur, Swat Valley, Thatta, Ziarat (You can find information about all these places in Ungroup.)
1) The Sri Lankan tourism sector is quite developed. I was browsing the tourism websites of Sri Lanka and I found out that they offer few travel packages, such as adventure and eco tourism.
2) Sri Lanka adventure tour has mountain biking, hiking, trekking, rafting, and rock climbing. The main goal of adventure tour is to take the travelers close to the nature and rural folks of Sri Lanka.
4) Sri Lanka is basically a small island. If you are a beach lover, then it is a great place for you. The south western coast of Sri Lanka is suitable for swimmers. Various water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing are available in the beach. The Bentota River is also a great place for sailing, windsurfing and water skiing.
5) Sri Lanka ecotourism has a lot to offer to the tourists.
i) Sri Lanka’s forest is very rich in tree and plant species. It is one
ii) Sri Lanka is home to more than four hundred bird species.
Among them there are twenty six types of endemic birds.
winter. There are many bird sanctuaries in this small island.
iii) Sri Lanka may be a small country but it has fifteen national
iv) Another great attraction for eco tourists is the waterfalls. Sri
Lanka has more than one hundred water falls, many of which are
yet unknown. Some of the best water falls are: Bopath Ella,
want to know more about Sri Lanka’s ecology and nature you can
6) If you are a lover of history and enjoy visiting historical sites, then I would like to inform you that UNESCO has included seven properties of Sri Lanka in the world heritage list. They are: the ancient city of Polonnaruwa (1982), the ancient city of Sigiriya (1982), the golden Temple of Dambulla (1991), the old town of Galle and its fortifications (1988), the sacred city of Anuradhapura (1982), the sacred city of Kandy (1988) and the Sinharaja forest reserve (1988).
7) Another major attraction in Sri Lanka is ‘Kandy,’ the second biggest city of Sri Lanka. It is also known as the ‘Royal City.’ Normally, when we hear the word ‘city’, scenes of crowded roads, noise of vehicles, and tall buildings come in our mind, but Kandy is totally the opposite. The main attraction of Kandy is its beautiful natural landscapes. It is basically a hilly area. The Golden Temple of the heaving Tooth, smells of spices, and village like lifestyle of the locality have made it an ideal place for those, who want to get away from the crowds and bustles of big city.
8) Sri Lanka has many hotels and resorts for the tourists with all the modern facilities and different services. If you want to know more about Sri Lankan hotels you can visit Sri Lanka.com.
9) Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and Christian are the major religions in Sri Lanka. All the year round, numerous festivals are held in the country, but the most popular of them all is the “Kandy Esala Perahera.” This festival lasts for ten days. Dancing, singing, pujas and many other activities are observed during these ten days. Tourists of other countries can also share the joy and excitement.
10) Sri Lanka is a melting pot of culture and religion. There are many Hindu and Buddhist temples and mosques. Some of the famous Buddhist temples are: Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya, Vajiraramaya, Dipaduttaramaya, Gothami Vihapaya, and Purana Viharaya. Among Hindu temples there are: Pettah and Bambalapitiya, and Sri Siva Subramania Swami Kovil. Some of the famous mosques are: Davatagaha mosque and the Afar Jumma mosque.
1) Maldives holds the record of the flattest country in the world. The ground level of the country is 2.3 meter.
2) In Maldives, travelers do not need entry visa if they want to stay for four weeks. Those who come from countries that are heavily infested by Malaria and cholera need a vaccination certificate.
3) The main attraction of Maldives is the sea. Maldives is basically a group of low-lying choral islands, situated in the Indian Ocean. If you love scuba diving then it is a heaven for you. Maldives can be referred as “a treasure tove of marine life.” Around the coral reefs, various fish and plant species are found. There are seventy different species of coral reefs. Each of these reefs has different colors. More than 700 species of fishes are found around these reefs, such as Trevally’s, Dogtooth Tuna, Tuna, Jacks, Sweetlips, Butterfly fish, Wahoo and Fusiliers. Octopus and giant Napoleon wrasse are also found here.
4) Water sports is another big attraction for Maldives tourists. Various water sports, like windsurfing, catamaran sailing, para-sailing, banana-boating, water-skiing and beach volleyball are available in all the tourist resorts.
5) The Resorts of Maldives have all the modern facilities. The most interesting feature of these resorts is that they are basically floating cottages over crystal clear sea water. Surrounded by picturesque sceneries, these resorts are situated in three different atolls (administrative division). All these three atolls lie very close to the capital of Malé'. The resorts differ in their service and facilities. However, all these resorts have arrangements for night-fishing trips, and scuba diving and superb snorkeling. The instruments have to be rented from the resorts. If you want to know more about the resorts, you can visit this link.
6) The capital of Malé contains many important landmarks. Malé is the most populous and busiest of all the islands of Maldives. It is a clean, neatly organized small city. The main tourist attractions in Malé are: The National Museum, Sultan Park, White Islamic center, Presidential palace, Grand Friday Mosque, the biggest and most beautifully decorated mosque in Maldives. Among religious sites: ‘Muleeage,’ the tomb of religious saints deserves to be mentioned.
7) Most of the tourist shops are situated in Malé. These shops contain locally produced handicrafts, clothes and various other products. For detail information you can visit parahol.com.
8) Another major attraction for tourists in Maldives is the natural landscape. Each of the islands of Maldives has beautiful natural sceneries. The peaceful environment surrounded with greeneries and water can be a great medicine for the stressed mind.
9) Maldives also have theaters with modern facilities showing Indian and American movies.
10) Last but not the least; Maldives is sunny all round the year. So, if you want to enjoy the sun then visit Maldives..
1) If you are a lover of nature, then Bhutan would be the best place for you. The main attraction of Bhutan is that the country is not industrialized. Due to zero industrialization the country has been able to preserve its natural beauty.
2) Sixty percent of Bhutan is still covered with forests. Many rare plants and flowers are found in these forests. Some of the major plants are, rhododendrons, junipers, magnolias, various carnivorous plants, rare orchids, blue poppy, edelweiss, gentian, medicinal plants, daphne, giant rhubarb etc.
3) If you are a mountain trekker, then Bhutan is definitely an attractive spot for you. Himalaya is situated on the eastern side of the country. While browsing the wikipedia on Bhutan, I came to know about Gangkhar Puensum. This is the highest mountain in Bhutan and also the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.
4) The total area of Bhutan is 47,000 square kilometers. The country is divided into three regions: hilly regions on the North, fertile valleys of south, hills and valleys in the central region. Two rivers are running through the country: Mo Chhu and the Drangme Chhu. Due to monsoon weather, despite being situated in a high mountain region the country has dense forests. These forests are home to many exotic and rare species.
5) Various animals like the rare golden monkeys, deer, lion, and leopards are found in the foothills. In the inner Himalaya regions there are bear, boar, and sambar. In the high Himalayan regions there are snow leopards and mask deer.
6) Tour agencies licensed by the Bhutan Ministry of tourism offers different tour packages. Iexplore, a tour agency offers two types of tour packages- Bhutan Kingdom in the clouds and iExplore Bhutan silver. There are many tour packages offered by various tour agencies. If you want to know more about Bhutan tourism you can visit these links:
7) If you are searching for enlightenment, then it is the right place for you. Buddhism is the main religion of Bhutan. There are many monasteries where you can spend some time to find peace and inner strength.
8) The people are very simple and hospitable. The country does not have a very developed infrastructure; hence it is not over run by tourists. Besides, Bhutan government believes in sustaining the environment.
9) Bhutanese government is very careful about environment pollution and that is why you will surely enjoy pollution free environment no matter which part of the country you visit.
10) Last, if you are looking for a happy country then you have to go to Bhutan. In a survey conducted by the New Economics Foundation Bhutan acquired thirteenth position, in Happy Planet Index.
1) Nepal is rich in natural diversity. The total land area of Nepal is
147,181square kilometer. There are flat lands, hilly regions and
mountains. Not many small countries offer such diverse landscape. On
2) If you are looking for adventure then Nepal has got just the
right thing for you. For example, you can do mountain trekking and biking, paragliding, ultra light flights, bungee jumping, rock climbing,
adventure treks, caving, canyon swings, Himalayan motorcycle tours
and so on. Rafting in the Trisuli, the Kali Gandaki, and the Marsyangdi
3) If you enjoy watching wild life and flora and fauna then Nepal has ten national parks. It has also resorts situated in the forest. The one
horned rhino and great Royal Bengal Tigers are found in Nepal.
4) If you are a traveler looking for enlightenment and spiritualism then you can visit the Buddhist monasteries and blessed by the monks. Buddhism and Hinduism are the two main religions of Nepal. You can visit Lumbini, which is the birth place of Lord Buddha.
5) Nepal has all the facilities for Western travelers. In the capital of
Kathmandu, there are bars, taverns, nightclubs and various other
attractions. In addition, various international festivals are also held in
6) Golfing is another great attraction of Nepal. Most of the golf courses
are situated by the hill side in Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys. These
7) All kinds of hotels, from one start to five stars are available in Nepal. If you are thinking about travel expense, then you do not need to worry at all. Nepal tourism has facilities for all kinds of people. You can go to Hotel Nepal.com for detail information.
8) Nepalist tourism agencies provide various kinds of tourism for couples and families and for individual travelers.
9) Last but not the least, shopping in Nepal can be fun. There are many tourist shops in Kathmandu where one can find jewelries, handmade or painted pictures and a wide range of handicrafts. In addition, there are village shops where you can find various products made by local craftsmen.
10) Still not motivated, then I would like to inform you that due to political instability, the tourism sector of Nepal has suffered a lot for the last few years. Now peace has returned again in this country, after the democratic government came to power. In order to attract the tourists from all over the world especially from Europe and America, Nepalese government is giving waiver on mountain trekking fees and other charges. So, what is keeping you now?