We can’t wait to get out on the road again with 40 lb backpacks on our back, a Lonely Planet and our favorite travel coffee mug. This time we are headed to Asia to explore the land, learn the culture and of course discover the best place for a good cup of ‘joe.Trip: Asia Uncovered Length: 4 months Countries: India, Nepal, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia
We’ve compiled our must-do’s for our trip of the following:INDIA: Darjeeling– great place to take a boat ride along the ghat-lined Ganges River in this sacred city
Caves Ajanta & Bhimbetka- built in the 3rd century, these caves are unbelievable achievements by Buddhist monks and are considered the finest masterpiece of Buddhist art and architecture.
Rishikesh– holy city along the Gangees and at the base of the Himalayas. Many people come here for
Goa– hippy, upscale, sandy beaches and laid-back lifestyle.. a drastically different India than the rest of the country.
Khojaro temples- among the finest temple art in the world. While many travelers take a quick as a stop-off between Agra and Varanasi, home of the famous Taj Mahal and spot where everything from yoga to folk dancing can be experienced. NEPAL: Kathmandu– Fascinating capital and jumping off point to explore the rest of the country. Royal Chitwan National Park– Track tigers and rhinos on elephant-back at Nepal’s most famous nature reserve Lumbini– Meditate on the nature of existence amidst a sea of monasteries at the birthplace of the Buddha Tansen- Tour ancient temples, visit traditional villages and hike to hilltops with Himalayan views Pokhara– the end point for the famous Annapurna Circuit trek and the starting point for a dozen more treks through the mountains TIBET:
Lhasa– fabulous monastery sights, breathtaking high-altitude treks, stunning views of the world’s highest mountains\ Ganden to Samye– Classic four-day trek links two of Tibet’s great monasteries. Considered one of the best hikes in the world. Mt. Everest- Unsurpassed views of the north face from Rongphu Monastery and Everest Base Camp, Tibet’s literal high point Nam-tso-Stunning turquoise lake set below a range of 7000m peaks in high nomad country MYANMAR: Bagan- Witness the beauty of a misty dawn breaking over 4000 Buddhist temples on the shores of the Ayeyarwady Mandalay– Burma’s former capital is the gateway to the intriguing old cities of Amarapura Kalaw-Something of a backpacker scene, Myanmar’s trekking HQ is the spot to view pretty scenery and visit friendly minority villages Yangon–considered the social, economic and cultural capital of the country, home to the dazzling Shwedagon Paya THAILAND: Ko Tao– Be a small fish in a big tank while diving with mighty whale sharks from this coral-fringed island Ko Chang– an island in the waters of Cambodia, it is considered the next “Phuket” Khao Sok National Park– You wouldn’t be surprised if a T-Rex emerged from the jungle in this amazing tangle of limestone karsts and rainforest Kanchanaburi-Mellow river town catering to history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts Chiang Mai– great place to do tribal jungle trekking and stay with a village for a weekend
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