When you’re planning a trip, one week away from the office sounds like heaven, but when you really get down to it, especially if you’re travelling to such a complex place, like South Asia, one week is simply not enough. Even so, we have compiled a list of the best places you can visit in a week-long trip in South Asia.
Taj Mahal, India
Taj Mahal absolutely cannot be skipped on any South Asian itinerary, as it is one of the most popular historical tourist attractions in India and in the world. Located in the city of Agra, Taj Mahal is a mausoleum made out of white marble for the wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. If you were to only visit one place in India, let it be this one, because it is a truly unique sight to see and it is completely worth it.
Capital city of India, Delhi is another one of the wildly popular tourist spots. As a foreign tourist, you have to be mindful, but don’t let that stop you from exploring this exceptional city. Hundreds of years of history can be witnessed in its many monuments, forts and mosques, as well as in Old Delhi, the old, crumbling city. If you want to experience India, here is the place to do it. It can cause quite the culture shock, but you will be amazed by India’s color, distinct flavor and diversity.
And because no vacation is complete without a trip to the beach, Goa should also be featured on your itinerary. As the primary beach destination in India, Goa is visited by more tourists than they can count and it represents the ultimate location for parties and sunbathing. But that doesn’t mean it’s all it has to offer – there are also plenty of cultural, natural and historical places of importance to visit.
Kathmandu is not only the capital of Nepal, but it is also the economic center of the country, due, in part, to the impressive number of tourists it manages to round up every year. The city stands at a height of about 4,600 ft in central Nepal, in Kathmandu Valley. The four major mountains surround it: Chandragiri, Shivapuri, Nagarjun and Phulchoki. Kathmandu is a very well-placed tourist destination, ranking first in all of Asia and among the best 10 in the whole world.
One of the most visited islands in the world and dubbed by Marco Polo “the finest island in the whole world”, Sri Lanka doesn’t suffer from a lack of tourists, nor wonderful places to offer to visitors. Although it was affected by destruction and a consequent loss in the tourism department, when the Tsunami hit in 2004, the island managed to regain its status as one of the best tourist destinations in the world, especially known for its sports tourism. Tourists can enjoy Hiking, Rafting & Canoeing, Golf, Fishing, Rock Climbing, Surfing, Hot Air Ballooning, Cycling, Diving and Snorkeling, Trekking and other sports.