Nestled in the shadow of the Himalayas, Bhutan is a dazzling mix of extraordinary landscapes and rich cultural and religious traditions. From soaring snowcapped peaks and secluded rural valleys to thriving local festivals and markets, this vibrant Buddhist nation is sure to win your heart. Our itineraries take you deep into the heart of Bhutan – a place where monasteries cling to mountainsides, forests of rhododendrons burst into brilliant bloom, villagers welcome you into their homes and policy is measured in terms of Gross National Happiness.
Vast and alive, China is a kaleidoscope of landscapes, people, religions and culture. An exhilarating blend of modern innovation and thousands of years of history and tradition, it’s a place unlike any other you’ll ever visit. From the Great Wall to the Silk Road, from the Yangtze to Yunnan, China’s borders encompass soaring mountains, majestic rivers, lush forests and golden deserts. Equally impressive are its people – creative, accomplished and incredibly diverse, representing more than 50 different ethnic groups. Traveling from teeming global cities to tiny villages where time seems to stand still, you will be awed by China’s grandeur and touched by its intimacy and spirit.
India is “a myth and an idea, a dream and a vision, and yet very real and present and pervasive,” wrote the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. With the world’s oldest written religious scriptures, ancient and profound medical science, and an age-old knowledge of electricity and astronomy, India holds a seminal place among the civilizations of Asia. This rich heritage can be seen throughout the country, from sculptured green tea plantations to majestic temples, lavish lakeside palaces to dramatic desert forts, frenetic lowland cities to isolated Himalayan villages – a diversity matched only by the warm hospitality of the Indian people. Dazzling the senses with a profusion of colors, sights, smells, tastes and sounds, India is a place so rich and complex you could spend a lifetime exploring and still not see it all.
Kathmandu, Everest, Annapurna, Mustang – the place names of Nepal are synonymous with dramatic alpine scenery and adventure. Yet Nepal is about more than just sky-high landscapes. The humid lowlands of the Terai are home to lush jungles sheltering some of the world’s last wild tigers, while the Himalayan foothills burst into color each spring with some of the world’s most spectacular rhododendron forests. Above all, it’s the people – friendly and welcoming, with rich cultural and religious traditions – that make Nepal so special. Travelers marvel that they “went to Nepal for the mountains but returned for the people.”A country of tremendous variety and intriguing contrasts, Nepal is where Myths and Mountains began, and is near and dear to our hearts. Once you visit, you’re sure to understand why.
Famous for centuries for its wealth of spices, gems and hardwoods, Sri Lanka remains little known as a travel destination. Yet there’s much to be explored in this tropical island nation, whose borders encompass an exciting mix of religions, cultures and customs, as well as outstanding archaeological sites, lush tea plantations and spice gardens, a gorgeous coastline and an extraordinary diversity of birds and other wildlife. Ancient cities, temples and fortresses provide fascinating glimpses of the island’s long heritage; the country’s national parks shelter elephants, deer, leopards and more; and its coastal waters are havens for surfers and whale watchers. Discover Sri Lanka – before everyone else does.
A spectacular high-altitude region often called the "Roof of the World," Tibet is home to hardy people whose resilience reflects the extraordinary soul of this ancient land and its thriving Buddhist culture and traditions. Sunrise prayers at a remote monastery; holy pilgrimages to sacred peaks; colorful festivals filled with music, dancing, costumes, and athleticism; glorious views of alpine vistas, pastoral valleys, flower-covered hillsides and barren desert plateaus - all of these and more make up Tibet, a place where mountains touch the sky and the spirit soars as high as the scenery.