If you ask for the most exotic regions for round trips you definitely have to have a look to Asia. Particularly India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand give you endless variations to spend your holidays. High-quality accommodation and skilled tour guides guarantee a first class travel experience. Booking is very easy – you can try it at the different local tour operators. If you are from Europe you can also get a full package including flight an insurance from a European travel agency, e.g. in Germany the specialist on Asia travel Intakt-Reisen.
One of the most amazing regions of India is the state of Rajasthan. Take an early morning train from Delhi to the city of Ajmer, then change into a mini van and get transferred to Pushkar, a popular pilgrimage site with holy bathing possibilities in the lake by the same name. Once every year, the town welcomes thousands of guests for a big Hindu festivity. The next highlight is Udaipur, the so-called “Venice of the East”. After a stop at the famous Jain Temple in Ranakpur you arrive in the town of Jodhpur. Enjoy the luxurious “Samsara Desert Camp” and a camel ride in the dunes.
Visit the yellow sandstone-clad fort of Jaisalmer, situated in the middle of the Thar Desert, before you embark to the town of Bikaner with beautiful historic buildings in yellow and red. The next stop is the well-known Rat Temple near Bikaner. The state capital, Jaipur, is also called “Pink City” because of the colour of most of its ancient buildings. After all these cities you will enjoy the peacefulness of Ranthambore National Park where you get the chance to see one of the endangered Indian Tigers.
No trip to India would be complete without a visit to Agra with its world-famous architectural pearl, the Taj Mahal. All our tours to India include this absolute highlight, mostly at the end of the voyage as something to look forward to until the end of the trip.
Sri Lanka, the former British colony Ceylon, is renowned for its tea plantations but it also has a rich Buddhist history. Ruins and pagodas everywhere are only beaten by the impressive rock fortress of Sigiriya. The exhausting ascent is worth the effort, if only for the fantastic view from the top. But Sri Lanka also offers a couple of beautiful national parks including wild-living elephants.
One country has even more impressive pagodas – masses of them: Myanmar, the former Burma. The ancient town of Bagan consists of (as rumour says) 4 million pagodas, constructed over several centuries. But the ONE ultimate pagoda indisputably is the Shwedagon in the former capital and economic metropolis Yangon (Rangoon).
Although the temples and palaces of the capital of neighbouring Thailand, Bangkok, is a tourist destination of its own fame, Thailand has more to offer than the crowded city Bangkok or the famous beaches: discover the country by bike or on board of a classic Mekong cruising ship – there is nothing more romantic than this river cruise!
In Malaysia, you have the unique chance to visit our “cousins” – the Orang Utans of the dense, but endangered tropical rain forests on the island of Borneo. During a stay in one of the Orang Utan rehabilitation centers you come eye to eye to our red-haired relatives.
The multi-island country of Indonesia has many cultural and natural facets. The largest Hindu temple on the central island of Java is the one in Prambanan, whereas the famous Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple construction. Neighboring Bali is not only an island of fantastic sand beaches but also full of culture and even more temples. Enjoy a 5-day cruise on a traditional Balinese schooner. Visit the volcanoes on the island of Flores and a traditional village on Lombok before you return to Bali and finally leave South East Asia for home.