Bhutan is a profoundly Buddhist nation wedged between India and China’s Tibet autonomous region and splendidly concealed in the deep valleys of eastern Himalayas. It enjoys a reputation of an attainable paradise on planet earth and it is a destination not to be missed for any reasons especially if your influence will contribute significantly to the measure of Gross National Happiness.
As Bhutan rapidly develops to accommodate modern changes and even with innovative projects to protect its natural and cultural heritage, change is inevitableundeniably sweeping the country and even places that were not previously visited via car are currently easily accessible.
This does not mean that adventure is impossible on a tour of Bhutan, with its soaring mountains, lush valleys and winding rivers that crisscross this beautiful country. Bhutan is a land full of intriguing religious tales and on the valley of Paro it is no different. It is where every adventurous soul should explore starting from the massive Rinpung Dzong, the national museum and the breath taking Tigers Nest Monastery. In Bhutan you can expect to see the biggest Buddha statues in the world and witness the most spontaneous religious festivals.(image by Jagadip Singh)
In a country that has only one paved road, the only other option for exploration is trekking, this calls for adventure in the most remote areas of the Himalayas which boasts of some of the most challenging treks in the world. An adventurous trek through to the Himalayas takes you through dense forests, alpine lakes, mountain villages and ancient monasteries each with a story to tell.
Oman is one of the countries around the Arabian Gulf that has surprisingly remained peaceful despite its warring neighbors and has embraced modern world and still retaining its traditional cultural roots. It is safe, progressive and welcoming which means it should not be missed on any Asian trip.
It is a roughly the size of Italy with most of its population choosing to stay along its lengthy coastline. On any visit to Oman (try Corinthian’s Oman holidays), its capital city of Muscat should not be missed which boldly displays its contrasts of the past and the future in its modern metropolis and still preserves its old fashioned districts of Muttrah and Old Muscat.
Aside from its city of contrasts Oman has a lot to offer in terms of adventure, from the craggy heights of the Western Hajar mountains to the sleepy Batinah coast lined up with endless fishing villages and date palms and to the magnificent golden dunes of the Wahiba Desert, it offers an irresistible playground for adventure seekers.(image by walter callens)
The sandy dunes of the Wahiba Desert offer a paradise for extreme adventurous activities such as snowboarding, of course without the snow and also quad biking to the highest of the dunes. The gorgeous coastline formed by the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman is another destination that is full of exciting marine activities such as sailing, game fishing, kayaking, water skiing and jet skiing. The mountainous regions of Oman are ideal for camping, hiking through the highs and lows of the historic mountains of Oman past impressive villages and canyoning which includes abseiling and scrambling over and around rocks. The Majilis Al Jinn Cave and the Snake Gorge are the ideal places for this adrenaline rushing adventure. If all these sound like your cup of hibiscus tea, this is the place to be for your next Asian adventure.
China is the world’s third largest country after Russia and Canada and the most populous in the planet whose contribution to science and technology is undeniably significant. After 40 years of tumultuous introspection, it is finally one of the world’s economic super powers and is helping shape the world’s future.
The rapid pace of growth and the retaining of ancient architecture combined with rich culture and superb sceneries are some of the reasons why China should not be missed out on a tour of Asia.
The landscape of China is defined by its futuristic cities such as Beijing, crisscrossed by mighty rivers such as Yangzhou and highlighted by the gigantic expanse of the remote deserts and high mountains.(image by Torsten Heider)
However China is not only always about history, palaces, temples, cities and food. It is a place of numerous adventurous activities that will blow your mind. The Tiger Leaping Gorge is breathtaking in scale and magnitude and the deepest in the world, it is a place for extreme hiking through villages and rugged cliffs. (don’t forget your travel insurance!)
Trekking along the Great Wall of China is also a great way to experience the past and motoring along the Sichuan Tibet Highway is an exciting adventure that leads you to discover a different side of China away from the futuristic skylines.
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