South Asia has plenty to offer the curious travellers, with ancient temples, stunning coastlines, tropical rainforests, and rare wildlife.
South Asia, often collectively regarded as the Indian Subcontinent, includes a number of countries, some of which include India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The landscapes across South Asia vary from large rivers, tropical islands, and dramatic mountain ranges. One of the most dramatic mountain ranges includes the Himalayas, which separates South Asia from East Asia. The tropical landscapes of South Asia are world’s away from the UK, with the lush, tree-lined coasts of Southern India to the stunning lowland rain forests of Sri Lanka.
With nearly two billion people and a land area of two million square miles, there’s no denying that South Asia is vast. While the South Asian subcontinent is made up of an intricate patchwork of history, cuisine, culture, and geography, there are some fascinating commonalities shared between these unique countries, particularly when it comes to religion, climate, and food and drink.
If you have an appetite for complex, spicy food, an interest in deep spirituality, and an appreciation for ancient ruins, a holiday in South Asia will both delight you, and place you outside your comfort zone. So, what are you waiting for? Experience the countries of India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka with us.
Majestic mosques, royal splendour, and the colourful chaos of modern India - the Golden Triangle has it all.
Comprising tranquil and picturesque canals, lakes, rivers, and lagoons, the backwaters of the Indian state are parallel to the Arabian Sea.
With more than 100 national parks, nature lovers have a wealth of opportunity to experience India’s great outdoors.
Magnificent mosques featuring opulent domes, arches, and minarets are the markings of India’s long history with Islam and its continuing importance in communities today.
Where do you dream of going in South Asia? From India’s Taj Mahal, Sri Lanka’s tea plantations, and Nepal’s Himalayas, you will be spoilt for choice.
Throughout these South Asian countries, rice dominates, serving as a beloved staple food to be enjoyed alongside rich curry dishes. The same goes for flatbread, with roti and chapati being the local terms, depending on where you venture to.
A selection of lentils and legumes are also an important grain across the subcontinent, used to create hearty, flavourful Dal Bhat (rice served alongside lentil soup) in Nepalese cuisine, or as flour used in Handvo (a dessert made of fermented rice and lentil flour) in Indian cuisine.
Of course, we cannot discuss South Asian culture without touching on spice. Fortunately for those with a sensitive palate, spice does not always equal unmanageable heat, but a lovely arrangement of cinnamon, coriander seeds, cumin, and mustard seeds. Of course, head to Sri Lanka and you will be delighted by a centuries-old tea culture, where tea plantations blanket the verdant hills.
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