17 days in South Asia Itinerary

17 days in South Asia Itinerary

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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 4 nights
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Paro, Bhutan
— 1 night
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 1 night
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
— 1 night
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
Ferry to Male, Fly to Jaipur
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Jaipur, India
— 3 nights
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New Delhi, India
— 2 nights
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Kathmandu, Nepal

— 4 nights
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Make the 6th (Tue) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Boudhanath Stupa, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kathmandu road trip planning site.

Vancouver, Canada to Kathmandu is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Kathmandu, you'll lose 13.8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in October, you will find days in Kathmandu are warmer (31°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure

Paro, Bhutan

— 1 night
A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, and then steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paro tour itinerary site.

Getting from Kathmandu to Paro by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. The time zone changes from Nepal Time to Bhutan Time, which is usually a 0.2 hour difference. In October, Paro is little chillier than Kathmandu - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Museums

Thimphu, Bhutan

— 1 night
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 11th (Sun), ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, then see Off-Road Tours, then take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Druk Wangyel Monastery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Thimphu day trip tool.

You can drive from Paro to Thimphu in 1.5 hours. October in Thimphu sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dhaka City.

Things to do in Thimphu

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Historic Sites

Dhaka City, Bangladesh

— 1 night

Rickshaw Capital of the World

One of the most congested and busiest cities in the world, Dhaka has a great deal to offer for everyone's taste.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Goaldi Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Star Mosque (Tara Masjid), then contemplate the long history of Lalbag Fort, and finally get a sense of history and politics at National Parliament House.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dhaka City road trip planning website.

Getting from Thimphu to Dhaka City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Bhutan Time (BTT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Dhaka City

Historic Sites

Colombo, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then visit TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip website.

Traveling by flight from Dhaka City to Colombo takes 6.5 hours. October in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Male.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Historic Sites

Male, Maldives

— 2 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), then hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, then stop by Island Bazaar, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Male vacation maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Colombo to Male takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Colombo to Male, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

Jaipur, India

— 3 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Amber Palace, brush up on your military savvy at Nahargarh Fort, get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Jaipur trip builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Male to Jaipur takes 8.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Male to Jaipur is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Male in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jaipur, with highs around 41°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

New Delhi, India

— 2 nights
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
On the 19th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, steep yourself in history at India Gate, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Lotus Temple, admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our New Delhi tour itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Jaipur to New Delhi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Tours

Nepal travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parasailing & Paragliding · Spas
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.

Bhutan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Sacred & Religious Sites
Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.

Bangladesh travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings
Some of Asia's longest rivers run through Bangladesh, forming the world's largest and most fertile delta. In addition to the Ganges, sacred to Hindus, hundreds of other waterways rank among the top tourist attractions in Bangladesh, offering access to lengthy beaches, islands, coral reefs, and the biggest mangrove forest in the world. In this densely populated country, giant urban centers house many different ethnic groups, creating a patchwork of cultures that makes this part of the world so intriguing to tourists. Consider beginning your tour of Bangladesh in Dhaka, a hectic city packed with old temples and swanky eateries serving a growing population of international expats.

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.