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South Asia Tours

South Asia Tours

Tiny Himalayan kingdoms, sprawling megacities, sacred sites and dreamy sun-soaked beaches. South Asia is diverse and enthralling, a place of dramatic landscapes and rich cultural influences. Incredible culinary encounters await too, from digging into a coconut curry by the ocean in Goa, to sipping tea in a remote village in Nepal.

Join our small group South Asia tours and prepare for an experience like no other!
Find inner peace in a remote mountain monastery, experience the raw energy in one of the region’s buzzing metropolises, witness colourful religious festivals and dine on some of the most sumptuous food on the planet.
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.

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Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
All-inclusive comfort
Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.
Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

 

Our South Asia Tour Leaders

Our guided South Asia tours let you experience this incredible destination in style. You’ll travel at a relaxing pace in small groups, with a maximum of 18 participants.

Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Where To Go In South Asia

 

South India
South India is an exotic region of soft beaches and lush backwaters. Glide through the mangroves of Kerala, visit the sacred sights of Belur, and look for Bengal tigers in Mudumalai Wildlife Reserve.
North India
Magical moments await in Northern India. Gaze in wonder at the incomparable Taj Mahal, travel by rickshaw through the bustling streets of Delhi, and see a holy gathering in the Hindu city of Varanasi.
Nepal
The tiny Himalayan nation of Nepal is nestled between India and China. Welcome to a land of remote monasteries, fluttering prayer flags, and some of the world’s most jaw-dropping mountain scenery.
Tibet
Hidden from the world for centuries, Tibet feels like a carefully guarded secret. Discover a mysterious land of saffron-robed monks, nomadic yak herders, and fantastic trekking among the Himalayas.
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka truly has it all: lush forests and tea plantations, spectacular ancient historical sites, pristine beaches, and a thriving, diverse local culture. No matter the season or your interests, Sri Lanka has something for everyone.
Frequently Asked Questions
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When is the best time to visit South Asia?

If you’re travelling to Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, or the mountainous north of India, the best time to visit is between October and December when the skies are generally clear and you can enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery.
Overall, the best time to visit India is during the cooler dry season (October-March). In northern parts of the country, temperatures are lower in December and January (ideal for exploring the major sites). In the south, it’s best to visit from November onwards after the end of the monsoon.
The Philippines are most popular during the dry season (November-April). January and February are the coolest months, while temperatures soar during March, April and May.

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What is considered South Asia?

South Asia is composed of eight countries. The combined population of these countries is around 1.7 billion, making it the world’s most densely populated geographical region. The eight countries of South Asia include Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Bhutan, and the Maldives.

 

Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.