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BALI

Bali is an Island and province of Indonesia. The probince includes the Island of Bali and a few smaller neighbouring Islands, notably Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. Bali is a popular tourist destination, which has seen a significant rise in tourists since the 1980s. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine spices. Bali's central mountains include several peaksnover 2000 metres in elevation. The height is Mount Agung, known as the "Mother Mountain". The Island is surrounded by coral reefs. Beaches in the south tend to have white sand while those in the north and west have black sand. Bali has no major waterways. Being just 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali has a fairly even climate year around. Bali received the Best Island award from Travel and Leisure in 2010. The Island of Bali won because of its attractive surroundings, diverse tourist attractions, excellent international and local restaurants, and the friendliness of the land people. Balinies and Indonesian are the most widely spoken languages in Bali, and the vast majority of Balinies people are bilingual or trilingual.

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INDONESIA

Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a unitary sovereign state and transcontinental country located mainly in Southeast Asia with some territories in Oceania, situated between the Indian and Pacific Ocean, it is the World's largest Island country, with more than thirteen thousand Islands. It has an estimated population of over 260 million people and is the World's fourth most populous country, the most populous Austronesian nation, as well as the most populous Muslim majority country. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and the Eastern part of Malaysia. The Indonesian economy is the World's 16th largest by nominal GDP and the 8th largest by GDP at PPP. Indonesian history has been influenced by foreign powers drawn to its natural resources. Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and lingusitic groups. The country has abundant natural resources like oil and natural gas, tin, copper and gold. Agriculture mainly produces rice, tea, coffee, spices and rubber. Indonesia's high population and rapid industrialisation present serious environmental issues, which are often given a lower priority due to high poverty levels and weak, under-resourced governance. Both nature and culture are major components of Indonesian tourism.

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Darjeeling & Northeast

India’s North East, called the land of the seven sisters, is a region which can be best described as virgin, wild and untouched from the modernizations taking elsewhere in the world. It is a region guarded by mountains, the only passage being a narrow stretch of land some 40 km wide, called the Siliguri Corridor. Beyond this corridor lies the seven sister states of North-Eastern India, each state more beautiful than the other, each with its own cultures and beliefs, each having its own charm. Because of the regions inaccessibility from the rest of world, it has been lucky enough to maintain most of its natural diversity.

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Rajasthan

Rajasthan – the most vibrant state in the republic of India is dotted with majestic havelis and superb cultural heritage has many enchanting tourist places to Heat, dust and a riot of colours. Rajasthan has many faces. Consisting of the hilly and rugged south-eastern region and the barren north-western Thar Desert, Rajasthan shares the border with the neighbouring Pakistan to the west, Gujarat to south, MadhyaPradesh to east and Delhi to north. Rajasthan literally means the Land of Kings. This famed romantic state of Kings, warriors, forts and palaces casts a charm on everyone who visits it. Forts, palaces and temples built in sandstone and marble dot the landscape. The state seems to be right out of a fairy tale with caravans, brightly coloured costumes and deserts. Fine carvings on the majestic façade, the palaces and temples with intricate filigreed work and some originally adorned with precious and semiprecious stones, the sights are mesmerizing. Today, more and more of the castles, forts and country estates are being converted into hotels making travel to the most inaccessible outposts easy. From the richly painted havelis (mansions) of Shekhawati in the north to the magnificent Jain temples of Mount Abu or Ranakpur in the south, the state's wealth of history and art provides a unique experience. history is entangled with real life stories of great warriors – depicting the great example of conquest and sacrifices. The trails which takes a tourists on a path to explore the vividness of the vibrant Rajasthan is obviously more than what words can speak! Colorful festivals, art & culture, forts and palaces, winds of sand dunes, dance of enjoyments, camel safari etc. are the best showcase of Rajasthan glorious history.The world famous Palaces of Jaipur, vast desert and forts of Jodhpur, Lakes of Udaipur, and desert safari of Bikaner and Jaisalmer are among the frequently visited destination of many tourists, Indian as well as foreigners. Here is a list of some of the popular tourist places to visit in Rajasthan:.Rajasthan lies in the vast golden desert of Thar, in its majestic forts and romantic lakes. The intricately carved temples, and a charming mix of colours is what makes Rajasthan the most vibrant state of India!

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Golden Triangle

The magical Golden Triangle in India is one of the country's most popular tourist circuits. Comprising Three Cities Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, it gets its name from the Golden triangle Tours that these cities form. Roughly located an equal distance of around 200-250 kilometers from each other in northern India, the cities provide a classic and unforgettable introduction to the country and its charms.Delhi is the capital city of India. It strikingly evokes the ancient past while at the same time showcases India's modern future. It's divided into two parts -- Old Delhi and New Delhi. The Old City which was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. However, New Delhi overlays the site of seven ancient cities.If Old Delhi is known for its narrow packed streets, then New Delhi is where you find several posh districts, malls, and Government administrative buildings. Delhi has an array of attractions that include Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Lodhi Gardens, Humayun Tomb, Akshardham Temple, Red Fort, and more. Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.It is located at the banks of river Yamuna, Agra is the home of India's most famous monument and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and has a rich history dating back to 1630 AD.It's actually a tomb that contains the body of Mumtaz Mahal –- the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. He had it built as an ode to his love for her. It's made out of marble and took 22 years and 20 000 workers to complete. Visit the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. This amazing white marble beauty is so beautifully designed that every year thousands of tourists visit Golden triangle Agra just to have a look of Taj. Apart of Taj Mahal, other places to visit in Agra are red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Like Jaipur, here also you will find an amazing market.Go shopping. Agra is famous for gem stones, marble made articles, jewelry, rugs, leather items and ethnic handicrafts. Jaipur is the Golden Triangle City. Jaipur also popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. During the British rule in India, Jaipur was the capital of the princely state of Jaipur. Founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, the city today has a population of more than 3.5 million.Jaipur is a very famous Golden triangle tourist and education destination in India. Lots of people flock to Jaipur to view the various forts and monuments in Jaipur which reflect its glorious past. Tourism is a significant part of Jaipur's economy. Some of the world's best hotels are located here.There are some popular forts and Golden Triangle palaces. Amber Fort, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal and Jaigarh Fort are the major tourist sites in Jaipur. Jaipur is also called as the “Shoppers’ Paradise”. People love to enjoy window shopping here. Jaipur is famous as Pink City as most of the buildings of Jaipur are painted in pink.It is the first planned city of India and therefore, visited by both domestic and foreign tourists.

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China

China lies just north of the Himalayas, a short flight away from India's northern and eastern cities. The world's third largest country, about twice the size of India, China extends 5,500 km from north to south and 5,200 km from east to west. The area measures approximately 9.6 million sq km, embracing roughly one fourth of Asia and one fifteenth of the world's land mass. Tens of thousands of years of history and culture coexist across China's vast canvas. There's more to see and experience in China than all the seven continent.China spans nearly 50 degrees in latitude, from tropical and subtropical zones in the south to the frigid-zone in the north. As a consequence, temperatures differ strikingly from region to region. The Heilongjiang Province in the north has long winters but no summers. Hainan Island in the south has long summers but no winters. Some regions experience distinctive seasonal changes. Others experience spring all the year round. The northwest inland has hot summers and cold winters. The QinghaiTibet Plateau in southwest China records low temperatures through the year. Most deserts remain bone dry through the four seasons. The topography of China is among the most spectacular in the world.1.5 billion people live here, comprising 21 percent of the world's population. 56 ethnic groups, each with its unique brand of culture, coexist in harmony, equal under the law. 92 percent – the vast majority – belong to the Han community, while the other 55 ethnic groups make up the rest.Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Christianity flourish in China. Freedom of religious belief is a birth right under the law.China, like India, is an ancient civilization, rich in profound cultural accumulations over 5000 years. Remains of remote antiquity, the Chinese Stone Age, the 'Yuanmou Man' of 1.7 million years ago, the 'Lantian Man' of 800,000 years ago, and the 'Peking Man' of 700,000 years ago, are still visible. Primitive society spawned the slave era in the 21st century BC. Then came the feudal era (770476 BC) and the period of Warring States (475221 BC). Next, a succession of dynasties followed, among them Qin (221206 BC), Han (206 BC220 AD), Tang (618907), Song (9601279), Yuan (12711368), Ming (13681644) and Qing (16441911). Each dynasty introduced its unique brand of architecture and technology, art and handicrafts. Many of these ancient and medieval legacies live on, cast in bronze and porcelain and woven in silk. The sophistication of medieval gardens and homes, preserved to the last fine detail, still evokes a sense of wonder. The Great Wall, the only manmade structure visible from the moon, stands testimony to the scale and brilliance of Chinese ingenuity. The most recent chapter of China's history began as recently as October 1, 1949, with the founding of the People's Republic of China. Since that historical date China has charted a course towards justice and social equality, agricultural and industrial growth, large scale infrastructure development and global influence and fulfillment of 21st century expectations.

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Hongkong&Macau

Hong Kong is a city, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Vibrant and densely populated, it’s a major port and global financial center famed for its tower-studded skyline. It’s also known for its lively food scene – from Cantonese dim sum to extravagant high tea – and its shopping, with options spanning chaotic Temple Street Night Market to the city’s innumerable bespoke tailors.At first glance, Hong Kong is nothing short of daunting: a thicket of skyscrapers perched on a South China Sea island. But the city can be one of the most engaging and unexpectedly beautiful urban spectacles on Earth.Hong Kong explodes with life daily; every square inch occupied by someone selling, buying or simply taking in the view.Yet behind the whirl of people and red and cream taxis, Hong Kong has a more reflective side, although you’re unlikely to find it atop the Peak.Dominating the city skyline, Victoria Peak towers to 552m (1811 ft) and was once home to a sleepy neighbourhood of colonial villas occupied by the British officials that ran the metropolis until it was handed back to China in 1997.Guarantees aimed at securing freedom of speech and elected political representation were enshrined in the treaty, although the latter remains elusive as the 2014 Umbrella Protests made only too clear. Don’t expect to be left in peace to enjoy the view at the Peak - it is no less bustling here than anywhere else.Back down in the city, there’s no shortage of things to do. Explore the backstreets and unexpected traditional temples of Central, then step into the sensory overload of Mongkok where markets selling live birds sit side by side with medicine shops and hipster boutiques crammed with chic threads.Causeway Bay, just across Victoria Harbour, is another shopping mecca and boasts stores and stalls selling a truly mindboggling array of wares.The preponderance of buildings, shops and people can leave you thinking that Hong Kong is nothing more than a vast urban sprawl, but that’s not quite true. Quaint fishing villages, gorgeous beaches and a network of cycling and hiking trails are a short bus ride away.Nowhere is lovelier than the Kadoorie Farm’s striking series of elegant gardens, but after just a little peace, you’ll soon miss the bustle and tussle of Hong Kong.Macau, also spelled Macao, is a tiny Chinese territory that is about 30 square kilometers in size. It is a fusion of East and West in lifestyles, architecture, and food. Known for its huge casinos and being the world's top gambling city, it boasts some popular attractions for tourists to visit.Macau is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. Located on the southeast coast of China, it borders Guangdong Province of mainland China to the north. It is about 60 kilometers (37 miles) to the southwest of Hong Kong.It takes about one hour to get there by ferry from Hong Kong and about four hours by air from Beijing.Macau consists of the Macau Peninsula itself and the islands of Taipa and Coloane, which are now connected by landfill forming the Cotai strip.

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Vietnam&Cambodia

Lying on the eastern part of the Indochinese peninsula, Viet Nam is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S”. China borders it to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south.The country’s total length from north to south is 1,650km. Its width, stretching from east to west, is 600km at the widest point in the north, 400km in the south, and 50km at the narrowest part, in the centre, in Quang Binh Province. The coastline is 3,260km long and the inland border is 4,510km.Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the C? Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the C? Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Its busy capital, Phnom Penh, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. In the country's northwest lie ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire.

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Himalayas

Think as far into the past as you can, of an age when Indian subcontinent was part of present day Africa. They the sea swelled, the geo plates shifted and India broke away and drifted to Asian plate. It crashed into the Asian Plate with such a force that the prehistoric Tethys sea disappeared and gave birth to a new mountain range – The Himalayas. The land masses are still colliding into one another and the Himalayas are still gaining height.These lofty mountains are home to world’s highest peaks in territory that is still not wholly mapped. This is really lonely corner of the planet. The Himalayas are divided into three major divisions- The Karakoram, Himachal and Sivalik hills which span from the Ladakh in North west to the minor mountains and hills of north east.The higher reaches are snow capped throughout the year, have no vegetation or animals and have very low oxygen levels. The indomitable spirit of mankind has reached even this inhospitable terrain to establish temples of faith and monasteries of peace. The Hindu and Buddhist pilgrim centres are a wonder here in these forlorn far reaches.The shepherd nomads roam these semi arid wilderness with their herds of yak and sheep. Endangered animals like the snow leopards, himalyan lynx and fox cohabit with the Sherpas and other tribes.The fast flowing rapids of the mountain rivers, the craggy mountain faces, snow covered slopes, hot water springs and the biting cold are inviting for the rough band of ‘adventurists’ who come from all parts of the world to test the extreme. White water rafting, trekking, pilgrimage, mountaineering, rock climbing, para sailing, sky jumping, skiing, biking, rallying and the list goes on, the reasons for being in the Himalayas anytime of the year. Pack your bags and get going!

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Jammu&Kashmir

The northern most state of India, Jammu & Kashmir, has been known as' Jannat' i.e. Heaven in Urdu language. The breathtaking beauty, crisp air, snow covered peaks, high altitude passes, varied culture and cuisine give it the name. It consists of three regions differing in topography and culture - Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Ladakh, the Land of Passes, is the northernmost province of the State and lies beyond the Kashmir Valley over the famous Zozi La Pass. It marks the boundary between the peaks of the western Himalayas and the vast Tibetan plateau. It is a magical land completely different from the green landscape of other parts of the Himalayas with barren mountains, lush-green river valleys, deep blue skies, fascinating monasteries and numerous lakes full of bird life. It has become one of the most popular summer destinations. It is the abode of rare Kiang (wild ass) and highland Yak. Leh, the main city of the region lies at the Tri-junction of the historic silk route from Sinkiang to West Asia and to the plains of India.Ladakh has one of the best living traditions of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. In the Kashmir valley, Muslims form the majority and in Jammu, it is the Hindus. The Kashmir Valley, north of Jammu, is afertile verdant region enclosed by high snow-capped ridges of the Pir Panjal range to the west and south and the main Himalayan range to the east. Its population is predominantly Muslim with a rich Islamic history that can be traced to the 14th century. The Mughal rulers were always happy to retreat here from the heat of the plains. They developed their formal garden style art to its greatest heights in Kashmir. The State's summer capital Srinagar is located in this valley. The region of Jammu includes the city of Jammu, situated on the north Indian plains, a short distance from the Shivalik Hills. North of the Shivaliks the rest of the Jammu region is drained by the Chenab River whose vast catchment area includes several narrow valleys that extend deep into the high Himalayas. The region of Jammu is predominantly Hindu, although there are small Muslim communities. Jammu was the stronghold of Hindu Dogra kings and abounds with popular temples and secluded forest retreats.

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Thailand

Thailand needs no introduction. Famous the world over as a popular tourist destination, Thailand is visited by millions of visitors, drawn to its pristine beaches and aquamarine seas, as well as its rich culture, glitzy shopping malls, chic boutiques and colourful markets crammed with bargains.Beach tourism at Phuket, Pattaya and Hua Hin, solitary palm-fringed islands, converted rice barge, jungle tree house or stay in a hill tribe village, Thailand offers a wealth of choice for every taste and budget. The cultural traditions in dance and music from the country are also very appealing and classical in form. The architecture and the handicrafts from Thailand have inspired people from all walks of life. Largely Buddhist, Thailand is a great place to get introduced to this peaceful religion. Early morning, one can see saffron-robed monks leave the sanctuary of their wats (temples) to receive alms from the people continuing their age old traditions. Buddhism is a way of life here. The official language of Thailand is the Thai language, a Kradai language closely related to Lao, Shan in Burma, and numerous smaller languages spoken in an arc from Hainan and Yunan south to the Malaysian border. It is the principal language of education and government and spoken throughout the country. Thai cuisine is gaining popularity around the world. The exquisite seafood dishes are less spicy compared to other south east Asian countries. Hospitality is an art that the Thais have mastered. One has to just visit and be pampered.

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Nepal

The erstwhile Himalayan kingdom of Nepal has long been a favourite with mountaineers, white water rafting enthusiasts, rock climbers, trekkers and the kind. But Nepal has more in store. This Hindu Kingdom with strong Buddhist traditions is a must see destination for reasons more than one.The picturesque mountain villages on craggy mountain slopes and lush green valleys appeal to the romantic heart. Time seems to have stood still in these tiny villages where people still have traditional farming methods and herding practices. In some of the more remote villages, they still have the barter system of trade.The country changed from a monarchy to a republic recently after a short crisis. Today the young nation is going all out to promote tourism and use the money earned thus to engage in development activities.The temples and monasteries strewn along the winding trails show glimpses of ancient Hindu and Buddhist culture. The natural scenic beauty of Pokhara and Dhulikhel is complemented by views of the most incredible sunrise and sunset. Bhaktapur is a devotee's delight, with its ancient temples built in the medieval style. Mt. Everest, the highest point of the Himalayas is in Nepal and is a major attraction for serious mountaineers and tourists alike. A visit to the Everest base camp is often a must-do on travel itineraries.

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Dubai

One of most important countries of the Middle east, UAE is a federation of seven states or emirates, each ruled by an emir. An oil rich nation, UAE has transformed itself after oil was discovered here at the turn of past century. Today UAE is a mix of old, modern and futuristic architecture, lifestyle where people a high level of income. The deserts, the coast and beaches, the major reclamation projects in Dubai and elsewhere and the friendly people have gone a long way to make UAE and Dubai in particular a hot tourist destination. From the timeless tranquility of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. Opulent hotels, futuristic airport & spaceport, dream like shopping malls, swank offices and luxury resorts have now firmly established as one of the world's top short break and holiday destinations. It is really awe inspiring how a nation that was but sleepy little sheikdoms reliant on fishing and pearls to a modern and sleek country. The UAE's capital, located on an island connected to the mainland by two bridges, is increasingly developing visitor attractions. Dubai It is where the world goes to shop.The rise of this Arab emirate from a small hamlet to the futuristic city of the world is in itself a story that other cities of the world look up to. Today, Dubai city scape has the most modern buildings; they have even built luxurious hotel under the sea. It seems nothing can stop Dubai. Glitzy malls, swanky cars, high profile business and the mega island resort projects, all make it the favourite stopover for transcontinental business magnates,the rich and the promised land for the numerous people from other developing who work and live here.

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Maldives

It just appears out of nowhere in the Indian Ocean. Barely visible when you fly across, the tiny islands of Maldives zoom into view only when you are headed for it. The Republic of Maldives is a beautiful string of low-lying coral islands in the Indian Ocean, a paradise for anyone who wants to enjoy leisure at its best. Like the Indian territory of Lakshadweep a bit further north, the islands here are called atolls. The country's 26 natural atolls offer numerous delights from night-fishing trips to windsurfing and scuba-diving. The white sandy beaches, the exotic lagoons, the crystal clear sea and abundant marine life make it a perfect destination for fun, leisure and family. Tourism is one of the major industries in the country. There are many nice getaway resorts on the coast where you can just laze around or if you are adventurous go snorkelling with expert help and supervision. Yachting off the coast is also popular.Populated mostly with muslims, Maldives also has some Hindus and Christians. The language they speak is Mahl. It is a peaceful country with good international relations.The fact that Maldives are low-lying (80% of the territory is less than 1m/3.3ft above sea level), makes it perfect for snorkeling and one can view the coral life at close quarters. Global warming is adversely affecting this little natural wonder and the internal community need to take some concrete steps or we might loose this beautiful country altogether.

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Malaysia

Malaysia, truly Asia goes the campaign and truly it lives up to its name. The vibrant mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigeneous tribes have created culture that make it a colourful and intriguing country. Consisting of the islands of Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah, Malyasia was a British dominion once. British brought in Indians to work on the Rubber plantations. But long before Indian and Chinese empires had ruled the islands as it lay in path of major international sea routes. Chola and Pallava dynasties ruled it for a long time and this may be the reason of large number of Tamils in the country Timber from the forests and Rubber from the plantations have been synonymous with Malaysia. But its beautiful islands and tropical rainforests were discovered as prime tourist spots only later. The Malaysian cuisine is also delectable. Milky white sandy beaches, forests with exotic species Orangutans, monkeys and reptiles and a colourful culture with heritage monuments attract all kinds of tourists to the country from luxury seekers to naturalists, adventure specialists and more. Majority of the population is Muslim and Islam the official religion; but the country has kept alive the traditions of minority religions like Hinduism and Buddhism by giving them religious freedom. The heritage monuments of other faiths also well protected. Modern Malaysian cities vie for attention with their architectural superstructures like Petros towers. Modern malls and parks and recreation centers all keep the tourist busy exploring.

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Singapore

The tiny country, just 710 sq kms, from the east which has won the praise and hearts of people around the world, Singapore is an example of man’s will for sustainable development. Known in the earlier times as Simhapur, which means land of Lion, Singapore today attributes its name to the famous merlion statue. A melting pot of races from various parts of Asia, the country rose to prominence as a trading outpost of British colonial power. In its two short centuries of existence, Singapore has baffled everyone. Nowadays offering a vivid combination of ultra-modern skyscrapers, remnants of tropical rainforest and colourful ethnic urban areas, each with a character very much of their own. A nation known for its cleanliness, it has been criticized for its many seemingly petty regulations, such as the banning of chewing gum - but crime is virtually unknown, and it is one of the world's safest places to visit. And, the visitor is spoilt for choice, for things to see and do, and in terms of vibrant nightlife, its rich cultural mix, and a whole planet's worth of culinary experiences. Singapore is a veritable feast for the senses, a heady mixture of the familiar and the exotic. It suits all budgets, too, presenting a happy collision of opposites - grand and expensive at the famed Raffles Hotel, but low-key and cheap (but good) in the food markets of Bugis Junction and Clarke Quay

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South India

Surrounded by the seas on three sides, peninsular India is also known as south India comprising the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry, Goa and Karnataka. Here we have included the islands of Lakshadweep and Andamans to the region. Lakshadweep is of coral origin with smaller islands making the archipelago. Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the east are of volcanic origin and still have indigenuous tribes like Onge, Shompen etc on some of the islands. Mainland south India has a distinct culture when compared to northern India. However, Goa and Pondicherry have a distinct colonial heritage and culture. While Goa has the Portugese effect, Pondycherry has the French influence.The Dravidian culture as it is called is believed to be the culture of the original inhabitants of India who were pushed south to the Deccan Plateau by invading armies of Aryans and others. The Deccan Plateau lies to the south of the Vindhya and Satpura ranges and extends upto the Cauvery basin. The region boasts highly developed skills in architecture, astronomy, sea faring and systems of medicine. Since ancient times, the ports of these states maintained trading relations to far off lands like Arabs, Chinese and south east Asians. Even today, we see the cultural effect of these trade ties on entire south east Asia. Each state has long coastline with some of the best beaches, natural harbours and ports. The topography consists of the semi arid Deccan plateau and the mountains of Western and Eastern Ghats on either side with dense forests and beaches of every sort on the coast. The forest cover on Ghats is home to many exotic species of birds and animals. It also has most beautiful gorges and waterfalls resplendent in their glory in the months soon after monsoons. The temples of Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Karnataka have distinctive styles. Hewn out of granite, these are imposing structures carved with a finesse that one can but marvel at. The Cholas and Pallavas were some of the greatest temple builders. The mammoth temples of Madurai, Tanjore, Chidambaram etc were built in an era when only manual and animal power was available. Temple architecture in Kerala is a mix of this style and its own style of wood carvings and murals. After the fall of Kakatiyas of Warangal, the south too came under influence of Muslim rulers who brought with them distinctive architecture and culture. Of note is the heritage of towns like Bijapur and Hyderabad. The Qutb shahi rulers built the timeless monuments like Charminar. The Kingdom of Vijayanagara further south also had the influence of Islam, though a Hindu state. Its chieftains, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were great warriors who kept the colonial powers at bay for long. The south also has one of the finest traditions in silk. Handwoven by expert weavers, they come from different region, each with a distinctive style. Bronze, brass and bell metal statues and vessels are other superlative products of the region. Sandalwood and spices are some of the other attractions of the region. The temples have also been the birthplace of classical music and dance forms. Kuchipudi from Andhra, Bharatanatyam from Tamil Nadu and Mohini Attom from Kerala are few examples. For an art buff, there are many festivals held across south India which showcase the performing arts, classical music and dance. Temples, palaces, backwaters, houseboat cruises, ayurveda, delectable cuisine, arts and crafts, wildlife, beaches and natural beauty- south has it all to be on your tour itinerary.

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India

India. A country that is often referred to as a subcontinent… It extends from the mighty Himalayas in the north to the fathomless Indian Ocean to the south. The second most populous country, it speaks over 15 different languages and about 100 different dialects, follows a multitude of faiths, celebrates thousands of festivals, eats a variety of cuisine, have traits of a heterogeneous mix of all races, exists in the ancient and ultra modern forms, is an enigma and functions as a democratic nation. A civilization more than 5000 year old, looted, plundered and colonized by many but resilient as ever, India grew rich in culture and colour while she braved, invaders, gave asylum to refuge seeker, put forth the most peaceful principles of life and remained content in her disarming simplicity. Blazing hot deserts, freezing cold mountains, lush tropical forests, coral islands, enchanting backwaters, surging rivers, the topography of the country supports flora and fauna beyond imagination. Exotic and endemic species, many of which are endangered populate the wilderness. Tigers, Elephants, Cobras, Hornbills, Lion tailed macaque, sambhar, one horned Rhino, red Panda, narrow long snout crocodile called Gharial, snow leopard and so on. Hinduism, the prominent religion, is intimately woven into the fabric of everyday life, reflected in an extraordinary range of time-honoured traditions. Apart from its ancient spiritual framework, India's vastness also challenges the imagination, being home to one sixth of the world's population. Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Zorastrianism, Bahaism and multitude of ethnic beliefs also give strength to the diversity. The most frequently visited part of India is the Golden Triangle, comprised of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The main cities are New Delhi in the north, Mumbai (Bombay) in the west, Chennai(Madras) & Bengaluru(Bangalore) in the south and Kolkata (Calcutta) in the east. The holy city of Varanasi and the awe-inspiring temples of Tamil Nadu are rewarding places of pilgrimage. For those in search of tropical bliss, there are the palm-fringed beaches of Goa and Kerala. And for fresh air and serenity, India abounds in destinations. India is Vibrant, tranquil, peaceful, adventurous, wild, wise, simple and yet complex. Come, and discover for yourself.

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Kerala

Mythology has it that Kerala was carved out of sea by the sage Vishwamitra. When his wrath had stained mainland India with the blood of the thousand slain Kshatriyas, he created Kerala out of sea by throwing an axe into the sea to be populated by the pure minded. This land is indeed pure and pristine. Kerala is one of the most popular tourist destinations. The tropical Sun, long stretch of beach on the west and misty hills in the east, rains for large periods of the year have given rise to a unique landscape blessed backwaters and perennial rivers. The land is fertile and supports dense tropical rain forests and lush green paddy fields and tea plantations. The famous beaches of Kovalam, Varkala, Kappad and others have been making tourists return year after year for more. Historic towns, lush forests and tranquil hill stations attract globetrotter from every nook and corner of the world. Kerala also owes its popularity to reasons such as easy accessibility, widespread use of English, friendly people and superlative food and accommodation. An added attraction is the authentic Ayurveda treatments provided here. But one of the most important things to do while in Kerala is go on a houseboat cruise on the backwaters. These riceboats fashioned with comfortable interiors helps you discover the real Kerala and absolute peace. And be sure to enjoy the sumptuous Kerala Sadya, a feast served on plantain leaf.

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Bhutan

It is the Kingdom which has given a new value for development- Gross National Happiness. Studies have shown that it has one of most happy people on the planet, just a mere 3% unhappy. The sustainable development that Bhutan has adopted with strong traditions and value has generally helped it obtain this enviable status. Tropical jungles in the south with elephants, rhinoceros, and tigers, coniferous forest in the mid region with leopards, mountain goats, bears, and variety of bird life, and blue sheep and snow leopards in the high temperature zones. Through centuries of self-imposed isolation Bhutan has been able to preserve its spectacular environment and nurture its unique culture. Drawing inspiration from its neighbour, Tibet, Tantric Buddhism has flourished and influenced art, crafts, architecture for hundreds of years, and has shaped the Bhutanese way of lifeThe breathtaking mountains and the tapestry of Buddhist culture make Bhutan unique. Life moves at a leisurely pace in these parts of the world. The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means 'Land of the Thunder Dragon'. The landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The distinctive, elaborately decorated facades are a memorable sight here. Shopping for traditional handicrafts in the many markets and emporiums is a visitor's delight with exotic papier-mâché masks, prayer wheels, handmade paper and silk or woolen apparel on display. Two must-do sites are the Trashi Chhoe Dzong or the fortress of Glorious Religion, and the Memorial Chorten. Much of Bhutanese history is lost in legends as most of the evidence in manuscripts or otherwise was lost in a great fir in 10th century. Belief is that the first major event was the arrival of Guru Rinpoche, believed to have brought Mahayana Buddhism from Tibet in the eighth century. Bhutan, the world's last Mahayana Buddhist kingdom, became a coherent political entity around the 17th century and has never been conquered or ruled by another foreign power. The state religion is Vajrayana Buddhism, and the population is predominantly Buddhist, with Hinduism being the second-largest religion. The capital and largest city is Thimphu. After centuries of direct monarchic rule, Bhutan held its first democratic elections in March 2008. Bhutan is like a picture for you to explore and discover. A visit to this fabled land will ever remain in your memories.

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Srilanka

SRILANKA Variously called the emerald isle and green paradise, Sri Lanka is really a country like no other. Culturally and naturally rich, the island has long been famous for its precious gems. Through history this southern neighbour of India has been conquered by Indians, Portuguese, Dutch and British who left their marks here, making for a delightful mix of ancient cities, monuments and atmospheric colonial architecture. Tourism is one of the major industries here and it took a major hit after the 2004 Tsunami which ravaged the coastline of the island. But the lure of this beautiful land draws tourists again. The beautiful beaches, tropical forests, ancient culture and heritage sites are just some reasons to visit the country. In ancient times the Arabs referred to this island as Serendib, the origin of the word 'serendipity'. The name Sri Lanka means 'resplendent land' and the island nation truly lives up to the epithet. A multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society, the native Sinhalese in Sri Lanka is predominantly Buddhist but there is a Tamil minority which adheres to Hinduism. . Traditional arts and crafts like woodcarving, weaving, pottery and metalwork are highly developed. The archaeological sites show Buddhist, Hindu and colonial heritage of the nation. There are Dutch forts and churches as well as British clubs and courthouses. There are seven World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka, which include ancient cities, temples and the Sinharaja rainforests. Kandy, with the 16th Century Temple of the Tooth; Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's first capital city; Galle, Negombo and Pollonaruwa; Adam's Peak, just out of Colombo; Sigiriya Fort, and so goes on the long list. The warm and friendly people are unassuming and befriend the tourist easily and make you feel at home. The Sri Lankan cuisine is irresistible. And then of course, there's enough sun and surf here for an ideal beach holiday. Bentota and Hikkaduwa are two of the famous spots, but luxurious beach resorts are located all over the country and are perfect destinations for rest and relaxation. Adventure sports facilities here are topnotch, from windsurfing, diving and snorkeling to rafting, canoeing and trekking, there are thrills galore! The 103 rivers and streams in Sri Lanka create some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Sri Lanka is indeed a photo opportunity of a lifetime with it natural wealth and cultural beauty. It has many national parks and sanctuaries with exotic wildlife like Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bears and a great variety of tropical birds.

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