34 days in Asia Itinerary

34 days in Asia Itinerary

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Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Herat, Afghanistan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bamyan, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
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Kabul, Afghanistan
— 3 nights
Fly to Gautam Buddha Airport, Drive to Lumbini
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Lumbini, Nepal
— 2 nights
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Sauraha, Nepal
— 2 nights
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Pokhara, Nepal
— 2 nights
Fly to Kathmandu, Drive to Kathmandu
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
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Islamabad, Pakistan
— 2 nights
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
— 2 nights
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Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

Surrounded by scenic mountains, Mazar-i-Sharif stands as one of the largest cities in the country.
Mazar-i-Sharif is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Mosque and don't miss a visit to Green Mosque.

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San Francisco, USA to Mazar-i-Sharif is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12.5 hours traveling from San Francisco to Mazar-i-Sharif. Traveling from San Francisco in January, things will get a bit cooler in Mazar-i-Sharif: highs are around 50°F and lows about 36°F. On the 5th (Tue), you're off to Herat.

Things to do in Mazar-i-Sharif

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

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Herat, Afghanistan

Sitting in a fertile river valley, the city of Herat has a diverse history spanning over 3,000 years.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum and Friday Mosque. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Khwaja Abd Allah Ansari Shrine and Herat Citadel.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Herat vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Mazar-i-Sharif to Herat takes 13 hours. In January in Herat, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 33°F at night. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel to Bamyan.

Things to do in Herat

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

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Bamyan, Afghanistan

Place of Shining Light

For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the history at Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and then steep yourself in history at Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Band-e-Amir National Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bamyan holiday site.

Traveling by car from Herat to Bamyan takes 17 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Kabul.

Things to do in Bamyan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

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Kabul, Afghanistan

A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the galleries of National Museum of Afghanistan, head outdoors with Kabul Golf Club, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Christian Cemetery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Qargha Reservoir. On the next day, stroll around Bagh-e Babur, don't miss a visit to Babur Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abdul Rahman Khan Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Darul Aman Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pul-e Kheshti Mosque.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kabul sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Bamyan to Kabul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lumbini.

Things to do in Kabul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

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Lumbini, Nepal

An important place of Buddhist pilgrimage, Lumbini represents the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha.
On the 14th (Thu), make a trip to Gautami Nuns Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chinese Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Viet Nam Tai Lumbini, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepal Vajrayana Mahavihara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Maya Devi Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lumbini Monastic Site. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Thrangu Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudan Stupa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mother Temple of the Graduated Path to Enlightenment, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kapilvastu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Thai Monastery.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Lumbini trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kabul to Lumbini. The time zone difference when traveling from Kabul to Lumbini is 1.2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sauraha.

Things to do in Lumbini

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

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Sauraha, Nepal

The tourist town of Sauraha stands on the edge of the Chitwan National Park and acts as the eastern gateway to a World Heritage-protected area.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chitwan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Tharu Cultural Museum and Research Center, explore the galleries of Sauraha Art Gallery, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sauraha online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Lumbini to Sauraha takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Sauraha sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Sauraha

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

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Pokhara, Nepal

Lake City

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the activities along Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Barahi temple, then take in the dramatic scenery at Devi's Fall, then Head underground at Gupteswar Gupha, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Sarangkot. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bindhya Basini Temple, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Peace Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pokhara trip maker tool.

Getting from Sauraha to Pokhara by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in January, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Pokhara

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

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Kathmandu, Nepal

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nyatapola Temple, steep yourself in history at 55 Window Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Changu Narayan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Siddhi Lakshmi Temple. On the next day, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then steep yourself in history at Kathmandu Durbar Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Boudhanath Stupa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kopan Monastery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kathmandu trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Pokhara to Kathmandu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Pokhara in January since evenings lows in Kathmandu dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Thimphu.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

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Thimphu, Bhutan

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Druk Wangyel Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lhakhang Nagpo, grab your bike and head to Pele La, get engrossed in the history at Folk Heritage Museum Kawajangsa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Lungta Handicraft.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Thimphu online trip maker.

Fly from Kathmandu to Thimphu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. You'll lose 0.2 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Thimphu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kathmandu in January, expect Thimphu to be slightly colder, temps between 57°F and 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:

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Paro, Bhutan

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.
On the 25th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House, then contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinpung Dzong. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Dasho Nishioka Chorten, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri, and finally contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong.

Make your Paro itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Thimphu to Paro in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Paro can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Islamabad.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

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Islamabad, Pakistan

The country's capital since 1963, Islamabad has the look and feel of a planned administrative city because, by and large, that's exactly what it is.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Faisal Mosque and Dharmarajika Stupa And Monastery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Taxila Ruins and Trail 5. Venture out of the city with trips to Karakoram Highway (in Hassan Abdal) and Jaulian Buddhist Monastery (in Taxila). There's still lots to do: get outside with Trail 6, take an in-depth tour of Pakistan Railways Heritage Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golrah Shrine, and hike along Trail 3.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Islamabad day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Paro to Islamabad takes 14.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Paro to Islamabad is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paro in January; daily highs in Islamabad reach 64°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Dhaka City.

Things to do in Islamabad

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lalbag Fort and Chawkbazar Shahi Mosque. Popular historic sites such as Panam Nagar and Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary’s Cathedral, stroll the grounds of Christian Cemetery, make a trip to Dhaka University Central Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Sonargaon.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dhaka City trip planner.

You can fly from Islamabad to Dhaka City in 12 hours. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dhaka City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Afghanistan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · National Parks
Often the central story in the evening news for the worst of reasons, Afghanistan remains a troubled country ravaged by internal conflict and shaken to its core by political instability. Although few travelers take a trip to Afghanistan for pleasure, this landlocked nation boasts breathtaking extremes of landscape and a rich history spanning over 2,000 years. Powerful empires came and went over the ages, leaving an indelible mark on Afghanistan's culture, arts, and religion. The last few decades have brought mostly chaos, from the invasion of the Soviets in 1979, to the 2001 offensive led jointly by NATO and American forces. Today, Afghanistan remains a battered though undeniably picturesque country slowly figuring out how to reinvent itself as a young democracy.

Nepal travel guide

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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

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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.

Pakistan travel guide

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Occupying territory inhabited since prehistoric times, Pakistan saw more than its share of ancient invaders, from the Bronze Age civilizations that thrived in the Indus Valley to the armies of Alexander of Macedonia. Each culture left a deep mark on the country's cultural heritage, shaping its religious traditions, art, and cuisine. Because of continued political instability in the region, few casual travelers consider a trip to Pakistan for pleasure, yet the intrepid explorers who do will discover a land blessed with numerous natural and cultural treasures. While thriving cities lie in the country's south, the remote and rarely visited north remains a wild frontier of soaring mountain ranges, which include K2, the world's second-highest mountain.

Bangladesh travel guide

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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.