India is surrounded by several magical countries that are each destinations in their own right. Neighbouring Nepal to the North has an astonishing combination of adventurous attractions and exotic landscapes. From monasteries to mountains, with the vibrant capital of Khatmandu as it throbbing heart, Nepal is often the base for activities in the Himalayas or Annapurna range. It also has game reserves, hundreds of historic sites, and handicrafts galore.
To the Northeast, Bhutan straddles ancient and modern with a distinct and amazing cultural identity. One of the last great Himalayan kingdoms it places more emphasis on personal happiness than wealth. Combining the unique culture, undisturbed heritage and scenic beauty, Bhutan is an exclusive destination unlike anywhere else on earth. Off India’s South coast, Siri Lanka is remarkable in its diversity. This is an island full of endless beaches, crumbling ruins, friendly people, popular surf breaks, famous tea and remarkable engineering, watched over by towering Buddhist statues.
The Maldives, adrift in the Indian Ocean south and slightly west of the subcontinent, offer the epitome of an island paradise: pristine white beaches, azure waters, generous hospitality and an idyllic climate.
On all sides, India is bordered by extraordinary sights and experiences.
The world’s best beaches in the Maldives | Being one of few foreigners to experience the Bhutan way of life | Himalayan experiences in Nepal | The 8 UNESCO World Heritage sights in Siri Lanka
− India has a vast coastline of over 7000km
− India has both the second coldest place on the earth as well as places that experience temperatures over 50°C