Central Asia

Uzbekistan
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Uzbekistan is a Central Asian nation and former Soviet republic. It's known for its mosques, mausoleums and other sites linked to the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Samarkand, a major city on the route, contains a landmark of Islamic architecture: the Registan, a plaza bordered by 3 ornate, majolica-covered madrassas dating to the 15th and 17th centuries.


Nepal
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Nepal is the definition of heaven for any mountain lover. From there you can access the most iconic Himalaya hikes, most of them who were spared by the 2015 earthquake. The only things as magnificent as the mountains are the city built in those mountains. The gigantic amount of temples and medieval cities all around the country is mind blowing. In the south, the landscape changes to a more jungle type.


India
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As the second largest country in the world by population, and the largest democracy, there is plenty happening in India. It is an incredibly diverse nation with a long religious history and many ancient empires. There are even 22 languages recognized by the government. The subcontinent’s geography is quite diverse as well, from the monstrous Himalayas in the North to an almost 5,000 mile coastline and the Ganges River. In India’s major cities such as Mumbai and New Delhi, you get a feel for the nation with its booming markets and street food and the stunning architecture in monuments like the Taj Mahal.


Bangladesh
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Bangladesh is located east of India on the Bay of Bengal. The country features a lush, fertile landscape due to the Ganges Delta formed from the convergence of three major rivers: Ganges, Meghna, and Jamuna. There are many forests in Bangladesh, and one of the most famous is the Sunderbans, which is also the world’s largest mangrove forest and home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. You can also explore the city of Dhaka, which has an “old city” that was the Mughal capital of Bengal and is filled with historic architecture. Find your perfect adventure in the South Asian gem of Bangladesh.


Russia
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The largest country in the world, Russia borders both the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. The terrain varies from warm beaches in the southeast to tundra and forests in the north. Moscow, the capital is on the Moskva River and is a metropolis for science, culture, and history. Here you can find St. Basil’s Cathedral and its interesting onion-shaped domes. St. Petersburg is another must-see; on the Baltic Sea, the city is the country’s cultural hot spot with attractions such as the Mariinsky Theatre, the State Hermitage Museum, and the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral.