India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, and Nepal make up a mosaic of contrast and unique exoticism. Countries in Indian subcontinent that, throughout history, have learned to live with a nature that is already an essential part of their culture. In our next Top 10 of Experiences of Nature in the Indian subcontinent, we submerge in all those dream scenarios.
Top 10 countries in Indian subcontinent to visit
Feeling unique when contemplating how far the horizon is … While the sun sets in the Thar desert, Rajasthan (India). From the Aravalli mountains to the border with Pakistan, the Thar desert extends a range of options in the state of Rajasthan worthy of the Arabian Nights: camel treks, romantic cities such as Udaipur or mythical Jaisalmer , ancient ruins and many others experiences whose climax comes before any dusk between the dunes.
Good morning, Mr. Everest! You fly over the Himalayas, you greet Everest, and you write your story. The mountains of the Himalayas were always considered perfect places of meditation for monks who, on occasion, wandered alone through the lakes of the roof of the world. And travel to Nepal, a unique country where there are, becomes the perfect starting point through a trekking route through remote and magical scenarios around the highest peak in the world: Everest.
Minneriya National Park
Smile, after naming the baby of the elephant herd, during the migration during The Gathering, in Minneriya (Sri Lanka). Choosing the best national park among the many charms of Sri Lanka is not an easy task. Elephants, leopards, birds of colors … inhabitants of an ancient Ceylon that find their place in Minneriya National Park . The best place in Sri Lanka for sighting elephants becomes a wild paradise every September when The Gathering, or animal migrations, overshadow the most epic documentary you’ve ever seen.
Feeling small when you watch and a whale emerges that never ends (Sri Lanka). The Indian Ocean surrounds you. Calm, so big. And suddenly, everything seems to tremble. Something emerges from the waters and is shown to you like a sea god whose body never ends. If you are going to travel to Sri Lanka between the months of December and April, sighting blue and fin whales in the vicinity of beaches like Mirissa becomes a challenge for the senses.
Feeling immense, climbing to the Tiger’s Nest among forests and cliffs, seeing everything from above (Bhutan). They say that once, Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tigress to the top of one of the cliffs of the Paro Valley. It was there that he spent three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours, introducing Buddhism in Bhutan. Years later, the seven temples that make up the Tiger’s Nest (or Taktshang) continue to be the best reward for any adventurer.
Bandhavgarh National Park
A Bengal tiger faces you in Bandhavgarh National Park. High voltage!. Madhya Pradesh (India). While you travel the places that inspired The Jungle Book, you pray that fiction will come true. A jeep takes you through one of the best national parks in India, where the lazy bear or panther dwells until silence takes over. Then something moves and, suddenly, the Bengal tiger looks at you, aware of its position in a thousand-year-old jungle. Undoubtedly, one of the best nature experiences of the Indian subcontinent and the great natural attraction of any trip to India.
Crackle the chimney while you look up and you only see valleys, valleys, and more valleys and rivers, and more rivers … And nothing more (Bhutan). Traveling to haa valley does not only mean doing it to the country with the largest natural protected area in Asia but also to the happiest nation in the world. Two concepts are more related to each other than it seems. Because peering into valleys where the Internet is still unknown or seeing the red panda sleeping in the trees or simply inspiring the sweet air, are privileges that we do not have in everyday life …
Breathe deep, filling you with ozone, while it rains in the middle of tea fields in Tea Trails (Sri Lanka). Five tea plantations of green hills that still sigh the atmosphere of old times. This is Tea Trails, where the present and the past conspire to offer you a unique experience and to tend the tropics at your feet.
Return to the world of children, swimming among colorful fish, starfish, corals, turtles, and stingrays in Baros Maldives (Maldives). 26 atolls far from the Indian coast make up the Maldives. Dreamlike portions that confuse the visitor between fantasy and reality. A certainty that is increasing when, from the beach of Baros Maldives, the best resort in the Maldives , another blue adventure begins among tropical fish, turtles, manta rays or dolphins.
Balloon flight in Sri Lanka
Experiences of the Geographical Society of the Indies – Balloon flight in Sri Lanka. When you fly over the well-known teardrop in India, you reinvent the story, and you feel the same as Marco Polo and other travelers but from another perspective. A position that allows you to appreciate the contrasts of an island as colorful as Sri Lanka, open your heart to the wonders of ancient Ceylon and, in particular, to yourself and yours.
With which of these experiences of nature in the Indian subcontinent do you stay?