34 days in Asia Itinerary

34 days in Asia Itinerary

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1
Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
2
Herat, Afghanistan
— 3 nights
3
Bamyan, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
4
Kabul, Afghanistan
— 3 nights
5
Lumbini, Nepal
— 2 nights
6
Sauraha, Nepal
— 2 nights
7
Pokhara, Nepal
— 2 nights
8
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
9
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
10
Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
11
Islamabad, Pakistan
— 2 nights
12
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
— 2 nights

2
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Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

Mazar-i-Sharif ©
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.

Plan my Mazar-i-Sharif trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

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 °F and lows about °F. On the 5th (Tue), you're off to Herat.

Things to do in Mazar-i-Sharif

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Green Mosque
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Blue Mosque ©
Blue Mosque
Green Mosque ©
Green Mosque

3
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Herat, Afghanistan

Herat ©
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 Jami's Tomb. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Friday Mosque and Musalla Minarets of Herat. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Khawaja Ghaltan Shrine and don't miss a visit to Herat Citadel.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Herat road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mazar-i-Sharif to Herat takes 13 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Herat can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. On the 8th (Fri), you're off to Bamyan.

Things to do in Herat

Historic Sites
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Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum ©
Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum
Friday Mosque ©
Friday Mosque
Musalla Minarets of Herat ©
Musalla Minarets of Herat

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Bamyan, Afghanistan

Bamyan ©
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

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Band-e-Amir National Park ©
Band-e-Amir National Park
Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) ©
Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City)

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Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul
A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the galleries of National Museum of Afghanistan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Babur Gardens Mosque, get outside with Kabul Golf Club, explore the different monuments and memorials at Christian Cemetery, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Qargha Reservoir, and finally don't miss a visit to Bibi Mahroo Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Bagh-e Babur, make a trip to Babur Tomb, make a trip to Id Gah Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abdul Rahman Khan Mosque, thenadmire the striking features of Darul Aman Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ziarat-e Sakhi.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kabul 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

Side Trip

Bagh-e Babur
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Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque
Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque
Babur Gardens Mosque ©
Babur Gardens Mosque
Pul-e Kheshti Mosque ©
Pul-e Kheshti Mosque

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Lumbini, Nepal

Lumbini ©
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, thentake 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, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mother Temple of the Graduated Path to Enlightenment, thenappreciate 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 °F, and evening lows to °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

Lumbini Sanskritik
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
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Lumbini Monastic Site ©
Lumbini Monastic Site
Maya Devi Temple ©
Maya Devi Temple
Chinese Temple ©
Chinese Temple

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Sauraha, Nepal

Sauraha ©
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 °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Sauraha

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
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Chitwan National Park ©
Chitwan National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tharu Cultural Museum and Research Center ©

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Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara ©
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, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Devi's Fall, thenHead 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 °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Pokhara

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) ©
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake)
Climbing Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu ©
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, thentake 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, thensteep yourself in history at Kathmandu Durbar Square, thentake 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.

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

Things to do in Kathmandu

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Bhaktapur, Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar)
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Nyatapola Temple ©
Nyatapola Temple
Changu Narayan ©
Changu Narayan
55 Window Palace ©
55 Window Palace

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Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
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, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Lungta Handicraft.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Thimphu day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kathmandu to Thimphu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Traveling from Kathmandu to Thimphu, you'll lose 0.2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kathmandu in January, things will get little chillier in Thimphu: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Pele La, Phajoding Monastery, Lhakhang Nagpo
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Phajoding Monastery ©
Phajoding Monastery
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Simtokha Dzong ©
Simtokha Dzong

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Paro, Bhutan

Paro ©
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, thencontemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, thencontemplate 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, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Druk Choeding, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri, and finally contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paro trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Paro takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Islamabad.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
Rinpung Dzong ©
Rinpung Dzong
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

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Islamabad, Pakistan

Islamabad ©
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.
Visit Faisal Mosque and Golrah Shrine for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Taxila Ruins and Dharmarajika Stupa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Islamabad: Jaulian Buddhist Monastery (in Taxila) and Karakoram Highway (in Hassan Abdal). There's lots more to do: hike along Trail 6, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Thomas Church, head outdoors with Trail 5, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bird Aviary.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Islamabad trip planner.

You can fly from Paro to Islamabad in 14.5 hours. Traveling from Paro to Islamabad, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Islamabad is somewhat warmer than Paro - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dhaka City.

Things to do in Islamabad

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Taxila, Karakoram Highway
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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Jaulian Buddhist Monastery ©
Jaulian Buddhist Monastery
Faisal Mosque ©
Faisal Mosque
Taxila Ruins ©
Taxila Ruins

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Dhaka City ©
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 Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque. Popular historic sites such as Panam Nagar and Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, Dhaka. are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chawkbazar Shahi Mosque, 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 Parks Nature

Side Trips

Alutila Cave, Panam Nagar
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
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Lalbag Fort ©
Lalbag Fort
Panam Nagar ©
Panam Nagar
Sonargaon ©
Sonargaon

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