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Asia Tour Company Explores Sacred Himalayan Kingdoms, Wildlife in India and Sri Lanka

Three New Asia Tours Offer Enticing Winter Getaways

Boulder, CO, October 24, 2011 – The fall Asia Transpacific Journeys (www.AsiaTranspacific.com), the U.S.’s leading tour company for travel to Asia and the Pacific, has introduced three new tour packages which offer travelers unprecedented access to sacred sites and centuries-old rituals, face-to-face meetings with formerly endangered wildlife and Asia’s secret island hotspot.

India: A Jungle Book Journey

India is famous for its dazzling cultural treasures. What is less well-known of the subcontinent is that it is home to some of Asia’s greatest wildlife. This extraordinary, 17-day journey departs beginning December 3, 2011 and features naturalist-guided travel by foot, elephant back and 4WD to three of India’s most important preserves; havens for the once nearly extinct, magnificent Bengal tiger as well as species as varied as one-horned Indian rhino, clouded leopard, sambar and spotted deer, wild Indian elephant, boar, jackal, fox, bison, many species of monkey and langur, and myriad bird species. Additional features of the itinerary:

  • Gorgeous eco-lodges and upscale hotels
  • Excellent chance of a wild tiger sighting
  • Elephant-back rhino safari
  • Access to remote areas of national parks
  • Special meetings and discussions with conservationists
  • Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
  • Magnificent fortresses, mosques and UNESCO sites
  • Witness cultural performance within temple grounds

 

Sri Lanka: A Journey with the World Wildlife Fund

In its new adventure to Sri Lanka, Asia Transpacific Journeys teams up with the World Wildlife Fund to offer a wildlife tour to Sri Lanka, a seldom-explored spot that is considered one of South Asia’s best-kept wildlife secrets.

Few destinations as geographically small as this island nation offer so many cultural treasures and such great wildlife biodiversity. Sri Lanka is considered a “super hotspot” for endemism and contains many unique plants, birds, reptiles and mammals. In fact, new species are still being discovered here. With a focus on the central and southern highlands, this March 2012 journey takes you to several national parks, and onto the calm seas off the southern coast.

Tour highlights for this 14-day itinerary with departures beginning March 1, 2010 include:

  • Explorations of four national parks, including an in-depth visit to Yala National Park to search for the elusive leopard.
  • Several opportunities to see wild elephants.
  • Whale-watching expeditions to look for blue and sperm whales, which congregate in high concentrations along the Sri Lankan coast at this time of year.
  • Visits to important cultural spots, including the Rock Fortress at Sigiriya and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

 

Sacred Mountain Kingdoms: Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan

The mountain kingdoms of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, thousands of feet above sea-level, hidden amidst the world’s highest peaks, stand literally and figuratively above the rest. A trip spotlighting the three UNESCO sites is ideal for those seeking adventure and spiritual perspective.

Departures for this 20-day excursion begin April 5, 2012 and travelers will enjoy an itinerary that includes:

  • Tour leadership by an expert on Asian culture.
  • Meet monks in remote monasteries.
  • Sacred lake amid spectacular Himalayan vistas.
  • Drive along the Friendship Highway, border crossing from Tibet to Nepal.
  • Witness Hindu ablution ceremony at sacred river.
  • Medieval towns housing preserved temples.
  • Visit fertility temple where hopeful couples make offerings.

 

About Asia Transpacific Journeys

Since 1987, Asia Transpacific Journeys (www.asiatranspacific.com), a Boulder, Colorado-based travel company, has specialized in custom journeys and small-group trips to Asia and the South Pacific. A highly-decorated staff committed to exceptional service and deeply insightful cultural interpretation based on first-person experience is part of what has made Asia Transpacific Journeys a Travel + Leisure 2011 “World's Best Tour Operator.” The company has twice been honored with Travel + Leisure’s “Global Vision Award” and is the Asia tour operator of choice for the American Museum of Natural History, The Harvard and Yale alumni associations, and the World Wildlife Fund.