Asia & India Adventure Travel & Expeditions
Asia adventure travel runs the gamut from searching for orangutans in the vanishing Borneo rain forest to experiencing the ancient cultural traditions of Japan to a full day of trekking up to Bhutan’s most famous monastery, Tiger’s Nest (after all, this is an adventure tour!). Gaze upon the temple-filled landscape of Pagan, delve into the history of Chinggis Khaan, explore fragrant markets of Silk Road capitals, cruise from Singapore into the fabled Andaman Sea or be enchanted by the snow monkeys (or Japanese macaque) of Hokkaido—nature-lovers, history buffs, photographers, and birders will all relish this opportunity for an Asia expedition from Zegrahm.
As always, our Asia eco travel experts will accompany each trip into this mystical region. And our choices for Asia adventure travel include some of the least-visited, yet newest-emerging destinations in the world. You’ll find yourself steeped in the lore of each location, and introduced to its most marvelous secrets, thanks to professional naturalists, wildlife photographers, ornithologists, marine biologists, and anthropologists. This outstanding team will enrich your Asia adventure tour and send you home with a heightened appetite for adventure and intrigue in our ever-changing world. It’s their breadth of knowledge, shared delight in discovery, and spirited camaraderie that bring more than 75 percent of our travelers back again and again.
The itineraries we offer vary from year to year; below please find our upcoming Asia adventure travel expeditions.
Expeditions to Asia & India
Go off the beaten path along the ancient Silk Road through Central Asia, an enigmatic region of rugged mountains and rural backwaters that sits at the very crossroads of civilization. It was here were Marco Polo garnered exotic tales of despotic khans and desert kingdoms, and its former eminence is on display in age-old bazaars and some of the finest Islamic architecture to survive the Middle Ages. Lost for a time behind Soviet rule, today the ‘Stans and their neighboring countries remain as evocative as ever.
Bhutan adventure travel is the experience of a lifetime. In a country where they’ve adopted the concept of Gross National Happiness and where snowcapped peaks are set off by ornate temples and colorful houses, we journey where few travelers have gone before. Your Himalayas expedition includes nature hikes, interactions with local people, and wildlife viewing—glimpse the Himalayan black bear and the black-necked cranes from Tibet. This is a pilgrimage back in time to places where determined people live close to the heavens and keep their traditions alive.
This India expedition combines the rich cultural heritage of India, the amazing historic sites of lush Sri Lanka, and the stunning natural beauty of the Maldives. During your India tour, a two-day exploration of Cochin reveals a mélange of international influences with a cruise through the languid backwaters aboard a local houseboat. In Trivandrum, visit the village of Pongumoode and its surrounding rubber plantations, and enjoy a traditional martial arts demonstration.
For those seeking an authentic immersion into the art, poetry, architecture, and history of Iran, we offer our Iran: Wonders of Persia expedition. Guided by Middle East expert Gary Wintz, this Iran expedition offers an in-depth view of the turbulent and colorful history of Iran. Formerly Persia, the country’s magnificent ruins and ancient cities, architecturally astounding mosques and citadels, and savory cuisine is sure to leave a lasting impression. We also include a Tehran tour, visiting the Sa’ad Abad Palace-complex and the National Museum of Archaeology.
The Philippines archipelago of over 7,000 islands boast many natural wonders—soaring volcanoes and rugged mountains, draped in luxuriant foliage, colorful coral reefs, extensive limestone caves, and idyllic beaches. This itinerary offers a captivating mix of eastern and western cultures, exceptional snorkeling and diving, and lush, tropical forests filled with a variety of endemic flora and fauna. Explore mangrove forests and scenic coastlines on numerous Zodiac excursions, while nature hikes reveal the amazing biodiversity of these isolated islands.
With a six-day cruise on the legendary Mekong River as its centerpiece, this new journey to Laos and Thailand is a revelation of ancient cultures, time-honored traditions, and exquisite natural wonderlands. Experience a traditional blessing ceremony and the pre-dawn alms-giving to hundreds of monks in beautiful Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site city. Cruise the Mekong through lush scenery, past rice paddies and tiny villages, stopping to explore unusual geological formations sheltering prehistoric paintings and ancient Buddhist temples rarely visited by outsiders.
Home to prolific birdlife, rich marine areas, dramatic landscapes, and a wide range of native species, to participate in Sri Lanka adventure travel is a nature lover’s dream.
Well off-the-beaten-path, Nepal and Bhutan represent a colorful patchwork of diverse images—snowcapped Himalayan peaks, subtropical forests, alpine meadows, yak herders, rare birds and animals, and intricate temples. Accompanied by acclaimed wildlife expert, Mark Brazil, this brand-new Nepal tour offers a comprehensive view of these enigmatic lands as you visit ancient monasteries, nature preserves, and sacred spaces in countries nearly unknown to Western travelers.
A land of timeless myth and magic, of enchanting landscapes and legendary hospitality, Oman adventure travel offers a unique journey in the Arab world. Experience the legacies of seafaring history—5,000 years in the making—as you explore the major port cities of Muscat and Salalah and observe the time-honored craftsmanship of dhow ship builders on this Arabian Sea expedition. Follow ancient caravan routes across desert sands, and witness the traditions of daily village life.
- March 19, 2015 - April 3, 2015 - In Progress
Travel with Zegrahm’s Japan experts, Mark Brazil and Chieko Sakihana, on a brand-new overland adventure that ventures far off the typical tourist path to delve deep into Japan’s unique culture and history. You’ll spend most of this 18-day adventure on the western coast of Honshu Island visiting everything from museums and food shops to local’s homes and traditional businesses to get a true taste of Japanese culture. And, because of Mark and Chieko’s deep-rooted connections in Japan, many of the places you’ll visit are not normally open to the public.
- October 2016 (Exact dates TBD)
This extraordinary Japan expedition blends an array of fascinating wildlife with the exquisite wintertime landscapes of the country. Birders and photographers are in heaven as we visit Arasaki, Kyushu, where nearly 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes winter each year. We continue on for our snow monkeys expedition, visiting these stirring creatures in Jigokudani in central Honshu, as they soak in the region’s thermal baths.
Lands of ethereal natural beauty and cultural splendors that reach back through the centuries, Nepal and Tibet offer an incomparable journey that speaks to the heart, mind, and spirit of every adventurer. During this new 18-day expedition, wander the labyrinthine lanes of magical Kathmandu and sky-high Lhasa, “place of the gods,” and soar over emerald landscapes ringed with the dazzling peaks of the Himalayas. Spend three days in Bardia National Park, home to rhinoceros, Bengal tigers, and nearly 400 species of birds, and experience these diverse habitats from atop an elephant.
This unique voyage reveals the cultural highlights, natural attractions, and dramatic coastlines of Honshu Island as we sail the Inland Sea. Discover Japan’s rich historic legacy as we explore fabled shrines and temples, magnificent castles and fortresses, superb parks and formal gardens, and elegant pagodas. Visit the ultimately moving Peace Memorial Park in the heart of Hiroshima and photograph the iconic red Torii gate at Miyajima—entrance to a 6th-century Shinto shrine.
Our newest expedition to India encompasses four magnificent national parks, three exquisite World Heritage Sites, and one of the most fascinating cities on earth. Discover the splendors of exuberant Mumbai, from its myriad neighborhoods and colonial architecture to the Hindu cave temples of Elephanta Island. Wander in awe among the grottoes and caverns of Ajanta and Ellora, enormous rock-cut monastery and temple complexes, decorated with intricate paintings, reliefs, and sculptures—and lost in time for nearly a millennia.
Join wildlife expert Mark Brazil on this Western India expedition to discover the treasures of this intriguing region. Prolific wildlife is revealed as you visit several national parks and reserves—including a Gir National Park tour and visits to Velavadar and Little Rann of Kutch. Through a variety of landscapes, from wetlands to desert, we seek unique species such as Asiatic lions, Indian wolves, and the elusive khur, a rare wild ass.
Past Expeditions to Asia & India
- Ancient Silk Road: China, Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan
- Best of Indonesia: Davao to Bali
- Best of the Russian Far East
- Extraordinary Cultures: Around the World by Private Jet
- Five 'Stans: Hidden Heart of Asia
- History's Lost Cities by Private Jet
- Myanmar & Laos: Land of a Thousand Temples
- Myanmar Revealed: Life Along the Irrawaddy River
- Spirit of the Himalayas: Ladakh, Dharamsala & Shimla
- Vietnam & Cambodia by Sea with Angkor Wat
- Wild Southern India