South Asia is one of the most densely populated regions on the planet. Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism are often intertwined within each nation, and in India alone, around 780 different languages are spoken. Culturally, India and its rich and strongly developed pop culture has influenced many of its surrounding nations, though the Islamic Shari’a Law prevented this influence from becoming too strong in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
Though a trip to the modest, religious nation of Afghanistan will be vastly different from visiting the hot and hectic cities of India, or the snowy mountains of Nepal, each of these trips provides its own set of challenges and experiences. The South Asian region is less accommodated to tourists than the neighboring region of Southeast Asia, but for backpackers, this comes with the welcoming benefit of beeing able to create your own, unique traveling experience.
Looking forward to your trip to South Asia? Read everything about traveling in South Asia in our first-hand experience Travel Guides.
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