THE SOCIETY’S PAST TOURS

In recent years, the Society’s tours have traversed the length and breadth of Asia, from Georgia and Armenia to Central India, and from Tajikistan to Indonesia. Full reports on each of these visits are published in Asian Affairs and can also be read in the RSAA Library. A short taste of where we’ve been and what we’ve seen is showcased here.

2015 – Heartland of Empire Tour – Bengal

22 November - 9 December 2015

This tour is now full, but a repeat tour is possibly planned for the first part of 2016.

An 18 day cultural tour of Bengal and the Ganges.

When?
22 November - 9 December 2015
Where?
India

An 18 day cultural tour of Bengal and the Ganges Basin in 2015.   International flights will be with Jet Airways to Delhi with connecting flights to Calcutta where we will be staying at the Oberoi Grand for 3 nights; this is Calcutta’s iconic hotel and one of the great hotels of the subcontinent. Calcutta is a

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2015 Uzbekistan Tour

UZ

The RSAA returns to its roots as the Central Asian Society, exploring both the famous highlights of the Silk Road but also lesser-known destinations

When?
1 - 18 September, 2015
Where?
Uzbekistan

In September 2015, the RSAA will be returning to the heart of the Silk Road, a country with some 100,000 years of human history, and a place central to the Society’s early years as the Central Asia Society: Uzbekistan. This 19-day, expert-led tour will allow members to explore not only the rightly famous cities of

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2015 Indian Himalayas Tour

An extended tour of the Indian Himalayas that includes the cultural sites of re-accessible Kashmir and also the unspoilt wilderness of remote Zanskar.

When?
5 - 25 July, 2015
Where?
Kashmir and Ladakh

The RSAA’s wilderness tour in 2015 will be to the Indian Himalayas, taking in both the high-altitude deserts of Ladakh and Zanskar, but also the newly re-accessible Kashmir Valley. The 21-day tour will include three short treks suitable for those of moderate fitness and agility, as well as visits to a number of important religious

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2015 Budget Ladakh Tour

Markha-Valley

A short, affordable trek through the stunning Markha Valley, high in the Indian Himalayas.

When?
23 June - 4 July, 2015
Where?
Ladakh

The RSAA’s wilderness tour in 2015 will be to the Indian Himalayas, taking in both the high-altitude deserts of Ladakh and Zanskar, but also the newly re-accessible Kashmir Valley. In addition to this we will be offering a budget programme focused on trekking in Ladakh’s scenic Markha Valley, which can be undertaken as a stand-alone

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2015 Tour to Eastern Turkey

E Turkey

A short, cultural tour of Eastern Turkey, including Erzurum, Kars, Dogubeyazit and Lake Van.

When?
May 2015
Where?
Eastern Turkey

NB This tour is scheduled for May 2015: exact departure date TBC. DAY TO DAY ITINERARY Day 1 Fly London to Trabzon, Eastern Turkey Day 2 Drive to Erzurum Day 3 Drive to Kars Day 4 Drive to Dogubeyazit Day 5 Drive to Van Day 6 Boat ride to Akdamar Island, Van Day 7 Drive

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2015 Painting Tour to Oman

Oman

The RSAA's first specialised tour is for artists, with a preference for those working in water colours.

When?
21 February - 6 March, 2015
Where?
Oman

The first event in the RSAA’s new and expanded tour schedule will be a short (13-day UK-to-UK) tour in February-March 2015 of a new and specialised kind. It will be specifically for artists, with a preference for those working in the water-colour medium since the tour will be accompanied by a professional tutor, Hugh Buchanan,

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2014 TOUR OF MYANMAR

Myanmar

This year's RSAA tour will be a cultural tour of Myanmar. It will take place from Nov 14 to Dec 4 and will be escorted by Julian Brown, an expert on South East Asia.

When?
14 November - 4 December, 2014
Where?
Myanmar

This tour is now fully subscribed. No more applications can at present be accepted. Following a change of policy in May 2011, the party of Aung San Suu Kyi – the National League for Democracy in Burma – made an announcement that month encouraging informed and respectful visits to Burma. As Southeast Asia modernizes rapidly, Myanmar

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2014 TOUR TO TAJIKISTAN

Tajikistan

Following on from our successful Wilderness Tour in 2012, we will be returning to Tajikistan, this time to trek in the Wakhan Corridor.

When?
10 - 25 September, 2014
Where?
Tajikistan

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY Day 1​​ Fly London to Dushanbe Day 2​ Arrive in the early hours of the morning Transfer to hotel, afternoon short excursion in the city Day 3​ To Darwas/Kala I Khumb Day 4​ To Khorog Day 5 ​To Yamchoun / visit old ruins Day 6​ To Langar Day 7​ To Bulunkul Day 8​ Meet

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2013 TOUR OF INDONESIA

Indonesia 1

In 2013 RSAA members took a cultural tour through the islands of Indonesia with highlights including Bali, Jakarta, Malang and Yogyakarta.

When?
10 - 28 September 2013
Where?
Indonesia

2013 TOUR OF INDONESIA Indonesia is a land of extraordinary and diverse beauty. Its seventeen thousand islands stretch over one eighth of the globe and boast an astonishing array of distinct cultures and traditions. This tour, specially planned for the members of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs will take in three of the major islands

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2012 TOUR TO TAJIKISTAN

Fann Mountains

Energetic members of the RSAA took a Wilderness Tour into the Fann Mountains of Northern Tajikistan.

When?
27 June - 16 July 2012
Where?
Tajikistan

We flew into Dushanbe at 4.30 a.m. on 28 June, there to be met by our guide Surat Toimastov, sole proprietor of ‘Pamir Adventure’, a passionate naturalist and photographer and an adherent to the Babi sect of Islam whose doctrine of universal pacifism and humanitarianism well suited his role. Surat’s trekking programme was based on

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