The Best of Asia

The best things in life are free; there are so many best things in Asia that can come with a small price or free as long as you can cover up your vacation expenses. We are going to look at a few places that were named as the ‘Best of Asia’ by TIME Magazine. A part of you will re-invent yourself to the beauty of this world for after all you are destined to indulge in the best of Asia.

Your inner Sufi calling in Lahore, Pakistan

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Shah Jamal is a famous Sufist who resided in Pakistan during the time of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great. He defeated Din-i-llahi (Divine Faith), a syncretic religion that was brought to the country by the emperor and brought people back to the actual spirit of Islam.  His tomb is the unlikely setting for a celebration where devotees gather around and dance for the beats to drums (Dhol) ecstatically. This tradition has been around for almost 300 years and is now ministered by Pappu Sain and his two students who are resident holy men of the tomb. Pappu Sain is an expert of the Dhol, the traditional Punjabi drum and his performances are fabulous. He has appeared in concert halls across South Asia and Europe and his beats usually put devotees in a trance-like state making them spin around in tight circles. There are old men on the sidelines spraying rose water to cool off the dance frenzy but there is no real break until dawn. Not a Sufi yet? You will be one after this visit.

Party like its 1989 in Tokyo, Japan

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How does it feel like to crash the greatest party ever? Veterans tell us the story of the party central – Tokyo, where sake overflowed and the cost of a 20-sq-m flat was cheaper than the GDP of Panama, however after a bout of economic depression, certain class of people in Tokyo are back to burning the yen in up-class fun. The $30 million nightclub complex, situated in Tokyo’s party district, Roppongi is a five building complex that is dedicated to bringing the glory old days of glitter and parties back again to the city of Tokyo. Designed by the famous interior designer, Yasumichi Morita, Grace brags five levels of merrymaking madness, a classy basement nightclub (Feria), a hip hop club (Midas), an elegant two-floor bar (Crystal Lounge) and an affluent Japanese/ Italian restaurant (Ruby). Reserving a table at Feria costs you around $17 a person, the cover charge is $21 ($13 for women) and at least a purchase of two bottle of alcohol which would at least be a whopping $130 a bottle. Nothing takes you back to the good old days of Gatsby central than an expensive bill to foot at the end of the night. Time to sober up but in this place, you got to party like its 1989!

There are many ‘Best of Asia’ that are noteworthy and spectacular to add to this list.

 

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