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Old 8 Mar 2009
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UK to India & Beyond

Howdy Y'all

I better introduce myself first since I'm a complete N00b here. I'm planning a big getaway adventure when I finish Uni in June, provisionally setting off in early August.

The route so far is:
Europe, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan India

I may then attempt to get to Oz for some circumnavigational fun.

Essentially I'm looking to see if anyone else is planning anything similar and fancies meeting up along the way and providing some advice during planning. The most daunting thing to me is all the paperwork!


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hello duncan

hello mate. i was looking to leave in june & my plan was either eu then russia to end up in canada then down through states. but your route to Oz was allso an option..ive put this trip off because a few ties held me back over last couple of years but ties have gone now so time to get it out of my system..give me a bell on 07884 330 257..0r email me on snowdogjohn@yahoo.com...cheers..John..
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It's not actually that hard, just expensive and time consuming! If you're straight out of uni and on a budget, don't forget a lot of the visa's you need are fairly expensive (Pak, India & Iran) plus you'll need a carnet for your bike based on its value so X your bikes value by 5. There are a 3 ways of dealing with this however as you'll find out here (stump up the cash, security loan and insurance at about 10%). And then allow about £500 to get your bike over to SE Asia.

Its worth bearing in mind that it might be cheaper/simpler to look at Central/South America as you pick up visas at each border, no carnet is required and its all one language! Only downside is the shipping each way (allow about £1500 for this) so many folk buy their bikes in the US and then sell at the end of their trip. Or buy one there off another UK traveller for ease of paperwork etc.

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The most daunting thing to me is all the paperwork!

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My wife and I are doing the same route, ferry booked for 15 August It's all bike prep at the mo, the carnet is valid for 12 months so not looking to sort that out for a few months, Pakistan visa is valid for 6 months before enty so will start on that next month, Iran only 3 months so that's a job for June.India getting in Pakistan.
We haven't planned a route other than countries, were just going to suck it and see, but planning 6/8 weeks in southern India.
The whole round trip will be 8 months.

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