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Old 24 Apr 2010
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London to India Overland Summer 2010?

Hi everyone,

I'm planning to make the epic journey from London to India overland in a few months' time (anytime after July) and was wondering if anyone here (preferably a female biker/foot passenger) is thinking of doing something similar to join me? It's a shame that my friends either don't have the money or can't take the time off work, but I end my current job in July and then the world is literally my oyster (until I run out of money, too)!

As far as research goes, I have done quite a bit, using various websites (including this forum) and particularly the legendary seat61.

I'm quite flexible with regards the actual journey, but I'd be travelling on a budget. Would like to spend a few nights in various European cities along the way, but not for too long as it's the deerest leg of the trip! In India I am planning to spend a good couple of months, as I'd like to explore the whole country.

The general route would be Europe (various - Turkey) - Iran - Pakistan (I can speak Urdu fluently, which would be very helpful here) - India

About me: Open-minded, adventurous, great company and I'm a recent History graduate from London, U.K.

Any advice/takers would be much appreciated/most welcome!

In good faith,
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Old 16 May 2010
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Hi Parv,

I'm interested in joining in this trip to India, later I like to go further to Nepal.

Can you contact me if you are interested?

kind regards,

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Old 22 May 2010
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I am doing a similar trip. leaving on the 1st of july from italy then greece, turkey, azerbajan, stans, china, pakistan, india (ladak).

let me know if you are interested, we still might meet somewhere along the way if our plan do not match exactly.
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Old 30 May 2010
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I am leaving Italy at the end of July with my campervan and will try to get into India in ~12 days. My itinerary will be: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, ...

I am seeking for other travellers either with or without their vehicles in order to travel together (especially in the Iranian Beluchistan and in Pakistan).

Let me know.
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Old 4 Apr 2011
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Iran Pakıstan


I have just done thıs trıp late March 2011. Unless you want 3 - 4 days of frustratıng armed polıce escorts. I would look to do another trıp! Long delays. and serıously routed to South Pakıstan. Regards Mark Jones.
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Hi....I'm intending to leave the UK within 10 days...attempting Istanbul via Southern/Eastern Europe...would be great to hear from anyone who may be on route!
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Old 6 Apr 2011
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useful information for turkey

Gasoline 1,80 euros in Turkey.Transportation by train from İstanbul to Tehran available. (1755 km. and 36 hours by train to the İran border gate,Gürbulak)
You can use this choice partly or completely.Prices are cheap.
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Hotels expensive in big cities. bed and breakfast minimum 30 euros for 1 day 1 prs.Not many guesthouses or motocamps available.(only mediterrenaen cost line)
Gasoline prices in İran side for foreigners just raised to 700 which was 100.
Pakistan side much more cheaper for gasoline and staying.

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Old 11 Apr 2011
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East to West 2010

Originally Posted by Mark Jones View Post

I have just done thıs trıp late March 2011. Unless you want 3 - 4 days of frustratıng armed polıce escorts. I would look to do another trıp! Long delays. and serıously routed to South Pakıstan. Regards Mark Jones.
Hello All,

My experience late last year was in the East to West direction, at the start of the Pakistan floods. Like Mark said not a lot of fun BUT I'd still do it again.

I don't have a blog nor Trip report here ( can't work out how to download Word documents to the pages ) but happy to help with questions, GPS info and Journals. Ping a PM.

My trip started from Newcastle in Oz and finished in Amsterdam. ( Fingers crossed to do the Artic Circle this year !)

Cheers and ride-safe !!
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London to Istanbul (April/May)

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Hi Stefano

We're leaving London on the 26 April and heading down through Europe towards Croatia, Bulgaria and on to Istanbul. We then intend to do a tour of Turkey before crossing into Iran and travelling round Iran before heading up to Turkmenistan, Uxbekistan and Krygyzstan.
Hi Bobduro,

I'm heading in a similar direction to you for part of this trip. I will be taking the Eurotunnel on 24 April, then riding France-Switzerland-Italy (Ancona)-Greece (Igoumenitsa)-Turkey. I am thinking of returning via Bulgaria-Serbia, but as you say, an open itinerary is easier to control. Aside from aiming for the ferry on 27 April, I don't have any other fixed dates, so hopefully we could meet at some point.

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If any of you chaps/chapesses are passing through Kas on the Turkish Med do drop in

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Spain,France,Italy,Greece,Turkey and ? 2011

After 34,000 K in South America, we are now in northern Spain breaking in new bikes and welcome contacts. Post here or private message.

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