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delhi to bangkok overland in 3 months (advice on route etc.)

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1. Posted by luciano (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

hi, we're flying into delhi on the 20th september and leaving bangkok on the 18th of december.
we've got 3 months in between to do what we want and are looking for some advice. The only thing we know we are definately doing is the full moon party in thailand in the middle of december.

we want to go see a little of india and nepal (and possibly tibet)so were thinking of getting a flight from kathmandu to bangkok. but we are open to any suggestions.
heres a couple of questions, if anyone can answer any of them it would be great:
1. how long we would need to get from delhi to kathmandu by bus doing a few things on the way, or would it be better(cheaper) to fly?
2.are there any interesting places between?
3. is there anywhere else worth detouring for in india? (maybe the taj majal?)
4. would we be nuts to go overland from kathmandu to bangkok, considering we only have 3 months and would like to see thailand too?
any help would be great.
cheers,
luciano.

2. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Hi
It sounds like a Great trip you have planned???"well done".
Anywhere in India is worth seeing and experiencing but to tour you will need a full 2 months for India alone and to be honest Kathmandu is not worth the effort!!!their is war trouble and strikes and for this trip you need 1 month to travel Thailand!! AND its "borders".
From Delhi, bus to Agra(Taj Majal),which is "must see",then you have 2 choices either turn right to Jaipur-Jodhpur and down towards Bombay-Goa-Kerala and then the Tip of India OR from Agra turn left and go to Lucknow-Arodhya and then you are then NOT far from Kathmandu or keep stright on for Culcutta then down "that" coast to the tip.
I went the Jaipur-Jodhpur way and back up to Culcutta and it was a trip in a lifetime but its "Your Trip" and I wish You every Success and the Best of Luck.
If you where to try the overland route to Bangkok would it be worth thinking about flying into Goa or Kerala or Kathmandu so you dont have to backtrack???

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Hi,
I understand that you want an overland travel from Delhi to Bangkok. At this moment it is impossible to reach Thailand totally overland. This is because of the fact that the overlandborder to Myanmar (Burma)is closed, you can only reach this country (and so Thailand) by plane :(.

Actually this is better for you because you have more time in India, you will be soon addicted to this country, I tell you . You should defenitly see Rajasthan (the area west of Delhi). Go for a camelsafari in in the golden city of Jaisalmer (Thar desert) and visit the old rattemple (really full off rats) in nearby Bikaner. The blue city of Jodhpur you will never forget and what about the pink city of Jaipur. Offcourse I don't have to tell you to see the Taj mahal in Agra (eventhough you pay as a tourist 40 times as much as Indians), its worth it.

I suggest that you stay in Rajasthan like 4 weeks. Then go via Delhi by bus further north to Daramsala. From there its easy to pass the border to Nepal (from sunauli north of the Indian town of Gorakhpur).
Plan some trekking there (you are in the perfect season, sept/nov.). Then go overland to Darjeeling in India (another fantastic mountain experience) and go futher down to the bustling city of Calcutta. Its easy here to get a (cheap) ticket to bangkok (160 euro). I can't tell you anything about Thailand, because I've never been there but you have 5 weeks left. If you only see the major sites this is enough time ;). Good luck!!! Kind regards, Wouter

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

You can catch a bus from Varanssi to Kathmandu

5. Posted by mattpaxman (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi all. It is not impossible to travel from Kathmandu to Bangkok overland. I run tours that travel Kathmandu to Bangkok overland via China. Unfortunately my trips take longer than 3 months to complete - more like 18weeks. But I just wanted to make it clear that it IS possible