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1. Posted by pennym (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

I'm heading off for a round the world trip in February, but would really like to go overland as much as possible, rather than flying. My first stop, because I'm going to do some volunteering there, is India, and I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to get there by train, bus, car etc?

I've looked at Seat61, but they reckon it's tough without going through Iran, which they don't really recommend at the moment!

Any thoughts and suggestions would be really welcome.
Thanks
Penny

2. Posted by girl11 (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Wow!. I wish I had the time to do that. Anyway, I can't help you as for how to get to India, but I have some recommendations. BBC has a list of 50 places to see before you die. http://infohost.nmt.edu/~armiller/50places.htm

Take a look as it might be helpful to plan your path/ideas. The golden temple located in Amritsar, India is on this list, as is the Taj Mahal. Now, Amritsar is located within 1 hour of the Pakistan border. Use mapquest.com to check out the border area and you can start there. There is a train once in India from Amritsar to Delhi or even Agra, which is where the Taj Mahal is. Some great places to see in India include Jaipur, city of pink palaces, Goa, Trevendrum, Shimla-mountains and snow. (way North)..it really depends on what you want to see.

May be nuts but, try contacting the consulates of the countries you want to visit. Seems like almost every country has their share now a days of "unsafe" but the consulate may be able to guide you as to which specific areas to see or avoid.

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting pennym

I'm heading off for a round the world trip in February, but would really like to go overland as much as possible, rather than flying. My first stop, because I'm going to do some volunteering there, is India, and I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to get there by train, bus, car etc?

I've looked at Seat61, but they reckon it's tough without going through Iran, which they don't really recommend at the moment!

Any thoughts and suggestions would be really welcome.
Thanks
Penny

I actually went overland to India and through Iran also (from the Netherlands). Its possible!!! Do you think you will ne shot down at the Iranian border??? Iranians are the most kind people I have ever met!!! You should check if there is a negative travel advice for Iran. If not you should definitly go;)

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

I didn`t get into India, but i`ve travelled through Iran overland a couple of times, and had no problems whatsoever. Especially outside of Tehran, the people are the most welcoming and amazing i`ve ever come across, particularly once they realise you are their by choice and not a poncey aid worker. It`s your choice, but if your going to rule out Iran completely, so your own research about why they say you shouldn`t visit first.

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting Gelli

Especially outside of Tehran, the people are the most welcoming and amazing i`ve ever come across, particularly once they realise you are their by choice and not a poncey aid worker.

Another reason for visiting Iran is the fact that it is unspoiled yet by the travelbusiness. You don't find as much touts as in India and people are not used to foreigners so they are trully interested. I can't count the times they invited me to their homes.

6. Posted by ariqe (Budding Member 37 posts) 10y

Is India safe now after the Delhi bombings ?

any comments ???

7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting ariqe

Is India safe now after the Delhi bombings ?

any comments ???

Is London safe after the bombings??? Where are we safe on this planet?? There is always a slight chance!! I am still going to India in february anyway!!!

8. Posted by ariqe (Budding Member 37 posts) 10y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting ariqe

Is India safe now after the Delhi bombings ?

any comments ???

Is London safe after the bombings??? Where are we safe on this planet?? There is always a slight chance!! I am still going to India in february anyway!!!

haa....well-said..cos i am going to india end of this year and my family kept bugging me with that question. anyway, cheers to travelling !

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

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haa....well-said..cos i am going to india end of this year and my family kept bugging me with that question. anyway, cheers to travelling ![/quote]

Cheers to travelling Ariqe

10. Posted by vpsingh (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Once you enter India, at wagah, head straight for Mrs. Bhandaris Guest House at 10 the Cantt, Amritsar. Stay in Amritsar for a couple of days to see the city & the Golden Temple. Go to the temple late in the afternoon as the rush of devotees diminishes to a great extent. After dinner you must watch the 'palkhi ceremony' when the holy book is sent back to it's abode for the night. You shall see the intensity of benevolent faith. Now either take a bus to Chandigarh, or if you are not scared of Srinagar, head north to stay for a day or two in the houseboat...it is perfectly safe...my german clients did it this May & were stunned by the natural beauty...you may visit Dharamsala, Manikaran before entering Manali. Manali to Shimla is but 8 hours by bus. Thereon, you can visit Rishikesh, Haridwar & arrive in Delhi. Rajasthan & Agra could be your next destinations. Much has already been written on these destinations.
Bon Voyage!