Hi, I am thinking about doing the overland route from Istanbul to Delhi, leaving in November 2006.
All official reports say avoid SE Iran and its border with Pakistan (which is the route you have to take to do this trip). Normally I ignore these Foreign Office panic reports, but in this case, I am not sure.
Has anyone done this route very recently who can advise on the security/safety issue. I will be using public transport.
Woops, forget to mention that I will be travelling on a UK passport
I cant help, with your question, but i am admiring your interesting trip. Sounds fascinating.
Hi Stompa..... good luck with your plans. Perhaps i can help you once you are in Pakistan( as I don't know much about Iran). It will be pretty smooth sailing once you are in Pakistan
Be glad to guide you about entry to Pakistan and exit to india.
I went to Iran in August, I don't think you'll have too many problems getting to the border. To avoid problems stay on the move, always go long distances and fast and don't tell anybody where you go to except your country's embassy.
IMHO the kidnappings there where random off-chance things considering the number of travellers going from Istanbul to India overland. Yet it is better not to risk things by giving somebody the chance to prepare a kidnapping.
I have operated a tour there and there was no problem in Iranian Baluchistan part, but I don't know about Pakistan Baluchistan area.
I'm in pretty much the same boat as you but doing the trip in reverse and was also wondering about heeding the advice of the foreign office. However theirs is a website that tells you you can withdraw money in Iran and to carry sufficient cash for you entire trip, while at the same time telling you not to carry cash incase you're robbed. How exactly is one supposed to do it then. I think its important people travel to Iran and don't just take Blair, Bush and Murdoch's word for what its like. All reports I've heard from people who have actually been there have been good.
By the way are you based in Turkey?
Iran is a country of cash and credit cards don't work here. Iranian border side is OK and almost safe but Baluchistan part in Pakistan I am not sure about since sometimes there is some unrest. In every country in the world pickpocketing exists so be careful in Iran and Pakistan too, though Iran is quite safe.