We are contemplating shipping our VW T5 campervan to India April/May 2007 then travelling overland to Europe in time for the Rugby World Cup. Looking at the forum links it appears the only problem might be in the Baluchistan area of Pakistan. The rest of the trip seems plain sailing. I am getting prices of shipping at the moment and wonder if air freight might be the way to go although at 3.5 tonnes the price may be prohibitive. We have travelled overland from UK to India 30 years ago and the temptation to do it again is very tempting. We are aware of the need for Carnets but vehicle insurance for damage or loss could be a problem. Any advice would be appreciated.
I think that traffic in India has gone worse since 30 years ago. They drive like madmen sometimes and driving there is very dangerous. Watch out for those dodgy trucks and busses. They drive as fast as they can to avoid arriving late and getting fined. But anyways, the Baluchistan area is a little less safe then the rest of the journey you have in mind (not talking about traffic now). This is an erea which is known for lawlessness and banditgroups. Its always best to drive during the day and maybe you should arrange a convoy from Quetta to the border with Iran. In Iran you will have smooth asphalt (compared to India/Pakistan). When I was in Iran I travelled by bus. But I have seen a lot of nearly accidents and a lot of trucks and cars laying upside down at the side of the road. Maybe you know all this, because you have experience. But don't forget that traffic has changed in 30 years. Good luck to you. Cheers, Wouter
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 6, 2007, at 11:02 AM by wouterrr ]
I dont have any advise, for u, but that sounds like one exciting trip.
Just thought you might like this video of crazy India driving.
Have a great trip.