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1. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Hi Gelli,
hi everbody else,

could you pretty please give me a half-way accurate cost estimate of 2-3 months overland travel from Delhi to Tehran? (Without visa.) It would be nice if you could break it down a bit.

I'm considering to fly to Delhi and then go overland to Tehran and fly home. My problem is that all airlines that offer suitable flights are asking for prices in the neighborhood of 650 EUR which is a bit over my budget. I now need to figure out how much I need for the overland part of the trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 16, 2007, at 8:21 PM by t_maia ]

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I admit to being honoured to having an entire thread aimed at me, though sadly in this case, i'm not sure I can really help.

I've not yet been to India, so pricing for that end I have no personal experience of. It shouldn't be hard to find the proces for the Delhi - Lahore train online, or from Amritsar to the border at least. I did do a journey from Tashkent via Kabul to Tehran and onwards (via the Khyber Pass, Islamabad, Quetta, Kandahar, Quetta again and the coastal city who's name i never remember - Bandar Abbas??) but that was several years ago via a somewhat roundabout route for reasons which aren't relevant.

We did use some buses and a couple of trains, but it was mostly hitching/freebies, and was very cheap. Most of our accom was either travelling, or as guests of locals who almost all absolutely refused to accept any money (take some small and obviously western things to give as gifts and thanks) and often also sorted out transport and stuff for us via friends or members of their extended families. It was very humbling just how much effort and how far out of their way people went to do things for us.

I have absolutely no idea how much we spent though, although i'll try and dig out some of my old tickets/records and see if i can give you at least a rough approximation.

My problem is that all airlines that offer suitable flights are asking for prices in the neighborhood of 650 EUR

If it helps, Istanbul to Tehran by train (with the Lake Van Ferry) is allegedly only 65usd, and that might be a cheaper option for you to get home, although you will need almost an extra week to do this.

And, apparently, the cross border Iran-Pakistan trains have now all been suspended due to security issues (the passenger trains went a year or two ago, but now i seems that the mostly goods - limnited passengers - ones have now also been stopped, but don't know how true it is)

Utrecht may have some ideas, and Elnaz may well have some ideas as to how much it would cost you from Zahedan (your most likely border and more or less only useful option crossing fropm Pakistan to Iran) by apart from that, i don't know.

try some of :
has info/links on train travel from Europe to India via Pakistan and Iran He'll have some more links to use from there as well.
www.indianrail.gov.in
http://www.rajatrains.com/indexe.asp

Sorry I can't be more help :(

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

Overland travel Iran-India.
I calculated €450,- per month in these countries, it is low-budget.
That means including transport, budget-accomodation, budget-restaurants and you will have some left for sightseeing.
That makes for 3 months approximately 1350€...in which you have surely enough....

Have fun!

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 17, 2007, at 5:18 AM by wouterrr ]

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

In Zahedan you can get your visa for Pakistan (it takes 5 days, don't stay in that bandithole during that time). You can take a taxi to the border at Mirjaveh. If you crossed the border, there will be a bunch of (english talking) moneychangers in Taftan. You can take a bus from here directly to Quetta (14 hours) straight through the banditarea of Baluchistan. Just do it, I would suggest. Maybe its best to cross the border early in the morning. I would probably also choose to fly from Delhi. That could be cheaper since its a more competitive line then Tehran. But I am not sure. Don't take any trains in Iran, they are very slow. Better take busses, they have good quality and drive fast (that is not always good, though;))

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 17, 2007, at 5:34 AM by wouterrr ]

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

By the way. I wouldn't start a thread for only one person. I guess you could have had more replies. And Gelli doesn't even know. Sorry Gelli!! But u are a good chap, that is for sure

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

I think it's pretty selfish of you t-maia to just ask Gelli, ever heard of PM?
So the others on TP are less useless? Even worse than threadjacking

7. Posted by Jockbarge (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Here's another option for you. I'm thinking of passing that way on a motorbike early June this year + looking for one or more people to come too. I rekon the whole thing could be kept really cheap that way if you're up for it?
cheers
Jock