Just a quick question!
Turkey, iran, pakistan, india. iv got about 5 up my sleeve.
Is it still possible at this point in time? What sort of budget would be practical bearing in mind that india would occupy 3/4 of the trip!
Just looking for a rough idea at this stage, ideas advise, budget, etc nothing to crazy
A good friend of mine on here, who seems to know most things about the ME suggests 40€/day in Turkey, I would suggst Iran would be dearer as it is not on the beaten track per se. India/Pakistan would be cheaper. So a rough guess from what I've read/heard:
90 days India = 1800€
10 days Pakistan = 200€
20 days Iran = 1200€
30 days Turkey = 1200€
4400€ and round that up to 5000€ for emergencies, and add on flights in/out and you're probably looking at c. 6000€!
But I'm sure someone will correct me...
P.S. Obviously be careful in Pakistan with the offensive in the Swat Valley against the Taleban etc and keep an eye on the Iranian political situation, with it looking more and more likely another revolution might arrive sooner than later if Mr. Ahmendijad doesn't publish the real election results soon!
[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jun-2009, at 22:53 by bertles86 ]
I would suggst Iran would be dearer as it is not on the beaten track per se.
Actually Iran is quite cheap. Depending on when and where you go to you can get by on around 15 EUR per day, in August (high season) and hitting the major tourist highlights you'd need around 25 EUR per day. Similar prices apply for Pakistan and India.
Iran and Pakistan are only expensive when you are a US citizen, as the visa regulations force you to take guided tours in Iran.
Considering the current political emergencies in Pakistan and Iran: Wait a few weeks to see how the election protests turn out in Iran before you plan anything definite. For Pakistan plan a quick dash across the country (1 week), but be prepared to change plans. If things get better you can stay longer, if things get worse go north through Central Asia and China to India or go south to the UAE and fly from there to India.
Some good news... if you live like a conventional budget traveller, India is actually quite cheap, except maybe for Mumbai. 30 USD (20 Euros) would do it for sure - comfortably, but if you're a bit more budget conscious, you could make it easily on 20 or less a day. The minimum realistic amount is probably 15 USD a day. In fact i found it a bit hard to spend/waste money when in the south cos there weren't so many things to waste your money on, eating at Vasantha Bhavans (cheap and good veggie restaurants...), taking the local bus, and entry fees are usually nonexistent, or else really affordable (again only exception is up north at the Taj, where its like 20 dollars while Indians pay like 20 rupees...). Rooms can be found for 5 dollars or less, more in Mumbai (about 10).
Turkey - Istanbul can be quite pricey... 25 USD for a dorm bed in the main tourist area in Sultanahmet, but move a bit north past Sultanahmet to Sirkeci and there's plenty of excellent value accomodation - 20 USD gets you a single room with TV, hot bath and clean beds with proper sheets. In Istanbul its about 50-60 USD a day (the entrance fees are not cheap, about 20 liras for the main sites...), less if you move further east where rooms average at 20 liras (13 US), and meals in an average lokantasi (restaurant) about 10 (7US), kebaps at 2 dollars... most pensions offer a free breakfast, so for me (being stingy) i usually hold that till dinner, spending only on one meal a day and having a cheap light snack midday... Transport is another major expense - while excellent its usually expensive. Prices also rise noticeably in peak season, which is about June-July - try to avoid if you can . If you scrimp you can get by on 30-40 dollars a day (out of Istanbul), leaving a bit aside for transport expenses and other splurges...