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1. Posted by sunjaypathak (Budding Member 5 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I am planning a road trip from India to Europe in my own self driven car along with my wife as a solo couple in April 2019.
Beyond China my itinerary is likely too be as follows
China- Kyrgyzstan- Uzbekistan- Tajikhstan- Turkeministan- Iran- Turkey- Europe
Please update me regarding overland cross border points between these countries.
Is this doable?
Can I enter these countries in that order?

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 454 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

If you plan to drive your car in China then I believe you need a Chinese driving licence.
Check the embassy web-sites for each country you intend to travel through.
Check what you will need for yourself (Visa) and for your vehicle (is a Carnet required, or some form of financial deposit, insurance, documents etc).
Then check for blogs and YouTube Vlogs of people that have done this trip (by truck, car or motorcycle) to see what hurdles they had to jump, did they ever manage to get their deposit returned (often not) did they need to buy a supplementary insurance contract etc etc.
Choose your vehicle very carefully as you will be a long way from a qualified mechanic, and possibly weeks away from any replacement parts.
Similarly be careful about the medical Insurance and medical supplies you carry as you may be days away from quality healthcare.
Although they are 'adventure motorcycle' forums, advrider.com and horizonsunlimited.com have a lot of info & blogs about journeys like the one you propose.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Oct-2018, at 11:07 by Andrew Mack ]

3. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 104 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

As mentioned above you will need a Chinese driving licence, if you go by Karakorum Highway via Kashgar to Kirgistan you might be able to hire a Chinese driver.
Turkmenistan is very difficult for visa, tourist visa only by (expensive ) tour, a 5 day transit visa is not easy to get.
This is a good site for this area: https://caravanistan.com/planning/

4. Posted by sunjaypathak (Budding Member 5 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Do I need special overland permits to drive in these countries?
Can I have transit visa for Turkeministan?

5. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 104 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Before you apply for a transit visa you need to have the visa for the next country, Iran in your case (visa on arrival is not a opion)
https://caravanistan.com/visa/turkmenistan/
This is a British site, rules might be different for India:
http://overlandingassociation.org/carnet-de-passage/
http://overlandingassociation.org/temporary-import/

6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 454 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Check the web-sites mentioned previously, but if you cannot find the information you require then politely email the appropriate embassy(s) in India asking for their clarification.
They may not be very quick to respond so do not stop researching elsewhere.

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8. Posted by sunjaypathak (Budding Member 5 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Andrew and Ulis

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10. Posted by Rohbear (Budding Member 14 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

My understanding is that the Chinese government is not likely to allow foreigners to travel in western China (Xinjiang Province) due to prolonged unrest there. Is there an obstacle for an Indian citizen to travel through Pakistan? Maybe along the coast is safer?