So Spindrift and I are planning that trip we have talked about for some time now. We plan to travel from the UK to India, and then spend around 3 months travelling around India. This may be a year or so from now, but we would like to collect as many ideas as possible on this from everyone. Two single women doing this journey must have to take special precautions I imagine.
Here's a rough map of the the route we will take:
As discussed on another thread previously, we will be side-stepping Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (maybe).
What do you pack for such a long journey? What kind of transport should we use? What time of year to go? Any tips at all appreciated. thanks in advance.
My son had the idea to fly to India, buy an Ambassador, roam around and then drive it back to England and keep it. You don't see any Ambassadors here.
That sounds like a plan Spindrift. I think a person can buy a car for around 2 to 3 thousand dollars (1,300 pounds) in India. And if it makes it across the continent, it'll probably work out cheaper than other forms of transport in the end.
Then we'll take dollars. And if I had enough of them we wouldn't take long figuring out what to do and buy - with enough money we could make rough plans, throw our personal stuff in the back of a 4WD and just start driving... I think the most difficult item to find would be the required man/helper.....or perhaps we don't need a man
My (ex) sister-in-law and husband drove from the UK to India. They went in a Land-Rover (and it is essential that you have a tough vehicle) which they sold in India (and flew back). They did an amount of camping along the way obviously and got used to the locals coming and staring at them.
I had other friends who did it by train as far as they could go (somewhere in Turkey). After that it was buses. They just went with backpacks.
If you two ever do get serious about this and you want to take your own vehicle it is very doubtful you can sell it in India or say Nepal without a financial penalty. It's quite complex but to actually get into some of these countries with a car you've brought from the UK you'd probably need something called a Carnet de Passage.
This means you'll need to either pay a lot of money up front or reserve that money in the form of a bank guarantee or take out an Insurance policy for that amount whereby you'll pay about 10% of it, but it's still quite costly. I'll explain more as the time comes if you really need it.