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Trip planning by bike

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I am leaving for a year long trip by bike with a friend. We plan to pass by Greece, Turkey, Iran and get to India. I read that boats from Iran to India are really expensive. Alternative routes...
10 years ago, February 18th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #63447  
N Posts: 24
Hi,

I would really like to know how pakistan is,m if it really hard to get the visa and if it the best way to get to india. Also I would appreciate any other info on Iran or even Turkey, in terms of backpacking and travelling by bike.

thanks

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10 years ago, February 18th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #63460  
Hello Eva 😊

What type of information do you want to know about travelling in Iran? I have a blog about Iran if you are just interested in hearing about experiences of travelling in Iran in general.

Mel Reply to this

10 years ago, February 18th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #63461  

10 years ago, February 19th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #63524  
N Posts: 24
Hey, thanks for your reply, I will have a look at the blog if you can send me the link. I am going to read the 'visiting Iran' and see if I have any specific questions. For example, is it safe for camping and going around by bike?

thanks

eva
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10 years ago, February 19th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #63543  
Here is the link to the blog. Emails from Iran

For example, is it safe for camping and going around by bike?


Camping: If you are going to do this, be very careful about where you camp. Foreigners have been arrested for being close to military bases. The main problem is that where the military bases are is not information that is available.

I would not camp alone as a women. I didnt camp at all in Iran, so it is my personal guess that it is not a good idea.

Bike: I think that is safe enough, but same info applies as the camping as regards the millitary bases, so be wary of going too far of the beaten track.

The problems you will have as a woman alone in Iran are managable in the main cities. In smaller towns and rural places you will have problems such as being refused hotel rooms because you are a woman alone. If you are travelling with a man, this wont effect you.


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10 years ago, February 19th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #63553  
N Posts: 24
Hey Mell, it's me and my male mate, so it shouldn't be a problem. I am reading more and more about iran and it doesn't seem to bad. I was palnning to get a boat to go to india but apparently it's really expensive. I therefore though we could pass through pakistan..do you think it is possible. I am reading that the situation there is quite dangerous in terms of terrorist attacks. what do you think? I will ask the same question onto the forum under 'pakistan' in a sec.. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 19th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #63557  
You will be pleasantly surprised by Iran in many ways. Despite its rocky relations with some parts of the world and the poor human rights standards, there is something about Iran that makes being there feel peacful and relaxed. The people are incredibly layed back and very hospitable and friendly, which might be the reason. Iran is well worth visiting.

The worst part of travel in Iran and what is preventing me from wanting to go there any time soon again, is getting the tourist visa can be a real pain in the *ss. Sometimes it can go smoothly, but one never knows. How easy or difficult it is to get seems to be at the whim of whoever is processing the application.

I therefore though we could pass through pakistan..do you think it is possible.


As far as I know the border is open. It closed for a while when I was in Iran, because of political unrest in Pakistan. But a lot of people I met in Iran had come overland from India via Pakistan before it closed.

I am reading that the situation there is quite dangerous in terms of terrorist attacks.


I have not been keeping an eye on the situation, because Pakistan is not on the cards for me, in the near future. I heard that there is a safer than others route to take through Pakistan to India to avoid the major danger areas. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 19th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #63566  
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thank a lot for your help. Reply to this

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