Hitchhiking through Middle East and Central Asia towards India?

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Hitchhiking through Middle East and Central Asia towards India?

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Hi everyone! This is my first post here, these past days I've been reading through a lot of threads on here, really happy I got recommended this community! :D

I'm currently planning to leave on a big hitchhiking trip from Europe towards SE Asia, my dream would be to do everything over land or water, documenting the people I meet along the way. I am very much interested in crossing part of Caucasia, Iran, all Central Asian countries, Pakistan.

I've been trying to find a possible route which doesn't appear all to easy these days. The biggest dealbreakers seem to be Turkmenistan, China and Afghanistan all pretty much closing their doors for tourists if I am not mistaken - would be happy if you proved me wrong!

I heard there is a possibility to cross the Caspian Sea from Baku to Aqtau - however I've heard that war has recently intensified again in Azerbaijan, making it impossible to cross land borders (besides the fact that I'm not interested in entering active warzones). Is that true?
Let's say I would make it into Central Asia, does someone know if it's possible to cross from Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan to India, considering I would have to cross either China or Afghanistan? Should I get totally stuck there, I would also be willing to take a plane from Almaty to Delhi.

Should I really fail entering Central Asia, another possibility would be to cross through Balochistan, Pakistan - can someone give me some info on that region, how safe are the Iran-bordering regions of Pakistan? And can I cross from Pakistan into India without a problem?

Maybe you have completely different ideas for a possible route? :roll:
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i am currently in bandar abbas and crossing taftan border in 2 days and in a couple of weeks going through wagah-border into India, dont had any real problems, the usual paperwork and visa-costs. Depends also a little what pasport you have !! Will keep you updated !!
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Roadtophnompenh wrote:
Thu Oct 06, 2022 7:17 pm
i am currently in bandar abbas and crossing taftan border in 2 days and in a couple of weeks going through wagah-border into India, dont had any real problems, the usual paperwork and visa-costs. Depends also a little what pasport you have !! Will keep you updated !!
Hi, thanks a lot! Did you already organise both visas? If so, where?
I have an Austrian passport - you? Slightly offtopic - but you have a plan on how to pass Myanmar already?
Keep me updated for sure also on traveling through Balochistan!
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The Baluchistan crossing is i think worse then ever. It started very well.
Left day 1 early in BAM, around 7 am, just had a stop in Zahedan town center to change my rials to ruppees, toke some time to find and get in and out of town, and the change. Getting petrol also is complicated, big cues and even then you pay 5 times the normal price then official, which is still better then pakistani price, after i filled up in Mirjaveh, just before the border, it took me almost an hour. The crossing itself is quiet simpel, took altogether 3 hours, arrived 13.30 and at16.30 i was at the levies station at Taftan pakistani side.
Day 2: The levies arrived nice at 8.00 and off we go,they changes endless from escort, and waitngntimes went up, it took 9 hours to get to Danbaldin. Sleep again in levies-station, its dirty but they are friendly. I slept in my car anyway, even its not perfect made for it.
Day 3, levies started again 8.00, hopefull, but nono, same shit, it took another 9 hours to get to Quetta, arrived to late to make the NOC, straight to Bloomstar hotel, 3500 for a room and 2800 for diner and some extra to the breakfast, because it was vvery basic. 6300 ruppees whats about 30 euros. Its pretty clean, but very basic, i will put fotos on google mapps off it.
Day 4/ LEVIES arrive 10.00, go to the NOC-office, its not that complicated, takes a good half hour, back to Bloomstar, pick up car and luggage, and off we go, full of hope. But, nonon, wrong bet, first to police station, more paperwork to do, and join some english pakistanis and some germans, 3 vehicles, not to bad. It was about 13.30 when we really went out of Quetta. At darkness we had moved a record of 190 kms, even not to Zhob, sleep in big police-station, rooms and matrass dirty, sleep in car again (3th night).
Day 5: started around 9.00, endless changes of escorts, and at some place it took almost an hour to do paperwork, because they where military, and no Levies or Police. After sunset we entered D.I. Khan, nothing was aranged, the escorts had no clue what to do. I decided to escape and booked the only reasonoble hotel in town (National club). When we arrived, they refused us to give a room because the NOC said Islamabad, and not D.I. KHAN. After some dicussion, my english and german friends also arrived, with the escort, hahaha. They had same problem, it took hours of discussion, before they agreed to give us a room, we were 8 people. Lucky we had 3 guys who speak Urdu with us.
Day 6, escort arrived at about 10.00, again escorted out off town, it was around 12.00 on day 6 when we entered the motorway north of D.I. KHAN towards Islamabad and no more escorts, arrived Islamabad around 16.00. Knever ever i have seen such incompetent people. I ws in the Bosnian war escorted in the 90s, that worked better . . .
Al together i would say, be prepared to the unexpected things . . .
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Do you have to pay for these escorts ?
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NOO, its all free of charge, sometimes they tried but not anoying at all, you get 3 free nights sleeping on a dirty floor or matrass !!
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Roadtophnompenh wrote:
Fri Oct 14, 2022 11:15 am
The Baluchistan crossing is i think worse then ever. It started very well.
Left day 1 early in BAM, around 7 am, just had a stop in Zahedan town center to change my rials to ruppees, toke some time to find and get in and out of town, and the change. Getting petrol also is complicated, big cues and even then you pay 5 times the normal price then official, which is still better then pakistani price, after i filled up in Mirjaveh, just before the border, it took me almost an hour. The crossing itself is quiet simpel, took altogether 3 hours, arrived 13.30 and at16.30 i was at the levies station at Taftan pakistani side.
Day 2: The levies arrived nice at 8.00 and off we go,they changes endless from escort, and waitngntimes went up, it took 9 hours to get to Danbaldin. Sleep again in levies-station, its dirty but they are friendly. I slept in my car anyway, even its not perfect made for it.
Day 3, levies started again 8.00, hopefull, but nono, same shit, it took another 9 hours to get to Quetta, arrived to late to make the NOC, straight to Bloomstar hotel, 3500 for a room and 2800 for diner and some extra to the breakfast, because it was vvery basic. 6300 ruppees whats about 30 euros. Its pretty clean, but very basic, i will put fotos on google mapps off it.
Day 4/ LEVIES arrive 10.00, go to the NOC-office, its not that complicated, takes a good half hour, back to Bloomstar, pick up car and luggage, and off we go, full of hope. But, nonon, wrong bet, first to police station, more paperwork to do, and join some english pakistanis and some germans, 3 vehicles, not to bad. It was about 13.30 when we really went out of Quetta. At darkness we had moved a record of 190 kms, even not to Zhob, sleep in big police-station, rooms and matrass dirty, sleep in car again (3th night).
Day 5: started around 9.00, endless changes of escorts, and at some place it took almost an hour to do paperwork, because they where military, and no Levies or Police. After sunset we entered D.I. Khan, nothing was aranged, the escorts had no clue what to do. I decided to escape and booked the only reasonoble hotel in town (National club). When we arrived, they refused us to give a room because the NOC said Islamabad, and not D.I. KHAN. After some dicussion, my english and german friends also arrived, with the escort, hahaha. They had same problem, it took hours of discussion, before they agreed to give us a room, we were 8 people. Lucky we had 3 guys who speak Urdu with us.
Day 6, escort arrived at about 10.00, again escorted out off town, it was around 12.00 on day 6 when we entered the motorway north of D.I. KHAN towards Islamabad and no more escorts, arrived Islamabad around 16.00. Knever ever i have seen such incompetent people. I ws in the Bosnian war escorted in the 90s, that worked better . . .
Al together i would say, be prepared to the unexpected things . . .
Thank you so much for the detailed report! This sounds tough, hope you get some proper rest now :D
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OOHH, yes, i didnt move my ass at all in Islamabad, the only thing i did was applying for my indian visa at the visatronix office. My batteries now almost fully charged again, and tomorrow go on the way to Chinese border, Kunjerab pass. As it takes "up to 15 days", but also somebody received it in 7 days, i have time enough to go up and down to Kunjerab, hope to knever see anymore an escort in pakistan, hahahah !!
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Roadtophnompenh wrote:
Sun Oct 16, 2022 11:30 am
OOHH, yes, i didnt move my ass at all in Islamabad, the only thing i did was applying for my indian visa at the visatronix office. My batteries now almost fully charged again, and tomorrow go on the way to Chinese border, Kunjerab pass. As it takes "up to 15 days", but also somebody received it in 7 days, i have time enough to go up and down to Kunjerab, hope to knever see anymore an escort in pakistan, hahahah !!
Sounds amazing! Are you planning to enter China as well, is that possible? What's your route to India? :)
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My final destination is Phnom Penh Cambodia, would be fine to cross China or Myanmar, but they are still closed.I am now in Gilgit, and just will go up to the Kunjerab-pass and have a look at the chinese flag. As i am waiting for my Indian Visa, i prefere to go in high mountains, and not wait in a big city. The drive up is really beautiful and fun ofcourse. The only option at the moment is shippiing my car from India to Malaysia, Mumbai-Port Kelang is at the moment 3500 euros (one-way). I will just continue until Taj Mahal in Agra, and then make the decission what i do, drive to Mumbai, ship the car and fly myself. Or just fly to Cambodia and wait with the hope that Myanmar opens. Fingers crossed at the moment !!
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