Istanbul to Delhi by train
Iran has trains, and so does Pakistan. Both are probably cheap.
Have you tried Seat61? I tried, a voyage that long isn't included. But, theres a potential problem. YOu may not get allowed through the Pakistani border into India, if border tensions increase again. Even now, land movement between the two was very restricted a year ago.
There is a train from Pakistan to India, and seat61 does have info on it.
Here's what I got from that site:
"There is a safe and comfortable weekly train from Istanbul to Tehran, reintroduced in March 2001, called the Trans-Asia Express. The train is actually two trains, a Turkish one from Istanbul to Tatvan pier, then a ferry across Lake Van, then an Iranian train from Van pier to Tehran. Only one baggage van actually goes all the way, being ferried across Lake Van on a train ferry..! Both Turkish and Iranian trains have modern air-conditioned 1st class 4-berth couchettes and an elegant modern restaurant car. The total distance from Istanbul to Tehran is 2,968km excluding the 90km length of Lake Van."
"Trains run Quetta - Zahedan (Iran) twice a month. Please check locally. You should check the security situation in this part of Iran at http://www.fco.gov.uk before travelling."
Well, they show the other way around, but theoretically the reverse journey should be possible... Since its only twice a month tho, maybe bussing it would be easier?
"A twice-weekly train runs at 08:00 on Mondays & Thursdays Lahore-Wagah (on the Indian frontier), with connections from Atari (on the Indian side) for Delhi, arriving 03:35 next morning (please double-check locally). However, you can also take a bus or taxi Lahore-Wagah daily, cross the frontier, then take a bus or taxi to Amritsar for daily trains to New Delhi."
So, looks like we stand corrected, huh?
Anyway, sounds like a cool trip doesn't it? I'm actually interested in doing this myself! When were you planning on doing this Simon?
IÂ´m planning on doing it in February or so. IÂ´ll be working in Barcelona untill the 15th of January, then heading to Athens and Kreta and then going to Turkey. May be a week in Istambul and another in Ankara, where I have a friend. So yeah probably middle or end of FEbruary.
Are you plannig on going as well? If so we could meet somewhere and take the train togheter. weÂ´ll see.
thanks again for all the info
I was thinking perhaps of adding Armenia and Azerbaijan to the itinerary just for the heck of it, and possibly Afghanistan. (And hey, then I can say I've been to all the countries that start with A beside Algeria... hehe)
Right now I am trying to figure out the details on getting in to Iran. Unfortunately, since I am still in the process of getting my Canadian citizenship officially recognized, I dont have a Canadian passport yet.
So that means I'll have to go there on my American one, which has an Israeli visa on it. So I'm thinking about getting a new passport. Then I'll have to go up to Ottawa to the embassy there to get a visa (we don't have Iranian embassies here in the US...)
So it's a bit of a pain, but I've always wanted to go to Iran!
changing the pasport is a good idea, though.
so I think weÂ´ll be seeing uns around BnA, so we can keep in touch.
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