Overland India, 3.5 weeks

#1 May 12th, 2011, 18:44
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Hi all,

this year I will be travelling from the Netherlands to Singapore overland with our own car (with a boat from India / Bangladesh to Thailand). I have come up with a travel itinerary, and I was wondering if you can advice me whether this is doable, the places we stay are worth it (I cannot extend our stay in India very much, maybe only with 1 or 2 days, so we need to visit the best places ), what are good hotels / hostels (it needs to have parking place for the car) / camping sites to stay (we have our own tent so staying on a campsite would be great, but can't find much about that on the internet)

1-Lahore Attari (border crossing)
2-Attari-Amritsar
3-Amritsar (the Golden Temple)
4-Amritsar-Anandpur sahib
5-Anandpur sahib -Chandigahr
6-Chandigahr -Dehra Dun
7-Dehra Dun
8-Dehra Dun-Rishikesh
9-Rishikesh -Corbett Tiger Reserve (Ramnagar-Haridwar)
10-Corbett Tiger Reserve
11-Corbett Tiger Reserve/Ramnagar-Delhi
12-Delhi
13-Delhi
14-Delhi-Agra (Taj Mahal, Agra fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb)
15-Agra
16-Agra-Jaipur (Fatehpur Sikri, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary)
17-Jaipur (Amber fort , City Palace and Jantar Mantar)
18-Jaipur-Ranthambore National Park
19-Ranthambore National Park
20-Ranthambore National Park-Ohrchha
21-Ohrchha-Jhansi
22-Jhansi-Khajuraho
23-Khajuraho-Varanasi (ghats)
24-Varanasi Sunauli (towards Nepal )

Thank you very much!
#2 May 12th, 2011, 18:56
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Smile jaipur-ranthambhore

u have given 2 days for Ranthambhore here. The distance is less, and the tiger project plus the beautiful fort collectively take just half a day. You can visit another place enroute to Orchha. let me figure out the choices. same is the case with Jhansi-orchha. there is definitely a scope of 1 addition over here, which other people out here will be better to guide.
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Thanks for the quick reply, looking forward to the suggestions!
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Was wondering something else, is Ranthambore National Park worth it because we also go to the Corbett Tiger Reserve or is it better to do something else around there?
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Ranthambore has a beautiful fort. it is almost enroute to orchha where u r going and the tiger reserve has a good chance of sighting tigers as their density is high. I have not been to Corbett. Instead of cutting a day, you could spend more time in Jaipur and depart for Ranthambhore in the evening, discovering Jaipur more than u planned. Apart from forts and palaces, also visit the inner pink city, just for shopping. If interested, you can lay hands on precious and semiprecious stone jewellery from govt recognised shops. I also advice you to just keep an outline in mind and improvise as you move. just go with the flow and let India get absorbed into you, without worrying much abt advance hotel bookings etc. Let the spontaneity prevail and you'll have the time of ur life. Also, ur travel plans can be modified. dont worry to pull down everything and change it altogether. every nook of the country has something to offer, so don't worry about getting the best out of it, as the memorable experiences necessarily do not come from admiring a huge fort, but also sitting silently on the banks of a silently flowing river. relying more on the GPS thsn ur eyes and ears would give u a lot of info, but take away lots of pleasure.
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At 21-22 there is no real need to stay in Jhansi, it's easier to just jump on the bus from Orchha and avoid the crazy traffic. Not to much of interest there anyway and the road to Khajuraho is just 4-5 Km from Orchha itself.

Also Dehra Dun would seem fruitless destination, unless you have a motive for being there, better to spend more time in Rishikesh or swap Dehra Dun for Mussoorie a hill station.

Also be sure to check the road conditions from Khajuraho to Varanasi when I was there the roads were more pothole than tarmac, and very hard on vehicles. Really terrible, that may have changed in the intervening years.
En route think about a stop in Chitrakoot.

India has very few campsites and wild camping by foreigners is sure to attract a lot of local curiosity, which can quickly begin to grate on the nerves as your every move is watched and discussed. Hotels are very cheap anyway.
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reply @klompen

The guy is moving in his own car, which changes many things. can't take a bus or train or anything else
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I don't understand your point drk. I only recommended the bus to Jhansi to save on dealing with the traffic in Jhansi.
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Originally Posted by Lijnie View Post this year I will be travelling from the Netherlands to Singapore overland with our own car
Lijnie, do you care to tell the route you are intending to travel?
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No problem

From the Netherlands to Turkey (fastest route ), Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, India, Thailand, Cambodja, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore

We dont have to go to Jhansi if there is nothing special to see

How long is the travel from Ohrchha to Khajuraho? Because there are some places in the planning that are just for getting from one point to another
Same for Varanasi to the border, how long is the drive?

Thanks a lot already everyone!

Our route is flexible, but my main point is that I dont know if the route is doable. If it turns out the distances are too large, I need to change the route already
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It's about 3.5 - 4 hours to Khajuraho from Orchha.Thje rest of your itinerary looks doable.

Do you have your visas for Iran and Pakistan it's not a given you will get visas for overland travel.
Also unless it's changed again the Pakistan authorities were only issueing visas in your country of origin.
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Thank you.
How long are you planing for the whole trip?
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I will arrange most visas in the Netherlands, so no problems with that I hope. Haven't seen any problems with getting visas, but will apply for Pakistan first, then Iran to make sure we have those

We have 6 months to go from the Netherlands to Singapore. Then the car will be on the boat, we go back by plane.
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Originally Posted by Klompen View Post It's about 3.5 - 4 hours to Khajuraho from Orchha.Thje rest of your itinerary looks doable.

Do you have your visas for Iran and Pakistan it's not a given you will get visas for overland travel.
Also unless it's changed again the Pakistan authorities were only issueing visas in your country of origin.
Okay so Khajuraho from Orchha can be done in one day then. That is better
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Sure looks like a great trip, hope everything goes well, enjoy

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