india to uk overland
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 4, 2012 3:21 PM Last Post By: everbrite
Apr 17, 2012 11:01 AM
india to uk overlandhi all
the more i read around the more confused i am becoming so, in the name of clarity;
i am a UK citizen, currently near Delhi. My Indian visa expires 15/05/12 and i took it into my head that it would be nice to go home overland.
BUT i can't get a visa into Pakistan now that i'm in India? (well, some people say you can?)
I can't pass through Nepal to Tibet and onwards to Urumqi? (or i can, but at an outrageous price)
so am I going to have to fly somewhere to get home? any obscure ferries/mountain passes/visa dodges/ secret tunnels up your sleeve?
Apr 17, 2012 11:29 AM
Apr 18, 2012 4:44 AM
2ok but is this taking into account the 'group tour' factor ie the agency needs to accompany me until i leave china?
the 'outrageous' price (quotes of $7000 & $3000 so far) comes in when you try to pass through Tibet and into the rest of China; as far as i can tell, the opposite route (China-Tibet-Nepal) is fine as they know youre certainly out of the country at the end.
if you know otherwise, please tell!
Apr 18, 2012 4:56 AM
No, the tour group only applies while you are in Tibet. Once they see you off on the train in Lhasa, you are on your own. But you are limited in the visa you get and need to proceed pretty quickly to Urumqi where you can obtain a Kazakh and /or Kyrgyz visa for onward travel.
But before deciding to travel that route, consider carefully your next step. Assuming you go to Kazakhstan, your options are onward travel to Azerbaijan via an irregular ferry across the Caspain Sea or a long train ride to Moscow with a transit visa which only allows you a night or two stopover before leaving the country since obtaining a Russian visa is quite difficult and outrageously expensive.
May 4, 2012 11:14 AM
my plan now is to get the Kazakhstan visa in Delhi, then go to Nepal, Tibet, China, Kazakhstan. And yes, I think from there I'll try my luck with the ferry. Overall, that seemed simpler than wiggling through more countries, more visas, more costs etc. I suppose for me this is primarily a route home, which will also be a fantastic adventure. So I think my streamlined plan (I had looked at kaz-uz-turkm-iran etc) is a good one?
May 4, 2012 3:21 PM
5You'll need an Azerbaijani visa and these are increasingly difficult to obtain. Despite the difficulties in obtaining a Russian visa you might want to consider this as an alternative to crossing the Caspian Sea to Baku.
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