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==Overview==
 
==Overview==
 
There are several ways to go from [[Europe]] to [[South Asia]] overland.
 
There are several ways to go from [[Europe]] to [[South Asia]] overland.
  
All require some caution. Roads are poor in many areas and some are impassable in winter or in monsoon season. Various mountain and desert areas can be quite dangerous if appropriate care is not taken. So can some of the inhabitants. Most are friendly, curious and helpful, but the traveller needs some understanding of local customs and must take some care not to give offense.
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All require some caution. Roads are poor in many areas and some are impassable in winter or in monsoon season. Various mountain and desert areas can be quite dangerous if appropriate care is not taken. So can some of the inhabitants. Most are friendly, curious and helpful, but the traveler needs some understanding of local customs and must take some care not to give offense.
  
 
==Options==
 
==Options==
  
 
===The Silk Road===
 
===The Silk Road===
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All of the Silk Road routes travel through areas in which the political (and consequently security) situation can change within the blink of an eye, and really, things were far from perfect to begin with. The border areas of Iran-Pakistan, Pakistan-India, and obviously any border with Afghanistan in particular are currently quite hazardous. Consulting your countries' travel advisories and staying in tune with world news for signs of problems is a smart idea.
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* [[Istanbul to New Delhi over land]]: [[Turkey]] - [[Iran]] - ([[Afghanistan]]) - [[Pakistan]] - [[India]]
 
* [[Istanbul to New Delhi over land]]: [[Turkey]] - [[Iran]] - ([[Afghanistan]]) - [[Pakistan]] - [[India]]
 
* Alternatively: [[Turkey]] - [[Georgia_(country)|Georgia]] - [[Azerbaijan]] - [[Turkmenistan]] - [[Uzbekistan]] - [[Kyrgyzstan]] - [[China]] - [[Pakistan]] - [[India]]
 
* Alternatively: [[Turkey]] - [[Georgia_(country)|Georgia]] - [[Azerbaijan]] - [[Turkmenistan]] - [[Uzbekistan]] - [[Kyrgyzstan]] - [[China]] - [[Pakistan]] - [[India]]
 
* Alternatively: [[Turkey]] - [[Georgia_(country)|Georgia]] - [[Armenia]] - [[Iran]] - ([[Afghanistan]]) - [[Pakistan]] - [[India]]
 
* Alternatively: [[Turkey]] - [[Georgia_(country)|Georgia]] - [[Armenia]] - [[Iran]] - ([[Afghanistan]]) - [[Pakistan]] - [[India]]
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* [[Eurasia By Train]]: [[United Kingdom]] - [[France]] - [[Germany]] - [[Hungary]] - [[Romania]] - [[Bulgaria]] - [[Turkey]] - [[Iran]] - [[Pakistan]] - [[India]] - [[Bangladesh]].
  
 
See also [[Silk Road]]
 
See also [[Silk Road]]
  
 
===Through Russia===
 
===Through Russia===
There are many ways to go to South Asia through [[Russia]], but since travelling in [[Afghanistan]] is hardly possible you'll have to go through [[Iran]] or [[China]]. That gives the following options:
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There are many ways to go to South Asia through [[Russia]], but since traveling in [[Afghanistan]] is hardly possible you'll have to go through [[Iran]] or [[China]]. That gives the following options:
  
 
====Russia to Iran====
 
====Russia to Iran====
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====Russia to South Asia via China====
 
====Russia to South Asia via China====
 
* From Russia to Central Asia, then into China in one of these ways:
 
* From Russia to Central Asia, then into China in one of these ways:
** Northwest China, road or rail from [[Almaty]] to [[Urumqi]]
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** Northwest China, road or rail from [[Almaty]], [[Kazakhstan]] to [[Urumqi]]. See [[Moscow to Urumqi]] for details.
** Further South on China's Western border, reaching the [[Silk Road]] oasis [[Kashi]]
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** It may be possible to cross China's Western border further South, following the [[Silk Road]] toward [[Kashgar]]. This would involve some roads that have seen very few tourists.
** from the North, road or Trans-Siberian Railway to [[Ulan Ude]], into [[Mongolia]] to [[Ulaanbaatar]] and on into China
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** From the North, road or [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] to [[Ulan Ude]], into [[Mongolia]] to [[Ulaanbaatar]], and on into China
** Trans-Siberian Railway all the way to [[Beijing]]  
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** [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] all the way to [[Beijing]]  
** from the Northeast (if you want to visit Eastern Russia), Southwest from [[Vladivostok]] to [[Harbin]]
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** From the Northeast (if you want to visit Eastern Russia), Southwest from [[Vladivostok]] to [[Harbin]]
 
* From China, there are several routes toward South Asia
 
* From China, there are several routes toward South Asia
** In the West, from Kashi, South over the [[Karakoram highway]] into [[Pakistan]]
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** In the West, from Kashi, South over the [[Karakoram Highway]] into [[Pakistan]]
 
** In the center, through [[Tibet]] to [[Kathmandu]]
 
** In the center, through [[Tibet]] to [[Kathmandu]]
** in the Southwest, from [[Kunming]] into [[Myanmar]], but visas for this may be difficult
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** in the South, from [[Kunming]] into [[Myanmar]], but visas for this may be difficult
 
** in the South, from [[Nanning]] into [[Vietnam]]
 
** in the South, from [[Nanning]] into [[Vietnam]]
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Overview[edit]

There are several ways to go from Europe to South Asia overland.

All require some caution. Roads are poor in many areas and some are impassable in winter or in monsoon season. Various mountain and desert areas can be quite dangerous if appropriate care is not taken. So can some of the inhabitants. Most are friendly, curious and helpful, but the traveler needs some understanding of local customs and must take some care not to give offense.

Options[edit]

The Silk Road[edit]

All of the Silk Road routes travel through areas in which the political (and consequently security) situation can change within the blink of an eye, and really, things were far from perfect to begin with. The border areas of Iran-Pakistan, Pakistan-India, and obviously any border with Afghanistan in particular are currently quite hazardous. Consulting your countries' travel advisories and staying in tune with world news for signs of problems is a smart idea.

See also Silk Road

Through Russia[edit]

There are many ways to go to South Asia through Russia, but since traveling in Afghanistan is hardly possible you'll have to go through Iran or China. That gives the following options:

Russia to Iran[edit]

Russia to South Asia via China[edit]

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