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Walking from Europe to India

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Walking from Europe to India

Wasn't sure where to put this, but I am basically planning to do a bit of a crazy walk from Istanbul to India in 2017 to kick start my NGO in India, hoping to gain a few sponsors before going.

I would be walking with a filmmaker, a photographer and my dad. I am currently 23 but would be 25 at the beginning of this project. I have figured it will take a bit less than a year if walking a reasonable amount every day.

I wouldn't usually plan trips this far in advance but this one is pretty long and in order to get funding I need to have a definite plan which looks doable.

Here's where you guys come in handy... Any advice for the intinerary? My obvious thought was avoid Afghanistan and be cautious when walking through Pakistan (perhaps a local guide would be needed here).

So far I have: Turkey-Iran-Pakistan-India

If there were a way to go through Afghanistan which would be safe I would do it... Otherwise I would take the slighty longer route.

If anyone could give me an idea about good places to go on the way it would be much appreciated!



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11. Re: Walking from Europe to India

Consider how and where you are putting up for the night. Central Asia is terribly vast, and cities are on the fringe of the desert.

Detroit, Michigan
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12. Re: Walking from Europe to India

It is possible Via Turkey and Iran

Detroit, Michigan
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13. Re: Walking from Europe to India

This is very tough but possible.

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14. Re: Walking from Europe to India

Hello Elizabeth, I'm also starting to plan a trip similar to yours walking from UK to Beijing via the Silk Road in 2018. I would very much like to exchange a few emails with you if that's possible to get as much info as possible.

If your up for it then send me an email


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15. Re: Walking from Europe to India

This German bicycle rider went through Iran and then north of Afghanistan (NOT in) into China. Maybe some of her information helps you in your decision for the itinerary.


Lake Tahoe...
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16. Re: Walking from Europe to India

A British man who aimed to walk from Bristol to Gandhi's birthplace in Porbander, India without spending any money has been forced to give up at Calais.

Tehran, Iran
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17. Re: Walking from Europe to India

Excellent I hope good luck

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18. Re: Walking from Europe to India

You can crossing border from mashhad to herat its save polce may escort u to but i wont recommend u to go by land from herat to kandahar you have flay if you get an approved guide you you would be ok.

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19. Re: Walking from Europe to India

I advice you take the Iran Way and avoid Afghanistan

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