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Cycling from Europe to India 2011
« on: January 20, 2010, 01:39:46 PM »

Greetings fellow cyclists,

I was wondering when would be the best time to cycle from Europe to India. The current plan would be
to cycle through Europe, Turkey, Iran,Pakistan into India. Then train & cycle around Southern India
for a few months. I have one year in all.

If October to Mid April is the best time to visit India? I should really get there by November-December.
Which I suppose would mean I should have to leave Europe ( in Austria) around July-August.
Which would be the hottest time!!

What are your thoughts please.

Simon
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Re: Cycling from Europe to India 2011
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010, 09:12:08 PM »
Hi Simon,

Thanks for joining CycloCamping Forum.

First, I would suggest you consider whether or not you are restricted to 1 year. Because if you're not, there is a good chance that you won't follow your original plan and you will find out pretty quickly that you're not where you planned to be at the time you planned to.

If the one-year time limit is strict, then you probably should plan it well. Before trying to get the best weather everywhere, make sure you avoid the worst weather.

On your route, the most important in my opinion is to avoid the northern part of Pakistan during the winter (Dec. Jan, Feb.). The Anatolian plateau in Turkey can also have tough winters, too (a lot of snow depending on where you are). I would also avoid the Iranian desert in the middle of the summer. After that, you should be pretty good.

So, the plan you are describing sounds really good to me. Yes, October to April is by far the best season in India. And you do want to be in India during the best season because it can get pretty miserable otherwise (rainy, humid and hot).  I would not worry too much about Europe in the summer.  Yes, days can get hot (but nothing unbearable) and in the end you will be happy for the rest of your journey.

Great journey you're planning, congrats!

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Re: Cycling from Europe to India 2011
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2010, 08:43:05 AM »
Just to add to the above good info, I arrived in Iran in November and wished Id arrived one month earlier as it was a bit chilly, ie sub zero. Even in Estfahan there was frequent snow showers in December, so unless you plan on carrying winter gear bear that in mind. One other point to remember is that it  suddenly becomes real hard to find decent bike parts and service after Tabriz in north-west Iran, so its worth making that your last major maintenence check on this route.
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Re: Cycling from Europe to India 2011
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2010, 03:28:23 PM »
I left the netherlands the beginning of april, which is a beautiful time to start.
Late may and June in Turkey was a different story, quite hot already.
July in Iran was very hot, with 48 Celsius in the shade one day (in Esfahan, still on 1700m)
August in Pakistan was even hotter and in the middle of rain season.
But, you know, I survived and it makes for good stories and adventures.
I would now start July, have the autumn in Turkey and Iran, winter in Pakistan and India.
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Re: Cycling from Europe to India 2011
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2010, 02:16:55 AM »
I left the netherlands the beginning of april, which is a beautiful time to start.
Late may and June in Turkey was a different story, quite hot already.
July in Iran was very hot, with 48 Celsius in the shade one day (in Esfahan, still on 1700m)
August in Pakistan was even hotter and in the middle of rain season.
But, you know, I survived and it makes for good stories and adventures.
I would now start July, have the autumn in Turkey and Iran, winter in Pakistan and India.
Peter

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Re: Cycling from Europe to India 2011
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2010, 05:29:39 AM »
We too are planning the europe to china and maybe asia staring march 2011. Want to start in Athens  and go through the Stans and see what happens by the time we get to Kashgar.  Will take a few buses and trains along the way if it gets too much. may not do Pakistan or India as we've been there before.
India is always a good place.

 We've been to Southern Iran before, in June, and it was cooking, but that was on a bus.
Are you on the road now or in 2011?  Would like to follow your trip if it's on now?
We're looking at getting Iranian and Chinese visa before we leave Oz. Just in the planning stages now.

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Re: Cycling from Europe to India 2011
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2010, 02:09:40 PM »
I am going to make exactly the same route from Turkey to India, by Iran and Pakistan at exactly the same time...
I am planning to start at the beginning of June.
I looks like it will be quite hot for a first timer. But i will just do as much as siesta i can!

I might start after taking a bus to the eastern Turkey, since i have already pedalled a lot in Turkey.
If you are looking for some companion, please let me know.
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Re: Cycling from Europe to India 2011
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2010, 02:11:56 PM »
Ouupss, Sorry,
I will start this summer, in 2010. Not in 2011. Sorry for the inconvenience. :)

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Re: Cycling from Europe to India 2011
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2010, 04:36:49 AM »
We're looking at starting in Turkey to get to China and beyond, as early as possible for a 8 month trip.

Maybe March 2011

Fred/Wendy