Sikkim, Kyrgyzstan, Iran: 3 really exciting road trips to sign up for
Kyrgyzstan is dotted with stunning mountain ranges and home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Tien Shan Mountain Range and the Silk Road. And the latter is what you can drive on Embarq’s “Landscapes of Kyrgyzstan” road trip. Embarq was created after founders Medha Joseph and Sujal Patwardhan planned and embarked on a 57-day road trip from India to Morocco. So you know you are in good hands. Over the past 7 years, the team has led dozens of expeditions across India and the world.
This expedition retraces part of the ancient Silk Road, starting from Bishkek. You will travel to Cholpon Ata, Karakol, Balykchy, Naryn, Tash Rabat, before returning to Bishkek. Explore the beauty of Iran’s many natural delights including Issyk-Kul Lake, Grigorievskoye Gorge, Caravanserai Monument and many more.
When: June 4-11, 2022 and September 17-24, 2022
Car: Toyota 4 runners (SUV)
Cost: Rs 1,60,928 per person (two people per car); Website
An 8 week adventure from Iran to the UK
If you’re in the mood for a big break, this 55-day road trip from Adventures Overland might just be the adventure you’ve been looking for. Founders Tushar Agarwal and Sanjay Madan know a thing or two about long car journeys. In 2013, the two drove from Mumbai to Turkey through 50 countries, covering 90,000 km and six continents. Today, their company has 15 Limca World Records for road trips as well as a Guinness World Record for long distance driving.
The road trip will start in Bandar Abbas in Iran – vehicles will be shipped to the port city – and allow for a full week in the country. Visit beautiful sites like Maharloo Lake, UNESCO World Heritage Site Persepolis, and Tabriz Bazaar. In the following weeks, you will cross Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France before arriving in London. .
Along the way, enjoy a luxury cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, explore the town of Rovaniemi, Finland (known as Santa Claus Village), ride up to the highest point in Europe in Norway, and maybe even admire the fascinating aurora borealis.
When: August 14-October 7
Car: Any 4×4 vehicle (you can take your own car or ask the company to reserve one for you)
Cost: Rs22,00,000 plus tax per person; Website