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Asia Blogs - Dragoman Overland

If you’re visiting China for the first time, it can be a pretty intense cultural experience. It’s a vast country, with huge cities and sweeping landscapes, not to mention an enormous population. Whether it’s architecture, history, culture, or natural splendour, China doesn’t do things by halves; think the Great Wall, the giant Buddha at Leshan, the snow-capped peaks at Tiger Leaping Gorge, the sacred mountain of Emei Shan, and the Forbidden City in Beijing. To help take the edge off the overwhelm, here’s a few things to bear in mind before your overland trip to China.   You need a…

Dara from our Australian office recently got the opportunity to travel from Bishkek to Dushanbe on Dragoman's Tajikistan Explorer tour. Check out what she got up to below.   Day 1 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Had our group meeting at 10am where we met the group coming from Uzbek and Turkmenistan. Checked into our room and then had a free day exploring the city. Beautiful and quiet city full of trees and parks to explore. Took a taxi to the main Bazaar where we marvelled at all the cheap local bread, spices, meat and fake branded clothing. Had a group dinner at a…

Louise has recently completed Dragoman’s comprehensive crew training programme, and is now out on the road with us on in Asia. Follow Louise’s blog below to find out what life is like as a trainee crew member, what day-to-day life is like on an overland trip with Dragoman, and why you should travel to this fascinating continent.   The latest... Part 07: Chasing the sun Over 4500km and 2 times zones later, we're still in China! Travelling overland through China for the last 6 weeks has truly given me an appreciation for this country and how big it is. Another…

After several years away, Dragoman is returning to Pakistan in 2020 with a brand new itinerary, the Pakistan Discovery. During the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, thousands of intrepid overlanders travelled through Pakistan as they followed the Hippie Trail between Istanbul and New Delhi. Unfortunately, the late 1970s saw the beginning of several decades of political and sectarian instability and negative coverage of Pakistan and its neighbours in the media, which saw the country scratched off all but the most weathered adventurers’ bucket lists. But look past the myths and the media coverage and you’ll discover an extraordinary and enchanting country,…

Dragoman guide Prim is now on the road with us in Central Asia, exploring the Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan between Tashkent and Bishkek. This is a region famed for its hospitality, and the semi-nomadic people who live here will host the group as they journey through the rugged, mountainous landscape. Take it away, Prim!   The Latest... Part Four From Jeti-Oguz we drive into Karakol and take Russian military vehicles up the bumpy valley road to spend a night in Altyn Arashan, a collection of hot springs in an alpine valley. Known as the 'golden spa', the exterior of the…

From discovering historical treasures and natural splendour to exploring flea markets and experiencing colourful festivals, these are the very best activities for immersing yourself in India’s diverse culture. Explore historical treasures and contemporary marvels India is a melting pot of religions and cultures, and the result is a land of diverse temples, tombs, forts, palaces, mosques and other monuments. At the time of writing there are 37 UNESCO World Heritage sites across the country. It goes without saying that you’ll want to visit the Taj Mahal, India’s most famous attraction and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.…

The Silk Road was an ancient network of intercontinental trade routes connecting China and the Far East with the Middle East and Europe. As well as exchanging luxury products like Chinese silk, spices, salt, sugar, jade, and fur, the disparate civilisations connected by the Silk Road also forged deep social, cultural and religious links – a meeting of minds that played an essential role in the development of the region. It was on the Silk Road that overland travel was born, and to this day it remains one of the quintessential overlanding journeys. But with a network of routes spanning…

Our ever-exploring sales consultant, Sarah has recently got back from our Delhi to Mumbai trip and she tells us all that happened on her overlanding adventure...     Day 1 Our trip started early in the morning flying from Gatwick to Istanbul. When we got on our second flight from Istanbul to Delhi, time flew by watching all the new movies back to back! We landed in Delhi early on Day 1 and watched the sun rise over Delhi as we drove to the hotel. We had our group meeting in the evening, then we all went out for a…

Our Senior Travel Consultant, Suze, travelled on our WKK trip from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. Here's what she got up to on this 13 day loop through Nepal thourgh breathtaking scenery, beautiful lakes and valleys and the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet!