Three Classic Overland Journeys ; Complete Guide
The Hippie Trail
Forget full moon parties on Thailand's Koh Phangan. The first mass independent travel trend in Asia was the hippie trail of the 1960s and 1970s, which led, in an abstract way, from Western Europe to Kathmandu or Goa via Istanbul, Tehran and Kabul. If you want to follow it today, go by train. The website www.seat61.com advises that it will take several weeks, and hinges on getting a visa for Iran. If you're still up for the journey, take a series of trains from London to Istanbul (following the original Orient Express route for some of the journey), another to Tehran and another on to Kerman, and yet another to Bam. Next there's a bus ride from Bam to Zahedan and then it's back on to trains for the journey from there to Quetta in Pakistan, on to Lahore and finally to Amritsar in India, from where you can choose your connection north or south deeper into the sub-continent.
Running for 9,300 kilometres from Moscow to Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian is the world's longest railway. It was completed in 1916 to serve Russia's growing Pacific port. The original line passes through Yaroslavl on the Volga, Ekaterinburg in the Urals and Irkutsk near Lake Baikal but other lines branch off through China and Mongolia to Beijing and on to Shanghai. …