THE HIPPY TRAIL - part II
Tehran to Mumbai across Iran and Pakistan's & India's Punjab regions
> Journeying +7 months from Istanbul to the Himalayas where part II covered the other half of Iran, Pakistan of some of India <
This is leg two on a longer journey on the fabled Hippy Trail, traveling overland from Europe to the Himalayas. The first leg covered Turkey and northern Iran until Tehran.
On leg two of this journey we pick up the thread in Tehran from where we push through Iran via Qom, Kashan, Esfahan, Shahr-e Kord, Na'in, Tabas, Kharnaq, Yazd, Chak Chak, Meybod, Garmeh, Bandar Abbas, Minab and Zahedan. Along the way we explore key historic sites, including Ardalan, Kizerun, Bishapur, Persepolis and Parsargadae. We spend lots of time in both the Dast-e Kavir desert and the Lut desert, Iran's two largest deserts, with charming oasis villages and sand castles. As it is summer time in Iran during our traverse, the climate is blistering hot and extremely dry, although most of the country on average is high altitude. For more in-depth coverage of Iran view our 'Persia' page or our climb of Mount Damavand in Iran. Our view our page on the Kurdish regions of Iran.
In Pakistan, we explore primarily the Punjab region around Lahore and Islamabad. Both places has an evocative mix of attractions from sublime shrines and mosques, serene Mughal architecture, excellent bazaars, and warm-hearted people. The sense of adventure is only enhanced by the fact that we cross path with very few other travelers, since Pakistan is a destination for only the truly intrepid. After months on the Hippy Tail, there are sublime backpacker haunts in both Lahore and Islamabad that are great places to relax and recharge our batteries and swap stories about Pakistan and beyond. If you want to explore more of Pakistan, then check out our wild travel along the Karakorum Highway or our mountaineering tours in the Hunza Valley in Pakistan.
Our second leg was finished by taking us across India's Punjab and Haryana regions down to New Delhi and the south part of Uttar Pradesh, and then further on, skirting Rajasthan and Gujarat to Mumbai. Some of the highlights along the way is Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi and Agra.
Continue to 'Hippy Trail III' for leg three on this journey through west and south India, Sri Lanka and back into North India and the Himalayas.