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Asia Blogs - Dragoman Overland

Being one of the world’s most ancient and historically important trade routes, the Silk Route connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean.  The route is not a single path but rather a network of tributaries spanning over 7,000km. Once used by traders transporting goods varying from gold to melons, military goods to, of course, silk and the term “Silk Road” was coined in the 19th century by Ferdinand von Richthofen, a German explorer. The route traverses arguably some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet; covering vast plains and desserts making this a truly venturesome land.  So it is…

For thousands of years Central Asia has been the stomping ground of true travellers.When the traders of the Silk Road began to traverse between continents, passing rich commodities between Arabian aristocrats and Asian merchants, they became the world’s first overlanders. Weaving through the ages in the same manner it winded across the desert sands, the Silk Road shaped the course of history forever. Today the caravans of camel and cloth are gone, but the intrigue for modern wanderers lives on. From Kyrgyzstan to Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan to Afghanistan, the curious collection of nations that make up Central Asia are quickly gaining…

Overlanding is by far one of the best ways to explore India, a country that gets under your skin like no other on earth! Here's 30 of our all time favourite photos from our epic 82 day India adventure around the whole of India.

Back on the Camel Trail. In the last two weeks we have crossed the border into Uzbekistan, watched the silk carpet making process, camped out with camels in the desert, visited imposing silk road cities, tasted Uzbek wine (hmm), learned to cook Plov (yum) and pondered over spending a small fortune on a handmade silk carpet (eek).  This trip couldn't be more of a contrast from our previous leg in Kyrgyztsan and everyone is in agreement that the two have complimented each other really well and that we are very pleased the energetic hiking & camping section was first and…

Starry skies, Golden Eagles and Heavenly Horses. We're all wrapped up in our warmest clothes, watching a night sky literally full up with stars, on the edge of Song Köl Lake, 3070m above sea level. It's chilly, but worth it. Our yurts are full of warm blankets and with 8 people to a yurt, we'll be easily warm enough - so for now, it's hats, gloves and a rum and coke to enjoy the evening! I've never seen so many stars - 360 degrees and all the way to the horizon, the sky is totally lit up. This finishes off a few…

Following the Old Silk Road - Xian to Kashgar We left Xian nearly three weeks ago following the old trading route to Kashgar, all the way along the last stretches of Great Wall and finally skirting the edges of the Taklamakan desert, one of the most inhospitable places on earth. What we've just travelled in 14 days, I cannot imagine travelling on foot or by camel at a rate of only 10-20km a day, as the old Caravans would have. This area was a gold mine for the archaeologists of the 19th century who would make their name discovering and transporting…

India has long held a magnetic attraction for adventure travellers and its appeal is stronger than ever. Dragoman have been operating overland trips around India for over 30 years and there is still no better way to see this vast country. More recently the Kingdom of Bhutan has also opened up to tourism and our trip there has been popular from the start. Last but not least, no trip to this region could be considered complete without a visit to the spectacular Nepal.   The Taj Mahal  The Taj Mahal is one the most famous and iconic buildings in the…