19 Foreign Countries You Can Drive to From India

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Get over average road trips from Delhi to Manali, and make way for traveling to foreign countries by road. Take these absolutely epic road trips to other nations and mark countries off your bucket list without booking a flight.

1. Nepal

Distance: 1,162 kms

Time: 20 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: Yes

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Note: If you are starting out from Delhi then take route to Gajraula in Uttar Pradesh. From Gajraula to Moradabad to Rudrapur and then to Khatima. Tank up at Banbassa as you might not be sure about next petrol pump in Nepal. From Banbassa, Nepal is just 5 kms away.

2. China

Distance: 4,165 kms

Time: 83 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: Yes

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Tip: Best route is via Nepal: Kathmandu to Lhasa; from Lhasa to Xining via the Qinghai railway; from Xining to wherever you want to go in China. You will be needing a Chinese visa, but you would also need a Tibet travel permit.

Read the travel story of people who took a road trip from Coimbatore to China here.

3. Kyrgyzstan

Distance: 1,605 kms

Time: 33 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: No, permit required.

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Tip: There are two passes open between China and Kygryzstan: the Irkshetam Pass and the Torugart Pass. Both are accessed from Kashgar in China, with the Torugart Pass taking you to Naryn (Kygryzstan) and the Irkshetam Pass to Sary Tash.

Meet the three women who took the same route to London from Delhi, here.

4. Uzbekistan

Distance: 1,579 km

Time: 30 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: No, permit required.

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An Indian family from Bangalore took this route to reach Paris. Read there travel story here.

5. Turkmenistan

Distance: 2,028 kms

Time: 40 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: No, permit required.

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A family of four has made their way to Paris via this very route, check out there story here.

6. Iran

Distance: 2,543 kms

Time: 46 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: No, permit required.

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7. Turkey

Distance: 4,546 kms

Time: 59 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: No , permit required.

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A family of four has made their way to Paris via this very route, check out there story here.

8. Greece

Distance: 5,000 kms

Time: 71 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: No, permit required.

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9. Italy

Distance: 5918 kms

Time: 119 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: Yes

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10. Spain

Distance: 7,277 kms

Time: 182 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: Yes

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11. France

Distance: 6,516 kms

Time: 131 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: Yes

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"111-Days. 11 Countries. 1 Indian Family. An Incredible Road Trip From Bangalore to Paris." Read here.

12. Finland

Distance: 5224 kms

Time: 104 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: Yes

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13. Czech Republic

Distance: 5709 kms

Time: 114 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: No, permit required.

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Three women from Delhi drove all the way to London, with a stop-over at Czech Republic. Read their entire travel story here.

14. Malaysia

Distance: 5629 kms

Time: 90 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: Yes

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15. Myanmar

Distance: 2989 kms

Time: 54 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: No, permit required.

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16. Sri Lanka

Distance: 3533 kms

Time: 78 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: No, permit required.

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Read more about driving to Sri Lanka in Coming Soon: A road trip from India to Sri Lanka via a sea bridge!

17. Bhutan

Distance: 2005 kms

Time: 39 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: No, permit required.

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Find out more in Road Trip to the Land of Spirits – Bhutan.

18. Bangladesh

Distance: 1713 kms

Time: 30 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: No, permit required.

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Find more about crossing over through border towns in Top 06 Escape Routes on Indian Border.

19. Thailand

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Distance: 4198 kms

Time: 71 hours

Allowed to drive on an Indian license: No, permit required.

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Load of crap. You can't go anywhere except Nepal and Bhutan in this list. India is land locked with Pakistan on one side (No way to go there on an indian passport) and China & Myanmar on the other. Exorbitantly expensive to travel in both countries in your own vehicle.
Tue 01 10 17, 03:16 · Reply · Report
Wonderful compilation.... A bit detailed roadtrip travelogue to each of these countries would be splendid!!! God knows.... if I can ever realize my wishes!!! :)
Wed 12 07 16, 01:34 · Reply · Report
Pakistan too
Fri 11 04 16, 22:29 · Reply · Report
great info and got shocked too
Mon 09 12 16, 22:38 · Reply · Report
Wow!! amazing info for a person who loves to drive :)
Mon 09 12 16, 09:42 · Reply · Report
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