"The Ultimate Travel Guide of an Indian Solo traveler Backpacking in Uzbekistan, Russia and Kazakhstan, featuring Murmansk, Teriberka, Arctic Ocean, Sami Village (Lapland) and Husky Park"
I have recently completed my solo backpacking to Uzbekistan, Russia and Kazakhstan (Central Asia and Europe) in shoestring budget of just 88,000 INR.
Quick synopsis and briefing of the trip:
All in One Complete Travel Guide/ All the information you need in one place to travel on a Budget:
Total expenses: I have completed this trip unbelievably under 90,000 INR including flight tickets, visa, accommodation, food and everything (I have already traveled around 10 countries before this trip). All the research, planning and bookings were done on my own.
Cities/towns traveled: Total 8 cities/towns in 3 Countries:
Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara in Uzbekistan;
Moscow, Murmansk, Teriberka and Saint Petersburg in Russia;
Almaty in Kazakhstan.
India (New Delhi) to Uzbekistan (Tashkent):
In Uzbekistan: 5 days-
Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara - Tashkent.
Uzbekistan (Tashkent) to Russia (Moscow):
In Russia: 12 days-
Moscow - Murmansk - Teriberka - Saint Petersburg.
Russia (Saint Petersburg) to Kazakhstan (Astana):
In Kazakhstan: 3 days-
Astana – Almaty.
Kazakhstan (Almaty) to India (New Delhi).
Uzbekistan Visa: Free transit Visa for Indians up to 5 days when flying with Uzbek Airways (visa invitation not required for transit visa).
Russia Visa: INR 1300 Embassy charge (now INR 2130), INR 1500 VFS charge and INR 1400 visa invitation.
Kazakhstan Visa: Free transit Visa for Indians up to 3 days when flying with Air Astana (visa invitation not required for transit visa).
Transportation and flight tickets with cost:
Flight from India to Russia with 5 days transit in Uzbekistan: Booked multi-city flight with Uzbekistan Airways (cost: INR 22000).
Flight from Russia to India with transit in Kazakhstan: Booked multi-city flight with Air Astana (cost: INR 16000).
Inter-city transport with cost:
Tashkent to Samarkand: High speed Afrosiyob or Sharq train (booked with Uzbekistan Railways, cost: INR 550, duration: 3 hours)
Samarkand to Bukhara: High speed Afrosiyob or Sharq train (booked with Uzbekistan Railways, cost: INR 500, duration: 2 hours)
Bukhara to Tashkent: Domestic flight Uzbekistan Airways (cost: INR 2200, duration: 1 hour, booked with Uzbekistan Airways. You can also travel with Uzbekistan Railways)
Moscow to Murmansk: Domestic flight Red Wings (cost: INR4400, duration: 2.5 hours, book any domestic flight)
Murmansk to Teriberka and Arctic Ocean: Tour excursion Road trip (cost: INR 5500, duration: 1 day)
Murmansk to Sami Village and Husky park: Tour excursion Road trip (cost: INR 5500, 1 day)
Murmansk to Norway Border: Northern lights/Aurora Borealis Tour (cost: INR5000, duration: 1 night)
Murmansk to Saint Petersburg: RZD Russian Railways (booked with Russian Railways, cost: INR 3600, duration: 24 hours)
Astana to Almaty: Domestic flight Air Astana (cost included in the total Air Astana flight from Russia to India, duration: 1 hour)
Transport within Cities:
Tashkent: Metro and Taxi
Moscow: Metro and public buses
Murmansk: Taxi and public buses
Saint Petersburg: Metro and public buses
Almaty: Taxi and public buses
Uzbekistan: Taxi or public bus
Russia: AeroExpress Train or public bus
Kazakhstan: free pickup and drop from Air Astana and public bus
Uzbekistan: Hostel and Couchsurfing.
Kazakhstan: Free stopover holiday from Air Astana and Couchsurfing.
Food: Fast food restaurants and self cooked.
Temperature in Degree Celsius of all the places in February and March:
Tashkent: 12 to 2
Samarkand: 10 to 0
Bukhara: 12 to 2
Moscow: 0 to -5
Murmansk: -5 to -20 (coldest)
Teriberka: -5 to -20 (coldest)
Saint Petersburg: 0 to -5
Almaty: 8 to -2.
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Most of the details of these three countries are extensively available on internet, so I will not describe them in details. I have explained some essential tips for super budget travel.