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From discovering historical treasures and natural splendour to exploring flea markets and experiencing colourful festivals, these are the very best activities for immersing yourself in India’s diverse culture. Explore historical treasures and contemporary marvels India is a melting pot of religions and cultures, and the result is a land of diverse temples, tombs, forts, palaces, mosques and other monuments. At the time of writing there are 37 UNESCO World Heritage sites across the country. It goes without saying that you’ll want to visit the Taj Mahal, India’s most famous attraction and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.…

The Silk Road was an ancient network of intercontinental trade routes connecting China and the Far East with the Middle East and Europe. As well as exchanging luxury products like Chinese silk, spices, salt, sugar, jade, and fur, the disparate civilisations connected by the Silk Road also forged deep social, cultural and religious links – a meeting of minds that played an essential role in the development of the region. It was on the Silk Road that overland travel was born, and to this day it remains one of the quintessential overlanding journeys. But with a network of routes spanning…

Our ever-exploring sales consultant, Sarah has recently got back from our Delhi to Mumbai trip and she tells us all that happened on her overlanding adventure...     Day 1 Our trip started early in the morning flying from Gatwick to Istanbul. When we got on our second flight from Istanbul to Delhi, time flew by watching all the new movies back to back! We landed in Delhi early on Day 1 and watched the sun rise over Delhi as we drove to the hotel. We had our group meeting in the evening, then we all went out for a…

Our Senior Travel Consultant, Suze, travelled on our WKK trip from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. Here's what she got up to on this 13 day loop through Nepal thourgh breathtaking scenery, beautiful lakes and valleys and the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet! 

Budgeting when you are on the road can be a tricky business, especially if it's a destination that you haven't visited before or one that can be quite a culture shock! That's why we've come up with a quick-look infographic for India & Nepal, showing what costs you can expect when you're on the road...   View all of our India and Nepal trips. Search all Dragoman tours. Contact the team for further details and to Book Now.    

Persian architecture is renowned for its intricate brilliance and splendour. The mosques, palaces and ancient sites are generally in remarkably good condition and are easly accessable for visitors. Persepolis Perhaps the most well known of all the ancient sites in Iran and the 'Gate of All Nations' is easily recognisable. The site dates back over 2,500 years and many of the reliefs and inscriptions are well preserved. Necropolis The nearby Necropolis or Naqsh-e-Rustam are a series of tombs dating back c.3,000 years and include the grand tombs of Darius 1 and Darius 2. Golestan Palace This palace in Tehran is…

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…

Ever wondered what it’s like to travel the Silk Road? How demanding is it? What is the weather and the food like? And what exactly is 'Goat Polo'?! Dragoman crew member Sinead has just arrived back at Camp Green after driving the Silk Road from Bishkek to Istanbul, and gives us the low down on this fascinating Central Asian route.   Which was your favourite country? It depends on what we’re talking about. For culture I’d have to say Iran, for landscapes Kyrgyzstan, and for historical sites it has to be Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan has the most amazing architectural sites, so…

For centuries the artisans and craftsman on the Silk Road transported their intricate goods across the world. Empires grew and riches were traded as materials of cloth, textiles, spices and ceramics created new economies in distant locations. The upper classes of Europe and Asia grew a deep appreciation for products that talented hands could produce afar. Today the caravanserais and trade routes of the Silk Road stand only as historical sites, but the arts and crafts live on. The modern countries of Central Asia are still as important as ever for creating and exporting silk, cotton, felt and ceramics. Whether…