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What I carried for 80 days backpacking trip


1.         Rucksack (big  65 ltrs.) top loading built-in rain cover at the base - 01
2.         Small packsack- 01

Clothes 
1.         Shirts - 02
2.         Pant - 01
3.         Half Pants - 03
4.         T-shirts - 02
5.         Pajamas - 02
6.         Cap - 02
7.         Undergarments - 03 pairs
8.         Towel - 01 big not large + 1 small
9.         Socks - 03 pairs

Foot Wears 
1.         Walking shoes - 01 pair
2.         Sandals - 01 pair

Cutleries 
1.         Plate + Spoon + Fork + Mug - 01 each
2.         Swiss Knife (medium) - 01
3.         Electric Kettle (small) - 01
4.         A box containing 100 tea bags - 01
5.         Coffee Bottle - 01
6.         Salt + Black Pepper (small containers) - 01 each

Toilet Bags 
1.         Toothbrush (with cover) - 01
2.         Toothpaste (100 gms tube) - 01
3.         Soap (with cover) - 01
4.         Razor - 01
5.         Blades - 06
6.         Nail cutter (small) - 01
7.         Toilet Paper (medium roll) - 01
8.         Cream (tube) - 01
9.         Talcum Powder (small) - 01
10.       Sanit spray for toilet - 01
11.       Sanit for hands - 01

Photography 
1.         Still Camera - 01
2.         Extra memory stick - Nil
            (Battery Charger in-built)                              

Assorted  
 1.         Money Bag - 01
2.         Reading Glasses - 01 pair
3.         Extra Reading Glasses - 01 pair
4.         Goggles - 01
5.         Needle + thread - 01
6.         Lock and Key (small) - 01
7.         Calculator (small) - 01
8.         Safety pins - A few
9.         Mosquito repellent coil - 02
10.       Notebooks - 02
11.       Pen - 02
12.       Plastic bags with zip of different sizes - 06
13.       Umbrella (small) - 01

Medicines 
1.         Medicines (regular)
2.         Medicines (assorted)
3.         Disprin, Paracetamol, Brake Tablets (for loose motions)
4.         Band aid strips - 01
5.         Combiflam - 10
6.         Digestive Churan
7.         Laung, Ajwain, Elaichi  (small quantities)


Synopsis, Visa Requirements & Travel Tips of 80 Days Bag-Pack trip

Day/s: 1
Travel Date/s: 23rd May, 2012
Place: Left New Delhi for Almaty – Kazakhstan by Air Asthana
Accommodation Details: Night stay at the ALMATY AIRPORT

Day/s: 02, 03 and 04
Travel Date/s: 24th, 25th and 26th May, 2012
Place: Almaty ( Kazakhstan)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in  TURKISTAN HOTEL for three days
Tariff: US $ 20 or 3000 Tenge per day
Currency: 1 USD =1.472 Tenge
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes

Day/s: 05 and 06
Travel Date/s: 27th and 28th May, 2012
Place: Almaty to Bishkek (Kyrgystan)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in a FLAT OF FOUR STOREYED BUILDING
Tariff: 1210 T Somoni  per day
Currency: 1 USD =46.2 Som
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes

Day/s: 7
Travel Date/s: 29th May, 2012
Place: Travelled to Issyk Kul Lake
Accommodation Details: Night in the CAR


Day/s: 8
Travel Date/s: 30th May, 2012
Place: Cholpon Ata
Accommodation Details: GUEST HOUSE
Tariff: Travel Package


Day/s: 9
Travel Date/s: 31st May, 2012
Place: Cholpon Ata to Bishkek
Accommodation Details: Night in the PARCEL VAN


Day/s: 10 and 11
Travel Date/s: 01st and 2nd June, 2012
Place: Bishkek to Khujand (Tajikistan)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in HOTEL HEJAND for two days
Tariff: US $ 7 per day
Currency: 1 USD =4.88 Somoni
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes

Day/s: 12 and , 13
Travel Date/s: 3rd and 4th  June, 2012
Place: Khujand to Dushanbe
Accommodation Details: Stayed in HOTEL FURMAN
Tariff: US $ 12 or 60 Somoni

Day/s: 14
Travel Date/s: 5th June, 2012
Place: Dushanbe to Sarhad Border
Accommodation Details: Night travel by TAXI

Day/s: 15
Travel Date/s: 6th June, 2012
Place: Dushanbe to Samarkand  (Uzbekistan)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in HOTEL DISHODA
Tariff: US $ 10 per day
Currency: 1 USD =2800 (unofficial rate) Uzbek Som
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes





Day/s: 16
Travel Date/s: 7th June, 2012
Place: Samarkand to Tashkent
Accommodation Details: Stayed in HOTEL GRAND RADDUS
Tariff: US $ 28 per day


Day/s: 17
Travel Date/s: 8th June, 2012
Place: Tashkent to Bukhara
Accommodation Details: Night stay in the TRAIN


Day/s: 18 and 19
Travel Date/s: 9th and 10th June, 2012
Place: Bukhara
Accommodation Details: Stayed in HOTEL OROM
Tariff: US $ 23 per day

Day/s: 20
Travel Date/s: 11th June, 2012
Place: Bukhara to Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)
Accommodation Details: HOME STAY
Tariff: Guest
Currency: 1 USD = 0.784 Manat
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes  - Transit Visa Entry on specific date only

Day/s: 21
Travel Date/s: 12th June, 2012
Place: Ashgabat to Turkmenbashi
Accommodation Details: Night stay in TRAIN

Day/s: 22
Travel Date/s: 13th June, 2012
Place: Turkmenbashi to Baku(Azerbaijan)
Accommodation Details: Night stay in SHIP
Currency: 1 USD =0.784 Manat
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes

Day/s: 23, 24, 25 and 26
Travel Date/s: 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th June, 2012
Place: Baku
Accommodation Details: Stayed in HOTEL IRSWAD
Tariff: 60 Manat a day

Day/s: 27
Travel Date/s: 18th June, 2012
Place: Baku to Tbilisi  (Georgia)
Accommodation Details: Night stay in TRAIN
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes

Day/s: 28, 29 and  30
Travel Date/s: 19th, 20th, 21st  June, 2012
Place: Tbilisi
Accommodation Details: HOME STAY NEAR THE STATION
Tariff: 10 Lari per day
Currency: 1 USD =1.61 Lari or Gel

Day/s: 31
Travel Date/s: 22nd June, 2012
Place: Tbilisi to Yerevan (Armenia)
Accommodation Details: Night stay in TRAIN
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes




Day/s: 32,33, 34 and 35
Travel Date/s: 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th  June, 2012
Place: Yerevan
Accommodation Details: HOMESTAY
Tariff: 7000 Dram per day
Currency: 1 USD= 419 Dram

Day/s: 36, 37
Travel Date/s: 27th, 28th   June, 2012
Place: Yerevan to Sochi (Russia)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in a HOTEL
Currency: 1 USD =31.5 Roubles
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes

Day/s: 38
Travel Date/s: 29th June, 2012
Place: Sochi to Kiev  (Ukraine)
Accommodation Details: Night stay in TRAIN
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes

Day/s: 39
Travel Date/s: 30th June, 2012
Place: Kiev
Accommodation Details: HOMESTAY
Tariff: Guest
Day/s: 40 and 41
Travel Date/s: 1st and 2nd, July, 2012
Place: Kiev
Accommodation Details: Stayed in a HOSTEL KIEV
Tariff: 50 Euro a day (Euro cup football final days)
Currency: 1 USD= 8.06 Hryvnia

Day/s: 42
Travel Date/s: 3rd July
Place: Kiev to Chisinau(Moldova)
Accommodation Details: Night travel in the BUS
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes  Visa from Kiev, Ukraine

Day/s: 43, 44 and 45
Travel Date/s: 4th, 5th and 6th  July, 2012
Place: Chisinau
Accommodation Details: Stayed in HOTEL COSMOS
Tariff: 24 Euro a day
Currency: 1 USD=12.16 Leu

Day/s: 46
Travel Date/s: 7th July, 2012
Place: Moldova to Vienna (Austria)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in a HOTEL KOLPINGSFAMILIEWLENMEIDLING
Tariff: 44 Euro per day
Currency: Euro
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes Schengen Visa

Day/s: 47, 48,49 and  50
Travel Date/s: 8th, 9th, 10th  July, 11th July 2012
Place: Vienna to Maribor (Slovenia)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in HOTEL HABBAKUK for 49th IYHF Conference
Currency: Schengen Visa

Day/s: 51
Travel Date/s: 12th July, 2012
Place: Maribor to Zagreb (Croatia)
Accommodation Details: YOUTH HOSTEL
Tariff: Guest
Currency: 1 Euro= 7.435 Kuna
Visa Requirements for Indians: Entry with valid Schengen Visa


Day/s: 52
Travel Date/s: 13th July, 2012
Place: Zagreb
Accommodation Details: YOUTH HOSTEL
Tariff: Guest


Day/s: 53, 54, 55 and  56
Travel Date/s: 14th, 15th, 16th and,17th July, 2012
Place: Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in a HOSTEL VILLA  for four days
Tariff: 32.5 KM or 16.5 Euro including taxes
Currency: 1 Euro= 1.958 (Konvertible Marks) KM
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes

Day/s: 57and  58
Travel Date/s: 18th, 19th July, 2012
Place: Mostar
Accommodation Details: Stayed in HOSTEL MIRAN
Tariff: 10 Euros per day


Day/s: 59and  60
Travel Date/s: 20th and  21st  July, 2012
Place: Mostar to Port of Kotor  (Montenegro)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in a OLD TOWN HOSTEL
Tariff: 20 Euros per day
Currency: Euro
Visa Requirements for Indians: Entry with valid schengen visa

Day/s: 61
Travel Date/s: 22nd July, 2012
Place: Podgorica
Accommodation Details: Stayed in a HOUSE OF ROMA FAMILY NEAR RAILWAY STATION
Tariff: 5  Euros a day


Day/s: 62
Travel Date/s: 23rd July, 2012
Place: Podgorica to Belgrade (Serbia)
Accommodation Details: Night in the TRAIN
Visa Requirements for Indians: Yes

Day/s: 63, 64 and 65
Travel Date/s: 24th, 25th  and 26th July, 2012
Place: Belgrade
Accommodation Details: Stayed in SUN HOSTEL
Tariff: Guest
Currency: 1 Euro=117.5 Dinar


Day/s: 66 and  67
Travel Date/s: 27th and 28th July, 2012
Place: Belgrade to Pristina  (Kosovo)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in a GUEST HOUSE VATEINA
Tariff: 15 Euros a day
Currency: Euro
Visa Requirements for Indians: Not clear

Day/s: 68
Travel Date/s: 29th July, 2012
Place: Pritzen
Accommodation Details: Stayed in CITY HOSTEL
Tariff: 13.5 Euros a day

Day/s: 69 and 70
Travel Date/s: 30th , 31st July, 2012
Place: Pritzen to Tirana (Albania)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in HOSTEL ALBANIA
Tariff: 12 Euros a day
Currency: 1 Euro=137 Lek
Visa Requirements for Indians: Schengen Visa




Day/s: 71
Travel Date/s: 1st Aug., 2012
Place: Durres (Adriatic Sea)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in HOTEL ANI
Tariff: 30 Euros a day


Day/s: 72
Travel Date/s: 2nd Aug., 2012
Place: Pogradec
Accommodation Details: Stayed in a HOSTEL

Day/s: 73
Travel Date/s: 3rd Aug., 2012
Place: Pogradec to Ohrid (Macedonia)
Accommodation Details: Stayed in a TOURIST HUT
Tariff: Guest
Currency: 1 Euro=60.9377 Denar
Visa Requirements for Indians: Entry with valid schengen visa

Day/s: 74, 75 and 76
Travel Date/s: 4th, 5th and 6th  Aug., 2012
Place: Skopje
Accommodation Details: Stayed in SKOPJE HOSTEL
Tariff: Guest
Day/s: 77
Travel Date/s: 7th Aug., 2012
Place: Skopje to Thessaloniki (Greece) and from Thessaloniki to Istanbul (Turkey)
Accommodation Details: Night stay in the BUS
Visa Requirements for Indians: Schengen Visa

Day/s: 78
Travel Date/s: 8th Aug., 2012
Place: Istanbul
Accommodation Details: Stayed in HOTEL MALBADI BEYAZIT
Tariff: 30 USD with breakfast
Currency: 1 USD= 1.71 Turkish Lira
Visa Requirements for Indians: Visa at Border if valid Schengen Visa

Day/s: 79
Travel Date/s: 9th Aug., 2012
Place: Istanbul to Bahrain
Accommodation Details: By FLIGHT EMBRAER 190


Day/s: 80
Travel Date/s: 10th Aug., 2012
Place: Bahrain to New Delhi
Accommodation Details: By  GULFAIR