Indian globe-trotter stuck at China border awaiting permit

Indian globe-trotter stuck at China border awaiting permit

G Venkataramana, a native of Andhra Pradesh, settled in Germany says he experienced no such problems while travelling from Germany to Kazakhstan, a distance of 7,000 km but he has been stuck at the Khorgos border point between China and Kazakhstan as he is unable to procure requisite papers to travel through China with his vehicle.

"It is a frustrating experience. I knocked at doors of various Ministries of Chinese government including Foreign and Tourism but I am unable to secure travel permit," he told PTI here.

Though the traveller has a tourist visa to China but with no travel permit for his vehicle to go to Nepal through Tibet he is unable to move ahead for one and a half month.

Venkataramana, a resident of Chennai who has specialised in the business of selling used caravans in Germany for over seven years, has made similar trips in Europe but this is the first time he has undertaken a trip through the European and Asian continents.

He said he had a pleasant experience of travelling through the 7,000 km route covering Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan without encountering much problems.
Initially, he wanted to travel through Turkey, Iran and Pakistan and enter India through the Wagah border. However, he had to abandon the idea after failing to get a Pakistani visa and travel permit for his vehicle.

"Now I am stuck here as well," he rues.
He said he has approached Indian Embassy as well as several travel agencies so far but without success.

The travel agents were demanding six to eight thousand Euros saying that they need permits from different Chinese Ministries, which he says is too much for him to spend.

"I have offered to take a Chinese guard or take my vehicle on a truck by paying the necessary expenses, but I have not received any favourable response so far," he said.
He says if Chinese authorities refuse him a permit to travel through Tibet, he is even ready to go to Vietnam and then cross into India through Myanmar, he said.

His Chinese visa apparently runs out by September 10 and he needs to secure the permit by that time failing which he may have to move out of China.

"This is my dream all along to take my caravan to my home in Chennai and I hope I can overcome this problem," he said.

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