While not an exhaustive list of our stops. These pages will provide some insight on the start and end points of each section of the journey. This may change frequently as interesting areas are discovered or external factors force us in a different direction.
Najaf, Iraq is widely considered amongst the holiest cities of Shia Islam and one of its spiritual capitals, whilst also remaining the center of Shia political power in Iraq. Archaeological discoveries show the existence of a populace dating back to the 1st century BC. An-Najaf is renowned as the site of the burial place of Muhammad's son in law and cousin, Imam ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib. The city is now a center of pilgrimage throughout the Shi'ite Islamic world. It is estimated that only Mecca and Medina receive more Muslim pilgrims.
Route: ORSU (Fuel) - OR0W - ORKI - ORBD - OR0A - ORBI - Z15N - ORNI
101.Kuwait City (OKBK)
A geographically small state with the largest exports of oil in the world. Historically, Kuwait was a strategic trade port between Mesopotamia, Persia and India. Following the post-glacial flooding of the Persian Gulf basin, debris from the Tigris–Euphrates river formed a substantial delta, creating most of the land in present-day Kuwait and establishing the present coastlines.
Route: ORNI (FUEL) - ORTL - ORMM - ORUQ - OKBK
The capital and most populous city of Qatar. The city is located on the coast of the Persian gulf in the east. Doha has a hot desert climate with long, extremely hot summers and short, warm winters. The population of Doha is overwhelmingly composed of expatriates, with Qatari nationals forming a minority. The largest portion of expatriates in Qatar are from South-East and South Asian countries, mainly India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Philippines, and Bangladesh with large numbers of expatriates also coming from the Levant Arab countries, Djibouti, Somalia, North Africa, and East Asia. Doha is also home to many expatriates from Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia.
Route: OKBK(Fuel) - OE45 - OERM - OETN - OEJB - OERT - OBBI - OBBS - OTHH
Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai. Established in the 18th century as a small fishing village, the city grew rapidly in the early 21st century into a cosmopolitan metropolis with a focus on tourism and hospitality. Dubai is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. After years of exploration following large finds in neighbouring Abu Dhabi, oil was eventually discovered in territorial waters off Dubai in 1966, albeit in far smaller quantities. The first field was named 'Fateh' or 'good fortune'.
Route: OTHH (Fuel) - OTUI - OMDL - OMBY - OMAI - OMAF - OMAA - OMDU - OMDB
Jiroft is a city and capital of Jiroft County, Kerman Province, Iran. Jiroft is located in a vast plain, Halil River, on the southern outskirts of the Jebal Barez mountain chain, surrounded by two rivers. The mean elevation of the city is about 650 metres (2,130 ft) above sea level. The weather of the city is sweltering in summer – it is one of the hottest places in Iran – but temperatures are moderate in winter. Since February 2003, archaeologists have recovered a wealth of artifacts from the necropolis which they had named Mahtoutabad. For example, one grave contained "animal bones and food offerings, ceramics, and stone and copper items indicating a coherent cultural and chronological framework, around 2400–2200 BC".
Route: OMDB (Fuel) - OMRJ - OMRS - OODI - OIKQ - OIKB - OIKJ
105.Nok Kundi (OP34)
Nok Kundi ("the blunt point"), is a township and region in western Pakistan in the province of Balochistan. This region of western Pakistan, was historically known to these people as Dzaranga ("water producing land"). It was recorded by the Greeks and Hellenized to Drangiana in Greek literature. The original word for this region is Zaranka which means "watermill" or a "spring". This word occurs in old Balochi and Persian as "Waterland". Nok Kundi has a hot desert climate with extremely hot summers and mild winters. There is virtually no rainfall whole the year. The climate is very dry with just 35 millimetres (1.4 in) of rainfall each year.
Route: OIKJ (Fuel) - OIKM - OIZH - OP34
Welcome to Pakistan. Located in South Asia, Pakistan is the worlds fifth most populated country nearing 227 million. We are headed to the town of Sibi, a small town in the present western Balochistan province of Pakistan. It was once the head quarter of Sewistan province of Sindh kingdom and was named after the hindu tribe Sewa which inhabited here before 1880 when British laid out plans for the Railways and made Sibi an important post of theirs.
Route: OP34 (Fuel) - OPDB - OP28 - OPSB
Parachinar is situated on a neck of Pakistani territory west of Peshawar, that juts into the Logar and Nangarhar provinces of Afghanistan. With a distance of 110 kilometres (68 mi) from the Afghan capital Kabul, Parachinar is the closest point in Pakistan to Kabul. Because of its proximity to the border of Afghanistan, in recent years, the economy of Parachinar has been adversely affected, with tourism in steep decline.
Route: OPSB(Fuel) - OPLL - OPZB - OPWN - OPMH - OPMN - OASL - OPPC
Kargil is the main town in the historical region of Purig, which consists of the Suru river basin. In 1999 the area saw infiltration by Pakistani forces, leading to the Kargil War. Fighting occurred along a 160 km long stretch of ridges overlooking the only road linking Srinagar and Leh. The military outposts on the ridges above the highway were generally around 5,000 metres (16,000 ft) high, with a few as high as 5,485 metres (18,000 ft). After several months of fighting and diplomatic activity, the Pakistani forces were forced to withdraw to their side of the Line of Control by their Prime minister Nawaz Sharif after his visit to the USA.
Route: OPPC(Fuel) - OPPS - OPCT - OPRN - OPMF - OPCL - OPSD - VIKL
Let's continue exploring the mountainous regions in Northern India and even dip our toes into the country of Tibet. We make our way slightly south at the end of the flight to Rudraprayag. Rudraprayag district has an average elevation of 895 metres (2,936 feet). Many parts of the area were severely damaged in 2013 after a massive flood. The main highway in the area serves as a connection between many populations and servers to move thousands of people during their pilgrimage.
Route: VIKL(Fuel) - VITE - VILH - ZUAL - VARD