I want to go from Washington DC to India by sea. Is it possible? How many days it will take?

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    Are you looking for fastest route? Is this just to get from A to B? Or are you looking for an interesting/touristy trip?
    – flighttime
    Commented Jul 15, 2013 at 23:00
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    What kind of boat are you thinking of? Joining in an ocean going sailing boat as crew? Paying your way on a container ship? Paying for several cruise ship one way tickets in a row?
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Jul 15, 2013 at 23:23
  • The time it takes will vary dramatically depending on whether you get a cargo ship, a sail boat or what. I don't think that part of the question is answerable. The first part, however, is certainly of interest.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 0:13
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    Yes, I am interested in sea. Dont want to fly. This is one way.
    – user7539
    Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 2:54

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Probably yes, via Europe, it should be possible, but you might have to travel parts of the journey overland. It will take a long time. You might not depart exactly from Washington DC, but I will assume elsewhere along the US east coast should be fine as well — the travel from DC to the starting point of the ocean journey will be much less than the time for the rest of the journey, anyway. Also, I'm not sure if you can disembark on a freighter in India, but perhaps you can disembark a couple of days' train journey away (still checking).

You're looking for . You might need to combine different freighters. They won't take a direct way, but will make many stops along the way that are not directly useful for you. For example:

  • US East Coast to Europe. New Orleans — Antwerp in 17 days, or Charleston — Bremerhafen in 12 days, or Charleston — Rotterdam in 11 days.
  • Europe to South Asia. This may be more difficult; the linked page states Embarke or disembarke in India or Pakistan is not possible anymore, but perhaps there are others travelling there. This page lists a freighter travelling by Antwerp, Bremerhafen and Rotterdam to Pakistan and India, six times per year. They don't state any limits on disembarking, but contact them to be sure. It doesn't list the exact travel time, but I would guess 3–4 weeks to get from Europe to India (the round trip time Europe – India – Europe is listed as 58 days).

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