The longest bus route worldwide ran from Kolkata to London in the 1960s. Albert, the double-decker bus, ferried eager passengers on an international journey between India and the UK that lasted over 100 days. Imagine traveling on a bus from Kolkata to London, crossing international frontiers, and immersing yourself along the way in cultures from different countries. It’s a real-life adventure, right?
Adventures Overland, an expedition company took to Instagram to announce the “most epic bus journey in the world.” How would you feel about becoming part of the longest bus journey in the world spanning two continents, 18 countries, and covering a distance of 20,000 kilometers in 70 days? The ‘Bus to London’ will be the first-ever hop-on/hop-off bus service between India and the United Kingdom.
In this one-of-a-kind road-trip, you will get to explore thousands of pagodas in Myanmar, meet rare species of Giant Pandas in Chengdu, and will get to hike the Great Wall of China. Not only all this, but you also get to unwind in historic European cities such as Moscow, Vilnius, Prague, Brussels, and Frankfurt before finally concluding the biggest journey of your lives in London. Apart from this, you can visit the historic city of Bukhara, Tashkent & Samarkand in Uzbekistan and cruise on the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan.
Delhi To London – The Package
This larger than life journey needs a preparation of about 6 months, where the company will process 10 visas for Indian passport holders to cover the entire journey. Your passport must be valid until January 2022 and should have 20 empty pages. For visa, a detailed list will be mailed to you by the company and they claim they will assist you with each step to obtain the same.
Now if you have made up your mind for this journey, you will have to be real quick as only 20 seats are available. Travelers can opt for either a full journey or choose from a total of four legs that include
Leg 1: India, Myanmar, Thailand ( 11 Nights & 12 Days)
This bus shall flag off in Delhi. From there it will embark on a tour around beautiful Indian cities like Lucknow, Muzaffarpur, Siliguri, Guwahati, Kohima, and Imphal. Entering Myanmar will then cross international borders, where you can visit the beauty of Bagan’s pagodas. The journey then proceeds as you cross the Myanmar border into Thailand. Enjoy the vibrancy of Bangkok’s Thai capital as you traverse the Mekong River into Laos and finish the first leg of your trip as you enter China.
Leg 2: China ( 15 Nights, 16 Days)
The second leg of your mesmerizing journey begins at Chengdu in China. Witness cute pandas at Chengdu, the historical relics of the Great Wall, and the Mogao Caves in the cities of Jiayuguan and Dunhuang in Gansu Province. You can then explore the distinctive topography of the Gobi Desert, snow-capped mountains, and glaciers of China. And finally, end the second leg of your journey by relishing the beauty of fascinating towns like Turpan and Kashgar amidst others.
Leg 3: Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia ( 21 Nights & 22 Days)
The third leg of this epic journey begins with the Silk Orad era city of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. Stroll along with lively bazaars, gorge on delicious samosa and breathe in the aromas of fresh spices. After which the bus takes you to the beautiful country of Uzbekistan. Explore the stunning city of Tashkent and historical wonders of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Post Uzbekistan, next pass through Kazakhstan and finally enter monumental Russia. Feast your eyes on the kaleidoscopic wonder of Moscow and let the World Heritage sites enthral you, as you finish the third leg of your journey.
Leg 4: Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, United Kingdom( 15 Nights & 16 Days)
The final leg of your journey begins with the magnanimity of the Baltic countries of Latvia and Lithuania. Let the serenity and elegance of the UNESCO certified Old Town charm you. Venture out to the largest city in Poland, the breathtaking Czech capital of Prague to the German metropolis of Frankfurt. Gorge on delectable chocolates and exclusive brews of Brussels and finally step into London. Look back at your exhilarating journey with pride as you would have truly experienced something out of the ordinary.
The Journey with Cost
You will be spending just 25 days on foot and not traveling out of the 70-day trip, so the bus they offer is crucial. According to Adventures Overland, the bus has 24/7 wifi, 2×1 configuration seat layout for wider alley, Mobile phone charging points via plug and USB, Private locker with each seat to store valuable items, Individual entertainment system with AUX and USB port, Mini pantry with a cool box to store water, beverages, chocolates, snacks, and Business Class seat with multiple seat adjustment options and ample legroom
All hotel stays will be on a twin sharing basis and a proper crew will be on-board the bus to assist the travelers in almost all situations – be it currency exchange, getting local SIM cards and more.
If you opt for the full monty from Delhi to London, you will have to shell out 15 lakh per person. Yes, such experiences come at a price! On the other hand, if you opt for any one of the four legs, the cost per person ranges between Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 4.95 lakh.
This Delhi to London, dream bus shall recreate history with utmost comfort and luxury. From exploring the pagodas in Myanmar, hiking the Great Wall of China, visiting the historic city of Tashkent, touring European Frankfurt to finally soaking in the London vibes, this truly is the journey of a lifetime. So, adventure enthusiasts, you can tour 18 countries in 70 days in one luxurious bus journey of a lifetime.
When the Journey Starts
However, with the pandemic scare and international borders being closed, is this the right time to launch? Tushar Agarwal says, “This news is like a fresh of breath air for travelers around all corners of India and the world. Even though international travel is restricted but the announcement of a bus journey from India to London is welcoming and it is giving travelers something to look forward to. However, the actual journey will begin ONLY when the global environment is safe to travel again. Keeping this in mind, we have announced that the first bus will start in May 2021 by when we hope that international travel restrictions would be removed and it would safe to travel again.”
How it Started
Founder of Adventures Overland Tushar Agarwal on this epic journey and what inspired him to start this service? “We have been organizing road trips around the world for the last 8 years. In 2010, I drove from London to Delhi and in 2013-14, Sanjay Madan and I drove around the world covering 90000 km in 50 countries on a journey known as the great Indian world trip. This journey also created a Guinness World Record.”, said (name) adding this is where the idea was conceived.
He further added that they have been organizing such trips since 2017 which comprised of 27 people, “In 2017, we organized the first road trip from India to London via 18 countries known as ‘Road To London’. As part of this journey, we took a convoy of 13 cars and 27 people from all over India to the UK. The same trip was repeated in 2018 and 2019 also. while doing these trips, people approached us with a desire to do an overland journey from India to the UK but without driving. Hence, we came up with the idea of launching a ‘Bus To London’ for those who are keen on doing overland journeys but don’t wish to drive themselves.”
When quizzed him about why London specifically and not any other country in the world, Adventures Overland co-founder Tushar Agarwal said that India and UK share a long history, and going to London by road sounds like a larger-than-life journey which sounds impossible to do by road.