Bus to London
There have been many self-drive tours from India to London by road in the last few years, but no company has ever organized a bus ride from India to London. In the past, many foreign companies used to organize bus trips from London to Mumbai or a bus to India from London. Most notably, a bus from London to Kolkata had started operating in 1957. The bus was named Indiaman, and it began its journey with 20 passengers on board among whom seven passengers (two women and five men) returned to London, thus completing the round trip. The bus ride from London to Kolkata departed from London on April 15, 1957, and reached Kolkata (formerly called Calcutta) on June 5. The same bus started a return journey from Kolkata to London, and the first bus ride from Kolkata to London successfully concluded on August 2, 1957. Reportedly, a single fare cost was 85 pounds and 65 pounds for the return journey. The bus travelled through France, Italy, Yugoslavia (as it was known then), Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan before finally reaching India. In the coming years, hordes of young men and women packed themselves in “magic buses” and travelled from London to Kolkata by bus which was followed by many more services such as Delhi to London by bus and also Mumbai to London by bus. But in the last few decades, all the overland tours from London to India by bus stopped operating.
After a long gap of no overland bus services from London to India or from India to London by bus, Adventures Overland has launched first-ever India to London by bus tour which will cover Delhi London Delhi by bus on a 70-day long journey travelling 20,000 kilometres through 18 countries. Adventures Overland is the first company to launch a hop on – hop off India to London bus journey! Imagine a bus that goes through continents, countries and eight-time zones and you can get on and get off anywhere you wish. This India to London by bus tour takes you through those parts of the world that are almost impossible to access by a train or an aeroplane where you can experience unique cultures, meet locals settled in remote corners of the world and explore landscapes and terrains that you didn’t even know existed. On this longest bus journey in the world that is aptly titled Bus to London, participants will have the option to join the tour for the entire journey from India to London by bus or from London to India by bus.
Highlights of the journey:
As part of this unprecedented, historic and life-transforming journey from India to London by bus, you will experience exhilaration, independence, adventure and create lasting bonds as you travel from Delhi to London by bus. You will explore thousands of pagodas in Myanmar, meet rare species of Pandas in Chengdu, hike the Great Wall of China and travel through the Silk Route in China & Central Asia. On this journey which is the world’s longest bus route, you will visit the historic cities of Bukhara, Tashkent & Samarkand in Uzbekistan, and cruise on the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan. This India to London bus tour will give you a chance to unwind in historic European cities such as Moscow, Vilnius, Prague, Brussels and Frankfurt before finally concluding the world’s longest bus journey in London. After reaching from India to London by bus successfully, the crew and the bus will get a well-deserved break, and after one month, the bus will embark on its maiden journey and start the London to India by bus tour. That is correct. London to Delhi by bus will flag off from London and will take the same route back to India. You also have the option to participate in the Bus to India tour either for the entire duration or for a one or more legs of the journey.
Leg Wise Details about Delhi-London- Delhi bus service
Leg 1 – India, Myanmar, Thailand
The participants for the first bus journey from India to London by bus will get together in Imphal and prepare to embark on the world’s longest bus journey. The first foreign country after crossing the India border on the Bus to London is the beautiful country of Myanmar which welcomes you with the ancient gorgeousness of Bagan and the vibrant buzz of Yangon. As you continue on the Bus to London, hold that breath of wonderment still, as next up on the list of fantastic attractions is the Golden Rock pagoda. A vision in shimmering gold, the pagoda sits pretty upon a boulder which itself seems to be defying gravity as it balances atop a rock near the edge of Mount Kyaikto. Every single day on India to London bus tour will amaze you with such beauty on the world’s longest bus route.
The bus ride from India to London continues as you find yourself crossing the border from Myanmar into Thailand. You will be one of the first travellers to go on a bus to Thailand from India. Enigmatic Bangkok opens its doors to you, and you can relax for a few days in this electrifying capital city of Thailand. From here,Bus to London will move towards the small, gateway town of Chiang Khong, which constitutes the last bit of Thailand on our Bus to London. You will cross the Mekong River into Laos and subsequently China, as we complete the first leg of India to London by bus.
Leg 2 – China
Bus to London will start its journey in China in Kunming, the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ which is also the capital of Yunnan Province. For the next 18 days, the world’s longest bus journey will make you experience the vastness and sheer diversity of landscape in China. Whether you joined from Kolkata to London by bus or from Mumbai to London by bus, get ready to succumb to meet the Giant Panda in Chengdu after which Bus to London will continue towards the Ruoergai Grassland in Sichuan Province. A bus ride from India to London will remain incomplete without a visit to the Great Wall of China located on the Silk Road. You can climb the wall, and after achieving this feat, you will also visit the renowned Mogao Caves in Dunhuang city located in Gansu Province.
The final phase of India to London bus journey via China takes us through its largest province, Xinjiang. A confluence of Chinese and Central Asian cultures, Xinjiang is where the modern and the ancient blend and co-exist. Places like these can only be experienced when you go on an extraordinary journey like India to London bus tour. Take a step back and experience a few days in towns like Turpan and Kashgar amidst others, as you reach the end of the second leg of Bus to London.
Leg 3 – Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia)
Call it the Kolkata London bus service or Mumbai London bus service or India to London by bus but no matter where you join the world’s longest bus route from, after having travelled through China on the Bus to London, we cross into the world of the ‘Stan’ countries. India to London by bus will begin its Central Asia leg with the Silk Road era city of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan where lively bazaars exotic culture await you. After exploring Kyrgyzstan, Bus to London will move on to Central Asia’s crown jewel, the country of Uzbekistan. With seven days in hand to travel through Uzbekistan on the world’s longest bus route, explore the capital city of Tashkent and the historical wonders of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva as we continue travelling on India to London bus journey through these cities which are a mix of Mughal, contemporary and Soviet-era architecture.
From Uzbekistan, India to London bus journey will pass through Kazakhstan and finally reach Russia making Bus to London the first-ever bus tour in the world to travel from India to Russia by bus. Arrive in Astrakhan and witness the confluence of the mighty Volga with the Caspian Sea on a day cruise. From here, India to London bus will move on and arrive in Moscow, which is home to many World Heritage Sites and architectural marvels. With the Russian capital ticked off your bucket list, the third leg of Bus to London is now complete.
Leg 4 -Europe (Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, United Kingdom)
Bus to London has finally reached Europe from India, and now it is time to experience the beauty of Baltic countries, including Latvia and Lithuania. On the world’s longest bus journey, you will get a chance to explore Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania which is home to attractions like the UNESCO certified, baroque Old Town. Continue on India to London bus journey through Europe and reach Warsaw, the largest and the capital city of Poland. Relax for a few days in this beautiful city before Bus to London continues towards the breathtaking Czech capital of Prague, which is home to hundreds of varieties of unmatched beer. From here, India to London bus journey will continue towards Frankfurt in Germany and move on to the heart of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.
Finally, the day arrives when our Delhi to London bus tour reaches its final destination, the city that is a portrait of extraordinary antique beauty. Bus to London successfully reaches London,which will welcome you in all its glory. The world’s longest bus journey and first-ever India to London bus services concludes its maiden journey before it starts its return leg from London to Delhi by bus taking the same route.
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