for those with a good sense of adventure
Sanjay Madan & Tushar Agarwal / Adventures Overland / the road trip experts from India present “Bus To London”.
Bus to London is the brainchild of Guinness World Record Holders Sanjay Madan and Tushar Agarwal, Founders of Adventures Overland. Founded in 2012, Adventures Overland is India’s leading and multiple award-winning expedition company which offers life-transforming road trips and cross border drives across six continents. We have already taken passionate road trippers to more than 70 countries around the world driving in all corners of the earth – high altitude mountains, rainforests, isolated deserts, futuristic highways and iconic scenic routes. Our road trips are not just about meeting new people, discovering unexplored regions, experiencing unique cultures or sampling bizarre cuisines. On these journeys, you will meet yourself.
Before it all began, and India gained the attention of the Western tourist seeking a slice of ‘oriental mysticism’, there were two kinds of overland travelers on these routes – those who took organized bus tours like Indiaman, Albert, Silver Express etc. and then there was the Hippie Trail. Hordes of young men and women packed themselves in “magic buses” and travelled overland from Europe to Asia, in search of ‘enlightenment’. The most popular and the first amongst them was a 1957 trip organized by Oswald-Joseph Garrow-Fisher, in a bus named The Indiaman. The bus began its journey with 20 passengers on board. Departing from London on April 15, 1957, it reached Kolkata on June 5. The same bus returned to London 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, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan before finally reaching India.
Seating for only 20 guests in a very comfortable “Business Class” arrangement. Fear not, you will not be spending the evenings on the bus, hotel/resort overnight stays are part of the package.
May 2021: Delhi to London
August 2021: London to Delhi
18 Countries / 20,000 Km / 70 Days (for the whole trip, one way).
The Cost – Full Trip one way: approx £16,000 per person, based on double hotel occupancy.
Single Supplemental cost of approx £4,000 for those who do not want to share a hotel room.
The Route is divided into 4 segments which can be purchased separately, should you only want to travel for a smaller part of the journey. Priority is with those wanting to purchase the entire route.
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page updated: January 2021
images courtesy: Bus To London