It is probably the wackiest idea put into action but in 2021 this will be a reality. In the 1960s the longest bus route in the world was a staggering 32,669 kilometers that went from Calcutta to London! The trip took you across 11 countries (at that time) in a double-decker bus nicknamed ‘Albert’. The journey set you back by 145 pounds that would now be approximately 2,000 pounds! But now the trending one is the recent Delhi to London bus trip!
And now a Gurugram based company, Adventures Overland is offering the same service! You can embark on a Delhi to London bus journey that will span across 70 days, covering 20,000 kilometers. And all this is set to take place in May 2021! And yes, it’s pretty expensive but you will get to zip through 18 countries on the way! The bus you get to travel in will be a highly customized luxury bus offering all creature comforts and facilities.
Route for the Delhi to London Bus trip
This epic journey has been broken down into 4 stages that go through 18 countries and 2 continents. So you know you will have plenty to see, lots of food to try and people to meet!
Stage 1 - South East Asia (11 nights and 12 days)
Crossing the border into Myanmar you will get to explore destinations like Kale, Bagan, Yangon, and Kyaikto on the way. Explore the local cuisine and click pics of the gorgeous pagodas around the country as you get mesmerized by the beautiful landscapes of Myanmar. From Myanmar, the bus then moves into Thailand where you will get pit stops in places like Tak and Bangkok.
Stage 2 - China (15 nights and 16 days)
After enjoying Bangkok, you bid adieu to Thailand and head towards Laos for a short stop at Luang Namtha. It’s an overnight stay so you won’t be able to see much. But the next 14 days in China will ensure you get tons of sight-seeing done in places like Chengdu, Ruoergai, Xining, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Hami, Turpan, Kuerle, Aksu and Kashgar.
Surprisingly, the most time spent in China will be in Kashgar which is an oasis city in Western China. This leg promises to be really exciting as you get the opportunity to come up close with Pandas in Chengdu, visit the Magao Caves, and see the massive Gobi Desert.
Stage 3 - Central Asia (21 night and 22 days)
Stage 4 - Europe (15 nights and 16 days)
Cost Structure for the Delhi to London bus trip
Stage 1 – 3,50,000 per person
Stage 2 – 4,25,000 per person
Stage 3 – 4,95,000 per person
Stage 4 – 4,25,000 per person
Full trip – INR 15 lacs per person
All hotel stays on twin sharing basis
Travel in the luxury bus with a driver and a helper
Travel coordinator throughout the journey
Experience English speaking guide in each country you visit
All visas and visa fees, border crossing assistance
Ministry approvals, customs clearance, and permits
Bus fuel, servicing, taxes, tolls, and parking fees
Insurance for the bus
Route planning and research
Imphal airport transfers
Sightseeing and walking tours in certain locations
Entrance fee at different destinations
Snacks, soft beverages, and chocolates throughout the bus journey
GST at 5%
Meals and drinks not mentioned
Certain entrance fee for sightseeing places
Cost arising out of emergency situations like bad health
Additional accommodation charges
Tips and gratuities
Ergonomical business class seats with ample legroom
Seat partitions for privacy
Personal entertainment system with AUX and USB support
Mic and audio system
Foldable tray for meals and laptop use
Mobile charging points
Bottle and cup holders
Storage for every traveler
Storage to carry two suitcases for each individual
Private locker with each seat
Important tips for the Delhi to London bus trip
The Delhi to London bus itinerary covers several countries so do ensure that you have a passport with enough validity and at least 18-20 pages empty to accommodate all the visas and stamps! And do you know what to do in case you lose your passport? Here is everything that will help you out.
The trip will traverse through highways, flatlands, mountain passes, cities, curvy roads, etc. and if you have travel sickness you need to be prepared to handle the situation.
You have the wonderful opportunity to taste cuisines from all over the world and vegetarian options should not be hard to come by. But do keep an open mind as you won’t get what you want to eat at every destination. Plan for mobile connectivity, currency exchange, etc. so that you don’t waste time on the road fixing things!