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Sunday 30 August 2020

Take the bus: from London to Delhi

It sounds like a hippy adventure from the 1960s - a 70-day overland bus trip from India to Europe.

Expedition company Adventures Overland is hoping the trip will appeal to a new generation and is touting a "hop-on/hop-off" service allowing passengers to stay onboard for the long haul, or travel just part of the journey.

The first trip is set to run in mid-2021 subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions costing around $20,000 for the entire journey, CNN reports. It is being bllled as the longest bus journey in the world.

The image above is an illustration only depicting what the bus might look like.

Bus to London will ferry 20 passengers on a modified luxury bus, inspired in part by the Hippy Trail buses that crisscrossed the world in the 1950s and 1960s.

The bus will cross 18 countries over a period of 70 days, with passengers hopping off to marvel at the pagodas of Myanmar, hike the Great Wall of China or wander historic cities including Moscow and Prague.

Adventures Overland was founded by entrepreneurs and enthusiastic travelers Tushar Agarwal and Sanjay Madan, who have organised previous India-to-London expeditions, in which travelers brought own cars and traveled in a convoy.

"There are a lot of travelers, who want to experience these overland journeys, but they don't want to drive," says Agarwal.

"So, we came up with the idea of putting together a bus in which people can sit comfortably and go on long distance journeys. And that's how the idea of the Bus to London was born."

The trip will be divided into four legs and passengers can choose whether to in Britain or India.


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