Express News Service
Between the mid-1950s and late 1970s, Hippie Trail was a success. Groups of individuals used to pack their baggage and journey from Europe to Asia in buses. Now, Gurugram-based journey firm Adventures Overland that gives street journeys and cross border drives throughout six continents, is working to copy that concept with their ‘Bus to London’. This first-ever hop-on/hop-off bus service between India and London will minimize via 18 nations, masking 20,000 km in 70 days.
“We tried and tested this route in 2017, 18 and 19, with a 50-day journey from Delhi to London in customers’ self-driven cars. At that time, we got requests from people wanting to travel in leisure. So, we thought of a bus,” says Co-Founder, Sanjay Madan.
A 45-seater bus shall be transformed right into a 20-seater bus with enterprise class seats. The variety of buses and journeys will rely on the variety of bookings. The ceremonial flagging off shall be carried out from India Gate in Delhi in May 2021, however the precise journey will start from Imphal because the street route will proceed from Myanmar.
“We will take charge of documentation, paperwork, visas, and permits to ensure that the participants get to completely focus on experiencing the journey. An experienced English speaking local guide will travel with the group to ensure smooth communication,” provides Co-Founder Tushar Agarwal, 39.
Madan and Agarwal met in 2011 when the 2 had registered their names within the Limca Book of Records. While Madan had change into the primary Indian to drive to the world’s highest motorable street at Khardung La (5,602 m) in a Tata Nano (626 cc), Agarwal was the primary Indian to drive from London to India.
“Since both of us were on the same page, we got together and formed this company in 2012. In 2013, we did several trips, and we went on to make 14 Limca Book Records together,” says Madan. Till date, the duo has taken passionate street trippers to greater than 70 nations all over the world. And with the Bus to London, they hope add one other document.Out of 70 days, 45 days are chalked out for journey and the remainder for sightseeing and keep.
Madan, 44, says, “For instance, we will go to France by bus and from there, then cover a distance of 100km out of the total distance of 20,000km in a ferry. The total cost of the one-way trip amounts to `15 lakh per person.”
The duo has not began taking bookings but. “We are waiting for the new travel guidelines post COVID. The plan is to have one bus but we can make it two buses also, one after the other,” informs Agarwal and Madan provides, “When we start taking bookings, submitting a COVID-19 negative report will be made compulsory.”
Like each different journey agency, the pandemic has impacted their enterprise. “Our last trip was the Winter Drive to Russia in February. After that till now there has been no trip. But, we wanted to do this bus trip, and the lockdown gave us the time to plan it. We are also planning domestic trips to Rajasthan in December. Let’s see how things change by then,” provides a hopeful Agarwal.
On its return journey from London, the bus shall be renamed ‘Bus to India’, and contributors have the choice to hitch for the whole length or a number of legs.
To enroll, go surfing to: bustolondon.in