The day to pay homage to our freedom fighters & brave martyrs. This day also reminds every Indian citizen of its rich culture and legacy that needs to be looked after and cared for but most of all it roars to ignite the courage to think and do more and beyond imagination.
A news clip doing rounds in social media is of a bus which made 15 trips between India and UK in the late 1960s and many more. It was Western tourist seeking a slice of ‘oriental mysticism’, 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’.
So, it was only for the westerners since it meant to be traveling via Pakistan.
Adventures Overland, an Adventure Travel company based in Gurugram, Haryana who specializes in organizing cross border road trips across the globe is offering another amazing journey for travel enthusiasts by launching Bus to London on the 15th August 2020, which will be the biggest, grandest and the most epic bus journey in the world. www.bustolondon.in
Bus to London - Delhi to London Bus Service
It will be the first ever India to London by bus tour in May 2021 which will cover Delhi London Delhi by bus on a 70 day long journey travelling 20000 kilometers through 18 countries. A bus that will go through continents, countries and time zones. It will take you through the parts of the world that are almost impossible to access by a train or an airplane, 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. www.bustolondon.in
This Bus will operate on this route once in every year & the journey has been divided into 4 different legs, so you can do the entire journey of 70 days in one go or do the different legs based on your interest and availability of time.
The wheels are greased and all set to roll, as we converge in Imphal and prepare to embark upon this incomparable quest. The beautiful country of Myanmar welcomes you into its fold, with the ancient gorgeousness of Bagan and the vibrant buzz of Yangon. Hold that breath of wonderment still, as next up on the list of amazing attractions to behold 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 Kyaikhto.
The journey continues as you find yourself crossing the border from Myanmar into Thailand. The enigmatic Bangkok opens its doors to you, as you take in the overwhelming zeal of the Thai capital. From here we head towards the small, gateway town of Chiang Khong, which constitutes the last bit of Thailand on our plate. You will cross the Mekong river into Laos and subsequently China, as we complete the first leg of this life-altering experience.
Our Chinese memoir opens in Kunming, the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ which is also the capital of Yunnan Province. Over the course of the following 18 days prepare to be awed by the vastness and sheer diversity of landscape in China. Get ready to succumb to some seriously adorable Panda love in Chengdu; or if wilderness and unspoiled nature is what your heart desires, the Ruoergai Grassland in Sichuan Province is sure to impress. You also get to rest in and explore the historical relics of the Great Wall, the Silk Road and the renowned Mogao Caves in the cities of Jiayuguan and Dunhuang in Gansu Province.
The final phase of the China tour takes us through its largest province, Xinjiang. Home to the Uyghurs, the distinctive topography of this region brings together the arid Gobi Desert, snow-capped mountains and glaciers. A melting pot of Chinese and Central Asian cultures, Xinjiang is where the modern and the ancient blend and co-exist in surprising ways. Take a step back and relish in the beauty of fascinating towns like Turpan and Kashgar amidst others, as you reach the end of the second leg of our journey to London.
Having enjoyed a generous helping of Chinese culture, we cross into the realm of the ‘Stan’ countries. Beginning with the Silk Road era city of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan where lively bazaars and scrumptious samsas [pastry pockets stuffed with meat, onions and spices] await you, we move on to Central Asia’s crown jewel, the country of Uzbekistan. With seven days in hand, let the stunning capital city of Tashkent and the historic wonders of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva enamour you with its heady mix of Mughal, contemporary and Soviet-era architectural marvels.
Post Uzbekistan, we pass through Kazakhstan on our way to crossing the border into the 8th country on our route, the monumental Russia. Arrive in Astrakhan and witness the confluence of the mighty Volga with the Caspian Sea as you go on a day cruise to admire the pale pink lotus flowers, migratory birds, swans, pelicans and Siberian cranes. From here, get ready to feast your eyes upon the kaleidoscopic wonder that is Moscow. Artistic, historically invaluable and a picture of grandeur, Moscow is home to many World Heritage sites and a delight to behold for architecture buffs. With the Russian capital checked off your bucket list, the third leg of our voyage is now complete.
Leg 4 Europe - Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, UK
It’s now time to experience the frigid beauty of the Baltic countries of Latvia and Lithuania, where Vilnius quietly charms its way into your heart with its serene elegance and attractions like the UNESCO certified, baroque Old Town. Allow yourself to be enticed by the lure of Europe, which has been tempting tourists since time immemorial, as you step foot into the Polish capital of Warsaw. The largest city in Poland is marked by its characteristic vibrance, historical significance and its resilience.
Next up is the breathtaking Czech capital of Prague, which lies in wait for you with its hundred spires and unmatched beer. From here it’s a gallop through the German metropolis of Frankfurt to the heart of European Union in Brussels, Belgium; with delectable chocolates and exclusive brews making for great company.
Day 68 has us crossing into our final destination, the city that is a portrait of extraordinary antique beauty. London welcomes you in all its glory as you look back upon your journey of two months with nothing but fondness, and an overwhelming sense of having experienced something way beyond the ordinary; for as Ibn Battuta proclaimed, “Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
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