London to Calcutta by Bus

For fifteen years from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, it was possible to hop on to a bus in London and travel all the way to Calcutta, India. The journey took fifty days and went through such breathtaking destinations such as the the Caspian Sea coast, the Rhine Valley, the Khyber Pass and the Kabul Gorge.

The first London to Calcutta bus service was “The Indiaman” run by Oswald-Joseph Garrow-Fisher. The bus itself was a refurbished AEC Regal III model, that already had 100,000 miles on its odometer when it left London on April 15, 1957, with twenty passengers on board. It arrived in Calcutta on June 5. After a brief stay in Calcutta, the same bus started the return journey to London, successfully concluding the 20,300-mile round trip (about 32,000 km) on August 2, 1957. For the forward journey, Garrow-Fisher charged a fare of £85 and £65 for the return. Reportedly, only seven of the original twenty passengers (two women and five men) were brave enough to endure the journey back to London.

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London to Calcutta by Bus


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