While people these days are going crazy about road trips, long bus rides are an amazing alternative one can try. The longest bus trip of the world starts from Rio de Janeiro to Lima, Peru. The adventure takes tourists over a distance of 6000 km that comprises city roads as well as highways. The trip that continues for 5 days takes travelers through more than 12 cities and a number of complex roads, sharp turns, and arduous climbs.
But for those who love to satiate their wanderlust in India the longest bus ride of the country would be a delightful experience for sure.
The longest bus route of India that is operational at present stretches from Jodhpur to Bangalore, and vice versa. The journey that covers a distance of approximately 1950 km takes close to 36 hours to complete.
During the journey, the bus passes through 4 states- Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. The various cities in these states that the bus passes through are Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Nashik, Mumbai, and Pune. Above is the route map of the bus journey.
The bus journey takes the travelers through a number of scenic and tourist locations of the city. However, it does not stop at all the cities for a long time to allow the passengers to delve into its attractions. But the spectacular beauty of nature and the route is something you can always enjoy during your journey. And the bus stops at various places from time to time so that the passengers can relieve themselves, have food and/or buy items of need.
For a well-planned ride and to avoid any last minute crunches, you must book a ticket in advance. The key travel operators whose buses ply on the Bangalore-Jodhpur-Bangalore route are VRL Logistics and SRS Booking.
There are a number of online portals that allow you to book bus tickets in advance just like train and flight tickets. Several websites that offer advance bus ticket booking for the longest bus ride of India are Goibibo, SRS Booking, PayTm and VRL Travels. The price of the ticket varies between Rs. 1500 and Rs. 4000 depending upon the type of bus you choose and the offers available at the time.
Don’t you think that’s worth the fun of an almost 2000 km long road trip with a perk of being able to tour in larger groups than you can in a car and that, too, without having to drive!!