Birmingham to Kashmir bus mooted

2nd Oct 2012

A bus service from Birmingham to Kashmir, which would pass through Turkey, has been suggested by officials.

The overland service for the 4,000 mile journey was suggested by Pakistan's Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) regional government.

The bus route would take 12 days and pass through Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran on its way to Pakistan, and would offer tourists an alternative method of travelling to the destination.

The West Midlands area of the UK has strong cultural links with Pakistan as it has the largest population of Pakistani Kashmiris in the world outside Pakistan itself.

The capital of AJK, Mirpur, is even sometimes referred to as 'Little Birmingham', and the AJK Transport Minister hopes the service will provide adventurous travellers an exciting journey.

The mooted bus route recalls the famous coach services of the 1970s, such as the Magic and Miracle Buses, which took adventurous travellers to cultural sites in Athens and Istanbul more than 30 years ago.


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