Meher Baba visited this city 3 times.
Most likely, Meher Baba did not stay in the city, but could have walked the railway platform whilst the train's
engine was serviced for the next leg of the journey. This was an express train.
1. Travelling from Calais ( 3rd ) to Istanbul on the Simplon Orient Express train. Arrived in Sofia 5th October 1931.
2. Travelling from Istanbul ( 14th ) to Milan on the same train. Arrived Sofia 14th October 1931.
3. Travelling from Istanbul to Paris on the same train. Arrived Sofia 1st November 1936.
5th October, 1931
Baba boarded the Orient Express in Calais ( 3rd ) after taking the ferry across the English Channel, arriving the next day in Milan, ( 4th ) Italy. The group was met by Enid Corfe, who brought fruit, biscuits, cheese and cakes for them to eat before proceeding. The train reached Istanbul on the 6th of October, via Venice, Trieste, Belgrade and Sofia.
After staying for 8 days in Istanbul, Turkey , Meher Baba and his close ones departed on the 14th October travelling back by the same route to Milan, Italy arriving 15th October, a one day journey for the 1,899 miles ( 3,056 Kms ) trip.
Meher Baba travelled with Agha Ali, "Chanji" Dadachanji & Meredith Starr.
Rustom K. Irani had sailed onto India from Istanbul.
Meher Baba again visited this city on the 1st November 1936. He and his 2 male companions were travelling on the same train service as the one he took in 1931 twice.
On this journey they took the train from Istanbul on the 31st October and arrived in Paris via Milan on the 3rd October.
Prior to this train journey, the journey originated in Karachi, British India ( now Pakistan ) where Meher Baba along with Kaka Baria & "Chanji" Framroze Dadachanji took a commercial plane fight, departing on the 20th, arriving Baghdad on the 25th, stayed 3 days departing by the Taurus Express train service through Iraq, Syria and onto Instanbul via Konya in Turkey arriving on the 31st October and departing the same day for Paris.
SIMPLON ORIENT EXPRESS TRAIN
PRESENT DAY SOFIA