1934 : Meher Baba in Zurich, just prior to his visit to Geneva. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
1934 : Meher Baba in Zurich, just prior to his visit to Geneva. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.

 

Meher Baba 1st visited Geneva was on 17th July 1934, travelling from Zurich, Switzerland to Marseilles, France. This would have been a brief stop before resuming his journey.

 

 

The 2nd time Meher Baba visited Geneva was on 18th August 1952, staying for 3 days.

 

Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1930s : Geneva . Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
1930s : Geneva . Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
View of Geneva from the Salève
View of Geneva from the Salève

MAPS OF GENEVA

Geneva viewed by Sentinel-2 satellite. Click to enlarge.
Geneva viewed by Sentinel-2 satellite. Click to enlarge.

UNITED  ( LEAGUE )  NATIONS -  GENEVA  HEADQUARTERS

 United Nations Headquarters, at one time the League of Nations. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
United Nations Headquarters, at one time the League of Nations. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.

 

 

 

1934 VISIT

 

 1934 : Meher Baba in Zurich just prior to visiting Geneva. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
1934 : Meher Baba in Zurich just prior to visiting Geneva. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
Geneva-Cornavin Railway Station
Geneva-Cornavin Railway Station
1934 : Meher Baba's rail route from Zurich to Geneva, then to the port of Marseilles, France. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1934 : Meher Baba's rail route from Zurich to Geneva, then to the port of Marseilles, France. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

 

Meher Baba 1st visited to Geneva was on 17th July 1934, travelling from Zurich, Switzerland to Marseilles, France. This would have been a brief stop at the Geneva-Cornavin Railway Station, before resuming his journey.

 

1934 : Meher Baba in Zurich at Hedi Merten's home ( seated ) & her daughter. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
1934 : Meher Baba in Zurich at Hedi Merten's home ( seated ) & her daughter. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.

 

Geneva-Cornavin Railway Station

1934 : Meher Baba at the Merten's home in Zurich with Anita De Caro ( left front ), Margaret Craske ( right ), & Kitty Davy ( right front ). Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
1934 : Meher Baba at the Merten's home in Zurich with Anita De Caro ( left front ), Margaret Craske ( right ), & Kitty Davy ( right front ). Image colourized by Anthony Zois.

1952 VISIT

 

Meher Baba's colourized passport photo taken  29th September 1951
Meher Baba's colourized passport photo taken 29th September 1951
 1952 : Detailed Eastward plane & road routes through Europe heading to India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1952 : Detailed Eastward plane & road routes through Europe heading to India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
  Geneva Airport 1950s. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
Geneva Airport 1950s. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.

18th August

 

Meher Baba & his women Mandali & followers left Locarno on the 18th August at 8 am, travelling in 2 cars to Geneva, one of which was driven by Irene. They drove over the Alps.

( see the following maps ).

 

Baba's driver throughout this visit was a large man ( he was named "The Bear" ) who had a charming wife & had 3 kids. Because of his heavy built and size he would lift Baba at all his destinations with a careful graceful ease.

They all had lunch along the road amoungst the pine trees, Charmian recalled.

Map of Swtzerland showing the overall routes from Locarno to Geneva. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
Map of Swtzerland showing the overall routes from Locarno to Geneva. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

 

18th August...continued

 

The road to Geneva was via the town of Domodosola, Italy, the Simplon Pass, Martigny & Montreux in Switzerland. The final stretch was along the full length of Lake Geneva, which Mehera recalled as "a wonderful drive".

 

They arrived in Geneva later that day.

Baba chose the Hotel Cornavin to stay the night.

 

          MEHERA                           MEHERU                       MANI                                GOHER

 

 

          DELIA DE LEON                          RANO GAYLEY                CHARMIAN DUCE - KNOWLES

 

 

 Irene Billo leaning on the Chrysler car she hired with Dr. Willian Donkin standing nearby. This is the car that Baba travelled throughout Switzerland. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
Irene Billo leaning on the Chrysler car she hired with Dr. Willian Donkin standing nearby. This is the car that Baba travelled throughout Switzerland. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.

 

1st Car :   1947 Chyrsler New Yorker 4-door sedan

 

- see below

This car carried Meher Baba, Mehera Irani, Mani Irani ( Baba's sister ), Meheru & Dr. Goher Irani.

 

Driving from Zurich to Locarno in a 1946 Packard motor vehicle. Image colourized by Anthony Zois
Driving from Zurich to Locarno in a 1946 Packard motor vehicle. Image colourized by Anthony Zois

2nd Car :   1946-8 Packard Super Clipper Touring Sedan

 

- see below

This car carried the rest of the women - Rano Gayley, Delia De Leon, Charmian Duce & Dr. Donkin.

The following images are of other vehicles of the same type. See more images of these vehicles click on the following web extension. Road Trips - 1952 : Switzerland

 

 

1952 Locarno : Baba relaxing in the garden next to Hedi's home. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
1952 Locarno : Baba relaxing in the garden next to Hedi's home. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.

  ADI K.            MEHERJEE             SAROSH                   DR. NILU                    GUSTADJI

 

On 14 August, Baba sent Gustadji, Meherjee, Sarosh, Adi and Nilu back to India. Of the men mandali, only Don remained with him. Baba went on sightseeing trips with the women, and on the 18th, proceeded with them to Geneva by car.

Baba and the group were supposed to fly from Geneva the next morning, so they spent that night at the Cornavin Hotel. The next day was spent frantically trying to reserve seats on a plane bound for India, because Air India had called to say their flight had been canceled due to a labor strike in Bombay. Baba and the women finally flew to Paris on Thursday afternoon, 21 August at 5:40 P.M. via Air France 437, and then at 11:00 P.M. on Air France 180 to Karachi. Don flew back a few days later via England. Delia had been sent back to London the day before, and Charmian was staying on in Switzerland for a week.

 

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HOTEL  CORNAVIN - GENEVA

Present day Hotel Cornavin, Geneva.
Present day Hotel Cornavin, Geneva.

The Hotel Cornavin appeared in a Tin Tin book

Tin Tin walking up to the entrance of the hotel.
Tin Tin walking up to the entrance of the hotel.

19th August

 

Baba and the group were supposed to fly from Geneva the next morning, so they spent that night at the Cornavin Hotel. The next day was spent frantically trying to reserve seats on a plane bound for India, because Air India had called to say their flight had been cancelled due to a labour strike in Bombay. ( Charmian had driven Baba and the women to the airport.)

Baba and the women finally flew to Paris on Thursday afternoon, 21 August at 5:40 P.M. via Air France 437, and then at 11:00 P.M. on Air France 180 to Karachi.

 

Dr. Donkin flew back a few days later via England. Delia De Leon had been sent back to London ( 20th ) the day before Baba departed, and Charmian was staying on in Switzerland for a week ( 26th ) with friends.

 

Lord Meher Online Edition Page 3129

 

** When Charmian arrived to London she stayed with Delia for a week before travelling up to Scotland.

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Geneva Airport presently
Geneva Airport presently

 

... additional

 

Air India had indicated that the labour strike might last a week, so alternative arrangements were urgently pursued by both Rano Gayley & Dr. Donkin. There was a lot of angst in trying to achieve getting 6 tickets together on one flight, eventually, it came about with Air France.

 

Instead of flying direct to Bombay, which was their original intentions, the flight took them as far as Karachi, Pakistan via Beirut, Lebanon. The remaining leg of their journey would be arranged in Karachi once they arrived.

 

A cable was sent to Minoo Kharas in Karachi, requesting him to meet Baba and the women Mandali at Karachi Airport the following day ( 22nd August )when their plane arrives.

 

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 Vickers Viscount
Vickers Viscount

Geneva to Paris  ( Orly Airport ) - Flight  437

 

 

Departed Geneva at 5:40 pm and arrived Paris'  Orly Airport at 7 pm. Change over to new plane 4 hours later.

They could have taken a later flight to Paris, but Baba insisted they leave on an earlier flight.

The long 4 hours wait were done at the airport.

 

** see the following web-page for more details on this visit. "Events-1952-Europe"

 & "Events-1952-Overseas visits"

 

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1952 : Detailed Eastward plane & road routes through England, Europe & Middle East to India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1952 : Detailed Eastward plane & road routes through England, Europe & Middle East to India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

 

 

To read about this visit to the West in 1952 by Meher Baba visit the following web-page -

                                                                     "Events 1952 Visit "

This visit consists of 7 web-pages.

* USA visit - * New York visit - * Myrtle Beach visit - * Prague, Oklahoma visit

* England visit

* European visit

* Overseas visits

 

GENEVA  LANDMARKS

CERN

( Conseil européen pour la recherche nucléaire )

Large Hadron Collider

 

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Villa La Grange, Geneva
Villa La Grange, Geneva