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THE FOUNDATION HISTORY

We understand the spirit of holidaying and make sure that you enjoy unique and customized itineraries in your desired tour packages. Being the pioneers in tourism promotion since 1947, Orient Express Travels & Tours is the oldest Indian Travel Agency which has been acclaimed widely for its role in the creation & promotion of Tourism Infrastructure in India.

For a traveller, exploring the different dimensions of the world can be one of the most exhilarating experiences of life. But if one does not know where to start, it can be very frustrating. Owing to our experience of more than five decades, we narrow down up to the minutest detail to plan and develop exclusive tour packages helping our clients enjoy the most beautiful sights across the world – whether an individual, a family, a group of friends or a corporate.

Orient Express Travels & Tours was established on 26th Sep, 1947 by Mr. Shyam Poddar, a great visionary and pioneer. He had a dream to put India on the world tourism map and devoted his life towards making this a reality. He also had the unique distinction of putting the lost and forgotten temples of Khajuraho and the region of Shekhawati on the world map. He was the first speaker, invited from India, to speak at ASTA Convention at Washington in 1950. Mr. Shyam Poddar also had the distinction of being the first Indian to be on the Board of Directors of PATA and was the founder member of the SKAL Club, Delhi. Mr. Poddar not only worked towards bringing India on the world map of tourism, but played a pioneering role in opening up Nepal as a tourist destination by taking a group of foreign tourists to Nepal in 1953. Under his guidance, Orient Express Travels & Tours was the first travel company to diversify into the Hotel business by building the well known five star deluxe hotel – Taj Chandela at Khajuraho.

After his sad demise in 1984, the present Chairman and Managing Director, Mr. Kanti Poddar, took over the reins and since then has steered the company on a progressive path. Today, Orient Express Travels & Tours employs over 100 staff and features over 50 destinations worldwide, offering a wide array of travel solutions to each and every client.

To attract foreign and Indian tourists and also to improve the overall infrastructure at Khajuraho, the company organized a unique national celebration called the “Khajuraho Millennium” from March 1999 – December 2000. This led the Government of India to realize the potential this place had for attracting tourists and hence honored the company by naming a square after the founder chairman’s name – the “Shyam Poddar Chowk” in Khajuraho. The lost and forgotten village of Khajuraho and the region of Shekhawati became prominent tourist destinations on the World Tourism Map.

Orient Express Travels & Tours is the first travel company in India to receive a highly prestigious honor by the royalty of a foreign country. The King of Belgium, His Majesty “ Majeste Le Roi Albert II” honored the company in 2003 for its more than 50 years of continued business relationship with Belgium.

Keeping up with its progressive plans, Orient Express Travels & Tours has diversified into exports, construction, software development and sports management. The company has also started promoting medical Tourism in a big way.

 
 
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