Kesari Tours HistoryKesari is a tourism company, based in India and it began its operations in 1984, specializing in the field of family tour packages. It is managed and run by the Kesari family. The company was founded by Shri Kesari Patil and continues to be one of the largest providers of multiple travel options for Indian travelers. The company states its vision to become "the World Class Travel Company, spreading smiles and happiness." Its mission statement states that “is passionately committed to Total Quality Travel, with continual delivery of value added services. We uphold the highest ethical standards and believe in creating new benchmarks in the industry."
In the Indian tourism industry, Kesari tours offer an array of options for family tour packages. Its rooster of services includes 224 special travel packages (known as Unique Specialty Tours) for all type of travelers. For example, Second innings (for senior citizens), Marigold (for pilgrimage tours), Honeymoon tours (for newlyweds), student special tours and chota break (short & agro tours). Besides the Unique Special Tours, Kesari tours offers numerous travel options for South East Asia (nearly 80+), India (115) and more than 70, for the remaining world.
Kesari, in its long innings as a travel company has established several divisions to provide exclusive services to its customers. Strawberi Holidays, Kesari - Meetings Incentives Conferences Exhibitions (KMICE), K&S, KesariForex and Kesari inbound are various divisions of this tour company. Strawberi holidays specialize in catering to the needs of individual travelers, who want customized solutions for their traveling needs. KMICE was created with the idea of helping corporate companies find a one stop platform for meeting their travel needs. KMICE helps corporate companies to meet their travel demands for meetings, exhibitions, seminars and conferences.
Those travelers who’re short of budget but have the passion to explore the national and international landscape are catered by tour packages designed specifically for them by K & S, one of the divisions of Kesari. KesariForex is a specially designed product to meet the requirements of currency exchanges for travelers when they go beyond national borders. It is recognized by the Central Bank of India, RBI. Be it the corporates, individuals, family or groups, KesariForex serves as one of the best full-fledged money changer and takes care of all the Forex requirements of its travelers.
Kesari Tours Awards & AccoladesKesari has been recognized by the travel industry and has been bestowed with several awards & accolades. In between the years 2006 and 2008, Kesari received the award for best performance by Travel agents of Kashmir in collaboration with J&K Tourism board. The Austrian Airways and Cathay Pacific Airways awarded it for outstanding performance in 2007. For promoting integration of Tourism, Kesari was awarded the Indo-Swiss Society Award by the Indo-Society award. In 2006-07, it was awarded the Galileo Award for Best Domestic Tour Operator by Galileo. Further, it has received several awards by renowned companies and organizations.
These include Abacus International Award, FIE Foundation Award (by FIE Foundation) and Thai Airways Award (by Thai Airways). In 2010, it won the Travel & Tourism Summit Awards for the Best Outbound Tour Operator of the Year. The glorious moment for Kesari was the moment when its founder and chairperson, Shri.Kesari Patil was awarded the prestigious Lifetime achievement award from Bird Travel World Express. Also, Kesari’s MD Mrs. Veena Patil had earlier received Asia's Best Brand award in Travel Segment Award on behalf of Kesari tours. Some other notable achievements in the kitty of Kesari tours include the Sentosa Star Preferred Partner Award 2010-2011 (by Sentosa Leisure) and the Friends of Thailand Award for the Best Tour Operator (Tourism Authority of Thailand). Recently, it has been awarded the Times Travel Honors award for the Best Outbound Tour Operator of India.
World Tours Kesari offers exclusive options for traveling all across the world. Its world tour programmers are extended to some of the most visited destinations all across the continents. Europe, South East Asia, America, Australia NZ, Africa, Japan, China, Mauritius, Dubai, Srilanka and Middle East- Kesari provide travel opportunities to all these places. Be it to the lands of mystics, mythologies and modern economic development in South East Asia or to the vast space of open lands in the farmlands of Australia, there are many options for travelers to pick their favorite destinations.
India Tours All across India, Kesari’s offers numerous inbound traveling opportunities. Be it the snowy mountains of Himachal, Kashmir; the pink cities of Rajasthan, backwaters of Kerala, the beautiful Nainital, Mussoorie; abode of Nature, Sikkim; toy trains of Darjeeling, and the chilling winters of LehLadakh, in India, you can choose any number of options to travel through Kesari. Besides the aforementioned places, Kesari also takes you some of the unexplored and adventurous places on the Indian subcontinent. This include the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, that is situated in South of the Bay of Bengal, and is known for vast beauty of the Indian Ocean. Andaman & Nicobar Islands have some of the finest islands in the world and are known for their pristine beauty. Kesari Tours also has offers for travel to North-East India, which houses some of the most fertile and eco-friendly states of India. The landscape of Kaziranga is abundant in tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broad leaf forests. The Kaziranga national park is one of the best preserved wildlife conservation sites in the world.
Escorted Short Tours The economic boom and the work culture in India have changed tremendously in the coming decades, all thanks to immense globalization in the Indian subcontinent. Consequently, our lives have been nothing but a game of juggling between our work and homes. Travel, even if it is scheduled, is generally for office works. Kesari Tours, keeping in mind the constraints faced by busy individuals, has introduced the concept of ‘Chota Break’. This scheme includes escorted group travel program in which individuals are taken to different locations within or outside India for a short time. That rejuvenates them to start afresh for their work. With these small and much-needed breaks, you needn’t worry about planning long vacations, taking long leaves from your work and think too much on compensating your work. With these short tours,
Farmers Special/Agricultural Tours A unique initiative taken by Kesari Tours has been the introduction of group travel opportunities for farmers. In an era of technology intensive farming, farmers need global exposure to understand the internationally adopted farming practices. This will help them to grow quality crops, increase their production and make more money. As per Kesari’s Agro Tours plan, farmers are taken to Israel where they can study advanced technology to benefit in their farming. The tour for 5 days and 6 nights is allocated to pay special visits to new places every day and for discussions with professionals on the art of farming. Farmers are taken to special laboratories and instructed on effective methods to develop productive crops.
For Newly Weds Kesari Tours has chosen some very unique and popular honeymoon destinations for newlyweds. To make a memorable stay in some of the best cities and places of India and the world, Kesari offers some awesome deals for couples. Tours are generally arranged for Shimla-Manali, Kerala, Switzerland, Thailand, Phuket, Singapore, Malaysia, etc., to just name a few. The excitement to begin a new life can be enhanced by the Kesari’s special honeymoon tour packages. According to Kesari’s special packages, Honeymooners can sit with representatives from the company, discuss their expectations and zero in on a deal that suit them the best, both- personally and professionally.
Ladies Special According to Kesari’s special My Fair Lady travel program, exclusively meant for Ladies only, they can enjoy fun-filled, enthralling and memorable journey with their peer groups. In India, women can choose to go Vaishno Devi, for 9 days and 8 nights. The world tours are extended to Europe, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri-Lanka, Maldives, Dubai, etc., to just name a few. Through these programs, it can finally be the ladies day out! Ladies can surely take some time out their busy schedules of home and work and escape to a great experience of traveling, where they can even reinvent themselves.
Men Only While women may have all the fun in their My Fair Lady program, men are not behind in the race, if they desire to have a carefree travel experience. The tour package named Prince Charming, especially designed for men only offers tremendous scope for men to have their way. The fun-filled, laughter, adventure and memories of the youth without your wife and children can be revisited by availing special services of this program. The world tours, in this program are extended to Thailand, Dubai, Hong Kong, Macau and, Shenzen. So men who have never been able to attend a bachelor’s party post their marriage, can do it this time, with these travel opportunities, and enjoy the experience in a style and grandeur.
Pilgrimage Tours Spirituality forms the core of Indian existence. India is the land of Vedas, the Upanishads and our ancestors were known to have spread knowledge and light throughout the world. For travelers, who’re passionate about exploring the spiritual side of India, its majestic and deep cultural heritage blended with the teachings of diverse religions, ‘Pilgrimage tours’ can be an ideal tour package. Titled as ‘Marigold tours’, this program makes it possible for individuals to reconnect to their spiritual side, visit some of the most holy places in India and get a real feel of what it means to belong to this grand country.
The tours takes you to all the famous temples and sacred places in India you would have dreamt to visit but weren’t able to do so. The auspicious temples of Chardham, Kashmir Amarnath,Vaishnodevi and KailashMansarovar, Shri Krishna's Mathura &Dwarka, Rameshwar&Somnath, Kashi, Pashupatinath or Maharashtra's Ashtavinayak and Jejuri- all are included in the list of this package. For all travelers, Pilgrimage tour gives an opportunity to visit various other temples besides the above mentioned. Some temples where pilgrims can choose to visit are Ashtavinayak, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gaya, Bodhgaya, Varanasi, Allahabad, Ayodhya, Karnataka, South India temple tour, Katra, Vaishno Devi, Shivkhori, KailashMansarovaryatra, Kashmir Amarnath by Helicopter, Amarnath by helicopter, Devbhoomi, Devbhoomi Nepal, SaurashtraPalitana, Amritsar, Dalhouside and DharamshalaKarnal, to just name a few.
Senior Citizens' Special The phase after retirement for senior citizens is an opportune moment to travel to different locations and do things that they weren’t able to do during their professional years. Named as ‘Second Citizens’, this package offers special opportunities to senior citizens for traveling to international locations like Dubai, Europe, Swiss Paris, Sril Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius, Russia, New Zealand and Thailand. Senior people who have always dreamt of enjoying carefree days of sunbathing near the beaches, spend time reading in the silence of exotic locations, dance in carnivals, and enjoy life like their youth days, can benefit from all the special offerings in this program.
Students' Special Another unique program of Kesari tours is dedicated to students. Children and students are inherently curious. They want to know, ask questions, explore and understand more about our world. Traveling, as we all know opens the horizon of our understanding and improves our ability to adjust to new surroundings and be tolerant to different cultures and people. Kesari meets this need of students and parents by providing exclusive travel tour programs to them. When it comes to sending students on long travel tours, parents are critical about the safety of their wards. According to Kesari, it is trusted by parents and its tours not only instill a sense of confidence among students, they also teach them the real sense of freedom of thought, expression and individual responsibility. In India, the tours are organized for 7 days, 6 nights Ganga expedition and 9 days, 8 nights for the Garhwal Himalayan expedition.
When it comes to world tours, the visits are scheduled to some awesome places for students like the Technorama Science Centre and Disneyland in Switzerland and Paris, respectively. The 11 days and 10 hotel nights stay for visit to the one of the most reputed organizations in the world, the Kennedy Space Center and Disney world is surely an opportunity of lifetime for students. Some other places where students are taken include Singapore Science Studio with Universal Studious, Australia with Tangalooma, and Roller Coaster Special.