EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL & DISCOVERY TRIPS

It is our endeavor to position Eastbound as a market and thought leader in the space of Experiential & Discovery Travel. Our unique Journey's are created for the discerning traveler by a highly passionate team, who believes in the ethos of inspiration and innovation. These hub of ideas converges into some of the most enthralling travel experiences. Outlined below is a glimpse of our offerings...

SPECIAL INTEREST TOURS

BACK TO YOUR ROOTS:
Our research team will trace the ancestral villages of many of the first time visitors of Indian origin, especially the Gujaratis and those of the Ismaili community, whose great grandparents left India in the late 1800s

BOISTEROUS BOLLYWOOD:
Indian Cinema has transcended Indian boundaries and gained popularity across the world. We have developed a special tour for film buffs, which highlights the various aspects of the Indian cinema industry, including meeting with technical artists, visits to film studios, outdoor and indoor sets as well as popular outdoor shooting locales.

REAL REUNIONS:
Today, with people spread far and wide on different continents, there is an increasing need to maintain family ties, rekindle old relationships and revive the nostalgia of schooldays. What can be a better destination than India, where all special interests can be catered for, people pampered by great Indian hospitality and excellent culinary experiences. For such get-togethers, we design a unique product with planned events around a theme with a special focus.

WINE TOURS:
Popularity of Indian wine has been growing by leaps and bounds. There are now a number of Indian vineyards that have tasting rooms so so wine enthusiasts can enjoy exploring India's wine regions. We will round off the experience by staying at one of the major vineyards. Talks and interactions with various wine clubs and Indian sommeliers can also be organised.

CULINARY TOURS:
India’s cuisine is as eclectic as its culture!  From Butter Chicken in North India to Malabari Prawn Curry further down South, the texture and subtle tastes of each regional cuisine are an experience in themselves. Our tours include gourmet experiences not only in savoring, but also learning the intricacies of Indian cuisine from world famous chefs.

CLUBS, ASSOCIATIONS & TRADE FAIRS:
Be it mushroom growers or pharmacists, quilting bees or a music lovers' club, we help like-minded people get together. Today, the proliferation of non-government organizations and professional social sector associations, has established the need for an exchange of ideas, to understand the different and specific needs of peoples around the world, their culture and traditions.
Tailor-made programmes for professionals in a specific field, such as education, medicine, law and social development, allow participants to visit different projects and also interact with their counterparts in India, exchange ideas and provide assistance, where necessary. We do in-depth research and provide detailed advance information on a particular industry or business to participants of various trade fairs and marts which are held throughout the year in different parts of India.

HONEYMOON & ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS:
From the 250-year old Lake Palace, probably the most romantic hotel in the world, to a tranquil cruise on a traditional houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala; from a secluded log cabin in the verdant hills of Darjeeling to a luxurious tent in the starkly beautiful desert of Rajasthan; from a beach holiday in the Maldives to a mountain lodge in the Himalayas we make your honeymoon or anniversary as special as your wedding day!

GOLFING HOLIDAYS:
You can play golf almost anywhere in India, for this outdoor sport is widely played by a cross section of people - in the hills and high Himalayan expanses, in metropolitan cities and in small towns, by lakes and forests or surrounded by tea estates, out in the desert and old British cantonments. What makes golfing in India exciting is the diversity of its courses. Not only does it have the oldest golf club in the world outside Great Britain (the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, established in 1829), but also the highest course at Gulmarg (2,700 m) in Kashmir.
In the recent years, some international professional tournaments have highlighted the technical excellence of some of the country's courses. However, the flavour of India is visible everywhere - you can watch a peacock dance on a green or play on a course that is enriched by old monuments and beautiful buildings.

ADVENTURE TOURS:
From Trekking Routes in the Garhwal and Kumaoun region, to the diverse flora and fauna in the country's 55 National Parks and 247 Sancturies -- India is the true hot-spot for the adventure lover. Try Mounatin Biking on the foothills of the Himalayas in North India, the Western Ghats in Western India and the Nilgiri Mountains in South India offer some wonderful trails for mountain biking. The rivers in the upper reaches of the Himalayas are excellent for white-water rafting.
The most popular are the Ganga, Bhagirathi and Alaknanda in Uttar Pradesh, which have rapids ranging from Grade 3 to 4 on the international scale. The Zanskar and Indus rivers in Ladakh are another challenging possibility. In eastern India, the Teesta and Rangi offer Grade 4 rapids. India offers fabulous skiing slopes in Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Kashmir during the winters.

INCENTIVE TRAVEL

In 1976, when cash and material incentives became passé in the US and Europe, large corporate and medium-sized companies switched to motivating their sales teams or dealers by offering them a travel experience that would leave them enriched for a lifetime. BTS broke new ground by introducing India to the west as the ultimate incentive travel destination with its palaces and monuments with stunning architecture, mouth-watering cuisine and rich heritage of dance and music.
The concept of Rajasthan’S palaces as backdrops for themed dinners for incentive groups was first suggested by BTS India. We began the tradition of Maharaja Welcome and Gala Nights at the ITC Mughal, Agra, Rambagh Palace in Jaipur apart from the Lake Palace in Udaipur. These have now grown to become the most popular incentive and tourist destinations in India.

ADVENTURE TRAVEL

TREKKING:
A major portion of the mighty Himalayas is located in India. The foothills of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions offer a wide range of trekking routes, as do the Ladakh and Zanskar regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Himachal Pradesh is another region that offers a variety of treks, ranging from easy to moderate. In eastern India, Darjeeling and Sikkim are popular trekking destination. We customize the treks to suit your the age, fitness level and areas of interest.

WILDLIFE:
The Indian sub-continent has a rich diversity of eco-systems and geographical zones - from the icy heights of the Himalayas to the great Thar Desert, the thick forests and great floodplains of central India to the coral formations and marine life of its long coastline. Within its 55 national parks and 247 sanctuaries, are found an incredible and diverse range of flora and fauna - the majestic and highly endangered Royal Bengal tiger, the Great Indian One-horned rhinoceros, the Asian elephant, several species of deer, antelopes, monkeys and bears, wild buffalo, the elusive and nearly extinct snow leopard, the Asiatic lion, now found only in Gir, and over 2000 species of birds.
From modest forest lodges to ultra luxurious wildlife resorts, a wide choice of accommodation is available and we design the programme to suit individual requirements and interests.

CAMEL AND HORSE SAFARIS:
The Indian sub-continent has a rich diversity of eco-systems and geographical zones - from the icy heights of the Himalayas to the great Thar Desert, the thick forests and great floodplains of central India to the coral formations and marine life of its long coastline. Within its 55 national parks and 247 sanctuaries, are found an incredible and diverse range of flora and fauna - the majestic and highly endangered Royal Bengal tiger, the Great Indian One-horned rhinoceros, the Asian elephant, several species of deer, antelopes, monkeys and bears, wild buffalo, the elusive and nearly extinct snow leopard, the Asiatic lion, now found only in Gir, and over 2000 species of birds.
From modest forest lodges to ultra luxurious wildlife resorts, a wide choice of accommodation is available and we design the programme to suit individual requirements and interests.

OVERLAND CAMPING SAFARIS AND TRIBAL TOURS:
The foothills of the Himalayas in North India, the Western Ghats in Western India and the Nilgiri Mountains in South India offer some wonderful trails for mountain biking.
These trips offer a unique insight to the cultural and natural wealth of the remote regions of India - from the barren moonscape of Lahoul, Spiti, Ladakh and Zanskar in North West India to the lush green hills of Arunachal, Sikkim, Meghalaya and Assam in North East India; from the desertscape of Gujarat to the forests of Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. The 3-day drive from Manali to Ladakh over 4 passes ranging from 3,600 m to 5,300 m, offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Other popular destinations in Ladakh are the Nubra Valley and the high altitude lakes of Pangong Tso and Tso Morari. A 7- to 10-day jeep safari in the Spiti, Kinnaur and Lahoul valleys in Himachal Pradesh is an exhilarating experience.

WHITE WATER RAFTING:
The rivers in the upper reaches of the Himalayas are excellent for white-water rafting. The most popular are the Ganga, Bhagirathi and Alaknanda in Uttar Pradesh, which have rapids ranging from Grade 3 to 4 on the international scale. The Zanskar and Indus rivers in Ladakh are another challenging possibility. In eastern India, the Teesta and Rangi offer Grade 4 rapids.

ROCK CLIMBING: 
A nascent sport in India, rock climbing is available on the outskirts of Delhi. Around Tughlaqabad good practice rocks of about 8 meters are ideal for learners. The Aravalli Hills around Delhi have naked rockfaces, which test the capabilities of even experienced climbers. Other major centres are in the Western Ghats, on the Bombay-Nasik highway. Manali in Himachal Pradesh offers some of the best rocks, while in South India, the Chamundi Hills in Karnataka and rock formations along the Bangalore-Mysore highway offer good climbing options.

SKIING AND HELI SKIING:
India offers this winter sport in Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Kashmir.

GLIDING:
India has good thermal soaring effects, especially during the summer months. Several sites have been identified by experts - Bir in Himachal Pradesh being the most popular.

MAHSEER FISHING:
 the Mahseer, which belongs to the carp family, is described as the gamiest fish in the world, as the first rush of the Mahseer is considered even wilder than that of the salmon. In the southern State of Karnataka, the Cauvery River offers some of the finest Mahseer fishing. Uttar Pradesh offers unique opportunities - all the hill streams, down to about 50 km in the plains, teem with Mahseer. Angling is second to none at the great headwaters and the rapids of the Ganga, Jamuna and Sarda rivers, as well as in the rapids of the Ramganga and Kosi rivers. Fish of up to 30 kg. have been caught in the Nainital District in the tributaries of the Ganga - the Kosi and Ramganga.

MEDICAL TOURISM
Medical expertise and state-of-the-art hospitals in India have made it an important global destination for medical treatment, especially in cardiac surgery and dental care. With the cost being less than 10% of comparable treatment in the West and with hardly any waiting period, India attracts a large number of patients. We can set up appointments with the best of specialists, ensure pre- and post- comfortable stays for the patients as well as their accompanying family members or attendants. The growing confidence in the traditional branches of medicine, where alternative and non invasive healing practices are centuries old, naturopathy, homeopathy, Unani, Ayurveda and Yoga, have put the country on the medical world map. The medical expertise and state-of-the-art hospitals in India have made it an important global destination for medical treatment, especially in cardiac surgery and dental care. With the cost being less than 10% of comparable treatment in the West and with hardly any waiting period, India attracts a large number of patients. We can set up appointments with the best of specialists, ensure pre- and post- comfortable stays for the patients as well as their accompanying family members or attendants. The growing confidence in the traditional branches of medicine, where alternative and non invasive healing practices are centuries old, naturopathy, homeopathy, Unani, Ayurveda and Yoga, have put the country on the medical world map.

AYURVEDA:
The science of life (Ayu= life and Veda = knowledge or science), dates back 5,000 years, to the Indus Valley civilization. It evolved through the collective efforts of ancient sages, who also produced India's original systems of meditation, yoga and astrology.

Ayurveda is much more than a medical science - it is a complete and holistic way of life. The philosophy of Ayurveda considers the body, mind and soul as one entity in understanding the disease process. This concept is the basis of all Ayurvedic treatments, wherein energies within the body are balanced to restore and preserve wholeness.

This system of medicine stresses on the prevention of body ailments in addition to curing them. Today, it is a unique, indispensable branch of medicine - a complete natural healing system that depends on the diagnosis of your body's humours - vata, pitta and kapha - to achieve the right balance.
Though Kerala, with its equable climate, natural abundance of forests, wealth of herbs and medicinal plants is best suited for Ayurveda's curative and restorative packages, many resorts and spas in other states offer these treatments.

YOGA:
The ancient Yogic Indian philosophy is a disciplined way of living, encompassing all aspects of life, in different ways and levels to balance the mind and body. Apart from physically stimulating the body, Yoga also deeply satisfies and enhances the need for the spiritual growth of an individual. Encompassing several aspects like Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing) and meditation, Yoga is a one of the most ancient healing sciences of the world that first took its roots in the environs of the Himalayan mountains. The science of Yoga believes that human happiness and contentment arises from the perfect synchronization between a strong body and a clear mind. Yoga helps you to enhance physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being using three branches of Yoga: Hatha, Kriya and Raja. The effects of yoga can be distinctly observed on the body and can also be felt within the soul. With the passage of time and under the supervision of a trained master, Yoga can be skillfully used to ensure a lifetime of well being and good health.