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Emerging Brand : Manish Kelkar ( B.G Tours and Travels)

Travailing is an experience one needs to take at least once in a lifetime. It's important to become o ne with the nature to experience the adrenaline rush which only traveling can give.

And is here for you to give this lifetime experience. An avid tracker, a passionate traveler and tourism expert late B G Kelkar founded this travel company 20 years back. It is utmost important to have a thorough knowledge before embarking upon a journey as an entrepreneur in tourism industry. Late Kelkar also traveled several miles, different destinations to know about them, and to promote them.

The company initially began organizing small tours, especially study tours for college students. A few of their destinations included Selam, Coimbatore, Beed, Raipur, Amravati, Raipur, Dharwad and Mangalore, and also many places in the Western Maharashtra. Several medical colleges across Maharashtra chose B G Tours to organize their study tours because of its successful experience, hassle free arrangements and comfort in traveling.

After B G Kelkar, his sons, Mr Manish Kelkar and Dr Girish Kelkar are now looking after the company with equal zeal and the passion. Manish strongly believes in giving travelers the best experience; just not seeing the world through eyes but capturing the memories for the lifetime.

Sharing the journey of the company since its inception, Manish said, “A traveler, mainly the first timer, always looks for a skilled travel-planner with immense knowledge of the place, who is a quick decision maker, values time of travelers and their money. We try to fulfil all these parameters.”

Best catering services during the tours, proper coordination and efficient time management are the specialities of B G Tours. The reputation and success earned during the past twenty years have led to branches opening in cities like Chiplun, Nanded, Mumbai, Chinchwad and Kolhapur.

“Organizing tours is a daunting task for a tour operator. The tour manager must be 'Master of All'. There are people from different background, status and mentality. Hence, it is important to use presence of mind, take wise and quick decisions and act as per the situations. A trip can give several good as well as bad experiences to both, the traveler and the tour operators,” he added.
During a study tour, he received the news of passing away of one of the girl students. Immediately, Manish made arrangements of sending her back by a flight from Calicut to her destination. There can be unavoidable situations one may come across. A few years ago, on one of the trips, there was the Swine Flu epidemic which came uninformed. “The travel and hotel bookings we're done and the travel plans were etched. But, soon, many hotels and resorts denied taking travellers from Pune due to the Swine Flu scare. We needed to take decision that would suit both the travellers and the hotel owners. So we postponed the dates of the trips. We, on the festive day of Diwali, returned money to some of the clients who cancelled their bookings,” he recalled adding that one has to plan a way out and make the situation calm, which reassures the trust of the clients in you.

“These are just a few examples. But we are determined to give the best of the best experiences to our clients. What we need is trust on each other and that we have earned from our esteemed clients. They value and appreciate our efforts,” Manish said adding that such experiences teach us a lot. This also helps us in dealing with people, climate and situation.

Today, 'B G Tours and Travels' is known for its hassle free travelling experience to several domestic as well as international tours. The destinations in India include Rajasthan, Kerala, North East India, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Kumaon valley, Tamil Nadu temple tour, and many more. The international destinations include Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia and many other places. The company also organizes customized one day trips for senior citizens and women.

In his personal life, Manish is a complete health enthusiast. A spiritual seeker, Manish ensures that he walks from Pune to Saswad during the Palkhi procession of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj and Sant Tukaram Maharaj. He serves food to over 150 Warkaris every year. A person, who believes in giving back to the society, Manish takes part in many events organized by the Rotary Club and offers his contribution to uplift the underprivileged. He is also a theatre lover and loves to act in dramas. He ensures performing at least in one play in a year to keep him entertained.

“These activities keep me motivated to perform my best as a tour operator. Healthy and friendly relations with the clients, affordable tour packages and finest services are expertise of our company and I strive for it,” he highlighted.
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