The Indians, located in Kolkata, West Bengal, are From Lost to Found Travel’s tourism partner in the Indian subcontinent.The three directors of The Indians are Kallol Bose, Subhamay Banerjee and Subhra Bandyopadhyay.Friends for many years, these individuals came together in 2002 to begin offering small group, special interest tour itineraries and youth home-stay programs in Kolkata.
The Indians currently operate two travel companies in Kolkata.The Indians Consortium of Tourism Professionals, incorporated in 2004, operates a small fleet of automobiles and tourist coaches in West Bengal.Until 2007, this company also managed The Indians growing Japanese inbound tourism operation.Indian Tourism Private Limited, incorporated in 2007, provides trip planning and tourism services to foreign guests and Indian citizens traveling throughout India.Today, the two companies provide services to several of the largest inbound tour operators in India, as well as travel agencies in Japan, Israel, France and the U.S.The Indians handle hundreds of foreign and Indian travelers each year, and operate one of the largest home-stay programs for Japanese youths in Kolkata.They have also been featured in The Times of India for their novel approach to touring the Durga Puja Heritage Trail in Kolkata. Indian Tourism Private Limited is a member of IATO and JATA.
The Indians are committed to promoting integrity and fairness in the rapidly developing tourism industry in India.This means equitable and respectful treatment of all industry participants, particularly small hotel, museum and souvenir shop owners, vehicle drivers, local artisans, and residents of the towns, villages and urban neighborhoods frequented by tourists.
Kallol Bose – Kallol holds an M.Sc. in Economics from Rabindra Bharati University and a Travel and Tourism Management diploma from the Institute of Management in Kolkata.After graduating from tourism school, he served as a guide for Indian tourists traveling throughout India, and in 1995, he became an approved guide in eastern India for the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India.Kallol has also served as a guide for the Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal, where he was responsible for designing its popular Heritage Tour of the Durga Puja Festival in Kolkata.Kallol is fluent in Bengali, Hindi, English and Japanese, and is the principal manager of The Indians inbound Japanese tourism operation.His favorite pastime is tracking wildlife in India’s world-renowned animal sanctuaries, and he has traveled extensively throughout the tribal belts of central and eastern India.
Subhamay Banerjee – Subhamay holds an M.A. in Modern Indian History from Calcutta University and a Travel and Tourism Management diploma from the Institute of Management in Kolkata.He learned French under the auspices of Alliance Française de Calcutta and participated in a cultural exchange program in France under the sponsorship of this organization.Subhamay began his career as a French-English-Hindi-Bengali interpreter for international clients that include a French film production company and several iron and steel companies operating in West Bengal.Since 1995, he has been an approved guide in eastern India for the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India.Today, Subhamay is one of India’s most sought-after guides, and has worked with many of its largest inbound tour operators, including Travel Scope, Incent Tours, Sea & Sky Travel and Incentive Destinations.He has also worked for prominent European and U.S. travel companies such as Nouvelles Frontieres, Asia Transpacific Journeys, IKHAR, La Maison des Indes and La Route des Indes.Subhamay has traveled extensively throughout India, Bhutan and Nepal, and is particularly knowledgeable about Hindu and Buddhist religion and iconography.He is responsible for The Indians marketing function, and for designing new, special interest itineraries and custom tour programs.
Subhra Bandyopadhyay – Subhra holds a B.Com. in Accounting and a B.A. in Bengali Language and Literature from Calcutta University.He is also an avid traveler and has toured extensively throughout India alone and as a trip leader for organized groups of students and adults.In 2002, he joined the other directors of The Indians to launch the first upscale tour of the Durga Puja Festival in Kolkata.Today, Subhra is the principal manager of The Indians’ transportation company, The Indians Consortium of Tourism Professionals.He is also responsible for The Indians bookkeeping and financial management functions.Subhra is fluent in Bengali, Hindi and English.When he is not working for The Indians, he teaches Bengali Language to primary school students in Kolkata.