PromotersHoliday Moods Adventures - was founded on an autumn evening of 1997 when Arshdeep and Tejbir were driving through the British era lanes in Delhi. The excitement of starting a new venture of discovering the unexplored places was so much that they decided to suggest it to the like-minded people as a holiday option. Hence the proposed name of Holiday Moods Adventures was consented immediately. Little did they know that their love for promoting adventure journeys and experience would grow to international fame and recognition.
Arshdeep is an MBA in Finance & Marketing and had the travel bug rooted right from her early childhood days. Belonging to a Sikh family from Kashmir, though born in Amritsar, the earliest memories are of regular family travels to various valleys of Kashmir. The seeds of wanderlust were well sowed and grew to a fully fledged passion post her marriage to Tejbir. Post marriage, the itchy feet took them both to the entire country and across the globe. She is a meticulous planner and gets upset when time deadlines are not met. She loves to detail her work and is a very organized chief. She has done many trekking expeditions in Himachal, Kashmir, Ladakh, Sikkim & Uttarakhand and off roading journeys driving through wilderness excite her. Although open waters do not electrify her but she loves white water rafting. She looks after the Research & Development & handles the administration of the company. An avid reader, having a passion for music, she is a great cook and innovates some amazing dishes in a jiffy. She writes poetry with flair and her next stop is to revive her love for painting with water colours as soon as she can.
Tejbir has flowed like a river ever since. His first date with nature was when at a very early age he was introduced to Himalayan high altitude trekking. The poison spread and infected his life with adventure. He attained expertise in mountaineering and completed his required mountaineering courses. His expeditions took him all over the Himalayan range of Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal, Uttarakhand, Nepal, Sikkim and the north east. Tejbir has today experience of over 27 years of adventure travel. Till date he has led 15 National level commercial trekking expeditions in which more than 50,000 people have trekked under his expert, safe and able leadership with 100% safety record as on date. Sky Diving, Via Ferrata, Luges, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, Rock Climbing, Zorbing, overland off-road journeys, hot air ballooning, wild life safaris and paragliding experiences have also been quenching his thirst for adventure. A passionate photographer and writer, his articles and pictures have been published in leading national magazines. Has been invited as a panelist by "India TV", "CNN IBN" & "News X TV" on various occasions as an expert opinion on Adventure/ Eco/ Responsible Tourism
- Tejbir Singh Anand has been featured on the cover of Europe's Business Travel magazine - "FVW" in 2007
- He was the Treasurer for 2 terms for the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India from 2004 - 08.
- Chairman of the 4th & 5th ATOAI annual conventions in the year 2005 & 2006.
- ATOAI President for the period 2009 - 2011
- Re-elected ATOAI President for the period 2011-2013
- First Interim Treasurer, "FAITH" - Federation of Associations of Indian Travel & Hospitality" 2012
- Member of National Tourism Advisory Council, Government of India (2009-2013)
- Member of committee for judging the National Tourism Awards, Ministry of Tourism, Government Of India (2009-13)
- Member of Working Group constituted by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for the for 12th five Year Plan
- Member of FICCI Tourism committee
- Ambassador for ERAI, Rhone Alpes Region, France
- Honorary member MP Tourism Development Committee for 2011-13
- Member of Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) Committee on Trade in Services, KPO, Services, Tourism
- Advisor (Content, Events, Marketing) - "Explore" (first India specific adventure travel publication)
During the amazing voyage of over 15 years, the company has been top rated by National Geographic Adventure as one of the "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth". It also won the National Tourism Award for "The Most Innovative Adventure Activity Tour Operator" for the year 2007 - 08.
|The partnership & the voyage has witnessed the launch of some brilliant concepts such as:-|
|1)||HEAT (Himalayan Environment & Adventure Trek) – a program has been recognized within the country as an amazing concept offering group departures for treks every time to a new valley in the Himalayas. Over 25,000 people have walked and explored valleys in the last 15 years. The program has seen footprintsto trails in the past years:
|2)||"Camp Wild at Aravali Valley, Dhauj, Harayana" - was born in the winters of 2004. Delhi's & NCR's largest adventure-wilderness adventure camp is situated in world's oldest eco system zone - "The Aravali Hills" at Dhauj 7 kms from Delhi called "CAMP WILD". The destination offers an amazing experience the rural tourism set in the wilderness and rock climbing & related sports. The set up includes 15 Eco Lodges & 15 deluxe safari tents with the campsite is spread over 12 acres of land. Perfect retreat for the overseas travelers to get that true feel of the rural & adventure tourism. The camp has been featured by top magazines such as "Time Out", "Explore" & showcased on TV channels such as CNN IBN, CNBC, and NDTV Metro etc.|
|3)||RETP (REAL EDUCATION THROUGH TRAVEL PROGRAMS) - 2011 was the year when the concept of school travel programs was changed to "with a purpose". RETP was born with the objectives of revolving the travels programs around creativity, community service and adventure. Children learn best when they are happy and have choices that is directly meaningful to them. The idea that children should be responsible for their own learning is the thesis that runs through the philosophy of "Real Education through Travel Programs" (RETP). It supports the CAS and SAP curriculum of the IB & IGSCE schools.|
|4)||"Snow Monk Chalets & Camps, near Dharamshala" - the latest feather in the cap is due for its launch in April 2013. Set in the beautiful Dhauladhar Himalayan range, the destination offer a flavor of Adventure, Buddhist & Himachali Cultures, Dalai Lama, Tea Gardens, Historic Forts & Palaces, Wellness attractions (yoga, reflexology, ayurveda), Art Museums, monasteries, astrological centers, wetlands and bird sanctuaries, 10th century A.D rock cut ancient temples and many more.|
|Now, their children Priyam & Birentej have also joined their interest of adventure travels. They regularly camp, trek, raft and spend all their holidays together.|