This pioneer gifted India her first luxury hotel built by an Indian, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Bombay

He is referred to as the ‘Father of the Indian Hotel Industry’

He is referred to as the ‘Father of India’s civil aviation’ for being the first Indian to fly the first solo commercial flight that too from Karachi to Bombay in 1932

The first Indian budget airline was

The ITDC Ashok Hotel, Delhi was built by

” Welcome a guest to send back a friend” was quoted by

The first Indian to get a flying licence in the colonial rule was

The first Indian Chef to get a Michelin star

The 3 Punjabi owners of Delhi’s Moti Mahal restaurant, Kundan Lal Jaggi, Kundan Lal Gujral and Thakur Dass in the late ‘60’s are credited with creating this finger licking delicacy



Hi. I am MS Neelakantan. Hospitality teacher, professional and author. My teaching experience includes teaching at the Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, New Delhi as well as some private AICTE approved hotel management Institutes in Chennai. I have 'hands on' experience working with the Welcomgroup Vadodra, The Taj West End and the Taj Rambagh Palace. Sales and marketing experience with Shillon Bagh Resort, Khufri and Orphic Resorts. Completed my Diploma in Hotel Management from Institute of Hotel Management 1986 and then to do my Masters in Tourism Management.

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