At Eastern Routes we believe that the way we travel reflects the way we live. This translates into the way we run our business, the products we select to sell, and the holidays we arrange. Below we introduce you to each team member, each with a distinct profile and united with this shared ideology and vision.
Laurige Boyer : Co- founder
A French eco entrepreneur and residing in India for 8 years and counting, Laurige divides his time between his projects in the Northeast, Himalayas and Varanasi. Laurige visited India after getting his International Tourism MBA in France to explore and gain work experience in a travel agency based in Delhi. After gaining 5 years of work experience as a production manager, he decided to work on his own projects in Ladakh, Varanasi and the Northeast. Whenever possible he is a freelance guide for motorcycle or trekking groups in Rajasthan, South India and the Himalayas.
Eastern Routes was born out of an intrigue for the unexplored Northeast. On countless visits to Meghalaya with his khasi wife, his fascination gradually developed into a plan of setting up a travel agency to promote this enchanting region. Together with Himadri, he co-founded Eastern Routes under a unified vision of “inspiring green journeys” in the Northeast.
All of Laurige’s projects spread across the country stem from the same ethical root – “respect for the natural and social environment”. Whether you spend a night in his eco-chic camp in Ladakh, or cruise the Ganga on his houseboat, or journey the Northeast with him and his team- you will notice the reflection of this ethical root in all his activities.
Himadri Protim: Co- founder
Himadri developed a passion for excursions from early childhood in his hometown Jorhat in Upper Assam. He would often be the leader of his group of friends on cycling tours to neighbouring villages- exploring and discovering virgin places in those rural pockets of Assam. These initial discoveries provided wheels of energy for many remarkable journeys ahead. It also instilled in him the desire to give back something to his land and community.
He worked 5 years as a professional in travel agencies in Assam, observing learning the operational and logistic aspects of the tourism industry and sharing practical advice and tips from his personal travel experiences. He has partnered and worked alongside many local groups to protect and preserve Assam’s biodiversity and its rare and endangered wildlife. He also actively participates in educating travellers and locals in preserving the eco balance of the wondrous and bountiful Northeast.
In collaboration with Laurige he founded Eastern Routes, a responsible travel agency with a mission of “inspiring green journeys” in the Northeast. Together they form an interesting melange of skills, knowledge and work experience to offer travellers the very best of the Northeast. His local presence and vast knowledge of the northeast region is an asset for Eastern Routes giving it impetus for positive growth.
Himadri exudes an infectious passion for people from all walks of life. His innate ability to strike instant rapport has won many friendships and much affection. A journey with him will make for a memory of a lifetime.
Kriya Rynjah : Green Designer / Craft Tour Curator
A Khasi daughter, Kriya was brought up in one of the world’s most unique tribal societies that has a “matrilineal system”, where women own land and property and men move out of their home after marriage, something which is incredibly unusual and exemplar in India.
A graduate in Product Design from Birmingham City University, U.K., Kriya has worked for mainstream Product and Graphic Design companies in Delhi before breaking free and starting her own company from grassroot level. She decided to turn back to her homeland and use its natural resources and bounties in realising her design ideas.
She founded a green design collective called “MeghaDream” which embodies everything natural and handmade in Meghalaya. At MeghaDream, she engages the local community, thereby creating employment opportunities. The project is part-funded by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, which continue to support her with material research and development. Her plan for the coming years is to engage a huge section of the village community in reviving local craft that has almost disappeared and look at alternative ways of using local materials and human resource to create products that have a place in contemporary homes.
As a team member of Eastern Routes, Kriya handles the communication design and curates craft tours for our guests. With her in-depth knowledge of natural materials and their usage in craft by indigenous tribes of the Northeast, she adds unmatched value to bespoke itineraries created by Eastern Routes.