Palan founded the Golden Tours company in 1984 which is a London based open top bus operator and coach tour operator.
Palan went on to set up a charitable trust, the Palan Foundation (formerly known as the Golden Tours Foundation) which supports social development projects in education, interfaith and heritage. The Foundation has donated over £2 million in good causes in the last four years.
Some of his projects include the founding of Diwali in London Festival in Trafalgar Square attracting over 30,000 people every year. He has supported causes such as the Queen’s Household Division Charities for serving and retired guardsmen and their families; The Prince's Charities through British Asian Trust to fund education and Variety, the children’s charity where they provide their tourist buses to hundreds of disabled people to see the sights of London.
Palan has stood on various public and interfaith committees. He is currently a patron of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales. He is a former Trustee of the Inter Faith Network for the UK where he supported the creation of the government backed National Inter Faith Week. Palan is instrumental in working with the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (popularly known as Neasden Temple) Charities which is proactive in organising social action projects in the UK and worldwide.
Palan is an advocate of heritage-led projects. With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, he embarked on project to highlight the role of Indian soldiers in WW1 as part of the WW1 Centenary Commemorations. The work India 1914: Remembering Indian Soldiers’ has included collaborations with key organisations such as the Imperial War Museum and the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. The work continues both in the UK and India.
To highlight the role of the Hindu community in the UK, Palan founded the Hindu Matters in Britain web portal which provides information and data on people interested in the Hindu community in the UK. Palan is working closely with the underprivileged communities of India by providing funds for education for young people and medical facilities for communities. He works closely with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) in providing teaching and learning between the UK and India.
Palan was born in Uganda and is of Indian heritage. His family emigrated to the UK when he was 16 years old where he qualified as a chartered accountant. He is married to Kamu Palan and they have two children. He was awarded the MBE in 2016 for his services to community relations.
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