When and why did you join the industry:
I joined the industry encouraged by the great experiences I had as a college student seeing my late father planning – working out the village routes, menu for BBQs and open-fire dinners, pitching of air conditioned tents and other details for the seven to fifteen days horse safari trails he would organize for riders from Germany, Spain, Britain and Brazil. I took an active interest and was much fascinated by what went into making a great tour of this kind which nobody organized in the late 1960s. I decided I too would organize off-beat tours of great value for money.
What do you like most about your job:
To be able to meet people from the world over and have freewheeling conversations on history, arts, politics etc over drinks. What’s one of the biggest achievements of your career so far: To have retained the friendship and goodwill of the guests who have taken my tours over the years.
What is the best advice ever given to you and who gave it to you:
By my wife – we got married on 27th November 1977 – the day of my birth. Her advice was admire beautiful women because do not go by the nonsense that beauty is just skin deep.
Who do you admire as a role model in the industry:
Mr MS Oberoi the founder of Oberoi Group of Hotels who set the highest standards in the hotel industry. What can people expect from your company and what sets it apart from the rest: It is our personal touch and warmth without being intrusive combined with first-rate services that set us apart from most competitors.
What destinations are on your travel bucket list:
Australia, Brazil and Italy.
What is a memorable travel experience you have had:
When as a school student I traveled with a group of 40 of us in a 3rd class compartment on a train journey that lasted 36 hours nearly standing.
What are the three things you always take with you when traveling:
A photo of my granddaughter, a camera and a tooth paste tube.
Name someone famous you would like to travel with and a destination you would like to go with them to:
Author Noam Chomsky to the “wild orchid region of Northeast India”.
What direction do you see the industry heading in over the next 5 to 10 years:
The industry will continue to be no.1 both in terms of revenue earnings and employment generation despite certain xenophobic attitudes emerging now and then.
More About KV Singh
K V Singh your host in India in your journey through this fantastic land!
Tourism Planner since 1976, Singh is widely traveled, a wildlife enthusiast, horseman, mountaineer, environmentalist and gourmet. He and several of his relations from royal families of Rajasthan own and operate lovely boutique hotels and resorts in India where you would be warmly welcomed and personally looked after.
His wife is a social entrepreneur and conducts study tours in India for volunteers, students and teachers from all over the world.
Singh is a scion of the royal family of Khandela.
The photographs displayed along side are some of his ancestors in regalia. They were great patrons of music and dance, paintings, culinary arts and were themselves gracious hosts.
The tradition continues. Visit the website of India Heritage and Culture Tours here.