Want to know what’s hot in India? Read on for his insider tips.
I have been working as a guide for the last 10 years and so I have really good knowledge of India. I got a lot of experience during this time period and am now running my own travel company.
How did you make the transition to becoming a tour guide?
I landed a job as a guide when I was younger and liked it so much that I stuck with it.
What do you enjoy about working in the tourism industry?
I enjoy meeting different people from different backgrounds, and also I obviously love travelling – that’s why I am in this industry after all. With my job, I have travelled extensively in India and Nepal.
Every year I travel to new places – each one is so different. Every place has its own charms and specificities so it’s hard to pick a favourite. But I really like Rajasthan and the southern part of India.
Which is the most popular part of India with your clients?
My customers like to travel to the north of India. Places like Leh in Kashmir. Kashmir used to be a little bit unsafe, but now it is totally fine. They are drawn to Kashmir by its beauty and monuments. The area between Leh and Ladakh is a very important and beautiful place.
Which country do most of your clients come from?
I speak Russian so most of my customers are from CIS countries. I was always interested in learning foreign languages because they are very useful for work, and I decided to learn Russian.
Every day is different. When you’re working with different clients all the time, it’s very hard to say what a typical day is like.
What is the best part of your job?
I like to work with clients. Satisfaction of client is my best part. I enjoy understanding my client and his needs.
What’s the most bizarre experience you’ve had on a guided tour?
Every time I have a new client, I have a new experience. But the most bizarre experience? I don’t think it has happened yet.
A lot of the time clients make odd requests, but if it’s not legal then we smartly bypass it.
Every job has its ups and downs. Are there any aspects of your job that you don’t like or aren’t that keen on?
I like everything about my job, but, of course, every job has its ups and downs. However, I am always keen to face challenges.
As an experienced guide yourself, can you explain to our readers what the benefits of hiring a guide are?
We work honestly. In the tourism industry, there is too much competition and everyone is trying to sell tours and services very cheap. Sometimes they try to say they are giving you this service for that rate but they don’t actually provide what they promised. We don’t make promises that we can’t keep. If I tell you a hotel is five-star, then that is what we provide.
In your view, what makes a good tour guide?
In my view, a good tour guide is one that makes your travel experience perfect and memorable.