Tour guides are experts on the history of the location and offer their tour groups interesting information about points of interest at natural attractions, historic sites, museums, scenic locations, and other travel destinations.
We recently spoke to Kavi, a certified tour guide to share some of her observations on tourism in India and about her experience of working as a tour guide since 2006.
When did you decide to become a tour guide? What led to that decision?
– I dreamed of traveling from the time I was a child and everything I imagined myself doing for a living one day was always related to travel. One step spontaneously let to another. I graduated in tourism, was looking for work, and saw a course for tour guides and I enrolled. They recommended me to the agencies they were working for and that’s how it all began.
For how long have you been providing guiding services?
– More than 12 years.
Where do you get the information you share with tourists?
– I have studied tourism, which has given me a good base of knowledge about the various sights and their history. I have also completed a guide-training program organised by the Ministry of Tourism, India, which taught me how to connect with tourists and deliver the right information to them.
What is your approach as a tour guide to make your tour standout?
– I believe that tourist should get authentic information and should feel comfortable and explore the maximum as per their requirement. My main aim is to make the whole journey a memorable visit for the tourists, one that they will always treasure and come back again for.
What is the most challenging part of the job?
– In India, it is a seasonal profession because major tourist destinations are best enjoyed during winters. So I have to earn for whole year during tourism season.
We bet you love your entire country, but which areas or regions would you most highly recommend to travellers?
– My license is for western region of India, which includes Gujarat, M.P, Maharashtra, and Goa. I belong to Gujarat, so Gujarat is naturally my first preference. There are so many interesting places that can’t be missed out like Rann of Kutch, also called the “white desert” is a mesmerising wonder of salt and sand, or the Gir National Park which is the only natural habitat of Asiatic Lions.
What is the best time of the year to visit the region where you operate?
– September to March is the best time to visit Gujarat. Since Gujarat has variant climate throughout the year, temperature can get high during summers. However, the best time to visit is during the winter when temperatures are moderate, and there is no rainfall to spoil a planned day out.
These inputs are shared by Kavi, a Ministry of Tourism certified tour guide with 12+ years of experience. You can book her via the Odigos app, where top-rated travel guides of India are registered or you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +91 124-4610699 for more information.