Suryaveer – or ‘Surya’ as his many supporters know him – loves to share his remarkable Rajasthani family history (he’s a descendent of one of the state’s most important feudal barons) and the rich, hospitable culture of India with whomever he can. In a nutshell: guiding is his dream job and he introduces travellers to India’s many different sides, from its folklore, mysticism and spirituality to romance and luxury. You can even visit his home, which he has transformed into a heritage hotel.
In 2014 Suryaveer was shortlisted in Wanderlust's World Guide Awards.
“He combines information with a deep spiritual understanding of the culture."
Q: How did you fall into tour leading?
A: I was born and brought up in the city of Udaipur, which is a very scenic and touristy city. A while ago I was in the process of converting my heritage property in Athana, which is close to Bijaipur. I first met Jonny in Athana when he was leading a horse riding trip. It was then I decided to be a tour leader. Before this, back in Udaipur I used to take guests on day tours, so I decided to be a tour leader as I enjoyed it so much.
Q: What do you like most about tour leading?
A: As reading about history, religion and culture is my passion, I enjoy sharing this information with my guests. I love to show places to my groups and provide them with relevant information.
Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?
A: India is such a fascinating, vibrant and large country. A lot still remains unexplored for me. The whole world is so beautiful, but India is my favourite part of the world.
Q: What has been your biggest travel highlight?
A: The Khajuraho temples in central India and Rani-ki-Vav in the state of Gujarat are my biggest travel highlights because of their iconography. Sculpting is also my hobby.
Q: What’s the one thing you couldn’t travel without?
A: As a tour leader I have to say my guests!
Q: Which famous person would you most like to travel with?
A: I would love to travel with a historian, philosopher or a photographer.