This Rajasthani Tour Guide Promises To Bring You A Perfect Photo For The Gram
“If you call me by video, I can show you how empty the alleys of Patwon Ki Haveli are. It’s very different from when you came here six months ago,” Chandraveer Singh Bhatti, a 25-year-old local guide. . In addition to feasting tourists on stories from Jaisalmer’s history, Chandu, as he is affectionately known, is especially adept at taking flattering photos of tourists for their social media feeds. If you’re looking for it, you’ll find it near the Patwon Ki Haveli, a Jaisalmer landmark and the former home of a wealthy brocade merchant.
Chandu has been a guide to the region for seven years. According to him, the city has never been so empty. “Jaisalmer is a tourist town. Most of the locals depend on tourism for their income. Last year has been difficult and there have been hardly any travelers due to the pandemic. We hope things change. here this winter. “
“The tourist guide to mixed vegetables”
Chandu studied until grade 12 and was inspired by his chacha (uncle) who was a tour guide, to join the trade. “My chacha Laxman Singh was a licensed tour guide who spoke British English. He was one of the few reputable tour guides at the time. He was a guide for many dignitaries. I followed him on his work assignments. I didn’t even speak Hindi properly at the time, but it gave me the courage to start with myself. ” Chandu learned the history of the city from his uncle’s books and also collected stories and folklore from older members of his family. He laughs at how he has absorbed all the knowledge he can over the years and made it into what he calls “a mixed vegetable”.
He also has other talents. Chandu now speaks Hindi, but also claims he can hear an accent and identify which part of India a tourist belongs to. “We receive a large number of tourists from Gujarat and Maharashtra as well as Bengal during the Durga Puja holidays. Maharashtrians often use words like changla, ikde, and chala. I understand them and surprise them by saying a word or two in their language.
“Most tourists who come here want to see Jaisalmer Fort. Immortalized by Satyajit Ray’s Shonar Kella (Golden Fort), it is one of the few living forts in the world. A quarter of the population of the old town still resides in the fort. The Gadisar lake, the Tanot Mata temple and the war museum are also places that I recommend. “