More praise for Monty
We are thrilled that Intrepid’s Dheeraj ‘Monty’ Bhatt is once again a finalist in the prestigious Wanderlust World Guide Awards.
To be recognised as one of the best in his business amongst such a talented team of guides is an achievement in itself, but to receive such high praise several times during his 8 years with Intrepid is testament to Monty’s dedication and passion for adventure travel.
Since the Wanderlust World Guide Awards commenced in 2004, this is the seventh year that Intrepid group leaders have either won or been shortlisted for the accolade of world’s best tour guide.
Monty follows in the footsteps of Bruno Dawsan, Intrepid’s guide in Sri Lanka who received gold in the 2011 awards and bronze in 2010. Hossam ‘Sam’ Moussa won silver in 2013, Tejendra Singh took the bronze award in 2009 and Esam Abd El Salam from Egypt won the gold award in 2008.
In a record year, over 2000 travellers have nominated hundreds of guides for this year’s Wanderlust World Guide Awards. Monty’s supporters praised him by saying “the world needs more people like this.” “This was a trip of a lifetime and it would not have been without having a great leader.”
One person who travelled with Monty said: “Monty treated us like a personal guest in his country and even invited us to his apartment in Jaipur for dinner. He also took us to his Mother’s house in Bundi and she and his Aunt cooked us a wonderful dinner.”
Monty was born in a village in Rajasthan, grew up in Bundi and began leading tours in rural Rajasthan at the age of 16. While studying tourism management he began working as a leader of English and French tour groups in North India. In 2007 he joined Intrepid and now leads over 18 different trips across India and Nepal.
“Dheeraj has been a consistent performer from the start. He is well versed with all regions of India and his openness and passion to new projects and challenge makes him a unique tour leader”, says Ravindra Singh Shekhawat, Operations Manager India.
“He is a real people person and is willing to walk that extra mile on the service delivery. Dheeraj understands the value of customer service. Every new season he makes sure that he is better than the last one and have seen him constantly trying to read through history and harness his skills further. His understanding of cultures outside of his country, besides more than 101 sub cultures in India, is commendable.”
Wanderlust is calling for people who have travelled with Monty to tell them why he deserves to be named the world’s best tour guide, so please show your support by voting online at worldguideawards.co.uk or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (with Dheeraj ‘Monty’ Bhatt in the subject line) before 22 May, 2014.