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Saturday, 17 November, 2012, 15 : 53 PM [IST]

Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, Chairman and MD, HRH Group of Hotels

He is the 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar. For years now, Singh has strived to preserve the culture and heritage of The City Palace Complex, Udaipur in Rajasthan. As the Chairman and Managing Trustee of the Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur, Singh has maintained the proud stance of the City Palace Complex through various charitable activities. TravelBiz Monitor takes a peek into his life
Still young at heart, 67 year-old Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, Chairman and MD, HRH Group of Hotels received his education from Mayo College, Ajmer and obtained his Bachelor’s of Arts degree (English Literature, Economics and Political Science) from the Maharana Bhupal College, Udaipur. The teachings that have driven him to lead the HRH Group of Hotels to success came from The Metropolitan College, St Albans in the UK.

Day to Day
Singh is a early riser and has a personal trainer who keeps him going on the treadmill. Breakfast on weekdays is usually idli-sambar and on weekends, it’s a full English breakfast. By 9 in the morning, Singh walks down the hall to his office at Shambhu Niwas Palace, Udaipur. Not a procrastinator, he checks and answers all emails and phone-calls before the day’s meetings begin. He has lunch at 1 PM sharp, which is preferably Indian, followed by a 45-minute power nap.

After Hours
By 6 PM, Singh winds up, but sometimes carries on with his business talks through the evening cocktails after 7 PM. By 8:30 PM, he has his dinner, generally Mewari cuisine, hot and spicy; or a continental soup with fish. Singh opines, "Good dinner companions and laughter at the table are a must."
Bedtime: Singh says, "My target is 10 PM, but I usually fail to meet that target. But I don’t have any regrets on that score."

Life Philosophy
Singh destresses and refreshes himself by watching cricket (on the television), listening to music on his iPod, and through long conversations with family and friends on the telephone. For him, family comes first and his philosophy in life is to think, act and remain steadfast as a custodian. Passionate about cricket, polo, and classical music, Singh loves to read on cricket, polo, horses, architecture and cuisine. He states, "My motto in life is to stay a hundred per cent focused on the topic under discussion, with the ability to totally switch to another topic at the next meeting, while my strategy in business is to keep on utilizing the living heritage of Udaipur and join hands with like-minded associates."

Remembering a significant moment in his life, Singh recalled, "When I acquired my flying licence in 2004, I was quite nervous at the test, but eager to fly our microlite aircraft." A firm believer of the Supreme Ruler of Mewar, Shree Eklingji Maharaj, he prays for greater clarity in vision and strength in action.

Fast Five
Favourite Drink: Red Label blended scotch Whisky
Favourite Restaurant: The Golden Dragon at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Favourite Car: An MG TC 1946
Favourite Book: Srimad Bhagvad Gita
Music preferences: Indian classical, both vocal and instrumental; Mewar’s ballads and folk songs

Awards & Accolades
In addition to his roles in Udaipur, Singh has also contributed tremendously to increasing tourism in India, which has not gone unnoticed. He has been conferred the prestigious 'Agastya Award' by the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) for the year 2001, and has also been an active member of the prestigious World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), a global forum for business leaders in the travel and tourism trade. In addition, Singh has worked with the Government of Rajasthan as an advisor to the Rajiv Gandhi Tourism Development Mission and has been an Executive Member of The Rajasthan Foundation, dedicated to the promotion of Rajasthan Tourism worldwide.

Another feather in his cap that truly catches attention in a long list of achievements is the private airport at Shikarbadi Hotel in Udaipur. Microlite aircraft and smaller airplanes are available for personal use and for the comfort of special guests. He is also working towards converting the Shikarbadi private airport into a commercial one, to be developed as a city airport. Currently, it is the preferred airfield for flight training of National Cadet Corps (NCC) pilots flying microlite aircraft.
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