(1) BHANWAR DEVENDRA
SINGH OF NAWALGARH - The Leader
He leads the riders and is the proud owner of
the horses you ride. NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. His interesting sense of
humour will keep you amused.
He is the grand-son of Rawal
Madan Singhji of Nawalgarh. Nawalgarh in the pre-independence period, was
a chiefship under the erstwhile state of Jaipur. Bh. Devendra Singh is a
very keen horse rider and breeder, the love for horses is inherent in
him.Since a child he was taught horse riding and rearing, as both his
father and mothers family had well kept stables. Most of his earlier
training and nearly all his riding experience has been on pure bred Indian
horses in the countryside riding cross country.
(2) THAKUR DURGA SINGH OF
MANDAWA -Master of Ceremonies- He looks after and oversees the camping,
food, transport, picnic lunch, folk music,.... In case you are missing
something, you know where to fit the noose- around his neck.
Mandawa was another chiefship
under the erstwhile state of Jaipur. The Mandawa and Nawalgarh family are
Whatever be the occasion- fair,
festival, solar eclipse, he has helped organise many a camp of tourists in
Rajasthan. A veteran in this field he is a perfectionist. He is very
strict about discipline of staff and thus his popularity WANES on certain
days of Safari !!!.
(3) RISALDAR JASWANT
SINGH - OUR FLAG BEARER
He is overall incharge of
our stables and the horses while on safari. He carries our yellow flag
which has a red border and a red coloured image of
Colourful Yellow Truban, imposing
moustaches, dressed in a white shirt and Rajasthani style Dhoti, with a
cheerful smile- that is Jaswant Singh. "JASJI"
You can see him on the background
of this page with our flag!
(4) SHRI DEVI SINGH - OUR
He looks after winding up
and setting of camp.
Devi Singh is a retired artillary J.C.O. of the Indian Army who has seen action in Indo/Pakistan war and as
a member of Indian peacekeeping force which went to Sri Lanka. After
driving tanks and setting up camps in absolutely inhospitable terrain -
safari camping is a very routine job for him.
(5) MR. RAMESH SHARMA -
The man responsible for
all the tasty food, which our guests don't forget for a long time after
He hails from the Garhwal region
of the Indian Himalayas. He is a man of small stature and graying hair.
Now settled in Rajasthan after completing his service tenure in the
Indian Army. As a army cook he has been trained to produce the most
delicious continental and Indian dishes. His potato chops are always
crisp, the scrambled eggs are just right, the half boiled eggs are
half boiled !!. The picnic lunches he turns out are delectable.
Mr. Ramesh Sharma our Chef is a
ace trump card of our pack.
(6) RAMLAL AND HIS WIFE
PATASI - OUR FOLK MUSICIANS
His haunting melodies
resound in your ears even after you get home.
The bhopa musicians of Rajasthan
are travelling minstrels who sing as a husband wife team, to the
accompaniment of the instrument "RAVAN HATHA".
The songs they sing are about
brave heroes of mythological tales, warriors and kings of recent times,
dacoits (Interestingly the deeds of these dacoits are like Robin hood) and
love affairs. Historical events of the British era have also become part
of his songs.
The name "Patasi" literally means
sugar candy. She has a sweet voice too.
(7) GADU RAM THE BARBER -
OUR COURT JESTER
He is to be contacted for
a shave, haircut, massage, if you have a minute thorn to be picked out
with tweezer or want a marriage alliance arranged !!
In the Indian society the barber
use to have multifarious duties. He would visit homes to give the
gentlemen a shave and a hair cut. He was a masseur and would give oil
massage of head and body. In the process of visiting homes he would know
about all the eligible bachelors and would arrange marriages on behalf of
GADU RAM IS ALL THIS AND MUCH
MORE !! He is now into his sixties wears a white dhoti, shirt and bright
red turban. He has arranged thousands of weddings and is famous for his
camel and horse decoration hair cuts in the entire region of Shekhawati.
From the second day onwards he is
the most sought after, both at lunch and before the evening bath for a
massage. He assures everybody that he has separate instruments for
camels/horses and humans.
(8) GOPAL - THE
Gopal looks after the water
supply. Every morning and evening he lights a fire and gets the hot water
ready for bath. He helps guests get a correct mix of cold and hot
water and carries their bucket to the bath tent. He ensures warm water in
the wash basin faucet. The guests get a correct picture of their face as
Gopal keeps the looking mirrors clean and shining.
He delights everybody on a winter
evening when he and Ramlal lights the camp fire. All riding boots left
outside the tents are polished with great gusto by Gopal every
(9) SPOTTIE - OUR
SECURITY WATCH DOG
She is adored and spoiled
A cross between a Doberman and
Boxer, Spottie is a perfect watch dog. She rides the jeep on the front
seat via the lunch spot from camp to camp every day. Through the night the
slightest movement of the horses or approach of stray animals gets her
alert. She checks on all parts of the camp.
In addition to the people given a
mention there are horse grooms, tent and kitchen helpers, waiters for the
dining room, the truck, jeep, tractor drivers who excel in cross country
driving and many others who complete our team of 25-30 people. As a team
they put the grand show together. A appropriate comment in our guest book
by a French guest which summarised everything and amply rewarded the team
effort was "I WAS TREATED LIKE A PRINCE BY THE PRINCES".