With OAT since 1997
91% of travelers rated their experience with
"Krish inspired a feeling of complete comfort and safety in all of us. His years of experience are a real plus, and even though he has led this tour many times, he brought a freshness to his delivery as though he was enjoying every moment! He also went out of his way to accommodate special requests from every traveler, but never to the detriment of the group. His knowledge and enthusiasm for his country was so infectious, we hated to leave India!"
–Deanna & Thomas Little, 6-time travelers, Punta Gorda, Florida
Born in: Khalag, India
Resides in: New Delhi, India
Languages: English, Hindi, Spanish, Urdu, Sanskrit
Hobbies & Interests: Off-road driving, photography, reading, camping, cinema
Get to know Krish:
I was born in a small Himalayan village called Khalag—about twelve miles from Shimla, a town founded by the British as their summer capital—to a Brahmin family. I went to the local school along with my six siblings. My father worked for the local government and came home only on the weekends, so I helped my mother with our farm before and after school hours. We had four cows, two oxen, and a water buffalo, and we grew crops like corn, wheat, and kidney beans. I always looked forward to going to the water mill to get the corn and wheat flour, which was about four miles down the hill from our home, near a small river. My favorite pastime was finding birds’ nests in the spring and checking on them every day with my friends until the chicks flew away.
All of my brothers continue to live in my parents’ home, which has been renovated. There is only one kitchen for the whole family, which includes my three brothers and their wives, three nephews, two nieces, my mother, and one sister. I currently live in south Delhi, and every summer, I spend about a month there with them.
After 25 years of tour-guide experience, I’ve realized that my travelers are less interested in the bookish information that I have collected, and more interested in my personal stories that give them a picture of how people live in this part of the world. I think one of the best ways for them to learn this is by sharing a meal in a small village. This will help them understand what life is like in a household with extended family members living together—all existing in considerable harmony.