Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur
Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur is the 76th Custodian of the House of
A multifaceted personality, Shriji has been preserving a vibrant cultural heritage
enshrined in The City Palace, Udaipur in Rajasthan. As the Chairman and
Managing Trustee of the Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF),
Udaipur, Shriji is managing a spectrum of philanthropic and charitable activities
emanating from the City Palace in Udaipur. Several non profit and commercial
organizations are seamlessly networked to exemplify ‘Eternal Mewar’
for global and Indian audiences. The Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Vidyadan
Trust, Maharana Mewar Historical Publications Trust, and Rajmata Gulab Kunwar Charitable
Trust have emerged as the public charitable trusts responsible for more than 50
developmental projects in and around Udaipur. The City Palace Museum, Maharana Mewar
Special Library, Maharana Mewar Research Institute, the publications division and
educational institutes are some
of the key projects being managed and developed by the Trusts.
HRH Group of Hotels, Udaipur , is the flagship commercial venture
of the House of Mewar. HRH Group of Hotels is India’s largest and only chain of
heritage palace-hotels and resorts under private ownership. Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur is the Chairman and Managing Director of the HRH Group of Hotels that offers
regal experiences in island-palaces, museums, galleries, car collections, and much
Shriji was bestowed the HIFI Hall of Fame Award by Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) on January 2012 for his exemplifying outstanding business practices, leadership and achievements in the hospitality industry.
In recognition of his contribution for the promotion of tourism in the country,
Shriji has been conferred the prestigious ‘Agastya Award’ by the
Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) for the year 2001. Shriji has been an
active member of the prestigious World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) which
is the global forum for business leaders in the travel and tourism trade. With the
Government of Rajasthan, Shriji has been the advisor to the Rajiv Gandhi Tourism
Development Mission; he has also been an Executive Member of The Rajasthan Foundation,
dedicated to the promotion of Rajasthan
Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur was educated at the prestigious Mayo
College, Ajmer from where he completed his school certificate conducted by the Cambridge
University. He obtained his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Udaipur. He studied English
literature, economics and political science at the Maharana Bhupal College in Udaipur.
To polish his business acumen, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur undertook a hotel management
course from The Metropolitan College, St Albans in the UK. Later, he gained invaluable
on-job training in hospitality services in the United States.
Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur is a keen sportsman and aviator.
An avid cricketer, he has represented his school, university and Rajasthan State
in cricket tournaments in India. Till date he remains a patron of the game and a
member of the Rajasthan Cricket Association, the Cricket Club of India, Bombay Cricket
and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), London.
He has been instrumental in the transforming polo in India through the establishment
of Mewar Polo. Shriji established Ramgarh Resort & Polo Club
in Jaipur as India’s first ‘polo destination’. He has been patronising polo in the
UK through the Cambridge & New Market Polo Club.
Shikarbadi Hotel in Udaipur now has a private airport where Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur has been developing his passion for aviation and sports. Microlite aircraft
and smaller airplanes are available for personal use and special guests; he is working
towards converting the Shikarbadi private airport into a commercial
one to be developed as a ‘city airport’.
Today Shikarbadi Airport is the preferred airfield for flight training of National
Cadet Corps (NCC) pilots who are flying microlite aircrafts.
“We want our guests to ‘experience the original’ and authentic heritage of our destinations.
This is why we have developed our museums, exhibited priceless collections and created
more historic venues for guests to be meaningfully entertained. I firmly believe
that we have to offer fine hospitality and services in our heritage palace-hotels
and resorts. I would say, this has been our biggest achievement and, continues to
be, a big challenge,” said Shriji.
The Grand Heritage Palaces and Royal Retreats of the HRH Group of Hotels have become
the most sought-after venues for ‘regal weddings’, celebrations and corporate events.
“The perfectly-appointed facilities and exquisite palace venues come together to
create an authentic backdrop for a truly ‘regal wedding’, with traditional or contemporary
settings,” said Ms. Padmaja Kumari Mewar of Udaipur , Joint Managing
Director of the HRH Group of Hotels, adding, “In Udaipur, long hailed as one of
the most romantic cities of the world, wedding guests are treated as royalty in
Shiv Niwas Palace and Fateh Prakash Palace.”