The job of a tourist guide always sounds to be interesting and fun. Yes, it might be trend-setting but not that easy. Roaming different places every day, interacting with new groups, new languages, new tradition and many more need hard work too. Though the job may look cool in today’s office culture but it is not. I won’t burn your desires to be a tourist guide, rather you will surely love this profession, if understood the work culture and polish yourself for being one. You need to work hard for this too. The job might seem boring sometimes as you will have to visit some similar fixed places and to narrate same stories almost everyday. But this will differentiate with the new ideas and questions of a new tourist everytime.
Tourist Guide is the only person who can ‘make or break’ the image of any place. Its the job of the guide to creatively beautify even the most boring lane or place. So with the magic in words, we can do magic in tourism scope of any place. But, this does not provide guides the freedom to narrate fake stories. The era of social media and google can judge your informations within minutes.
Sorry for showing it not much easy but will not shatter your dreams. To become a tourist guide is of course fun and full of experiences. Hence, we try to provide the help you need to be the tourist guide in India. Here are answers to your questions on the way to how to become a tour guide in India.
Qualifications required to become tourist guide:
The job of tourist guide is very challenging and needs preparation with personality development. Training courses provide you all the knowledge about sites, historical monuments and destinations with the facts the places hold. Also, the course includes practical knowledge to enter the market. While there are many institutes and universities which run certificate and diploma courses for tourist guide. But most prominent guides are to own the license approved by Ministry of Tourism or by the state tourism department for the local or regional sites, to work officially and permanently as a tourist guide.
The government provides the license to regional level tourist guide and also runs Regional Level Guide Training Program (RLGTP). These programs and training sessions are conducted under the guidance of Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM) or other government recognized institutes. The course trains the person about the knowledge of places and regions, management ethics for the group, aspects of handling challenges and knowledge of policies.
Also, currently the Ministry of Tourism of India has introduced a certificate facilitator online course program which is a minor version of catching the dreams to become a tour guide. You can check the details of the course on thier official website.
Eligibility to apply for the tourist guide courses:
Fluency in English speaking, graduates in any discipline. The degree and diploma in travel, hospitality and archaeology is an add-on. Also, preference is given to those with the knowledge of any foreign language. The course requires the minimum age of 20 years.
A written test is conducted for selection, which comprises:
- General Knowledge
- Knowledge of tourist destinations, monuments, sites and tourism policies.
Though currently all the government licensed courses and selections have been kept on stay. Followed up with many reasons. Being no vacancy to new program introductions. None of the reason is yet openly announced, neither informed with future aspects and planning. Though, the state government notify their schedules on their particular state wise tourism websites and other social media platforms. Also, you can keep yourself updated with the newspapers.
But the job and work is still on. Tourism has been continuously increasing in India with the growth and job prospects in the market. Tour guides are thus a big requirement currently. Private travel companies and vendors are hiring personal trained, privately certified guides or story-tellers, at present.
List of Colleges/ Institutes with Tour Guide Courses:
- IATA/UFTAA Career Development Programs- Various Cities
- Trade Wings- Mumbai
- Delhi University- New Delhi
- Sophia Polytechnic- Mumbai
- Kurukshetra University- Haryana
- Sita Worlds Travels- Mumbai and New Delhi
- Agra University- Agra
- Sri Venkateshwara University- Chitoor
- Banaras Hindu University- Varanasi
- Skyline Business School- New Delhi
- Bangalore University- Bangalore
- Himachal University- Shimla
- University of Madras- Chennai
- Pune University- Pune
- University of Calcutta- Kolkata
- Mumbai University- Mumbai
- Goa University- Panaji
- Sita Academy- New Delhi
Personal Characteristics required for tourist guide:
Not only knowledge works every time, the job of tourist guide demands more than that. This follows:
- Pleasing, positive personality.
- Good communication skills with a narrative way of explaining things.
- Always updated and keen to know more.
- Extrovert and friendly nature.
- The ability of problem-solving and helpful nature.
- Physically fit and must have basic knowledge of first- aid.
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Other aspects of tourism jobs:
If anyhow you fail to become a tourist guide, do not bother. If your heart connects to tourism and you need to be in touch with traveling, your door does not close after tourist guide. There are many more options for jobs in the field of tourism.
Here is a quick look at the list of tourism jobs:
Do not only travel alone, make the world travel with you. You can be the middleman. Arrange the travel facilities like airlines, hotels, car rentals, etc. to the public on behalf of service providers. Know in detail about it here, Travel Agent: Job Roles, Career Prospects and Skills.
Take challenges and earn experience in the travel field. Come out as an entrepreneur. Become a tour operator. Own the services for the betterment of tourists.
It is a large field of the carrier in itself. Try your hand out in hotels and restaurants.
If not only land, you want to conquer the skies then this is your world. There are many job opportunities in airlines too.
These are the few options that will keep you in the world of travel, keeping you in touch with your desire of traveling from time to time. Stay tuned to know more and let us know your queries, further in such fields. We answer to them too.
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I came over this blog for other reasons but got stuck for the information you have given. This really helps a lot since i have a travel business. After reading the article an idea came across my mind and the list of colleges (institutes) you have mentioned did play a huge role in it.
Thank you so so much
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How can I apply for travel guide or tour guide license in Delhi.
And what’s the cost of it??
All the informations related to the tour guide form and their prices of all region comes on the state tourism or ministry of tourism of India websites. Informations are also updated in newspapers of particualar regions also.
I really want to become a tour guide in Korea
I’m an indian and I have graduated (BA Korean Hon’s)
And I don’t know what to do after this
Do I have to study tourism to become a tour guide?
You need to check the guidelines of Korea Tourism in this case.
please suggest any short term guide training programme in india and also in any foreign country
You can check such training programmes in private institutions but they might not give you the government authorized certificates to work on field.
plz tell about course. my cell no iz 9459000087
Is it necessary to be qualified in any of the courses , What if I know my place very well and can guide people around my place , could I do that my own ?
Is it necessary to verified by gov. to become a guide or we can work privately ?
No, you cannot work as a professional guide without being approved by the government at the tourist spots. You can accompany tourists as a story-teller. Also, official checking occurs at the major sites which strictly demotes such activities without the official permissions.
I am really interested in tourist guide but I am confused what course to do after 12th and I am finding college for tourist guide in Odisha. Can you please help me to decide my course after 12th.
Hi Niki, there is no particular course related to the profession of guide after 12th. You need to choose any degree course related to tourism or achaeology to boost up your knowledge and prepare yourself for the profession. To become a guide you need to avail the government license which is provided through the selection process.
Your blog has all the information about to be a guide.
please write on Tourist Fascinators course as well.
Thanks! Sure, will update that too.
I am really interested in tourist guide. But I’m confused which course I choose to do after graduation. and I also found the best traning center in west bengal. Please help
You can do any management course in tourism so that you can get better direction. Or else for guiding, there are specialized training courses run on state and central basis through government universities. You can look for those.