Sharad Kumar Vats
Sharad was born and raised in New Delhi, and his early dream was to play cricket for India. He was a dedicated outdoor athlete who succeeded in every sports he played. But for some personal reasons he had to give up sports and chose Hotel Management to build his professional career at a time when his contemporaries were studying for Engineering and Medical entrance tests. He got the opportunity to work with Asia’s leading hotel group, the Taj Group of Hotels (a TATA Group Enterprise). In the very first year with the Taj Group, he was named Employee of the Year, and accolades flowed in.
Mr. Divya Bhanu Sinh Chavda, a Wildlife Expert and acclaimed author of several books on Indian Wildlife, was his ‘Super Boss’. The fallout of his several interactions with Mr Chavda, Sharad got on a jungle trail visiting a number of national parks over the next few years.
At the age of 22, he saw his first tiger in 1990, but he had no idea that this one sighting would catapult him into a world where woods were all that mattered. Sharad travelled across India from 1990 to 1999, passing through the jungles of Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Corbett, Dudhwa, Kanha, Bharatpur, and Sariska.