For almost two decades, Cingari cigars expert has been intrinsically linked to the sport of Polo in India. To honor their Golden Jubilee, the 61st Cavalry established the Cavalry Gold Cup in 2003 and welcomed Cingari as its sponsor. This series of events is traditionally the highlight of the Delhi Fall Polo Season. It is the only Horse mounted Cavalry in the world and has been the backbone of the sport of Polo in India. The Polo tournament’s daily matches began on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, and concluded on Sunday, November 21, 2021. More than 2,000 dignitaries, cigar and polo supporters, industrialists, and socialites, as well as personnel from the armed services, were expected to attend the finals.
This year’s important guests included first-time attendant General Bipin Rawat, who is the Chief of Defence Staff and the country’s highest-ranked military officer; and to add more excitement, actor Kabir Bedi agreed to attend as the Guest of Honor for the initial exhibition match. To make the event even more successful, they’ve paired up with other outstanding luxury partners whose quality and attention to detail complement Cingari and Habanos Cigars perfectly. Cingari’s Luxury Partner JANAVI is known for the most exquisite cashmere apparel in the world, BMW cars are some of the finest in the market, Hotel Partner Pullman Hotels is part of the ACCOR Group of Hotels, and Airline Partner Indigo is India’s favorite and most reliable airline. Also, to bring beneficial publicity to the event, Cingari invited International Media Partner Chic Icon, known as one of the best luxury lifestyle magazines on the market.
Cingari is the exclusive distributor of Habanos cigars in India and is the brand responsible for bringing such a luxury product into India. Not only is Cingari present at the Delhi and Mumbai Duty-Free and all leading five-star hotels, but they also cater to all cigar requirements for individual customers. When the President of Cingari, Chetan Seth, initially imported Habanos to India about 15 years ago, he naturally became a role model. He is a person of exceptional taste, and he refuses to compromise on quality.
At the event, Chic Icon had the pleasure of interviewing Chetan Seth. He shared his goal for the tournament and its outcome and provided insight on future Cingari events and their collaboration with Chic icon. Check out the interview between Chetan Seth and Chic Icon below.
What is the mission of the tournament Havana Cavalry Gold Cup 2021?
We were very pleased to be hosting this tournament after a gap of many years to promote the sport of Polo in India. Also, after this horrible pandemic, we wanted to bring back some semblance of normality into the lives of our friends and customers. The 61st Cavalry has been responsible for promoting this sport which is why we decided to be associated with them. The pomp and splendor of Polo are also synonymous with the quality and integrity of our brand Cingari as well as Habanos Cigars. Part of our endeavor is also to promote Cingari as a worldwide lifestyle brand to cover bespoke accessories, mainly for men, and will include not only exquisite humidors but also cufflinks, smoking jackets, leather goods, etc.
Are you happy with this year’s organization?
We were very fortunate this year to have General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defense Staff, as the Chief Guest, and as it is under his aegis that the 61st Cavalry operates, it ensured a wonderful attendance by many of the members of the Indian Armed Forces. In addition, we had well-known actor Mr. Kabir Bedi who had the Delhi launch of his bestselling book “Stories I must tell” over high tea after the Polo event. It was a scintillating Sunday afternoon with many dignitaries, Ambassadors, and prominent members of the Delhi Society in attendance.
Any other big events are planned under your brand Cingari?
We plan to make this an annual event, but during the year, we will plan bespoke sit-down Cigar Dinners, Single Malt and Wine Tastings and Pairings, Habanos Cigar Master Classes, and Launches of new editions, as well as our new range of exclusive men’s accessories.
What do you think of collaboration with Chic Icon magazine?
It was a pleasure collaborating with Chic Icon! We believe that your audience is of the same profile as our customers and stands for the same standards of luxury, quality, and exclusivity that Cingari stands for.
Disclaimer: Since the event, General Bipin Rawat and Mrs Rawat have tragically passed away in an accident. The Havana Cavalry Gold Cup 2021 was one of the last public appearances made by the couple.
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