What is the difference between a travel agent and a travel consultant? The shift started in the 1990's with the introduction of online booking sites. Travelers who once reserved air tickets and hotels directly with a travel agent now had access to book directly. In the following 25+ years, thousands of agencies closed their doors and the business models shifted from distributors to specialists.
Welcome to Siddhanta Manor, an exclusive homestay nestled in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India. The owners, a family of planters, moved to the area from Hampi in the 1500's. The home was a labor of love and completed in 1993, established in a community where traditions thrive and preservation of nature is a way of life.
Lonely Planet has named Sri Lanka the best travel destination in 2019. At Sodha Travel, we don't always agree with the commercial travel trends, but Sri Lanka rightfully deserves the top spot. As South Asia specialists, we have been servicing the country for 15+ years and appreciate the vast religious, cultural, and geographical diversity.
Time for travel trivia! These 20 questions will test your knowledge of the 12 countries that Sodha Travel services in South Asia. Ready, set, play!
For many, spring cleaning is a time to organize the home and purge old, unused items. At Sodha Travel, spring cleaning is about updating previous tours with the newest immersive experiences AND launching modern, exclusive itineraries. It's our favorite time of year! Check out our recent private tour offerings in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan.
Traveling with children to South Asia is not only possible but incredibly rewarding! As a travel professional, I am often out exploring the Indian subcontinent and beyond. When possible, my three children accompany me on trips abroad. From staying healthy to scheduling, here are my tips for comfortably exploring South Asia as a family.
There are many treasures to be discovered in Kerala, a green and lush region in Southwest India. The state has an incredibly diverse landscape that includes tea plantations, backwater canals, beaches, and national parks. One of the best ways to experience Kerala is by skipping the large, modern resorts and instead reserving home stays or smaller, boutique properties.
Bhutan is a magical destination. Although Bhutan's early history is rich in mythology, much of it remains unknown. The country opened its doors to tourism in 1974, with the number for tourists kept to an environmentally manageable level through government regulated tourist tariffs. Bhutanese are renowned for their happiness and are a proud people who wear their national costume with pride.
It’s fairly common for my clients to inquire about safety in India. Whether in travel guides or on the news, there is often a bold headline warning women about the dangers of traversing the country - staring, groping, assualt, and even rape. As both a woman and travel professional, I feel it is important to have an open dialogue about such a relevant topic and dispel any myths.
UDAN (‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik’) is a unique Indian airline system developed to stimulate regional connectivity through a market based mechanism. The scheme was launched earlier this year and Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first flight on April 27th from Shimla to New Delhi.
Goa is known as a tropical paradise on India's western shores. Settled by the Portuguese in the 15th century, the region intricately integrates European heritage and Indian traditions. Endless beaches, spice plantations, and adventure activities famously attract travelers from around the globe.