A few quick facts about communication accessibility in India:
Sodha Travel is proud to be a member of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES). TIES unites conservation and communities through sustainable travel, and their mission is to "promote responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." We encourage you to learn more about their organization - the largest and oldest ecotourism organization in the world. We also invite you to discover ways to incorporate sustainability and conservation in your own travel itinerary.
Many of you contact us with very heartfelt and strong opinions about certain cultural practices that you experience during your trip to India. Of course, we believe this is one of the beautiful elements of world travel: experiencing and observing diversified belief systems.
Many times, our clients in and around Portland, Oregon (our office location) inquire about Indian activities and resources. Recently, there has been much buzz about Primordial Sound Meditation (PSM), an ancient technique rooted in the Vedic tradition of India . Many hear about PSM through the Chopra Center, as they offer seminars and workshops that require knowledge of PSM.
On October 1, a boat operated by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) capsized in Lake Periyar in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady. As a result of the accident, the government has temporarily suspended all boating and rafting activities until further notice. All tours currently scheduled to visit Thekkady will be notified of any changes/revisions in their itinerary. We will keep you posted with applicable updates.
As festival season begins, it is always tempting to return to Rajasthan and celebrate under the desert sky. Stars twinkle above brightly lit palaces as the moon cascades its light on homes adorned with frescoes. Rajasthan is the largest state in India, endowed with a natural beauty and royal history. The cities are a colorful display of blue, pink, red, and green, offering a delightful scattering of color in an otherwise arid landscape.
Thank you to all who participated in making our 3rd annual SAWERA fundraiser a grand success! Your contributions were humbling and we appreciate the money raised for the women and children. Some of you have inquired about making anonymous donations, and you may do so directly on the SAWERA website.
I just finished reading a wonderful book by Amitabh Kant titled Branding India: An Incredible Story. Although the publication is currently unavailable in the United States market, I was fortunate to have a friend send it from India. The book explores how India developed and expanded its tourism platform after 2002, including the launch of the Incredible !ndia campaign. As Kant states, "How do you bring a magnificently diverse country - with twenty-eight states, seven union territories, eighteen official languages, and 1.2 billion people - under one brand?" Quite an accomplishment.