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May 31

Featured: Specialty Travel Agents Association

Recently, the Specialty Travel Agents Association (STAA) featured an article I wrote about adventure activities in India. You can read the article in its entirety here. The STAA is dedicated to providing the ongoing development and promotion of agents who sell travel for specific destinations or niche markets. As a specialist in the Indian subcontinent, Sodha Travel is excited to be part of a group that is dedicated to providing travelers with exceptional products and services that exemplify specialization.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:54 PM

Posted in India, Adventure, Featured Tours

May 26

Kettuvallams in Kerala

Earlier this week, we boarded our overnight houseboat in Alleppey, a 1.5 hour drive from Cochin in the state of Kerala. The houseboats are called Kettuvallams, which literally means “boats held together by ropes.” The vallams are floating marvels of design, as not a single nail is used during construction. Instead, wood pieces are knotted together with ropes and coated with a waterproof resin. Our boat had a staff of three: captain, engine driver, and chef. Together, they guided and fed our way through the canals, allowing us to savor the elements of Keralan life.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:31 AM

Posted in India, Accommodations

May 23

Kathakali Dance

Last night, we visited the Cochin Cultural Center and watched the magnificent Kathakali, the stately dance of Kerala. The dancers represent characters from India's ancient epics, including the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and tell a story accompanied by a percussionist. In the past, the dances would continue for over twelve hours, from sunset until sunrise. However, most modern performances last less than a few hours as a way to introduce the dance form to others.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 08:54 PM

Posted in India, Culture

May 19

Destination: Gujarat

Many of you have commented throughout the years about the level of unsurpassed hospitality in India. I couldn't agree more. Whether staying in a guest house, luxury hotel or haveli, there is an almost unwavering commitment to assuring the guest is comfortable. The philosophy is that the lodging is an essential element of the traveler remembering the destination positively.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:11 AM

Posted in India, Accommodations, Culture

May 13

Out of Office: May 13 - 31

Our office staff will be in India from May 13 - 31. During this time, we will be available by email only, Monday - Saturday. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, June 1. We invite you to follow our blog for pictures and posts as we traverse the country.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 02:42 AM
May 6

Update: India Tourist Visa Regulations

We are pleased to announce that effective immediately, foreign tourists can now re-enter India up to three times after visiting neighboring countries on a tourist visa in a six-month period. The highlights of the revisions are as follows:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 06:51 AM

Posted in India, Airlines, Visa

May 3

India: Adventure Awaits! Part II

Last week, I wrote about some of the many adventure activities that travelers can enjoy in India. Here is Part II of the post:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 07:24 AM

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