On August 9th, I will be presenting Highlights of India: A Destination Guide in Tigard, Oregon. Join me as I explore popular travel destinations in India, including Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kerala and Darjeeling. I will also share travel tips and resources for visiting the country, including visa requirements, vaccinations, and social etiquette. For those of you living in the Portland area, I invite you to attend!
During my recent stay at the Brunton Boatyard in Cochin, I was gifted a fabulous recipe of Ginger Wine. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Boatyard, I highly recommend it.) The hotel serves this non-alcoholic beverage in their restaurant before dinner as a palate cleanser. The ginger aids in digestion and the cinnamon and cloves add an earthy flavor.
During my visit to India last month, I took a few informal videos of Cochin and Alleppey, including an interior tour of an overnight houseboat. Many of our clients often ask about the houseboat experience, including the layout of the boat and descriptions of the backwater canals. In my previous post, Kettuvallams in Kerala, I wrote about 24 hours on a houseboat in Alleppey - Savoring the meals prepared and served on board by a private cook, observing the village life along the canals, and watching the sunset over the palm trees and rice paddies. Here is an interior tour of the kettuvallam:
Sodha Travel is very excited to introduce our newest adventure tour, Cycling in North India! North India is a land of great cultural and geographical diversities, and a bicycle tour is one of the best ways to explore and understand the beauty and charm of the country. In this tour, spend 10 days/9 nights in Delhi, Agra, and Rajasthan. View the majestic Taj Mahal, enjoy a jungle safari at Sariska National Park, and explore the palaces of Jaipur. Experience an extraordinary blend of color, culture, architecture and wildlife where past and the present, people and animals, ethnic culture and modern lifestyles are thriving in perfect harmony.
Mother and Motherland are dearer than the heavens. This is the motto of the enchanting country of Nepal. This month, we are featuring our Legends of Nepal tour. Spend 9 days/9 nights in Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, Chitwan and Dhulikhel. Nepalese culture is similar to the neighboring countries of China and India and the folklore is often illustrated in dance and music. For a small territory, Nepal also boasts an uncommonly diverse terrain, including eight of the world's top ten highest mountains. In addition to spectacular views, this allows adventure travelers to climb, cycle, and trek throughout the country and engage with the locals in the hillside villages.
Sodha Travel is proud to be aligned with SAWERA, the South Asian Women's Empowerment and Resource Alliance. SAWERA provides free, confidential, and culturally sensitive services to South Asian women and children who are the victims of domestic violence. Their mission is to promote the independence and dignity of South Asian women through education, empowerment, and solidarity.
In the past ten years, domestic air travel in India has - pardon the pun - taken-off. Traditionally, trains were the primary mode of travel throughout the country - safe, affordable, and reliable. Although the rail system continues to dominate domestic transport, there has been a significant increase in the number of Indian-based airlines. Now more than ever, travelers are relying on the Indian skies and not the Indian tracks to reach their destination. Since 2005, I have witnessed a shift in both the passenger demographic and number of travelers. Airlines are now catering to the masses and making air travel affordable. After all, there are over one-billion potential customers!