In September of 2015 we wrote about the cleaning and restoration of the Taj Mahal. Our team has now received an updated schedule from Dr. Bhatnagar, the Chief Of Chemical Department of ASI Agra. Here is the projected timeline:
As South Asia travel specialists, it is our job and our passion to explore the hidden trails. For many years, our teams have given travelers the opportunity to have a truly authentic and sustainable travel experience in the great outdoors. We have met the needs of travelers with a passion for indigenous customs and culture, charming hospitality, flavorsome and traditional cooking, stimulating ethnic art, and intriguing architecture.
For many travelers, food does more than fill the belly. It is also a connection to the culture and people, a way to immerse through sweets and spices. India is just one destination where the food feeds the body and soul. Here are five of Sodha Travel's favorite food experiences in India:
Namaste, travelers! I am currently on a 5-week adventure across India. One of my first stops was Amritsar, a city founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh Guru, Ram Das. Many know Amritsar as the site of the Sri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism.
Sodha Travel is excited to offer a new culinary adventure in Phuket, Thailand! On this 3 day/2 night program, explore the local markets, participate in cooking demonstrations, and dine at renowned eateries. Phuket is an amazing melting pot of cultures and cuisine, immediately evident as you walk around the Old Sino-Portuguese town.
Experience the wonders of North India during Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Diwali, or Deepavali, spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. On this exclusive small group tour, explore the ancient sites and vibrant markets in Delhi; visit the majestic forts and palaces of Rajasthan; and marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Also, spend time with local families and learn about why Diwali is the biggest and brightest Hindu celebration in India!
There have been rumors circulating recently that the Taj Mahal is closing in the next 3 - 5 years. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj took over 22 years and 20,000 men to build. The monument is truly a wonder of the world, with reports estimating 4 million visitors annually.
Welcome to UAE! The United Arab Emirates has become one of the most luxurious and extravagant destinations in the world. Most travelers only focus their touring in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, two of the seven emirates that encompass the country. Although the Burj Khalifa, Palm Islands, and Sheikh Zayed Mosque are spectacular sites, consider a tour that goes beyond the centralized districts.
Kerala, a lush state in Southwest India, is often considered the birthplace of Ayurveda. Ayurveda, or Science/Knowledge of Life, is a form of holistic medicine. The earliest documentation of this healing system appeared in India over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda focuses on balancing the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual elements of life to create ultimate wellness.
With the passing of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Sodha Travel would like to keep travelers updated on tour interruptions. The country is now in a 30-day state of mourning and we ask visitors to be flexible with any unanticipated itinerary changes. The following is a statement from our Bangkok team: