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.
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.
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.
Located just fours from Bangkok is the picturesque Khao Laem National Park. It is a part of the Western Forest Complex, a system of protected wilderness in the Dawna-Tenasserim Hills area of western Thailand. Not on the popular tourist circuit, the national park offers travelers the unique opportunity to enjoy a houseboat in Khao Laem Lake. Often termed raft houses, the communal lodging docks at a new location each night. Guests spend their days lounging in a hammock, kayaking, interacting with locals, and participating in scheduled activities like hiking and visits to hillside villages.
Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, The Jungle Book has been adapted once again for the big screen. The plot follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, as his friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear try to convince him into leaving the jungle before the evil tiger Shere Khan arrives. Pack your bags and go from reel life to real life on an action-adventure in the heart of India. Follow in the footsteps of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, and Kaa as you recreate your own The Jungle Book itinerary.
I just returned home from an epic two-week journey with our Heritage of North India tour. It was an absolute pleasure to lead such an engaging and enthusiastic group of travelers. One of the highlights was our stay at Talabgaon Castle, a 200-year-old fort nestled in nature. Located near Dausa, an easy two-hour drive from Jaipur, the heritage resort offers a comfortable and enchanting stay off the tourist circuit. The car horns, bustling markets, and crowds are replaced by stunning sunsets, poolside cocktails, and village life. It is a rare opportunity for tourists to experience the rural lifestyle and authentically engage with the locals.
Welcome to Elephant Hills, a luxury tented camp in Khao Sok, Thailand. Located less than two hours from most Phuket resorts, Khao Sok is part of the largest area of tropical rain forest in southern Thailand. It connects with Klong Phanom and Si Phangnga national parks as well as Klong Naka and Klong Seng wildlife sanctuaries. Elephant Hills was Thailand’s first luxury tented jungle camp. It features 30 exclusive tents with attached bathrooms, hot/cold running water, fans, and handmade furniture. In the center of the resort is a large swimming pool, restaurant, and meeting space to share a conversation with other guests. During your stay, the resort will share their conservation initiatives and voluntourism projects. The elephants are well cared for and the camp strives to provide a sustainable experience.
Agra is located on India's popular Golden Triangle circuit. The city houses the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the great wonders of the world. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj took over 22 years and 20,000 men to build. It is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and is widely recognized as a symbol of eternal love.
India has a range of unique accommodations including home stays, tree houses, houseboats, and luxury safari camps. Here at Sodha Travel, we often propose a mix of heritage and traditional properties for our clients. The hotel itself is often a highlight of the tour, and we are passionate about merging the foreign and the familiar to provide an integrated and enriching experience.
Welcome to Rim Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand! This boutique hotel - a Sodha Traveler favorite - is located in the Old Quarter near temples, markets, and shopping. Though the exterior architecture is colonial-Lanna style , there is a contemporary elegance in the furnishings and interior design. The property also offers complimentary wifi, a shuttle to the popular Night Bazaar, a rooftop terrace, and poolside bar.
Welcome to Shahpura Bagh, an oasis in unexplored Rajasthan. With only nine suites set in 45 acres of gardens and pastures surrounded by two lakes, the working farm is a serene oasis. The descendants of the rulers of Shapura still live in one of the houses on this lush estate:
One of Sodha Travel's most popular features on social media is Room with a View. Every Monday morning, we showcase a hotel room in South Asia with a spectacular view of monuments, landscapes, and cityscapes. The properties range from budget to luxury, but the views are always extravagant! Here are a few recent shots:
This week I am highlighting one of my favorite accommodations in Jaipur. The Dera Mandawa is an all-suite heritage property with traditional Rajasthani charm. Located outside the Chandpole gate, the haveli preserves the traditional and environmentally conscious living of its ancestors. Dera Mandawa was built by Thakur Jait Singhji of Mandawa for when he visited Jaipur to attend the court of the Maharaja. Over the years it was further developed by his sons and grandsons. The current custodian of the property, Thakur Durga Singh, is a keen observer of history, culture, religion, and current affairs. He is what one could call a modern traditionalist, actively seeking the use of modern technology and methods to support the principles of traditional living. The inquisitive can have endless conversations with him on a number of his projects like rainwater harvesting, solar heating and healthy cooking. He is more than delighted to share his experiences with you.