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.
UPDATE June 23, 2017: A more recent cleaning and restoration schedule can be found here.
A heads up to travelers visiting Agra: cleaning and restoration of the Taj Mahal is underway. It is currently focused on the minarets toward the river side. Scaffolding is present during the refurbishment.
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.
Over the years, many of you have requested that I personally accompany a group to India. Because of professional and family commitments, the timing just wasn’t right – until NOW. I am very excited to announce that I will be leading two tours in 2015 - South India in February and North India in September!
Sodha Travel is almost giddy to announce our newest promotion: a 5 day, 5* private India tour for under $500 per person! Luxury on a bargain? Sounds almost too good to be true - which is why we are calling it our "Too Good to be True - But it is True" sale!
The winners of our Golden Experience Giveaway, Cheryl and Sean Bemiss, recently returned from India and graciously provided us with vivid and candid feedback. Read on to learn about their most memorable experiences...
Congratulations to Chloe from Portland, Oregon! She was the winner of our 6 day/5 night deluxe touring package of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur that Sodha Travel offered at India Day.
Sodha Travel is excited to announce our newest tour - Rajasthan: A Family Experience. Created exclusively for families, the private India tour caters to children and the junior travelers. Highlights include a bicycle tour in Delhi, sunset visit to the Taj Mahal, a wildlife safari in Ranthambore National Park, and ziplining near Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.
Mark your calendars! Join Sodha Travel at India Day in Pioneer Square on August 18th. India Day is one of the largest South Asian festivals on the west coast and a wonderful and colorful celebration of Indian culture. Enjoy music, entertainment, dancing, cuisine, and other treasures with free admission!
Are you ready to ride an elephant to Amber Fort? Or view the majestic Taj Mahal at sunset? Sodha Travel is excited to announce our Golden Experience Giveaway! You and a guest can win a private 6 day/5 night tour of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur that includes deluxe hotel accommodations, private vehicle and driver, comprehensive touring, entrance fees, airport transfers, and much more!
Agra, the Mughal capital for nearly a century, is one of India's most visited cities. Together with Delhi and Jaipur, it is part of the popular Golden Triangle tourism circuit and known for its marble and stone inlay handicrafts. The city also houses the famed and majestic Taj Mahal, considered one of the most worldly photographed symbols of love.
Our Colors of India tour is now open! Join us on a women-only, 10 day/9 night itinerary in Northern India: Delhi, India’s capital; Agra, home of the majestic Taj Mahal; Jaipur, the Pink City of Rajasthan; Rajsamand, a Mewar town; and Udaipur, the City of Lakes. Travel with a group of women who share in the excitement of India, and make new friends in a supportive, safe, and enriching environment!
In May, Sodha Travel started planning a customized tour for Jack Haggin and his wife, Ella. Like many worldwide travelers, Jack first referred to the internet and guide books when planning a 3-week trip from Delhi - Rajasthan. However, he started to become overwhelmed at the options and contacted us for assistance. Jack had already booked certain accommodations and day tours online, and we stepped in to coordinate the additional services.