For many, spring cleaning is a time to organize the home and purge old, unused items. At Sodha Travel, spring cleaning is about updating previous tours with the newest immersive experiences AND launching modern, exclusive itineraries. It's our favorite time of year! Check out our recent private tour offerings in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan.
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.
Did you know that Sodha Travel offers free destination guides to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Thailand?
Sodha Travel is excited to present our latest video, The Sodha Travel Journey. We are often asked how and why we specialize in South Asia, as well as what travelers can expect by working with us to plan a custom tour program. We hope the video highlights our services and provides a foundation to learn more about our company philosophy.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a jewel in the Himalayas. Bhutan remains one of the least visited South Asian destinations - The number of tourists are kept to an environmentally manageable level through the government regulated tourist tariff. Bhutanese are renowned for their happiness and are a proud people who wear their national costume with pride.
Even the most privileged travelers consider Bhutan a special destination. Its secluded location, limited accessibility, and preservation efforts have shielded many from visiting this jewel in the Himalayas. Bhutan only 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.
"What do I pack when I travel?" We hope to help answer this frequently asked question with the information below. Here is our suggested packing list for India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan:
An important India visa update: Travelers on a Tourist visa were previously required to have a gap of at least two months between two separate visits to India. The restriction has now been lifted except for nationals of China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh. We see this as a positive amendment to the current policy, as previously the travelers would need to present the immigration officer with an exact itinerary and proof of onward travel upon re-entering India within two months of their last visit. As many of our clients include visits to Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, and return to India for their onward flight and/or continuation of travel, this change will result in less paperwork and less time to pass customs and immigration. Travisa Outsourcing will continue to process all visa applications, with the exception of emergency requests.
When traveling in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan, it is recommended to understand the tipping etiquette in each country. This includes gratuities in restaurants, bars, and establishments that provide a direct service. There is also the personal assistance. The guides, drivers, and representatives feel great pride in being given a chance to show visitors their country. If they were being paid a salary commensurate with their work, they would be earning more than they do today. Tipping is personal and completely voluntary, and here are the standard guidelines:
The Tsechu festivals of Bhutan are a thriving ancient tradition that counts among the most compelling sights in the world. Featuring so-called “mask dances,” these festivals are held in Buddhist temples and monasteries, and are religious occasions for prayer and blessings.
Just a quick post to say that our enhanced website will be launching this week! It has been a labor of love for our team the past few months, and we look forward to sharing it with all of you. With new tour packages, interactive maps, and detailed information about the regions we serve, we hope you will enjoy the comprehensive information, media and resources! Check back soon!
Sodha Travel continues to be rated 5* by an independent traveler review on Tripology! We are proud to have maintained this level of excellence since 2008 and extend a warm thank you to all of our clients! As the owner of Sodha Travel, I am the primary contact with all travelers on Tripology and am privileged to be rated a Platinum Tripologist, based on volume and service. Here are a couple of the recent reviews received:
On November 11, 2011 at 11:11 am, a field of Bhutanese and international runners will participate in the inaugural Bhutan Himalayan Marathon. This event offers athletes a unique opportunity to experience the Kingdom of Bhutan on a 26.2 mile course in the shadows of the highest mountains in the world. The country fiercely regulates inbound tourism in an effort to protect its culture and environment, and international registration is only open to 150 runners.
In many markets, the word customized is usually an indicator of a product or service being more expensive. Customized furniture. Customized clothes. Customized vehicles. When someone is making the item unique or distinctive, time equals money. So, it does not surprise me that when I encourage clients to customize their itinerary, I am met with hesitation. "Customized? Isn't that more expensive? I don't think that is possible with my budget."