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Mar 22

Why Gujarat Should Be On Your Next India Itinerary

Gujarat is one of the most industrialized states in India. Historically, Gujarat was known as the home of Mahatma Gandhi and the base of the Indian independence movement. Although the western state offers travelers many diverse attractions, including wildlife, handicrafts, tribal villages, and temples, it is rarely visited by foreigners. With well paved roads and incredibly friendly locals, Sodha Travel highly recommends adding Gujarat to your next India itinerary.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 02:50 PM

Posted in India, Culture, Featured Tours, Wildlife

Dec 14

Experience the Best of Hospitality and Immersion at Siddhanta Manor

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.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:43 PM

Posted in India, Accommodations, Culture

Jul 16

South Asia Weather: The Best Time to Visit India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives

Just when is the best time to visit South Asia? Ultimately, it depends on your destinations and preferred activities. Scuba diving in Maldives, trekking in Nepal, or exploring temples in India will all have contrasting high seasons. Some travelers also favor visiting a destination when the weather may be less satisfactory, resulting in fewer tourists. Our Sodha Travel Destination Specialists will recommend travel times after learning more about your trip preferences.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:04 PM

Posted in Culture, Festivals and Holidays, Weather and Climate

Dec 30

Go Hyderabad! National Geographic Traveler "Best Trips 2015"

A few months ago, I wrote about the Best of Hyderabad in conjunction with a project for AFAR. With a colorful history spanning over 400 years, Hyderabad showcases the best of North and South India. And now, National Geographic Traveler has also listed the "City of Pearls" as a Best Trip 2015! (Not surprisingly, India also made AFAR's list of Where to Go in 2015.)

Posted by Allison Sodha at 05:31 AM

Posted in Family, India, Culture, Food and Water, Shopping

Sep 4

The Best of Hyderabad

I recently completed a project with AFAR on the best places to dine, play, and shop in Hyderabad. With a colorful history spanning over 400 years, Hyderabad showcases the best of North and South India. The "City of Pearls" was once a notable pearl and diamond trade center in South Asia and offers travelers the best of bazaars, bungalows, and biryani.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:52 AM

Posted in India, Culture, History

Jun 2

Join Allison Sodha in India - Two Exclusive Tours in 2015!

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!

Posted by Allison Sodha at 07:06 AM

Posted in India, Agra, Culture, Kerala, Featured Tours

Mar 31

Follow the Sodha Travel Team in India and Nepal!

Greetings, travelers! I am packing my bags and headed to India and Nepal tomorrow. I have been invited to attend the Incredible India Travel Bazaar (IITB) in Delhi, followed by some work and play in the Kathmandu Valley. Follow my journey by connecting with Sodha Travel on social media - I love to stay in touch with travelers during my adventures abroad!

Posted by Allison Sodha at 08:52 AM

Posted in India, Culture, Nepal, Delhi

Sep 18

The Tradition of Mehndi in India

Several of Sodha Travel's tours, including our Colors of India women-only group tour, include a private mehndi session. Mehndi, or henna, is a traditional and temporary art applied to the hands, feet and body. Made from the dried leaves of the henna plant, mehndi is generally applied during weddings, festivals, and special occasions.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 12:28 PM

Posted in India, Culture, Festivals and Holidays

Sep 9

Save $100 on Sodha Travel's Colors of India Women-Only Group Tour!

The 2014 dates have been finalized for our Colors of India women-only group tour. Spend 10 days 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! An additional incentive? Reserve your space by September 30th and save $100 per person!

Posted by Allison Sodha at 06:42 AM

Posted in India, Culture, Featured Tours

Jul 22

The India Explorer: 21 Days in North and South India

Sodha Travel is excited to announce our newest tour, The India Explorer! Experience the highlights of India in a 21-day itinerary that s provides a comprehensive introduction to the diverse landscape and cultural wonders of North and South India. View the magnificent temples in Tamil Nadu, visit a tea plantation in Kerala, experience the majestic forts and palaces of Rajasthan, marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunset, and taste the distinct spices and regional cuisine.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 08:28 AM

Posted in India, Mumbai, Culture, Kerala, Delhi, Featured Tours

Jul 10

Spotlight on Amit Thakur: My 5 Favorite India Destinations

A warm welcome to Amit Thakur, a new addition to our Sodha Travel team in Delhi! Amit specializes in custom tour programs and has over 12 years of experience in the travel industry. He is an avid explorer who has extensively traveled throughout India, including many national parks and wildlife reserves. Amit also has a passion for photography and has contributed many snapshots of festivals, wildlife, and local treasures.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 06:46 AM

Posted in India, Accommodations, Culture, Kerala, Rajasthan

Apr 9

Safety and Tourism in India

In the past few months, three incidents of rape and attempted rape in India have made international headlines and have unfortunately branded India as an unsafe destination for tourists. As appalling as the recent incidents have been, they are a gross misrepresentation of what most visitors experience - a very safe and friendly environment. India is a complex country with almost 1.3 billion people and even the most seasoned traveler can find the country to be a difficult place to navigate and integrate. This is why Sodha Travel partners with a destination management company with over 50 years of experience providing travelers with safe and enriching travel experiences.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 10:00 AM

Posted in India, Culture, Safety, Adventure

Mar 19

Enter Our Golden Experience Giveaway and Win a Trip to India!

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!

Posted by Allison Sodha at 06:44 AM

Posted in India, Agra, Culture, Events, Delhi

Feb 28

The Women Drummers of Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, is an ancient Newari town located in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the district houses the famed Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple, and Kailashnath Mahadev Statue.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 05:42 AM

Posted in Culture, Nepal, Festivals and Holidays

Feb 21

Rediscovering Kerala: Custom Tours Offer Insider Experiences

Located in Southwestern India, Kerala is a scenic region of palm-fringed beaches, hill stations, tea plantations, backwater canals, and wildlife sanctuaries. It is the most literate state in India (93%) and the first state to become 100% internet connected. Also, Kerala is considered the birthplace of Ayurveda, a traditional and holistic form of medicine.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 08:45 AM

Posted in Culture, Kerala, Festivals and Holidays, Featured Tours

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