What motivates you to travel? For our team, it's about making connections with communities and one another. It's a smile, a conversation, a shared experience. It's about embracing diversity while also recognizing that our similarities harmonize our differences. It's about creating sustainable and eco-friendly solutions for this magnificent planet.
Traveling with children to South Asia is not only possible but incredibly rewarding! As a travel professional, I am often out exploring the Indian subcontinent and beyond. When possible, my three children accompany me on trips abroad. From staying healthy to scheduling, here are my tips for comfortably exploring South Asia as a family.
Did you know that Sodha Travel offers private and custom tours to Vietnam? Vietnam is a country that honors the past and celebrates the future. Sharing borders with Cambodia, Laos, and China, the topography varies from coastal plains to mountain ranges. The Vietnamese culture has evolved on the basis of the wet rice civilization, and the local lifestyle is closely related to its village and native lands. The diversity of the 54 ethnic groups is apparent in the many traditional and cultural treasures. More popular destinations include Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Sapa, Da Nang, and the limestone pillars of Ha Long Bay.
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.)
Located only 20 miles outside of Delhi, Gurgaon is one of the fastest growing cities in India. It currently has the third highest per capita income in the country. Gurgaon's landscape is scattered with large malls, modern business complexes, and high-rise apartment buildings. Although the city caters to business professionals - 250 of the Fortune 500 companies have a base in Gurgaon - there are also acclaimed restaurants, hotels, and sites to explore. Here are a few of my favorite experiences in and around Gurgaon:
Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? It is a sad reality, but domestic violence (DV) is prevalent in our community and directly affects our family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
Last week, we spotlighted the tradition of mehndi in India. The ancient art form is generally applied during festivals and special occasions, particularly weddings. Did you know that Sodha Travel coordinates India Destination Weddings? Over the years, we have been delighted to plan the details for wedding celebrations throughout India. Often, the bride and groom wish to incorporate a tour for their friends and family before or after the wedding festivities. This is a great way for the guests to experience the highlights of India and also witness a traditional Indian marriage.
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.
Our Sodha Travel team has been busy preparing new custom India tour programs that will be launched this summer! Based on your feedback and recommendations, we have crafted four itineraries that serve the diverse interests of our clients. The themes include family-travel, vineyards, Ayurveda, and more! Read on for an exclusive preview of our *new* private India packages.
From October 31 - November 18, the Sodha Travel team will be traveling in North India. In addition to negotiating contracts and meeting with vendors, we will be conducting property tours, visiting the most recent sites and restaurants, and researching all the latest and greatest activities for our clients. This year, our destinations will include Delhi, Jaipur, Rajsamand, Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Rishikesh. During our travels, we will be posting photos and journals on our blog and Sodha Travel social networks. We invite you to follow us on our journey as we celebrate Diwali and other regional festivals with the magnificent people of India.
Sodha Travel is delighted to be the preferred travel company for two U.S. adoption organizations. Our team coordinates the travel logistics for families adopting children from India, including internal transportation, lodging, and customized family trips.
Did you know that Sodha Travel coordinates adoption services for families traveling to India? We have been fortunate to develop our adoption travel department through our partnerships with select agencies in the United States. Our team arranges the complex (and often last minute!) travel logistics so the families can focus on the most important thing: each other. In addition to international and internal air ticketing, Sodha Travel provides:
Do you love the color, songs, and drama of Indian cinema? Lewis & Clark College in Portland will be presenting 13 Bollywood films from January 18 - April 25. The subtitled films will be shown at 6:00 PM on Wednesdays in Miller Hall 102. They are free and open to the public. Here is the schedule:
In the past few months, Sodha Travel has coordinated several trips to India for families adopting children. One of our clients, Kristy Hall, has been kind enough to share her experiences with us and also has a blog that highlights her journey of international adoption: Overheard in the Hallway - Random thoughts on a family completed by international adoption.