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Sep 19

Kumbh Mela 2019: What Travelers Need to Know

The Kumbh Mela is often considered the world's most massive act of faith.  It will be held in Allahabad, India from January 14 - March 4, 2019.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 05:03 PM

Posted in India, Accommodations, Events, Festivals and Holidays

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

Sep 26

Touring meets Traditions with India Destination Weddings

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.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 07:37 AM

Posted in Family, India, Kerala, Events, Shopping, Festivals and Holidays, Rajasthan

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

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

Mar 2

Why Travel to India?

I received an interesting phone call the other day from a woman who was considering traveling to India. She asked me only one question: "Allison, why should I travel to India?" Usually, travelers have already decided on India as their next destination, or they inquire about specific elements of traveling to the region. I appreciated the simple and direct question, though I had to find a way to summarize why I believe India is a travel-worthy destination. (Really, I could spend hours on the topic!) Here was my abridged response:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:39 AM

Posted in India, Culture, Shopping, Festivals and Holidays, Himalayas

Feb 2

February Featured Tour: Legacy of Leh/Ladakh

Last post, I was excited to announce our newest women-only tour: Colors of India. Just a few days ago, we also added a new Featured Tour: Legacy of Leh/Ladakh. Ladakh is a remote region in Northern India, located between the Himalayan and Kunlin mountain ranges. Historically a Buddhist kingdom, Ladakh was strategically placed at the crossroads of major trading routes. The region is commonly called "Little Tibet" and many travelers have discovered this destination as an alternative to visiting the disputed territory of Tibet.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 07:46 AM

Posted in India, Delhi, Festivals and Holidays, Featured Tours, Himalayas

Dec 23

Happy Holidays from Sodha Travel!

The Sodha Travel team wishes you much love, joy and peace this holiday season!

Posted by Allison Sodha at 11:11 AM

Posted in Festivals and Holidays

Mar 9

The Pushkar Festival

Every March/April, we start receiving daily phone calls from travelers who wish to experience the Pushkar Festival. Located in Rajasthan, Pushkar is a small town that houses over 400 temples, including the only Brahma temple in all of India. Every November, over 50,000 camels are decorated, raced, and sold during the Camel Fair - one of the largest livestock fairs in the world.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 06:05 AM

Posted in India, Accommodations, Culture, Events, Festivals and Holidays

Nov 22

Thanksgiving Travel Delays

Many travelers are aware that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is considered the busiest travel day of the year. However, this year there is the strong possibility of an even longer delay at airports. Several groups have announced plans to encourage travelers on Nov. 24 to opt-out of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) full body scanner machines and opt-in for TSA's enhanced pat-downs. As a result, security check-point delays may occur at some airports.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 02:27 AM

Posted in Airlines, Safety, Festivals and Holidays

Nov 5

Happy Diwali!

Sodha Travel wishes all of you a Happy Diwali! Diwali is a national holiday in India and a significant festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Although it is commonly referred to as the Festival of Lights, its spiritual interpretation is the “awareness of the inner light.” Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year to all!

Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:36 AM

Posted in Festivals and Holidays

Jun 27

India Presentation: August 9th

On August 9th, I will be presenting Highlights of India: A Destination Guide in Tigard, Oregon. Join me as I explore popular travel destinations in India, including Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kerala and Darjeeling. I will also share travel tips and resources for visiting the country, including visa requirements, vaccinations, and social etiquette. For those of you living in the Portland area, I invite you to attend!

Posted by Allison Sodha at 10:25 AM

Posted in India, Events, Festivals and Holidays

Feb 23

Holi: The Festival of Colors

It is almost time for Holi, the Festival of Colors! Holi is a Hindu celebration that occurs at the end of the winter season on the last full day of the lunar month Phalguna. As bonfires are lit to signify a devotion to Lord Vishnu, the God of Preservation, people gather and throw colored powder and water at each other. Depending on the region, the festival can last up to sixteen days. This year, the main day of Holi is on March 1.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 05:42 PM

Posted in India, Culture, Nepal, Festivals and Holidays

Dec 30

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year 2010! It is that time of year when many of us make plans and promises for a better tomorrow. For some, these plans include traveling to a new or favorite destination. For me and the family, the travel bug becomes stronger every year!

Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:44 PM

Posted in Festivals and Holidays

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