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Jul 12

10 Foods to Try While Traveling in South India

Last week we featured 10 Foods to Try While Traveling in North India. Part II now has us heading south to the land of biryani, dosa, and Chettinad everything! Here are 10 of our favorite foods that every traveler must try in South India.

Posted by Datri Sodha at 01:01 AM

Posted in Food and Water, India, Cuisine

Jun 29

10 Foods to Try While Traveling in North India

"Every country, from around the globe, contains a fusion of food culture that is relative. So we all have something to share." 

Posted by Datri Sodha at 02:16 PM

Posted in India, Food and Water

Mar 16

Sodha Travel's 5 Favorite Food Tours and Culinary Experiences in India

For many travelers, food does more than fill the belly. It is also a connection to the culture and people, a way to immerse through sweets and spices. India is just one destination where the food feeds the body and soul. Here are five of Sodha Travel's favorite food experiences in India:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 12:07 PM

Posted in Food and Water

Jan 18

Langar Hall: The Largest Free Kitchen in the World

Namaste, travelers! I am currently on a 5-week adventure across India. One of my first stops was Amritsar, a city founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh Guru, Ram Das. Many know Amritsar as the site of the Sri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 01:57 PM

Posted in India, Food and Water

Dec 20

Phuket Culinary Adventure

Sodha Travel is excited to offer a new culinary adventure in Phuket, Thailand! On this 3 day/2 night program, explore the local markets, participate in cooking demonstrations, and dine at renowned eateries. Phuket is an amazing melting pot of cultures and cuisine, immediately evident as you walk around the Old Sino-Portuguese town. 

Posted by Allison Sodha at 02:13 PM

Posted in Thailand, Food and Water

Jul 29

The Best Breakfasts in Delhi

Rise and shine! Alhough breakfast is almost always included at your Delhi hotel, don't miss out on the opportunity to share a Chai and Chole Bhature with the locals. Here are five of Sodha Travel's favorite breakfast spots in Delhi:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 08:07 PM

Posted in Delhi, Food and Water

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

Apr 6

Legends and Landscapes of Nepal

Hello, travelers! Namaste from Nepal. We have been having an epic experience the past few days in the Kathmandu Valley. Nepal never ceases to amaze me - the warmth of the people are just a small part of what makes this Himalayan country so inviting. Kathmandu is a short flight from Delhi or Varanasi, making it an ideal excursion from India. (It is also easily accessible from Paro, Bhutan.) Here are a few highlights from the journey that I highly recommend to all of our Sodha Travelers:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:22 PM

Posted in Nepal, Airlines, Food and Water, Himalayas

Nov 21

Spotlight: Gurgaon, India

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:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:56 AM

Posted in Family, India, Food and Water, Delhi

Jun 20

Cheers! Experience the Vineyards of India with Sodha Travel

Our Vineyards of India tour is now live! Enjoy a custom and private tour of India's premiere wineries in the region of Maharashtra.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 05:50 AM

Posted in India, Accommodations, Mumbai, Luxury, Food and Water, Featured Tours

Mar 25

Experience a "Pop" of Indian Flavor at Masala Pop!

Indian-spiced popcorn? Yes, please! At the Portland Indian Bridal Showcase, I had the opportunity to meet Neha Patel, the owner of Masala Pop. Neha grew up eating her mom’s savory blend of popcorn, spiced in the tradition found in her native India. She started experimenting with her own blend of spices and flavors to create a one-of-a-kind snack with a spicy kick. After 15 years as a sustainability professional, Neha decided to pursue her dream of starting a specialty food business. She quickly turned her “hobby” into a retail shop and manufacturing space for Masala Pop to supply farmers market, co-ops, movie theaters, specialty grocery and more. The enthusiasm from customers inspires her to continue to create new and exciting flavors and products.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 07:06 AM

Posted in Food and Water, Shopping

Feb 12

The Health Benefits of Indian Spices

The methodology of Indian cooking has influenced the cuisine of many cultures worldwide. Experiencing the local and regional spices is often a request from our clients when traveling to India, and what makes our Taste of India package so popular. The following guest post is written by Chandrika Nimmagadda, a Sodha Traveler who owned Curry Leaf restaurant in Portland, Oregon for eight years.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 05:39 AM

Posted in India, Food and Water

Nov 17

Recipe: Mango Bread Pudding

Continuing with our monthly theme of culinary delights, here is a recipe from a dear friend of Sodha Travel, Chandrika Nimmagadda. Chandrika was the owner of the original Curry Leaf in Portland, Oregon and is known throughout the community as a maestro of Indian cuisine. She generously offered to share this recipe for Mango Bread Pudding. (On a personal note, it is one of my favorites.) Enjoy!

Posted by Allison Sodha at 08:41 AM

Posted in Food and Water

Nov 7

Land of Lentils

As you may have read in the November issue of our Sodha Traveler newsletter, this month we are focusing on South Asian culinary delights. The following post is by guest blogger Nikhil Merchant, a food columnist and gourmet consultant based in Mumbai.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:28 AM

Posted in India, Mumbai, Food and Water

Oct 25

Spotlight: 1559 AD, Udaipur

Back in 2009, Arjun Shaktawat had a vision. After studying at the prestigious Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland and working with Aspen Meadows Resort in Colorado, he returned to Udaipur and took on a 100-year old dilapidated haveli on lease from the Maharana of Udaipur. After a meticulous restoration, it became one of the city's most complimented restaurant - bistro-lounge: 1559 AD. The name was easy for Arjun, as 1559 was the historical year that Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 11:11 AM

Posted in India, Food and Water

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