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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.

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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.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:43 PM

Posted in India, Accommodations, Culture

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.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 05:03 PM

Posted in India, Accommodations, Events, Festivals and Holidays

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.

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Posted by Datri Sodha at 01:01 AM

Posted in India, Food and Water, 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." 

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Posted by Datri Sodha at 02:16 PM

Posted in India, Food and Water

May 4

Sodha Travel's Newest Tours in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan

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.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:22 PM

Posted in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Featured Tours, Wildlife

Mar 25

Tips for Traveling with Children to South Asia by a Travel-Industry Mom

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.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 12:31 AM

Posted in Family, India, Education, Nepal, Adventure, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam

Oct 6

Is it Safe for Women to Travel in India?

It’s fairly common for my clients to inquire about safety in India. Whether in travel guides or on the news, there is often a bold headline warning women about the dangers of traversing the country - staring, groping, assualt, and even rape. As both a woman and travel professional, I feel it is important to have an open dialogue about such a relevant topic and dispel any myths.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:57 PM

Posted in India, Safety

Jun 13

Now Reserving: The India Trail Tour in March 2018

Sodha Travel is now reserving space for our special 10th Anniversary Tour! The India Trail: Tigers, Temples, and Traditions will be from March 5 - 15, 2018

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 06:59 PM

Posted in India, Adventure, Featured Tours

Apr 4

Important India eVisa Updates

Great news! Traveling to India is now even easier with the newly implemented eVisa policies. The revised guidelines are effective April 1st:

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:22 PM

Posted in India, Visa

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.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 01:57 PM

Posted in India, Food and Water

Dec 8

Now Reserving: 2017 Festivals of India Tour

Experience the wonders of North India during Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Diwali, or Deepavali, spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. On this exclusive small group tour, explore the ancient sites and vibrant markets in Delhi; visit the majestic forts and palaces of Rajasthan; and marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Also, spend time with local families and learn about why Diwali is the biggest and brightest Hindu celebration in India!

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 02:50 PM

Posted in India, Featured Tours

Nov 2

Ayurveda Resorts in Kerala

Kerala, a lush state in Southwest India, is often considered the birthplace of Ayurveda. Ayurveda, or Science/Knowledge of Life, is a form of holistic medicine. The earliest documentation of this healing system appeared in India over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda focuses on balancing the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual elements of life to create ultimate wellness.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 01:57 PM

Posted in India, Kerala, Wellness

Jul 1

Client Story: Beauty is Beauty No Matter Where You Are in the World

Immersion and integration are key components to understanding and appreciating the heart of a culture. Luckily, travelers don’t often have to venture far from popular destinations to comfortably merge the foreign and familiar.  Last year I spotlighted Talabgaon Castle in Rajasthan, India. The 200-year-old fort is nestled in Dausa, only two hours from the "Pink City" of Jaipur. The car horns, bustling markets, and crowds are replaced by stunning sunsets, poolside cocktails, and village life. It is a rare opportunity for travelers to experience the rural lifestyle and authentically engage with the locals.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 02:01 PM

Posted in India, Rajasthan, Testimonials

Jun 15

All Aboard the Tiger Express, India's Newest Semi-Luxury Tourist Train

The Tiger Express is off to a "roaring" start! India's newest semi-luxury train offers 6 day/5 night packages from Delhi to Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks. (Kanha is also included in Sodha Travel's popular Jungle Book itinerary.) Named for the most notable resident of the parks, Tiger Express is the first wildlife circuit collaboration between the Indian Railways and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). 

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 12:29 PM

Posted in India, Transportation, Adventure

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