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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
Delhi is a bustling metropolis that incorporates the ancient with the modern. The capital city is brimming with eclectic neighborhoods, historic monuments, garden parks, and...snow? Welcome to Ski India, Asia's largest indoor snow park. Offering a ski track, bobsleds, ice skating, ice lounge, and interactive play area, the sci-fi themed attraction is sure to excite and inspire children of all ages.