Bhutan is a magical destination. Although Bhutan's early history is rich in mythology, much of it remains unknown. The country opened its doors to tourism in 1974, with the number for tourists kept to an environmentally manageable level through government regulated tourist tariffs. Bhutanese are renowned for their happiness and are a proud people who wear their national costume with pride.
Travelers, welcome aboard the Palace on Wheels. Considered one of the top ten luxurious train journeys in the world, no detail is overlooked on this breathtaking ride in North India. Spend a week as royalty and discover the vibrant colors and majestic palaces of Rajasthan.
A new year is about new possibilities, new adventures, and new experiences. The Sodha Travel team has been busy researching THE places to experience in 2014 under our umbrella. Not only do we feel fortunate to specialize in three destinations on the "hot list" for this year - India, Nepal, and Bhutan - but we also enjoy discovering the newest, boldest, and most enriching travel experiences for our clients. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting our suggestions of what to experience in five destinations: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Dubai.
Did you know that Sodha Travel coordinates tours to Dubai? Dubai is a bustling, modern city and one of the seven emirates that encompass the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Only a 3.5 hour flight from India, it is also a popular stopover destination for travelers visiting South Asia. Dubai offers visitors a unique blend of modernity and traditionalism, as well as some of the most luxurious hotels in the world.
Sodha Travel is almost giddy to announce our newest promotion: a 5 day, 5* private India tour for under $500 per person! Luxury on a bargain? Sounds almost too good to be true - which is why we are calling it our "Too Good to be True - But it is True" sale!
Our Vineyards of India tour is now live! Enjoy a custom and private tour of India's premiere wineries in the region of Maharashtra.
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.
Throughout the years, Sodha Travel has remained committed to offering private and custom tours at reasonable prices. Our passion and expertise for the destinations we serve create not only unique but affordable experiences. I often browse the tour programs of other travel companies and gasp. Why, I wonder, is it so expensive? At least twice a month, I price out our packages exactly as they are offered with other companies - the same hotels, destinations, guided touring, entrance fees, internal transportation, and taxes. Almost every time, our costs are significantly less. Additionally, many of the programs are offered in a group setting, where our costs are for private tours with the added benefits of personalized experiences and schedules.
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.
As India continues to be ranked one of the most favorable travel destinations worldwide, hotel chains are busy developing newer and more creative accommodations. Looking ahead, 2011 is going to be one of the most exciting years for unique properties, catering to both budget and luxury travelers. Here are a few of my most anticipated additions to the Indian market:
India was once reserved as a destination for backpackers, voluntourism, and group tours. Though the market remains strong for budget-friendly travel - India remains one of the top ten most affordable destinations in the world - luxury travelers have finally discovered the Indian decadence. The 2010 Virtuoso Luxe Report recognized India as the #1 Emerging Destination for Luxury Travelers. Spacious villas, private tours, and the incomparable Indian hospitality are just a few of the elements that have won over the hearts of tourists worldwide. Furthermore, in today's market, even luxury travelers are looking for a good deal - another benefit to experiencing what India has to offer. As one traveler recently told me, "I am a 6-star traveler, but I don't need bragging rights. Even I like to find a good deal. And India was the perfect combination of opulence and affordability."