For those going on our Angel Holidays tours this year with Radio 4’s Steve Carver, you might like to listen to your host. Here he is living the life of a ‘trade plater’ for his BBC Radio 4 series – where he experienced many unusual British jobs.
Typical to Steve, there’s a mixture of the poetic, the humorous, together with warm, engaging interviews, as he looks at those who deliver cars for a living.
His producer, particularly liked this programme, and managed to insert a Human League track, a band in her youth that she loved, and a first for Radio 4. We hope you enjoy the show. You may have to cut and paste this to listen, depending on your browser.
We’d like to celebrate the life of Keith Floyd, a chef with an abundant personality who made cooking on TV much more interesting. Born in 1943 and passing away at just 65, he is missed; a maverick, flamboyant, warm personality, that never played to the camera, but instead simply talked and enthused us, with a constantly replenished glass of wine.
Keith, was a trail -blazer, someone who took the genre into a new, exciting and simply lovely direction. His cooking was simple: prepared ingredients from chopped onions to cardamom, and chucking it all in, with his debonair and overzealous style. We loved it.
TV cookery shows, from the Hairy Bikers to Nigella, are all about enthusiasm and character, something Keith had in abundance, and way beyond the pale. Keith died after drinking champagne to celebrate his medical results whilst fighting bowel cancer. A lovely man.
India, and our tour this November will include the Puskar Camel fair; the largest coming-together of camels on earth. In fact, we’ll be visiting on the opening (and best) day. Over 20,000 camels and herdsmen will come to the event, in a celebration of nomadic desert culture with games, races, funfairs and trading in these wonderful animals – the sight itself is extraordinary.
We’ve 5 places left on this Indian tour, that includes camping in the desert, the remote citadel of Jaisalmer, the Taj Mahal, romantic Udaipur, remote villages, palaces and so much more – with ‘Angel’ you have much more of a local experience – it’s a road trip like no other. If you want to come, please let us know soon. All you need is a £200 deposit and your place is secured.
In the Spring of 2019 Angel Holidays is hosting The Exotic Marigold Hotel Experience where retirees will come to India to see what retirement would bring.
This 20 day experience has been developed with the BBC team who produced the ‘Real Exotic Marigold Hotel’ with Miriam Mygoles, Wayne Sleep, Jan Leaming and others. You’ll stay in the same city where the BBC series was made and have many of the same experiences.
We’re now collecting names of those interested, in order to put together a complementary group of people for this once in a lifetime experience.
The trip cost is just £1,595 & flights, reduced to only £1,495 for those who have ‘liked’ this page. So if you’d like to know more, and to be considered, please contact us and letting us know (Click ‘Contact Us’ above). It promises to be a quite and unusual life experience.
This morning our group are leaving the biblical blue city of Jodhpur and going to the Exotic Marigold Hotel, used for the movies with Judy Dench, Bill Nighy and others. In fact, Angel has a another connection with this film as Jidy Dench’s brother has been on one of our holidays. As one of the first lines in this trailer suggests, coming to India with us, ‘It’s going to be extraordinary. You could be coming here with us next November, if you take the plunge and book. Check out our Facebook page and scroll to ‘video posts’ for an idea of our current group.
Thanks to Nigel Wheeler and wife Jacqui (who is also a professional artist of note), for some traveller’s video clips from our tour. These are just snippets, and even Nigel admits, he quickly put them together, but he’s done a wonderful job in giving you a taste of the fun, the colour and sense of remoteness from the outside world that we had on this trip. Merry Christmas, Angel Holidays.
Our tour to India 2018: when we reach the desert citadel of Jaisalmer, that rises out of the desert like something from Arabian Nights, it is likely to be the brightly coloured festival of Holi . The festival celebrates the power of good over evil and is also known as the ‘festival of love.’
Unlike standard tours, we’re sleeping two nights inside the castle itself, so you’ll have a fantastic view and experience in the warm desert sun. It might be wise to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting colour on. This also represents a fantastic opportunity for photographers. We still have a small number of places if you might like to come. Contact us above for details.
In November this year we’re planning a three week exploratory trip to the desert state of Rajasthan, India. This will be used to develop a fixed Angel Holidays tour for the future. We’ll visit some unusual locations, some used for documentary making, and have experiences beyond that of ordinary tourism. If you like adventure and are a flexible traveller you may want to join this trip.
Unlike a usual tour, the specific itinerary will not be available until shortly before departure. However, starting in Delhi our route will take us past the ancient traders’ town of Mandawa, colourful Birkener on the edge of the desert, the evocative citadel of Jaisalmer on the far west of the Thar desert, the ‘blue city’ of Jodpur, the romantic lake city of Udaipur and Agra home of the Taj Mahal. This itinerary is flexible and we may add some other locations on the way.
Without a specific itinerary or duration for each stay, this may be better suited to previous Angel Holidays’ travellers who know what to expect from our less superficial way of travel. Others are welcome too if they have an adventurous spirit. In some locations we’ll enlist the help of local guides, in others you’ll be given free time to relax and explore.
There will be varied accommodation; from rudimentary (but clean) guest houses to old palaces, comfortable hotels and a nights’ camping in the desert. Expect a few surprises too that you usually see with the ‘Angel travel experience.’
The trip cost will be competitive; around £1,490 for three weeks which includes all accommodation and transport. Return flights to Delhi are not included but start at around £390 – which we help you find. This is a wonderful opportunity for a comprehensive, authentic experience of the region, at a competitive price.
Needless to say, you need to be a flexible and positive traveller. All you need is to book your return flights to Delhi and we’ll pick you up from the airport and do the rest.
If you would like to join our mail list for further information, please email us on the ‘How to book’ page of this website. This promises to be a really fabulous experience. We look forward to hearing from you.
David Beckham visited Nepal today and played football in Bhaktapur, an old town 10 miles from Kathmandu. Despite being a remote part of the world, some young people did recognise the name and the kids loved playing football with him. David’s visit to Nepal, was watched by those on holiday to Nepal too, much to their delight.
After savouring the delights of the jungle, we have now moved on, via the old Tibetan trading post of Bandipur and to Pokhara – up in the Annapurna region of the Himalaya. Those willing from our group went on a half day trek today into the lower Himalaya. Tomorrow, on our holiday to Nepal, an adventurous few from our group will be paragliding on the warm thermals over the Himalaya – whilst others will be shopping, dinning, enjoying spas or meditating. The weather is pleasantly warm here in Pokhara!