In a few days Nepal will come alive with a celebration of Holi – known as the festival of colour: this celebrates the coming of Spring. Here is a picture of what it’s like, where a Sadhu (a holy man) participates – even the Sadhus in Nepal are a very friendly bunch – and like to laugh. Hindu calenders are Luna and Holi will coincide with the full moon. ?Coloured powders made from turmeric to tie dye – purples, yellows, oranges, blues and so on, are thrown over everything and everyone. Driving your motorbike through Kathmandu is a game where you ride as quickly and as irrationally as possible to avoid children throwing colour over you. They’ve got clever this year and set up road blocks where they wait excitedly around corners. ?Such are the delights of a holiday in Nepal.
No matter who you are friendly with, we’d like to wish you a very happy Valentines day from Nepal. We’d like to announce our new tours too. Firstly there’s the combined Bangkok/Laos & Cambodia adventure – the first one planned for November this year, as well as our second tour to Peru in August 2016. An inaugural trip to the desert state of Rajasthan?is planned in 2016 too. So please let us know if you might be interested in any of these. ?For those booked on our holiday to Nepal this October, get ready for a wonderful and very colourful trip! If you’re thinking of coming, why not take the plunge and follow in the footsteps of many of our enthralled previous travellers! Our holiday to Nepal is one of the most unique holidays you’ll experience.
New year in Nepal is officially in April where the country is 57 years ahead of the Gregorian Calender so it will be 2072 (did you know the name ‘Gregorian’ comes from Pope Gregory who invented it?) However new year Western style will also be celebrated on the 31st plus we have several other new years including a Buddhist one. Nepal is always a little different. Wherever you are we wish you a nice celebration and a good new year. ? Parties involve dancing and costumes. Here are some ladies from last year up in the Himalaya. ?Happy holiday in Nepal!
We’d like to wish all our followers a very merry Christmas; especially those who enjoyed our holiday to Nepal in years past, and those who will be on a Nepal holiday with us in 2015! ?In November 2015 we will hopefully operate our first trip to Rajasthan too, (open to all previous Angel travellers, please contact us if you might be interested) and our second trip to Peru will take place in August 2016 (a long way off but already we have lots of enquiries). ?Basil Pao (Michael Palin’s photographer on all his BBC trips) will be joining the Angel team in 2016 so we’re looking forward to that too. ?The Nepalese will be dancing as we celebrate the Christmas spirit too. Bless you all. Angel Holidays.
Despite it being a largely Hindu and Buddhist nation, Nepal – fondly known locally as the acronym: ‘Never Ending Peace And Love’ has
entered the Christmas spirit. Over the next two weeks there’s carol services and good cheer, all without the shopping! It’s traditional. Many may not know what Christmas really means, but they will celebrate its spirit – Never Ending Peace & Love. People will call out ‘Merry Christmas!’ and that’s good enough. From up here in the Himalaya, with carol singers, people in good cheer and not one Turkey in the whole country, people don’t even know what a turkeys is, we wish you good preparations for Christmas in your country. Our Easter holiday 2015 to Nepal is already sold out, so we’re looking forward to taking a nice group around this friendly country! For those who came before – we miss you and hope you miss Nepal. Here’s a local choir singing, celebrating Christmas. It goes to show, ?Christmas is for everyone.
Tomorrow Steve Carver sets off for his bike journey to India for a forthcoming radio programme [working title] ?Man on a motorbike.?
The programme will involve Steve riding across north India and recording his reflections, thoughts and his poetry (mixed in with some humour) on the smaller details of India: from spending time with those who live in poverty, to travellers seeking spiritual enlightenment, to some unusual locations seldom visited by foreigners. He has an open reign to see what comes his way. His first leg will be to drive near the border with India to Lumbini ? birthplace of the Buddha – and a place known well by Angel travellers: ?they stay in a monastery there on their holiday to Nepal with Angel Holidays. ?Beyond that, and with Steve?s old Enfield motorcycle, the road is just open. And that?s the magic of the series. ? Here’s the bike on the eve before the journey.
Dates have now been set for our 2015 tour of Nepal ? 11th until 23rd October.
If you might know someone who?d like to take part in the adventure, please tell them.? Places are limited but we?d love to take your friends with us. Plans are afoot too, to develop our new Angel Holidays tour of South East Asia, and we?re thinking of incorporating Laos, Cambodia, possibly Burma too. If you?re a previous Angel traveller and have a comments on which south East Asian countries fascinate you ?? ?please let us know. ??We?d like to take you with us. Talking about previous travellers, one group of 21 people who came with us on holiday a couple of years ago to Nepal, are having a reunion in Manchester and playing a one hour film that was made on the trip. I wonder what it?s called ?Angel ? the movie??? Here?s a picture that might bring back some memories. The ancient city of Bhaktapur at sunset, where again we?ll be staying for two unusual nights on next years? tour.
Up here on holiday in the Himalaya some of us went on a half day hike to see the Annapurna range of the Himalaya.
Here’s a shot I’d taken. Incidentally, the first paperback novel ever published was ?The Lost Horizon? a fictional novel about a British team who crash landed somewhere up there and discovered a city where you never age. ?How unglamorous cities like Swindon by comparison seem!
Back to reality and it?s also possible to go micro-lighting as well as paragliding from here – you?re strapped in with a professional pilot – as the thermals are so good you can stay up gently for quite some time. There?s a new trend in ?para-hawking? here in Nepal too, where para-gliders follow the flight of trained hawks as they glide through the air ? it?s quite spectacular. ?Here’s a shot of a micro-lighter as he or she flew over us. It?s not often you can look across at some of the highest peaks on the planet.
That same afternoon the group returned to ‘Basecamp’ to enjoy beers and champagne: which, given the views, was quite fitting.
Dinner the other evening was in the Pagoda room overlooking the city. Here, are some of the group in mid discussion getting to know each other. Travellers have flown in from California, as well as Australia and Sweden this year. The dining room, with Tibetan paintwork dating back from the centuries created a wonderful atmosphere for the start of our holiday to Nepal. Our heritage hotel has a library, theatre (they are currently rehearsing a play) as well as mature gardens and ancient trees where you can sit under for breakfast or a midnight drink.
Out here on our current holiday to Nepal, some of our group are getting very excited.
We’re all enjoying it here! ?The local rickshaw drivers have been working hard to get us around in the warm sunshine. There?s 24 of us in this group, of all ages and backgrounds and the country is bringing us all together. We?ve retired folk as well as youngsters on this years’ holiday to Nepal. We?ve had colourful nights in Kathmandu and enjoyed two nights in the ancient city of Bhaktapur spending time inside the medieval houses of local people. ?Last night, all we had was the twinkling stars and a half moon above an ancient silhouette of the city that hasn?t changed for a thousand years. Quite remarkable. Soon we head for the jungle?.