Exodus Travels offers a varied portfolio of guided small group adventures with plenty of opportunities for travellers to go somewhere out of the ordinary. The adventure specialist has hand-picked some of the world’s most spectacular celebrations, inviting travellers to experience a more special and memorable trip. Festivals bring a destination to life, experiencing traditions and cultures first-hand alongside the people who celebrate them.
PARO FESTIVAL IN BHUTAN: 04 – 08 APRIL
The Paro Festival is a Buddhist festival and one of the major annual events of Bhutan. This special event holds religious significance and is held to commemorate the birth anniversary of the patron saint of Bhutan, who introduced the religion of Buddhism. Festivities are held mostly in the huge courtyards of the magnificent fortresses and comprise of colourful masked dance and traditional folk songs and other sacred rituals, attended by even more vibrantly dressed Bhutanese people. As per the Lunar calendar, the Paro Festival falls during the spring and is one of the most beautiful times to visit the country. Weather-wise the days will be bright and sunny with clear views of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains.
Exodus Travels (02031 312 785 exodus.co.uk) has a 12-day Festivals of Bhutan holiday from £3,849 per person including accommodation, international flights, meals as per the itinerary, a Bhutanese visa, all internal transport and transfers and activities as listed in the itinerary.
NAADAM FESTIVAL IN MONOGOLIA: 11 – 15 JULY
Naadam is an annual July festival that is the highlight of Mongolian life for locals and visitors alike. This is the only time when a country known for its remarkable emptiness experiences crowds and chaos. The Naadam festival can be described as a cross between a carnival and a peculiar kind of Olympics. The locals dress up in their finest deel, a traditional long colourful silken robe and come together to compete in wrestling, horse-racing, archery and ankle bone flicking. Naadam happens across the country and comes in different shapes and sizes. This immersive event is unlike any other and every traveller should experience the atmosphere, sights, sounds, smells and flavours of this extravagant festival.
Exodus Travels (02031 312 785 exodus.co.uk) has a 16-day Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads holiday from £3,949 per person including accommodation, international flights, all meals, all internal transport and transfers and activities as listed in the itinerary.
PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR IN INDIA: 22 – 30 NOVEMBER
The Pushkar Fair, otherwise known as the Camel Fair, takes place in the tiny desert town of Pushkar, in India’s bustling state of Rajasthan in November. The festival is a fascinating and peculiar sight, and an opportunity to witness an old traditional-style Indian festival. It has become a colourful, cultural event based purely on the sale of camels. In order to attract buyers, the camels are decked out in utmost finery and displayed in their full majesty. Pushkar Fair usually takes place in November; however, the exact dates of the festival depend on the cycle of the moon. The two days before the start of the festival locals and visitors alike gather to bathe in the holy waters of Pushkar’s lake to be absolved of their sins.
Exodus Travels (02031 312 785 exodus.co.uk) has a 14-day Colours of Rajasthan holiday from £1,999 per person including accommodation, international flights, meals as per the itinerary, all internal transport and transfers and activities as listed in the itinerary.
HORNBILL FESTIVAL IN NAGALAND: 01 -10 DECEMBER
The Hornbill Festival is one of the most popular festivals of Nagaland in north-eastern India, celebrated every year from 1st to 10th December. It is one of the largest celebrations of the indigenous warrior tribes of Nagaland and the Naga people and involves a huge gathering for merrymaking in the form of drinking, eating, singing, and dancing. The state is called the ‘Land of Festivals’ and people dwelling here have a rich tradition of maintaining their unique heritage and customs and celebrating the deeds of their ancient warriors and folk heroes.
Exodus Travels (02031 312 785 exodus.co.uk) has a 15-day Assam Explorer holiday from £3,049 per person including accommodation, international flights, meals as per the itinerary, all internal transport and transfers and activities as listed in the itinerary.
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