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Top Tips for Celebrating Holi in Nepal

Top Tips and Ideas for celebrating holi festival in Nepal. Where and how to celebrate, | 2017 Globemad Blog

As Holi is a Hindu festival, it also celebrated in Nepal, it's a bit more chilled out and family focused than much of India, but it still gets pretty crazy in the hotspots like central Katmandu.

Top Tips for celebrating Holi in Nepal 

Get your dates right!

Holi festival photo ideas India photgraphy celebrate like a local backpacking in India Globmad Blog emma tryonThe date changes every year, so make sure you check the date for the year you’re going and check. It is often close to the dates in India, but can differ by a day or two. Top Tips for celebrating Holi in Nepal 

 

Find the right places for you

Holi festival photo ideas India photgraphy celebrate like a local backpacking in India Globmad BlogIf you just want full on hectic fun, head to Thamel and Durbar Square to enjoy the festival in full. Just know that it will be crazy and you do have to have your wits about you! If you want something a little more chilled, than the outskirts and villages do tend to celebrate too but on a much smaller more family focused scale. If you are hoping for somewhere a bit more quiet, make sure you check out you plans with locals so you don't end up missing it all together. Top Tips for celebrating Holi in Nepal 

 

Start off in white!

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One of my favourite things to do for Holi is starting off in white and enjoy seeing the change splat by splat!  Remember, if you are out on the day, you are seen as playing, so you are fair game to anyone with water guns, paints or even water balloons from above!

Top Tips for celebrating Holi in Nepal  

Please don’t paint animals!

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A lot of locals think it’s fun to paint the animals, but so much of the powder they use is toxic and can irritate the poor animal's skin, bringing them out in rashes, causing them to lick their skin and get sick. They didn’t opt to be covered in paint, so please don't be tempted and maybe even discourages others from doing it.

 Top Tips for celebrating Holi in Nepal 

Just know EVERYTHING will get stained!

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Personally I quite like that our wristbands and Pete’s white g-shock watch are still stained and colourful from Holi. In fact, the pink in my hair stayed longer than any other intentional pink hair dye I have used in the past! (I’m sure I should be bottling and selling it!) So, if you want to keep Holi alive, by all means wear what you want, but do know the colour really does stain long term.

 Top Tips for celebrating Holi in Nepal 

Stay hydrated

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Even in the spring, some areas like Katmandu are starting to get pretty hot, it can get up to around 27° C. With all festive fun, you are likely to sweat and get very distracted by the festive frolics, so make sure you take bottled water with you ... and don’t forget to drink it!! The local chai also goes down a treat when it comes to staying energised! Top Tips for celebrating Holi in Nepal 

  

Don’t take a lot of money with you

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You never need much money on you anyway! Due to crowds craziness and you looking foreign it is best that you don’t take your valuables. Try to just take bit of money for the day and if you’re risking it, take your camera.

 

TOP TIP: Just take your camera for a short while, then run it back to where you’re staying so you can just enjoy the throes of Holi!

 

Do be careful with colour

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Some people have found that the colours can bring them out in rashes. Even if you buy your own non toxic colours, depending on how much you throw yourself into it you will be met by lots of locals throwing it and rubbing it on your face. If you know you have sensitive skin or just like your own personal space you really will have to be firm with people about it.

  

Don’t leave the paint on too long

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Aside from staining, some people also found that as the powders and paints mixed with sweat they would get into their eyes as well as generally becoming quite irritating to the skin and damaging to hair.

 

Have fun!

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Although it is a religious festival, so much of Holi about having fun in the community, so grab some powder, make new friends and join in with a happy colourful experience you'll never forget.

 

Looking For a Place to Stay ?

There are some lovely stylish and homely places to stay all over Nepal. It’s worth at least doing your research and even booking before you get.

Top Tip: Use the map to check the locations match your plans as they do have some randomly scattered guest houses!

Agoda have great deals on hostels, guest houses and hotels if you book in advance.

 

Book your stay in Katmandu HERE (The capital: Perfect hub, stunning temples, great markets)

Book your stay in Thamel HERE (Crazy cool eclectic hippyville nestled into the bustling old town of Kathmandu)

Book your stay in Nagarkot HERE (Beautiful hill trekking area just outside of Kathmandu)

Book your stay in Bhaktarpur HERE (Close to Kathmandu and bursting with culture)

Book your stay in Everest Region HERE (Get into the epic area for the world’s most legendary trekking)

Book your stay in Pokhara HERE (Beautiful trekking, starting point for trekking to Annapurna)

Book your stay in Chitwan HERE (Stunning National Park famous for its wildlife)

Book your stay in Lumbini HERE (Buddhist pilgrimage site famous for its white temples)

Book your stay in Nepalgunj HERE (Border crossing into India and great street food)

 

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