Painting Tour – India, Nepal and Bhutan

Painting Tour – India, Nepal and Bhutan

Non Painting partners are most welcome on the tour and they will find plenty of sightseeing opportunities in Rajasthan.

With our Drawing and Painting Expert

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The Itinerary


Day 01                                    To Delhi

Departure from your country to Delhi

Day 02                                    Delhi

Arrive Delhi

Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel by a private-chauffeur driven, air-conditioned car. Check-in at Hotel Vivanta by Taj Dwarka for 2 nights (Superior Charm Room).

(Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many empires and each dynasty of Kings has left behind monuments and memories to commemorate the grandeur of bygone days.  Very few cities in the world offer such diversity in architectural styles as Delhi. The Old city of Delhi today stands as an epitome of the whole history of Indo-Islamic architecture).

Afternoon enjoy sightseeing of Old Delhi including an exhilarating cycle rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid through the bustling Chandni Chowk and it’s back roads, which were the centre of the city Shah Jehanabad in the Mughal times. Finally continue onto the Raj Ghat- Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site, before returning to the hotel.

Day 03                                    Delhi

Morning drawing and painting at India Gate and in the National Museum with our expert Surat, which affords opportunity to see more of the cultural and historic riches of the whole of India and the space to look learn and draw in a different atmosphere.

Late Afternoon sightseeing of dynamic New Delhi including the impressive Humayun’s Tomb. Drive past the Parliament Houses and New Delhi.

Day 04                                    Agra

Morning drive to Agra (approximately 3 hrs driving time). Check-in at Hotel Crystal Sarovar Premier for 1 night. ( Modern Hotel; Taj facing Room).

(Agra grew in prominence under the rule of the Mughal Empire in 1526, reaching its zenith between 1556 and 1658, under the successive rules of Akbar, Shah Jehan and Jehangir.  Akbar’s reign was memorable in the city’s history when it became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture, drawing intellectuals and artists to its Darbars and Havelis).

After breakfast proceed for Agra sightseeing tour visiting The Agra Fort- seeing the many varied architectural styles of the complex, built by successive Moghul rulers & the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula.

(The Tomb of Itmad-ud-Duala is situated opposite the Taj Mahal, on the other side of the River Yamuna, and houses a magnificent mausoleum of Ghias Beg, the father of Empress Noor Jehan).

(The Red Fort or Agra Fort, on the banks of the River Yamuna, is surrounded by high red sandstone walls. It was built by successive emperors from the 1570s and combines Akbar’s walls and tiled gates with Shah Jehan’s delicate Pearl Mosque and once-elegant palace. Other attractions here include The Diwan-i-Am, the Diwan-i-Khaas and Jodhabai’s Palace).

Day 05                                    To Jaipur

Early morning enjoy breathtaking sunrise view of Taj Mahal and prepare painting of World famous Taj Mahal with our expert Surat.

(The 17th century Taj Mahal is a marble mausoleum built by Shah Jehan for his Empress Mumtaz Mahal.  The construction is believed to have taken 22 years to complete with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. However many images you may have seen of the Taj Mahal, the reality is still breathtaking, its scale stupendous and its surface ever changing with the light).

Afternoon drive to Jaipur (approximately 5 hrs driving time). Check-in at Hotel Shahpura House for 2 nights. (Standard Grade Royal Residence; Suite Room).

(Jaipur designed by a young Bengali architect in 1727, it is the only city in the world symbolising the nine divisions of he universe. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City of

India.  Palaces, Forts and sublime architecture with a strong influence of Hindu, Jain and Mughal styles make Jaipur most interesting. Colourful bazaars and warm people are the pride of Jaipur).

Day 06                                    Jaipur

Morning excursion to Amber Fort where you will ascend this hilltop Fort on elephant back and do painting near Amber Fort with our expert Surat.

(The 10th century Amber Fort is ringed by hills, with ramparts guarding all approaches and watchtowers set at strategic points. Windows pierce the high walls at points impossible to break in from the outside, and staircases are deliberately narrow so that they could be held by a single warrior allowing members of the royal family and the army to flee to more strategic locations. Of special interest in the fort is the Sheesh Mahal or Hall of Mirrors. It is a sumptuous apartment made opulent through tiny mirrors studded into its walls and ceiling. It glows like a jewelled cavern in the early morning or evening light, but with all doors closed and a candle lit at its centre, transports you into the heart of a diamond).

If time permits, you can visit city Palace.

Day 07                                    To Mandawa

Morning drive to Mandawa (approximately 3 hrs driving time). Check-in at Castle Mandawa for 2 nights (Standard Grade Heritage Hotel; Standard Room).

(A pretty little town located just 168 Kms from Jaipur, Mandawa features some beautiful pieces of art and architecture. Mandawa is also known as the fort town, and offers good connectivity to other towns and cities throughout Rajasthan. The town is also referred to as an open art gallery, as it is dotted with several havelis featuring luxury paintings. The frescos on the havelis are colourful and many of them have religious depictions. Some of the most prominent havelis in Mandawa include Chokhani and Ladia Havelis, Binsidhar Newatia Haveli and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. These havelis boast of unique art and architectural designs from the previous eras. The main feature about all the Mandawa havelis are the colourful paintings. These paintings are well maintained and quite colourful. The Mandawa havelis are some of the best examples of traditional architecture and art in the entire region of Shekhawati.)

Afternoon sightseeing of the village with its delightful fresco festooned Havelis once owned by rich Merchants.

Day 08                                    Mandawa

Full free to do painting of World famous Mandawa Havelis with local painting expert.

Day 09                                    To Bikaner

Morning drive to Bikaner (approximately 4 hrs driving time). Check-in at Bhanwar Niwas for 1 night (Heritage Hotel; Deluxe Room).

(Bikaner lies in the Thar Desert and is India’s camel capital. Its location on the caravan route to Central Asia made it a great trading centre. Towering dramatically over the town is the impressive Junagarh Fort. Inside this mammoth that was never conquered are 37 palaces, private temples and pavilions, an architectural range that is immaculately conserved. Projecting balconies, latticed screens and ariel windows add grace to the façade).

Afternoon visit Junagarh Fort and the camel breeding farm.

Day 10                                    To Jaisalmer

Morning drive to Jaisalmer (approximately 6 hrs driving time). Check-in at Hotel Rawalkot for 2 nights (First Class Modern Hotel; Standard Room).

(The Golden City of Jaisalmer rises up from the surrounding desert like a giant sandcastle. Founded in 1156, this ancient city lies in the heart of the Thar Desert with its imposing golden-hued fortress, with its carved spires and palaces, overlooking the town. Extraordinarily 5000 people live in the fort as they did centuries ago. Perched on a hill, the fort is protected by a 30 feet high wall. Two great gateways pierce the

towered battlements of the 12th century citadel where inside are a web of tiny lanes with Jain and Hindu temples and charming havelis. One of the last princely bastions, the remote settlement of Jaisalmer came to be celebrated for the valour of its rulers and for the aesthetic sense represented by their Palaces and Havelis (mansions). The rich merchants engaged stone-craftsmen, who worked with great delicacy on the sandstone mansions they built, filling up facades with sculptural filigree, screen windows, delicate pavilions and beautiful balconies. Jaisalmer is also an ideal place for embarking on a camel safari).

Afternoon free for Drawing and Painting of Jaisalmer Havelis havelis of Salim Singh, Nathmal and Patwon with our painting expert.

Day 11                                    Jaisalmer

Morning enjoy painting of local bazaar with our painting expert.

Afternoon excursion to visit Sam Sand Dunes to view the sunset. Also enjoy a camel ride at Sam and enjoy painting with our painting expert.

Day 12                                    To Jodhpur

Morning drive to Jodhpur (approximately 5 hrs driving time). Check-in at Ratan Vilas for 2 nights (Heritage hotel; Courtyard superior room).

(Jodhpur is one of the most distinctive among Rajasthan’s many princely 500 year old settlementsLocated on the fringe of the Thar Desert, it is known for its impressive fortified bastions in Mehrangarh, built in 1459,  which have witnessed many battles, and which encompasses the beautiful Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) and Phool Mahal (Flower Palace). The Umaid Bhawan Palace (and Museum) holds one in awe due to its grandeur and symmetry. It is built in an Art Deco style of architecture without using any cement in its construction. The museum has a collection of royal finery, local arts and crafts, miniature paintings and a large number of clocks Jaswant Thada is a royal marble crematorium built in 1899 and is constructed out of thin sheets of marble to allow the sun to filter through).

Day 13                                    Jodhpur

Full day free for painting with our painting expert of 15th c. Meherangarh Fort soaring above the city, with its delightful insight into the life and times of the ruling family. Also visit the quiet Jaswant Thada – a marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.

Day 14                                    To Udaipur via Ranakpur

Morning drive to Udaipur (approximately 3 hrs driving time), en-route visit the famous Ranakpur Jain Temples.

(Ranakpur Temples are beautifully sculptured Jain temples that were constructed in 15th century. The main temple in the complex has been beautifully crafted in marble and has 1,444 pillars of which no two are alike).

Check-in at Kankarwa haveli for 2 nights ( Heritage Hotel; Lake view Rooms).

(Cradled in green hills and surrounded by lakes, Udaipur with its marble palaces, is romantic and is referred to as the “Venice of the East”. It was founded in the 16th Century and has elaborately planned gardens and island palaces that sparkle on artificial lakes).

Day 15                                    Udaipur

Full day free to do painting of City Palace Museum, Sahelion-ki-Bari and the Jagdish temple with our painting expert.

(The City Palace Museum built in 1725 is the largest is Rajasthan and famous for its ornate decorations . Its white exterior weathered to ivory, stands on a ridge overlooking the lake. The sprawling structure has preserved its harmonious design, enhanced by massive octagonal towers surmounted by cupolas and connected by a maze of narrow passageways. The rooms of the palace contain beautiful paintings, colourful enamel, inlay glasswork, and antique furniture. The City Palace is actually one of a complex of palaces, two of which have been converted to hotels and one of which houses the current Maharaja).

(Sahelion-ki-Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour) is a beautiful garden with colourful fountains having its carved pavilions an monolithic marble elephants. In the 189th Century, men were forbidden in this garden, where their queens and their ladies-in-waiting came to relax, though the king still found his way in).

Day 16                                    To Homeward Bound

Morning transfer to airport to board your flight to Mumbai, than change your flight to your onward destination.

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