Let's take you to Painting in Brown in the Mesmerizing Cold Desert

Painting the moon like landscape is an experience in itself. Let us take you to some of world’s most beautiful untouched areas in the interior of the deep Himalaya. Here during your Painting Holidays whatever you gaze at, you are compelled to touch your paper with your brush.


Your Innovations In The Mesmerizing Cold Desert during Painting Holidays

  • Can you pain a landscape without vegetation? Can you paint at a place where the Moon does not make any efforts to create illusions? Can you paint in the Cold Desert where pearl like lakes create a fairy-tale like ambience and the trumpets of the Buddhist Monasteries keep the area alive. Spiti Valley, the sea bed of the ocean Tythes from where the Himalaya aroused is described as World inside the World. After Delhi we meet at Chandigarh where a professors of Arts comes from Shimla to give us some tips on paintings lessons and then we start from Manali before we climb up to Rohtang Pass. The Moonlike lake Chandertal, Kunzum Pass, Lingati Valley and Linglti Valley are some of the highlights of the trip.

    You may have a choice between Acrylic Paint, Charcoal pencil, lead pencil or water color.

    We provide you the following

    • Folding canvas
    • Folding Easel
    • Folding chair or Stool

    • A Sketch Book
    • An Awesome Environment

    On your second day in Chandigarh you will have an interaction with world’s renowned artist of the Shimla and take lessons from him.

    At the end of the Painting Holidays we reach Shimla to display our work at the Tavern Hall of Historic Gaiety Theatre on the Mall Road of town. We’ll make effort that the exhibition of your paintings is inaugurated by eminent personality or any renowned artist of the State.

    Trip Category

    Leisure Green Painting Holiday

    Number of Participants

    Minimum Two and Maximum Eight

    Trip Duration

    Fifteen Days and Fourteen Nights

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    Arrival Delhi

    Overnight Stay : Homestay.

    Welcome to India! You are met by our representative in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and customs formalities. Depart for your Home Stay to check in.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast


    Delhi – Chandigarh

    Overnight Stay : Homestay.

    Transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabadi Express (Leaves at 0740 am and arrives Chandigarh at 11:20 am). Here you are assisted to your hotel. Freshen up and then after lunch we have a session with Him Chatterjee so drive to his Art Gallery located just below Summer Hill. Have a tour of the gallery with Him and then sit in his studio to receive some tips from him.


    Chandigarh – Manali

    Distance: 250 Kms / Driving Time : Eight Hours

    Overnight Stay : Homestay.

    Today morning we drive towards the mountains of Manali. On arrival check into your hotel.

    Lunch en route

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner



    Morning we drive to Dhungri Templ in the Cedar forest. And then drive to Naggar to visit Naggar Castle and Reorich Art Galley.

    The drive is through the Apple orchards, lush landscape and over Narkanda – a small but busy town at the elevation of 9000 feet.

    Early morning breakfast, Sarahan, a beautiful village surrounded by apple orchards and dominated by Shrikhand Mahadev Peak (5155 M/ 16,912 feet) which resembles the “Shivling.” We visit the Bhimakali Temple, a wonderful mixture of Buddhist and Hindu architecture. It is very sacred to both communities. The idol of Goddess Bhimakali is approximately 200 years old.

    Lunch at Ashiana Restaurant (once a Bandstand)

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner


    Manali – Chandertal

    Distance: 100 Kms / Driving Time : Six Hours

    Overnight Stay : Chandertal Camp

    We needs to leave early morning. As early as 6 o’clock to avoind the routine traffic jam. Drive over Rohtang Pass (4000 m) and enter Lahaul valley. From here onwards we drive along River Chandra that originates from Lake Chandertal (4300 meters).

    Chandartal is also known as Moon Lake as it looks like moon in the desert. We might have to walk some distance to reach the lake as sometime the road near the lake is found damaged. Free to go around and paint..

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    Chandertal – Kaza

    Distance: 100 Kms / Driving Time : Five Hours

    Overnight Stay : Hotel Grand Dewachen

    We begin our drive at around 8.30 am and go over the second highest pass on the way. The Kunzum La (4600 m) is crowned by the temple of Goddess Kuzuma. The view of some of the highest peaks in the area from Kunzum La is breath-taking.  Descend to Losar where the permits are checked and now we enter Spiti Valley.  Geographically and archeologically, Spiti is a living museum. The mountains are devoid of any vegetation due to erosion by wind, sun and snow over thousands of years.

    Lunch at Kaza and then free to walk around to explore the area.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner



    Today we drive to Langcha, Komic and Hikkim Villages. In all these Hikkim is the highest village (4587 meters) in the world that is connected by road, electricity, water and telephone.

    Once again Please don’t ask the beauty of the landscape here. We shall not be able to explain it in words.

    Lunch : Packed Lunch

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner



    Today we drive to Langcha, Komic and Hikkim Villages. In all these Hikkim is the highest village (4587 meters) in the world that is connected by road, electricity, water and telephone.

    Once again Please don’t ask the beauty of the landscape here. We shall not be able to explain it in words.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner


    Kaza – Nako

    Distance: 109 Kms / Driving Time : Five Hours (Since we re going to stop on the way so it may take full-day)

    Overnight Stay : Campsite (Fixed tents with attached facilities)

    Today start little early and we shall visit Dhankar, the ancient capital of Spiti. Dankar Gompa (3800 M/ 12,467 feet) was built in the 12th century. This hilltop fort dominates the scene, and once served as a jail. It contains more than 160 scriptures of Lamas and Buddhists in the Bhoti language. A statue of Dhyan Buddha consisting of four complete figures seated back to back is the main attraction of this four to five century-old monastery. Unfortunately, the ancient Gompa, situated on the very edge of the peak, is deteriorating. Entering the interior may be restricted in the very near future. They have shifted the main monastery to a new complex at the entrance of the village. His Holiness the Dalai Lama inaugurated this temple in June 2004.

    Spend good time here and then continue our drive to village of Tabo (3050 M/ 10,006 feet). Built in the year 996 AD, the Chos Khor Monastery at village Tabo is the largest monastery in Spiti and one of the few remaining examples of the Golden Period of Buddhist Culture in the Himalayan Region. The wall frescos of the monastery are comparable in their antiquity and quality to those of the Ajanta caves, hence they are called the Ajanta of the Himalayas. It houses more than 100 Lamas, a large number of scriptures and pieces of art, wall paintings, tankhas and stucco.

    Reach Nako by the evening and stay overnight here.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner



    The village of Nako lies at an altitude of 3625 meters (11,893 feet), high above the last stretch of the Spiti Valley, at the bank of Lake Nako. It was once a very important centre of Buddhism in the region. There are different small sized temples belonging to different periods between the 11th and 12th centuries distributed all over the village, including a monastic complex on its western edge. Boasting four temples and a number of additional buildings, this complex preserves the earliest artistic heritage. The austere and unornamented exteriors of the buildings give little hint of the important artistic and religious legacy that lies within the walls.

    Go around the village and paint.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner


    Nako – Kalpa

    Distance: 100 Kms / Driving Time : Four Hours

    Overnight Stay: Hotel Grand Shangrila

    Today we exit Spiti Valley and enter Kinnaur. Kalpa is in the green area and is known for its apple orchards, remote villages and its beautiful landscape.

    Afternoon walk to Village Roghi on old Hindustan Tibet road.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner



    Overnight Stay: 

    After breakfast walk around the villages in and around Kalpa. These are the ancient and exquisite villages of Chini, Kothi, Pangi and Telangi. You have full day to paint and sketch.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner


    Kalpa – Sarahan

    After a late breakfast we drive to Kalka (96 km – 3 hours) to board Shatabadi Express to Delhi. On arrival you are transfer to hotel shared rooms for wash, change and then late night transfer to the airport for flight home.


    Kalpa – Sarahan

    After a late breakfast we drive to Kalka (96 km – 3 hours) to board Shatabadi Express to Delhi. On arrival you are transfer to hotel shared rooms for wash, change and then late night transfer to the airport for flight home.


    Kalpa – Sarahan

    After a late breakfast we drive to Kalka (96 km – 3 hours) to board Shatabadi Express to Delhi. On arrival you are transfer to hotel shared rooms for wash, change and then late night transfer to the airport for flight home.


    Kalpa – Sarahan

    After a late breakfast we drive to Kalka (96 km – 3 hours) to board Shatabadi Express to Delhi. On arrival you are transfer to hotel shared rooms for wash, change and then late night transfer to the airport for flight home.

    In addition to this tour if you wish your visit to Taj Mahal or The Golden Triangle can be arranged on request.

  • This tour is for those who enjoy painting along with walking & traveling without the knowledge of what is around and the next corner. In this tour you see altogether different landscape, a different form of hill architecture and a different way of lifestyle in the hills. Although we run these walking programs on fixed itineraries but still we keep the trips as flexible as possible for the convenience and comforts of our clients. In these trips we offer the opportunity to walk to some remote areas where every one wishes to go at least once in his or her life but due to certain reasons, such as health, or time sometimes can’t go there.

    These Painting Holidays are for one

    1. One who enjoys in the unknown.
    2. One who is ready for the ups and downs of exploratory travel.
    3. One who does not expect silky comforts during the trips.
    4. One who is prepared to pitch in and help when required.
    5. One who does not care what is there around and after the next curve.


    1. Before you travel to India it is advised that you should consult your doctor for up to date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses.
    2. Although a First Aid Box is always a part of our Kit still we recommend that you carry any personal medical requirements if you have.
    3. Please stick to sealed bottled water. It is cheap and easily available throughout. In car we are going to keep enough water for you.
    4. You should be in a reasonably fit state of health for this holiday. The drives are not very long except on the day 3. Most of the drive are 3 – 4 hours drive. No early morning get up except on the day you travel from Delhi to Chandigarh by train.

    Safety and Security

    1. Check with the embassy in your country and follow their advice for their latest travel information.
    2. It is recommended that you use a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, credit cards, debit cards, ATM cards and other valuable items.
    3. Leave your valuable jewellery at home as you won’t need it while travelling.
    4. Keep your baggage under lock and key.

    Physical Rating

    1. The participant to this Painting Tour should have a certain level of fitness. You may be expected to walk for 5-6 hours a day with your own day pack. The luggage is left in the vehicle so no porters or mules are required to carry it.
    2. We shall be walking on the trails through the green area. The trails at a number of places are narrow, bumpy or dusty. At some places we might be crossing the streams or water flow. So due to these conditions we are likely to walk slowly and might become irritating for you. But only those shall enjoy this Walking Tour who know how to enjoy the Natural beauty and the landscape around.
    3. We are dead sure that the Geographical Carvings and the Landscape on this Walk is so stunning that it does not give you any opportunity to get irritated and leave your camera.
    4. Since we remain under the Tree line so the effects of altitude cannot be a problem, but sometimes if the gradient is steep for you then it is suggested to slow down and go gradually.

    Check List

    1. Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets.
    2. Health requirements arranged. 1 photocopy of above documents, Money: cash/credit card/ travellers’ cheques, Money pouch.
    3. Your personal First-Aid kit including rehydration salts, Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses due to harsh sunlight and exposure to high altitudes.
    4. Wide brim hat or umbrella
    5. Antibacterial hand gel, when water is scarce.
    6. Walking Boots – light weighted.
    7. Boot Protector.
    8. Thin Liner socks : 3 pairs
    9. Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day.
    10. Heavier outer socks.
    11. Tights, for Women. At least one pair.
    12. T – Shirts. Take several.
    13. Light weighted.
    14. Walking pants.
    15. Rain Pants.
    16. Warm socks.
    17. Alarm clock and torch/flashlight.
    18. Lightweight travel towel.
    19. Refillable water bottle, for filling from thermos.
    20. Ear plugs can be useful if avoid someone snoring in the group.
    21. Your own sleeping bag.
    22. Warm clothes. It is recommended to bring thermal under wear, and either a down or a fleece jacket.
    23. A wind proof jacket.
    24. A pair of gloves.
    25. A scarf or face mask for dust, Sarong for covering up when washing / showering.
    26. Underwear. Three pairs are enough.
    27. Bras. For Women, a couple.
    28. Tampons or Sanitary Napkins. They are easily available in the open market.
    29. Toilet Kit.
    30. Insect Repellent.
    31. Bug Powder.
    32. A candle, large and small rubber bands, plastic bags, tape extra pens etc.

    Season for this trip

    1. We have fix departure tours for this itinerary. You may chek the dates in fixed departure section. But you may also ask for a customised tour exclusively for yourself. In winter you might find snowy conditions or very cold anywhere in Himalayas in India above 8000 feet in elevation. Snow melts from spring onwards but also conditions vary from place to place.
    2. By the end of October onwards any place in the Western Himalayas can be very cold.
    3. From second half of July till third week of September is the Monsoon period in India so if you opt to go for this Walking Tour in these months you might have long rainy days.
    4. Remember that Himalayan climate is particularly dependant on two conditions, the elevation and the time of the year. So be prepared. A drop of 2 degree centigrade every 1000 feet gained in elevation is common.

    Weather Conditions

    1. July to September are the monsoon months in India and there could be some unforeseen problems like road blockages due to land slides or roads damages. So a change or delay in itinerary could be there or we reach the destination from some other route, however it is quite unlikely.
    2. Check out at www.accuweather.com for the latest news on the weather forecast in India.


    1. It is very important that when you are travelling to India, you kindly dress up keeping in mind the respect for the locale culture, especially Ladies. In some area you might have some people gathering around you, touching you and looking at you for a long time, as you are a foreigner.
    2. As a general guideline full shirts and full length skirts or knee covered skirts are recommended. At some places or the religious buildings shorts are not allowed as it will restrict your entry into buildings.
    3. At religious places you shall be required to cover your head. The cloth is provided by the temple. So kindly follow the tradition otherwise the authorities might not allow you to enter the premises.
    4. In India before entering all religious places you are required to remove your shoes. You can also bring a pair of floaters footwear those are easily available in the markets in India too, these footwear are easy to remove and wear.
    5. Women are sometimes not allowed to enter some of the religious places in the hills.

    Photography and Interaction with Local

    1. During your Painting Holidays there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. You are allowed to take pictures but it is also suggested that you take permission before clicking their houses, lifestyle and them. One way to start any conversation is with pictures.
    2. Children in the villages might ask you to click their picture. If you have a digital camera you are click and show them on screen.
    3. Also if possible for you to bring some photos/postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country to show them.
    4. People in the hills are very simple and hospitable. They might ask you to come to their house and have a cup of tea as tea is a very common and untimely drink in India. They shall be very happy if you accept their invitation.

    Cultural Shock

    • India is a country which may be very different from something that you may have experienced before. And Specially when you in the interiors of the Himalayan Foothills it might be very different from other areas you have traveled to. In most of the villages here simplicity and poverty can result in initial culture shock. Some villages are still under the poverty line but they follow their traditions and culture strictly. So all this should be seen as an exciting new challenge.

  • Your Guide

    • You’ll be escorted by our guides who are having a very good English speaking skills and with excellent knowledge of the area and it’s history.
    • Our Delhi Guide will recieve you in India and will escort you during your stay in the capital.
    • Second Tour Guide will catch up you in CHandigarh and accompany you throughout your Dukes’ Greet tour till you are back.

    Travel Information

    • These Painting Holidays begin from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. We meet you there and drive to your Home Stay in Delhi.
    • We have to purchase the train ticket from New Delhi to Chandigarh and Shimla to New Delhi, two months in advance.
    • All your luggage shall be put on the top of the car or in the dickey. Ask your driver to help you.
    • Travel in Delhi and Travel from Chandigarh till Shimla Railway Station shall be by Toyota Innova Cars.
    • In case you want to join us at Chandigarh then kindly let us know well in advance. The amount for the Delhi section then will be deducted from your total cost.

    Accommodation and Meals

    • For this particular itinerary we use only the ancestral properties of the Royal Families around Shimla. For details kindly refer to the itinerary given below.
    • Since they all are the descendants of the Royal Dukes to the Hospitality is there in their blood. Not to worry about food they are serving.
    • The electricity supply is 220-240V AC @ 50 Hz. You will require an adaptor of the 2 round pin variety.
    • Alcohol is available at all the three units we are using so you may order separately for it.
    • Except Delhi the entire tour is on Full Board basis. Packed lunches are included on our walking days. At Delhi you have to pay for your  lunches and dinners.

    Travel Light

    • During these Painting Holidays you will be traveling most of the time so pack as lightly as possible (stay under 10 kg/22lb). Most travellers carry their luggage in a back pack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice. Avoid Suitcases.
    • The mountains can be cold. Night time temperatures can be as low as 5 degrees, so bring a set of warmer clothes; thermal underclothes, being small and light, can be very useful. A warm jumper/jacket, cap, gloves and sunglasses no matter what time of the year, as we travel at altitudes above 3500m.

  • Why paint in Himalayan Villages?

    • This is rather a different world depicting the lifestyle of the hills.
    • If Shimla gives you the feel of the Raj then Chindi / Karsog keeps you away from the civilizations.
    • Here the traditional lifestyle will attract you and the Apple orchards, the hills houses, the legendary temples and the stunning landscape will keep your brush on move.
    • Be inspired by the tranquillity of the towering cedars and find a place near some brook and relax.
    • The hotels chosen are simple yet providing a great level of comfort as outside your window you might see the clouds dipping in valleys or a bird singing from the tree top.
    • The extraordinary landscape of Karsog and Chindi will never allow you to move your eyes away from it.


    What colors should I use during this trip?

    Avoid use of Oil colors as they take long time to dry. Use Acrylic paint, charcoal pencils, ink pens or water color.

    These Painting Holidays seems to be exhaustive, Will I get enough time?

    This itinerary has been planned to give you the best of the experience in India. There will be some free time during the tour, for you to explore or just relax and the same shall be informed to you by your Guide.