Let's take you for the painting in Green

This painting tour offers you a different landscape, a different form of hill architecture and a different way of lifestyle in the hills. We remain in the foothills where a stunning valleys, towering pines and dominating snow clad Himalayan peaks keep you busy looking at them. The mountain air in these regions is breath-taking.

Painting Tour in Amazing Seraj and the Himalayan Foothills

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  • This trip is a blend of traditions and innovations. We start from pragpur the first officially declared heritage Village and head towards Shimla – A British time hill station through Dharamsala – the seat of Dalai Lama and some of the most beautiful valley of the Himalayan foothills. 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 State and take lessons from him.

    At the end of this Painting tour 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

    Thirteen Days and Twelve Nights


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  • DAY ONE

    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

    DAY TWO

    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.

    DAY THREE

    Chandigarh – Paragpur

    Distance: 175 Kms / Driving Time : Six Hours Overnight Stay : Homestay. Today we drive through the countryside, the plains of Punjab and gradually enter the hills. Pragpur is India’s first Heritage Village. Evening walk around the village to click the old houses of Sood community known for their architectural beauty.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY FOUR

    Paragpur

    A day to visit Masroor temple and village Masroor. This whole temple is carved out of one single rock. Known for its own style Masroor temple is a marvel example of sculpture.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY FIVE

    Paragpur – Taragarh

    Distance: 100 Kms / Driving Time : Four Hours Overnight Stay : Homestay Taragarh is an old residential estate owned by the king of Jammu. The area around is known for Tea estates planted by the British officers. On the way we shall stop at nadaun and Sujanpur Tira to visit the ruined fort of Katoch Dynasty.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY SIX

    Taragarh

    Visit to Andreta and Baijnath Temple. Andreta is known for making of clay pottery started by a famous potter Gurcharan Singh. Try your hand to learn a few tips to make your own pottery. Later visit the house of Norah Richard, and Irish writer who settled here in mid 30s of last century.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY SEVEN

    Taragarh – Jibhi

    Distance: 200 Kms / Driving Time : Seven Hours Overnight Stay : Homestay Jibhi is a small hamlet located in Banjar Vallley, one of the greenest valley in the Himalayan foothills. Here you will have a chance to paint actual glimpses of hill life. There are remote villages, hill architecture, traditional lifestyle, thick forests, brooks, rivers, springs, waterfalls, temples, local attire and much more. Evening we shall enjoy bonfire and dinner.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner

    DAY EIGHT

    Jibhi

    Morning we shall drive for six kilometers to Shringa Rishi Temple and then hike up for 1.5  kilometers to Village Chaini. Here is a high tower, nearly 1000 years old, made of wood and stone. These towers were once used as watch towers and also were the fortresses to protect the area. Return to guest house for lunch and then drive to Gada Gushaini. From here the views of some of the Himalayan ranges are spectacular. Return to Jibhi for overnight stay.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner

    DAY NINE

    Jibhi – Chindi

    Distance: 100 Kms / Driving Time : Four Hours Drive to Jibhi is as scenic as it can be. Once driven over Jalori Pass (3550 m) we descend to the mighty river Satluj and then drive along with that to ascend to Keludhar. On the way we shall also stop at Behna to visit its ancient wooden temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The wood carvings in this age old temple is an amazing work of art in the hills. From Jalori Pass we have an option to walk for nearly 5 kilometers through a dense Oak forest to visit a lake called Seolsar. This is a natural lake and has a tiny structure next to it as a temple dedicated to Boodhi Nagin – The old Serpent Goddess. In Chindi the hillsides are covered with thick forests, acres of fields with apple orchards that makes if one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh. This portion is still off the beaten track so is an excellent off-beat destination. The place offers excellent sites for landscape, culture and lifestyle photography.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner

    DAY TEN

    Chindi

    Today we shall visit Pangana and Karsog valleys, The is untouched area offers amazing views of lower hill landscape and has several temples that display a high level of traditional craftsmanship. Some important ones are-Mamleshwara Mahadev, Kamakshya Mata, Mahunag, Ardhnarishwara, and the sacred Bhima Rock, Churag temple, Nag Dhamooni at Sairi Bangla, temple at Nag Dhamooni at Saranda.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner

    DAY ELEVEN

    Chindi – Shimla

    Distance: 92 Kms / Driving Time : Three Hours

    Shimla came into existence after the Gurkha British wars in 1816. From then till 1947 the British used it at a holiday resort and then as their Summer Capital. Completely developed by the British Officers Shimla takes you back to the bygone era as the town is a Victorian and post Victorian architecture. Large number of buildings built by the Imperial government remain scattered and the climate of the town has a clear resemblance to Europe. On the way we shall stop at Dhami – a former princely state near Shimla to have lunch with Prince Dushyant. His father Rana Dilip Singh was the last formally recognised Ruler of the state, who died in 1887. He had built a house for himself, known as Dhami House, near Darbar. Later the house was inherited by his son Kunwar Dushyant Singh, a well-known naturalist and a bird watcher. Shimla, from here is 30 km. Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner

    DAY TWELVE

    Shimla

    Overnight Stay: Shimla British Resort So the long awaited day has arrived. Your creations are going to be displayed in the Tavern Hall of our Historical Gaiety Theatre. Inauguration at 11 am. Gaiety Theatre has its own history. Built in 1887 in Neo Gothic architecture and designed by the famous architect Henry Irwin, Gaiety Theatre Shimla has produced may actor who have reached the starry heights of their carriers. The first play to be staged here was ‘Time will Tell’ by Rudyard Kipling. Surprisingly Rudyard was one of the actors in that play. Distance: 100 Kms / Driving Time : Four Hours

    Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner

    DAY THIRTEEN

    Shimla – Delhi

    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.

    This Painting Tour is 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.

    Health

    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 Walking 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.

    Dressing

    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 our Painting Tours 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

    • This tour begins 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

    • 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 the Painting Tour 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.

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  • 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.

    The tour seems to be exhaustive, Will I get enough time?

    This Painting Tour 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.