Art Safari adventures to India

Desert Romance of Rajasthan

with artist tutor James Willis

28 December 2015 to 9 January 2016

India Jaisalmer 2

Experience a royal way of life in a timeless corner of Rajasthan as you spend this New Year in Rajasthan painting with James Willis.

We are stretching our horizons to the far desert gems of Rajasthan where James’ colour and architectural skills will be given free reign. This Art Safari is a chance to paint spectacular forts, have a glimpse of rural India, to stay in wonderful locations and to experience the desert island city of Jaisalmer rising out of the sands.

India Jodhpur 2We have picked three areas for this 14 day painting tour – Jodhpur, Nagaur and Jaisalmer for this small group departure.

Each of these Thar Desert cities has breathtaking architecture that will be offset in your sketchbooks by the vibrancy of the people: elegant women in brilliant saris and glittering jewelry and proud men with colourful turbans and long moustaches.  This is also an area for camels and impressive cattle.

Jodhpur is a dazzling blaze of blue on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert.  India Jodhpur 1Jodhpur is dominated by the imposing fortress of Mehrangarh Fort that towers above the city’s rooftops on a sandstone ridge.  Bathed in yellow light at night, this imposing stronghold has the reputation of being the best maintained fort in Rajasthan and holds an outpouring of stories in its walls. It is well worth painting from every viewpoint.  

Nagaur (Fort of the Hooded Cobra) was one of the first Muslim strongholds in northern India and one of the finest examples of Rajput-Mughal architecture.  It’s a wonderful and unique palace to stay in – and to paint.  Built in the early 1100s, it had major renovations in 2007. Ninety fountains flow within the gardens and buildings.

India JaisalmerThe 12th century fortress town of Jaisalmer is set in the midst of the stark and brooding Thar Desert, Jaisalmer offers a rich blend of history, legend and fine architecture. A true citadel  city, Jaisalmer is dominated by its impressive fort, which rises above the desert like a massive sandcastle.

The Royal palace, a cluster of exquisitely carved 15th & 16th Jain temples, mansions and shops are all contained within its walls. Outside the fort is the main market place, leading into lanes flanked by beautifully carved havelis.

We have chosen the coolest time of year to be in the desert – daytime temperatures will be around 24degrees, just perfect for watercolour.

Why not extend your trip?

  • Spend some extra days exploring the gardens, palaces and historic sites of Delhi

Tour Cost per person sharing: from £2778

Single supplement  £725

Flights from approx £850 subject to availability from London, including internal flights from Delhi to Jodhpur return.

India Thar desertWe are happy to arrange all or some your flights for you but offer you the option of sourcing them yourself.

Further information about what art materials and clothing to take with you, medical and insurance requirements etc will be given to you later. Please also feel free to discuss your own private safari, with dates to suit you and with an itinerary to suit you.

Call Heidi or Mary-Anne to reserve your place on 01394 382235

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 Please note:- If you have six or more people, please feel free to discuss your own private safari, with dates to suit you and with an itinerary to suit you.