Art Safari painting holidays and creative adventures in India  

A Desert Romance of Rajasthan 

Early November TBC

with Maxine Relton


This 11-night tour takes us into the heart of the princely state of Rajasthan; we visit beautiful cities with unique architecture, traditional farming towns, journey into the Great Thar Desert that dominates this region, and experience dazzling displays of colours – indigo, fuchsia, cobalt blue, lime… amongst its people and buildings. 

Whether honing your drawing skills, learning from scratch or simply content to drink it all in with or without a camera, you’ll find inspiring and memorable scenes everywhere you look in the ‘Land of Kings’.

Beginners and non-sketchers are equally welcome.  Maxine will encourage you to see with an artist’s eye, to respond to the wonder of ever-changing surroundings, offering plenty of support and guidance, sharing her skills and techniques.

Painting Highlights

  • Paint the ‘Venice of the East’ in Udaipur and enjoy a boat ride on the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola.
  • Drink in the atmospheric views of the Gaib Sagar Lake with its very special temple island and amazing bird life.
  • Sketch village life, costumes and jewellery with a visit to the Bhil tribes.
  • Capture the breathtaking white marble temple complex of Ranakpur.
  • Savour a cooking workshop and learn about traditional Indian cuisine and techniques.
  • Explore the striking Blue City of Jodhpur with its maze of indigo painted houses and narrow medieval lanes, and paint views from the battlements of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort.
  • Discover Rajasthan’s rich rural heritage as we venture into the Thar Desert stopping in authentic and unspoilt rural communities; sketch neat hamlets, wandering cows and haughty camels …
  • Soak up Mumbai’s energetic vibe and admire some of the grandest colonial-era architecture.
  • Take a boat trip from the Gateway of India to the astonishing and sacred Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Cost per person sharing: £TBC
Single supplement if required: £TBC
Internal flights from/to Mumbai: £300 per person approx. (not included)

Our price includes: All accommodation, all meals, art tuition, guiding and hosting, excursions and internal transport by private mini-bus, entrance fees as stated on the itinerary, group airport transfers, and service taxes.  

Our price excludes: International and internal flights, visa fees, travel insurance, drinks, items of a personal nature, gratuities, optional activities, and art materials.

International flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Mumbai from approx £650 (subject to availability)

North India FAQs

Accommodation (these hotels or similar):  Udai Kothi in Udaipur, Udai Bilas Palace in Dungarpur, Ghanerao Royal Castle in Ghanerao, Rohet Garh Hotel in Rohetgahr, Pal Haveli in Jodhpur, and Trident Nariman Point in Mumbai.

The majority of our time is spent in small heritage hotels where you’ll experience a more authentic taste of Rajasthan.  These hotels combine modern comforts with old world charm and showcase the beautiful architectural and decorative features of these bygone palatial residences.  Often, you’ll be hosted by maharajas and maharanis.

Artistic Aims: any subject of choice: people, landscapes, villages, architecture, animals from life, abstract interpretations

Mediums:  Watercolour paints, pencils, water-soluble colour pencils, water-soluble pastels, water soluble coloured felt, gel or marker pens

Group Size:  Between 6 and 10 guests

Suitable for photographers: Yes, the tour format is ideal for photographers!  We will be looking at composition; light and shadow, learn to see with an artist’s eye, there are amazing photographic opportunities during painting sessions.

What will my non- sketching partner do? All our well-chosen and varied locations are brimming with life, colour and activity, which we’ll be aiming to capture as we go and which the whole group can therefore enjoy.  During painting activities non-painters have the full attention of our expert local guide, and if any non-sketchers would like to spend time on their own, Maxine will be happy to discuss alternative activities.

Walking:  This tour is very accessible, let us know in advance if steps/stairs are a problem for you, so we can request ground floor rooms.

Average temperatures in October:  The winter months (October-March) are pleasant throughout Rajasthan with bright sunny days.  During this period, the daily maximum temperature in most of the areas is between 22° – 28° C and the minimum is 8° – 14° C.  We have air-conditioned transport and accommodation throughout.

Pack my swimsuit?  Yes

Suggested tour extensions:  Ask us for inspiration!

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