In the foothills of the Himalayas
Nainital, Uttarakhand, India with Belinda Biggs and Kelly Medford - Watercolours, Oil, Pencil, Crayon, Pastel
Flora, Fauna and 'Plein Air' Landscape March 6th 2018 with Arte Umbria.
This trip is TRULY SPECIAL, EXCEPTIONAL, superlatives fail me. We have fallen in love with India and so have our guests and tutors so we are delighted be going back twice in in 2018. Firstly in spring we are headed to the Himalayas with Belinda Biggs and now Kelly Medford will be joining us so we can offer all mediums on this amazing 'trip of a lifetime!'. Phenomenal artists and dedicated tutors, they are both very excited to be leading this 10 day painting course in Uttarakhand in 2018 which welcomes beginners to experienced artists and their friends or partners covering all mediums. Already attracting international attention from guests who want to visit and paint in this stunning location.
We are offering an option at the end of your 10 days of painting to go on a a couple of safaris staying at a beautiful retreat that also offers a wonderful spa and Ayurvedic treatments. Please check this out at the end of this page.
The area we are visiting for this course is set in Nainital, in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is renowned for it’s wildlife including Tigers and Elephants, Monkeys, exotic birds and insects. Filled with Rhododendrons in Spring making a red carpet of colour in the forests. Panoramas abound and there are so many locations to paint it is hard choosing.
We have had to make a change to the date of this course due to climate change. This year, for the first time the Rhododendrons began blooming 4 weeks early. These glorious blossoms that fill the forests with colour will probably continue to bloom earlier next year. For this reason we have brought the dates of the course forward to ensure we do not miss them. It will be the beginning of spring and the weather will certainly be ideal for painting, trekking and anything else we want to do AND we won’t miss these indigenous blooms.
Belinda is celebrated for her beautiful botanical paintings and birds and animals and landscapes. She also runs her own painting workshop weeks in New Zealand, Norfolk Island and Rarotonga, and a week with us in summer in Umbria. During this painting course she will offer one to one teaching and demonstrations. She encourages and motivates artists with their painting and technique, whatever their level. She’s also very good fun and great company. Please check out her information on the tutor section of this website and her page on our sister website www.arteumbria.com/belindabiggs
Kelly, another of our regular popular tutors and well known to guests who have joined us at Arte Umbria and Painting in Europe is now joining us to paint 'Plein Air' landscapes and townscapes in oil and watercolour. Please check out her paintings on http://arteumbria.com/tutors/kellymedford
We are staying in a very charming family run hotel retreat run by the owner and talented writer Janhavi Prasada. I can guarantee that we will all be looked after beautifully. Each room is a private double room en-suite for single or double occupancy. Breakfast is served at the hotel and we will eat dinner there each night or other local restaurants. Lunch is down to you so you can carry on painting. There is a lovely cafe/restaurant at the retreat where you can order snacks or meals a la carte.
This 10 day course has the all inclusive price (excluding airfare and insurance) of £3650 There will be lots of subjects and opportunities to paint, panoramas, flowers, tours out to local palaces and temples, walking or hiking trips, breakfast in the hotel and dinner out every night at different local restaurants to sample local (DELICIOUS!) or international cuisine.
Non participating partners sharing the suite are welcomed at a discount of 35%. No single person supplement. Lots of trips and excursions for non participating partners, tons of things to see and do.
Where we are staying
Built in 1876 the property was called "Abbotsford Lodge" owned by an Englishman, John Hope Simpson, Esquire of the Indian Civil Service in the erstwhile United Province of Agra and Oudh. Bought in 1903 by the Prasada's it was rechristened “Prasada Bhawan". The fourth generation of the family carry on the rich legacy of the past. Interiors are a tasteful mix of high wooden ceilings; tinned roof and pinewood flooring that give the perfect feel of the classic mountain house. Decorating the halls and catching the eye of the visitor are the many fascinating art deco pieces reflecting the exotic, sophisticated taste of it’s owners from different times. Antiquarian items from different ages and different parts of the world adorn the house - Italian marble busts, garden statues, Afghani and Jail carpets, Wedgwood plate hangings, swords, muskets and elephant tusks.
The suites are full of natural light. Antique and contemporary furniture compliments the contrasting textured walls of the rooms. Seasoned pinewood covers the floors, and the rooms have a fabulous view of the peaks and the sounds of chirping birds and rustling trees. All our rooms are individually heated and equipped with cable TV. Bathrooms are decorated with colorful Vietri tiles. All have a shower and are scented with the essence of products of Forest Essentials.
The restaurant Cafe Chica offers organic wholesome delicious food and there are also opportunities to participate in cookery classes.
With Treks and Hikes all around that can be tailored to suit you, evening bonfires and a magnificent Golf Course close by. It is a wonderful place to stay.
You will need to bring your own paints and materials. There is an extensive materials list on our websites to help you pack. Belinda will also advise on this so please feel free to contact her directly via her website http://www.belindabiggs.com .
Dotted with lakes (Nainital Lake, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Khurpatal, Sattal), Nainital has earned the epithet of 'Lake District' of India'. The most prominent of the lakes is Naini lake ringed by hills.
Nainital's unending expanse of scenic beauty is nothing short of a romance with awe-inspiring and pristine Mother nature. Known for its beneficial climate and breathtaking beauty, the Nainital town is a popular health resort and attracts tourists around the year.
Long walks along the charming forest trails in the neighbouring woods is another added attraction in Nainital and in spring with the beautiful flowers it is just THE perfect time to visit.
Weather for Nainital in Spring
This time of year is a comfortable mid to high 20’s, but can vary due to climate change. There will be a full moon on April 30 with stunning photo opportunities across to the panoramic Himalayas and the beautiful lake.
All leading airlines fly to Mumbai or Delhi; an internal connecting flight takes you to Pantnagar. You will be collected by taxi and driven straight to our hotel where we will be waiting to greet you. We recommend Air India, or Jet Air who both provide international flights and connecting flights to Pantnagar.
You will need a tourist VISA to visit India but this is easily done online, please follow this link for all the information you will need and to receive your Visa online.
Please contact us if you would like any help with travel.
For guests traveling from Australia or New Zealand, we recommend that you use Whitesands Travel. They will be booking travel for Belinda and you can all arrange to travel together. Please contact Craig O'Regan on the information below:
5/113 Queen Street
Berry NSW 2535
Tel:- +61 2 44642863
This optional 3 night Safari Trip £840 all inclusive with full board, 2 safaris. (Bar bill, personal expenses and optional spa/ayurvedic treatments at your own expense).
We will be arranging the travel from Abbotsford to the Safari destination. The perfect way to either unwind, or to see some more beautiful wildlife. We are staying at Jim's Jungle Retreat at the Corbett Tiger Reserve.
This place is EXTRA special and we are lucky to go there courtesy of a dear friend in India.
Included in this price:
- Full board accommodation
- Transfer from hotel and return
- 2 Safaris
- Spa treatments at your expense
Jim's Jungle Retreat at the Corbett Tiger Reserve
To see more information about this exciting safari please click on the link below:
Belinda Biggs &
Date: March 6th 2018
Place: Nainital, Uttarakhand, India
Artists: Belinda Biggs and Kelly Medford - Watercolours Flora, Fauna and Landscape
Duration of the course: Ten days painting in the foothills of the Himalayas
This 10 day course has the all inclusive price (excluding airfare and insurance) of £3650. There will be lots of subjects and opportunities to paint, panoramas, flowers, tours out to local palaces and temples, walking or hiking trips, breakfast in the hotel and dinner out every night at different local restaurants to sample local (DELICIOUS!) or international cuisine.
Non participating partners sharing the suite are welcomed at a discount of 35%. No single person supplement.
This price includes all your accommodation in a very charming family run hotel retreat run by the owner and talented writer Janhavi Prasada. I can guarantee that we will all be looked after beautifully. Each room is a private double room en-suite for single or double occupancy. Breakfast is served at the hotel and we will eat dinner there each night or other local restaurants. Lunch is down to you so you can carry on painting. There is a lovely cafe/restaurant at the retreat where you can order snacks or meals a la carte.
More Photos of this area
To tempt you to this exciting opportunity to visit this region of the Himalayas and paint with Belinda, here are a few photographs of the area and the hotel. Please click on any of the small images to see a larger picture.