and other exotic locations with Arte Umbria

Paint Magical Wild Beasts and Birds in the Indian Jungle with the incredible Liz Chaderton


28 October 2019

Fully escorted 11 night trip (Main 8 night trip with an option to go and see the Himalayas - an extra 3 nights.)

Leading this painting trip will be the amazing Liz Chaderton a watercolour superstar and lover of all flora and fauna. As our colleagues and friends know, we have fallen completely in love with India, as have our guests and tutors, so it will be an absolute thrill to go back. Liz's new book 'Paint Watercolours on Canvas' has just gone to Number 1 in the Amazon charts!

We are headed to the Corbett Wildlife Reserve in Uttarakhand to the jungle where we will get the chance to see tigers, leopards, jackals, sloths and elephants, a wealth of spectacular birds and, along the rivers and lakeshores, crocodile and other reptile species. Finally there is the option to head into the mountains to see the breathtaking Himalayas, painting, photographing and trekking.

Led by Liz Chaderton and Seraphina and David Moody. Between us we have 30 years experience running these fabulous painting courses.

Liz will be specialising in watercolour and Seraphina will be offering photography on this amazing 'trip of a lifetime'. Phenomenal artist and dedicated hosts, we are all very excited to be leading this 10 night painting course in the Indian Jungle of Uttarakhand which welcomes beginners to experienced artists and their friends or partners.

This course is already attracting international attention from previous guests who want to visit and paint in this stunning location, so early booking is essential to guarantee our places and the best rooms plus Safari jeep permits. We need to ensure we have the best naturalists with us for our trip to the jungle and Himalayas and these have to be booked months in advance of our trip.

After the 7 days at Jim’s Jungle Retreat we are offering an extra option at the end of your 7 days of painting to go painting in the foothills of the Himalayas, bird watching and a little trekking if you are interested. Please check this out at the end of this page.

What the trip will offer:

8 NIGHTS £2999 (1 in Delhi overnight then 7 nights painting in the Jungle)

Upon our arrival in Delhi on 28th October we will be staying at a local airport hotel for one night. Dinner and breakfast are included with your stay. In the morning we will be collected from the hotel after breakfast to transfer up to the Jungle on the 29th October

Depart 29 October from Delhi to the Jungle.

We arrive at Jim’s Jungle Retreat on the edge of the Corbett Tiger Reserve for 7 nights in Uttarakhand. (Optional 3 nights extra in the foothills of the Himalayas (please see below)).

You will need to bring your own materials. Liz is currently updating her list of travel equipment for 'Plein Air and Flora and Fauna’ please contact her directly if you would like to discuss materials contact Liz Chaderton

Included are:

Full board during your stay. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and afternoon tea.

3 jeep safaris into the jungle to hopefully see all the wildlife including Tigers and Elephants and spectacular birds and reptiles. Afterwards relax with a drink by the pool.

  • 1 x Wildlife Activity – Flora & Fauna Interpretation Walk with our Naturalist
  • 1 x Wildlife Activity – Bird Watching Walk with our Naturalist
  • 1 x Wildlife Activity – Cycling Expedition with our Naturalist
  • 1 x Wildlife Documentary / Slideshow – every evening next to the jungle bar

There is a lovely Spa and pool where you can relax.

To see more information about this exciting place and safaris please click on the link below:

Jims Jungle Retreat

Departure on the 5th November back to Delhi airport for your return trip OR you leave after breakfast to head on to the optional 3 nights in the foothills of the Himalayas where you will depart back to Delhi for your return flight on 8th November.

THE HEIGHTENED EXPERIENCE - Optional Extra - Himalayas 3 nights

£675 per person painting (40% discount for non painters sharing a room)

Having visited the Himalayas several time, we know this is a truly spectacular encounter with the landscape. It’s a very emotional experience seeing this vast range of snow covered mountains floating above you, something that speaks to the artist and poet in all of us.

We have planned a 3 night visit including an excursion to a perfect vista of the Himalayas, bird watching and painting in Nainital, Uttarakhand, India, returning to Delhi airport on the 8th November.

We will be staying at the Abbotsford with breakfasts and dinners. The local Ayurvedic Spa offers a range of treatments to help you relax and unwind.


Early morning drive for photos of the snow capped Himalayas

Trip to the lakes and temples, the high altitude zoo and some shopping at the local bazaar.

With Tutor Liz Chaderton -

Watercolours, Pencil, Pen & Wash, - a specialist in Wildlife, Animals and Flowers Liz Chaderton Website

With host Seraphina Moody -

Watercolour, Oil Painting, Wildlife Watercolours, Photography Seraphina Moody Website

The famed delights of India are yours to sample. Add to this time spent with Liz, a very talented artist and popular tutor. Beginners to experienced artists are welcomed. Liz specialises in watercolour and inks/crayons. but on this trip is more than delighted to teach and tutor in the medium of your choice, watercolour, oil, pastel or acrylic. With a tutor of this calibre who has an enthusiastic following, we strongly advise early booking. Places are limited and have to be booked well in advance to ensure the best rooms and to arrange permits for safaris on the jungle trip.

The painting days will start with Liz talking you through different views, looking for subjects followed by a short demonstration. She will assist where necessary to help you with your paintings with plenty of advice and help where needed. We have our own studio to use on site equipped with easels at our retreat in the jungle.

At the end of the day you and Liz will look at your paintings with constructive criticism over an aperitif.

If you would like to take up the option at the end of our trip, we will be accompanying you (WE don’t want to miss out!) the price for everything is:
Total for both (11 nights) £3674 per person painting (40% discount for non painters sharing a room).

Picture yourself painting panoramas, lakeside and mountain views, fill your sketchbooks or canvases with exotic flowers, enjoy guided tours to local palaces and temples and a variety of walking or hiking trips.

Non participating partners sharing the suite are welcomed at a discount of 40%. No single person supplement. We make sure there are lots of trips and excursions for non participating partners, so they will have a rich experience too with lots to tell family and friends afterwards!


You will need to bring your own paints and materials. There is an extensive materials list on our websites to help you pack. Liz will also advise on this so please feel free to contact her directly via her website Liz Chaderton's Website.

Materials List

For photography, we recommend you bring a good DSLR camera, but digital 'snappies' are totally fine with a manual setting, a tablet or laptop to view and back up your photographs and any good zoom lens that you may have.


This time of year is a comfortable mid to high 20's centigrade, but can vary due to climate change.


We recommend that you fly to New Delhi International Airport - Indira Ghandi.
All leading airlines fly to Delhi. We will arrange collection from Delhi Airport to bring you to your overnight stay in Delhi before we are transported off the the jungle the next day.

Seraphina and David will be in reception to greet you and help check you in and be escorting you all the way through your wonderful adventure.

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.


Below is some travel information to help.

When travelling you need to book your return trip to and from Delhi International. You should arrive in Delhi on 28th October 2019 and your return flight from Delhi will be 9th November if you are taking up the Himalayan option. If you are not taking up the option to visit the Himalayas you will be returning from Delhi on the 5th November. (There will be an extra charge for you to get the coach back to Delhi or Mumbai from Jim’s Jungle Retreat). If you are taking up the Himalayan option, you will be leaving Nainital for Delhi in the morning of 8th November, for you to get your return flight that day or the next, or continue with your travels around fabulous India.

If, however, you are taking up the Option to visit the Himalayas the return trip is included.

Please contact us if you would like any help with travel.

We are not travel agents but can recommend a travel agent in Australia and in London to help with your arrangements.

Non participating partners sharing the deluxe room are welcomed at a discount of 40%. No single person supplement.



Some lovely words from some super guests from our recent painting trip to the Himalayas this March 2018.

'Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your hard work to ensure that our holiday was a success. You both really knocked yourselves out taking care of us. I couldn’t have asked for more. Hope your journey home was smooth. I’ll be in touch when I’ve had a go at finishing my pictures.'
Nancy B. Himalayas March 2018

'Thank you Sara and David
Also thanks for a wonderful Holiday, I look at the pictures and think what a great experience it was. Being able to see the animals in the wild was a treat, as was seeing the Himalayas. It all went so fast. I have travelled a lot, and this trip is up among the top Holidays I have had.'
Best Wishes Karen. Himalayas March 2018


What to expect on this trip

We know this area very well now. It is perfect if you have always wanted to go but prefer to have someone with you who is familiar with the region. Liz and the group will travel with you to locations during the day painting and drawing. She will decide on the time according to the changing light of the day and we have a studio with easels that we can use whenever we want at Jim's Jungle Retreat.

This price includes all your accommodation, all meals and afternoon tea in relaxing surroundings. Our stunning location is very popular and fills very quickly months in advance. Early booking is really recommended as we need to ensure the best naturalists for our safaris.


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. We will be staying at The Naini Retreat 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.


Ramnagar, Uttarakhand

Jim's Jungle Retreat at the Corbett Tiger Reserve
To see more information about this exciting safari please click on the link below:

Jim’s Jungle Retreat is situated in the lush southern forests of Jim Corbett National Park, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. There are 18 residences, designed with a focus on aesthetic, comfort and of capturing the area's history. These include jungle cottage and lodges borrowing from their architectural past - old forest bungalows and rest houses of the Raj era.

Everyone cares for us beautifully and we want for nothing.

Luxuriant fabrics, fine linen and subtle detailing create a comfortable and sophisticated environment. Century-old lithographs and prints of Indian wildlife frame the walls. The furniture is designed with extensive use of local craftsmanship and material, and each uniquely-styled residence exudes charm and exclusivity.

If you are on the lookout for an invigorating yet relaxing stay in Corbett National Park, then Jim’s Jungle Retreat is the perfect amalgamation of luxury in the midst of wilderness and an unforgettable, immersive wildlife experience.

Photograph Gallery Jim's Jungle Retreat

Below are a selection of photographs taken at Jim's Jungle Retreat please click on any thumbnail to see a larger picture.

All Photographs © Seraphina Moody 2018 All Rights Reserved

Paint Magical Wild Birds and Beasts in the Jungle

The Indian Jungle with Liz Chaderton

October 28th 2019

8 nights (1 in Delhi and 7 nights in the Jungle) with optional Himalayan 3 night extra

Reserve your spot now on this exclusive trip with Liz before 28 February and take advantage of a 10% discount!

Painting in Europe with Arte Umbria -10 Night painting course staying at Jim’s Jungle Retreat, in the Corbett Wildlife Reserve.

Optional extra of 3 nights staying in the foothills of the Himalayas

8 Night painting course

and Jim’s Jungle Retreat


£2999 per person painting (40% discount for non painters sharing a room)

Optional extra:

3 Night Painting or Exploring

The Heightened Experience - Himalayas 3 nights
Option Price: £675 per person painting (40% discount for non painters sharing a room)

Total for both (11 nights)
£3674 per person painting (40% discount for non painters sharing a room).

Flights, Travel and Health Insurance not included.


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Photo Gallery

To tempt you to this exciting opportunity to visit this region, here are a few photographs of the area. Please click on any of the small images to see a larger picture.