An example of a 14 day painting holiday – available for all groups and their guides, who wish to paint surrounded by the Beauty of Northern India.
Dates for 2023 & 2024 are to be published soon.
There is nowhere more memorable to paint than India. As Mark Twain wrote it is “the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined.” More than 150 years later daily life in India still provides a constant flow of visual feasts that delight the artist and onlooker alike.
Basunti provides a kaleidoscope of scenery. It is surrounded on three sides by a vast lake with the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayan foothills as a back-drop. Eagles soar overhead, mongoose bustle across jungle tracks, peacocks roam the meadows below and cows wander home in the dappled sunlight each evening past simple roadside shrines. The simplicity and tranquillity of rural Indian village life is on your doorstep while Basunti’s tropical garden provides panoply of vivid and unusual plants and flowers.
In between painting sessions there is the relaxed lifestyle of Basunti to be enjoyed with swimming, canoeing, bird watching, fishing, and jungle walks. Basunti can be a your base for stay visits and excursions to destinations that provide a variety of contrasting scenery and cultures. Basunti is situated a few hours drive away from McLeod Ganj, a vibrant, bustling hill station that is home to HH The Dalai Lama and the Tibetan community in exile; the sunken 8th Century Bathu Temples (only revealed as the lake waters recede) are 1.5 hours away; then there are Masroor Rock Temples, Kangra Fort and the city of Amritsar & The Golden Temple. Other extension tours are available on request.
Building on the success of previous painting retreats lead by various artists – Helen Halliday, Sonia McNally & Jenny Blake and Lucy Nesbitt-Comaskey – Basunti is welcoming self motivated artists to come and paint at Basunti.
Our painting retreats normally have a 10-14 day duration, depending on the leading teacher. They are suitable for professional and amateur artists, who will have the opportunity to draw onto the teacher’s experience in whatever medium used, together with touring and exploring different parts of North India.
An example of a 14 day Tour: you will be travelling, visiting places of interest and painting, all under the guidance of the leading teacher. You will be staying 2 nights in the city of Amritsar, visiting The Golden Temple, enjoy 8 nights at Basunti Resort, followed by a 3 nights stay in the town of McLeod Ganj (you will be visiting places of interest, including the Dalai Lama residence and temple, and enjoy shopping…). You will also visit Norbulingka, the Institute for the Preservation of Tibetan Arts and Crafts. There will be one additional nights back in Amritsar before flying home.
If you teach painting and wish to bring your own group to paint at Basunti and the surrounding area, please email us via the contact page. We can assist you with planning and arranging your itinerary.
(maximum group size:16)