India ~ November 2024

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India Study Trip

Artists immersion into the otherworldly wonders of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Draw geometric and biomorphic ornamental patterns and learn from local craftsmen and historic specialists. Work in intricately carved desert forts, within courtyard havelis and hidden rural retreats and Lakeside Palaces. The experience includes site visits to the wonders of the world: The Taj Mahal, the Agra Red Fort, Fathepur Sikri and Jaisalmer Fort. The trip also includes miniature painting and Jaali Stone carving experiences with local legends.

  • The trip is all inclusive, part 1 is full board, part 2 is half board.
  • Participants are welcome to register for either part 1 or 2, either as private occupancy or single-sex shared accommodation. There is a 10% discount when signing up for the full study trip which includes both part 1&2 ~ 1st – 16th November 2024
  • Open to all abilities.
  • Limited places.
  • Booking essential.
  • All equipment & materials included. 
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In collaboration with www.mysticart.org/

PART 1 ~ Golden Triangle

1st – 9th November 2024

The Golden Triangle is home to India’s crown jewels, a parade of UNESCO-listed architectural gems that stretch from Delhi to Jaipur and Agra.

The majority of the course will take part in the centre of the golden triangle within the 15th Century Ram Bihari Palace nestled in the Aravalis mountain range and overlooking the lake Siliserh. From here we will draw ornamental patterns and paint with local Indian miniature painting legend Ajay Sharma. We make day trips to the Amber palace in Jaipur and Alwar lake. We then travel to Laxmi Vilas Palace from where we will make visits to Fathepur Sikri, Agra Fort, I’timād-ud-Daulah and Shah Jehan’s world-famous monument to love: the mighty Taj Mahal.

PART 2 ~ Rajasthani Desert

9th – 16th November 2024

We will venture deep into the Thar Desert to visit Golden City of Jaisalmer, a former medieval trading centre. We will stay in an ancient sandstone Haveli (courtyard house) and take drawing classes inside the intricately carved Jaheritage mandir palace. We will climb up into the Jaisalmer Fort, a sprawling hilltop citadel buttressed by 99 bastions and visit the ornate Maharaja’s Palace and intricately carved Jain temples and vernacular winding labyrinthian architecture covered in stunning Islamic patterns. 

There will be sunrise drawing class at Gadisar Lake and sandstone Jaali carving workshop at the local workshop.

We will then travel onto finish the tour in Jodhpur popularly known as the Blue Citywhere many buildings are painted the city’s iconic shade of blue. We will scale the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort set on a rocky outcrop, and also visit the incredible Toor Ji ki Baoli stepwell. 

Full details and program itinerary is sent after registration, it can also be requested by emailing islamicpattern@gmail.com


Full India Study Trip
Part 1&2

1st - 16th November 2024

Full course single sex twin occupancy with 10% discount - 14 nights, P1 Full Board P2 Half Board £2020

Full course private occupancy occupancy with 10% discount - 14 nights, P1 Full Board P2 half Board £2380




PART 1 ~ Golden Triangle
1st - 9th November 2024

Single sex twin shared occupancy - 8 nights – full board £1270


Private occupancy - 8 nights – full board £1695




PART 2 ~ Rajasthani Desert
9th - 16th November 2024

Single sex twin shared occupancy - 6 nights Half board £750.

Private occupancy - 6 nights Half board £950