Grahame Booth painting in India 2017

Grahame Booth

Join him to paint in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
October 25 2017, for 10 days with ARTE UMBRIA

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Following on from our wonderful and successful week in 2016, one of our most popular tutors Grahame Booth is very excited to be leading this 10 day course in Udaipur in 2017 and to show painters its most atmospheric vistas and architecture. Grahame is renowned for his demonstrations which he will be doing each day and he encourages and motivates artists with their painting and technique and you can sample all the delights that India can offer. Grahame is a very experienced tutor in watercolours. Beginners to experienced artists welcomed.

This 10 day course has the all inclusive price (excluding airfare and insurance) of £2795. There will be lots of subjects and opportunities to paint, tours out to local palaces and temples, 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 stunningly beautiful hotel on the edge of Lake Pichola with panoramic views out to the Taj Palace and the City Palace, all rooms are double suites (NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!). The stunning hotel is very popular and fills very quickly months in advance. Early booking is really recommended to ensure the best rooms overlooking the lake or with a balcony.

What to expect on this trip

We know this area very well. It is perfect if you have always wanted to go but prefer to have someone with you who is familiar with the region. Grahame will be going out with you to locations during the day painting and drawing. He will be doing a demonstration each day. He will decide on the time according to the changing light of the day. There will be many opportunities to explore the area and take in its many colourful scenes. Have an adventure on a Tuk Tuk into the centre, around the colourful spice and vegetable market, a trip to the impressive City Palace, or up to the Monsoon Palace to paint the sunset. There is also an opportunity to take a boat ride around the lake. During the week we will arrange 3 trips but you are welcome to explore everything Udaipur can offer including wonderful shops, Ayurvedic centres, jewellery and beautiful silk and linen fabrics. We will all be there to guide and help you.

You will need to bring your own watercolours and materials. Grahame is currently updating his list of travel equipment for 'Plein Air'. Grahame travels very 'light' but he believes that if you want to paint Plein Air you need to carry everything with you and he has this down to a fine art. There is an art shop in Udaipur that has materials, but not brands that most people are used to, but it works well as a back up if you need anything more during your stay.

Suggested materials
Download our PDF of  the suggested materials sheet from Grahame ready for your trip:
Click here to download


The hotel Amet HaveliThe Hotel Amet Haveli

The truly delightful, charming hotel is set on the edge of the Pichola Lake with breathtaking views of Jagdish Temple, Gangaur Ghat, City Palace, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir and Sajjangarh Fort. Each suite has air conditioning, television with cable, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, mini fridge, hair driver, free Wi-Fi and intercom. There is a lovely pool at the hotel. There is also a doctor on call (hopefully not needed), travel assistance, parking, laundry and the hotel takes American Express, MasterCard and Visa.

There is a lovely restaurant, the Ambrai, on the edge of the lake serving a choice of cuisines. Pamper your taste buds with the mouthwatering food of Amet Haveli during your stay in Udaipur. This paradise lakeside garden restaurant will tantalize your senses – prepare for gastronomical bliss!


Udaipur city, also known as the 'City of Lakes' and the 'Venice of the East', is a very popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, India. The capital of the former princely state of Mewar is considered as one of the most romantic cities of India. Udaipur is a land of azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. The city is a blend of sights, sounds and experiences. With its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes, the city evokes it’s heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry. Voted the Best City in the World in 2009!

Pichola Lake
Lake Pichola, an artificial fresh water lake created in the year 1362 AD, is one of a set of lakes in the city . The lake was built by Banjara, a gypsy and grain merchant during the reign of Maharana Lakha. Later, Maharana Udai Singh, impressed by the charm of this lake with the backdrop of green hills, founded it on its banks. Expect atmospheric dawns and magnificent sunsets.
  • Jag Niwas, site of the Lake Palace.
  • Jag Mandir, with the palace of the same name.
  • Mohan Mandir, from where the king would watch the annual Gangaur festival celebration.
  • Arsi Vilas, a small island which has a small palace. It was built by one of the Maharanas of Udaipur to enjoy the sunset on the lake. It is also a sanctuary catering to a variety of birds, including tufted ducks, coots, egrets, terns, cormorants and kingfishers.


All leading airlines fly to Mumbai or Delhi; an internal connecting flight takes you to Udaipur. 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 Udaipur.

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.

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


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 November 4th with stunning photo opportunities across the lake.
ArteUmbria painting in India with Grahame Booth in 2017 and Roger Dellar in 2018

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