Thangka Painting Workshop and Sightseeing Tour - 1 day

Thangka Painting Workshop and Sightseeing Tour - 1 day

Thangka Painting Workshop in the heart of Nepal - Bouddhanath offers a unique hands-on experience of learning ancient art from experts. Get an informative introduction to the spiritual and meditative Tibetan Buddhist art form that has been passed on from generation. By the end of the session, with the guidance of a professional artist, you will have prepared a decent Thangka painting.

Thangka Painting workshop is suited for everyone and doesn't require any prior experience. It is a truly blissful experience of learning the deep spiritual meanings of life through Thangka designs and patterns in the land of the Buddha.

Trip Highlights

  • The spiritual experience of making Thangka paintings with the guidance of an expert artist
  • Learn about the ancient art practice and the use of specific tools and techniques to create a beautiful piece
  • Take home the self-made Thangka painting as a remembrance of the workshop

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Sightseeing Tour, Thangka painting, Souvenir Shopping and Dropoff

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Sightseeing Tour, Thangka painting, Souvenir Shopping and Dropoff

Pickup from Hotel and Sightseeing Tour

Get up early for an exciting workshop on this day, along with cultural sightseeing. The guide will come to pick you up at the hotel. We will then drive to the beautiful city of Bouddhanath. We begin with a sightseeing tour around the Bouddhanath.

Introduction to Thangka Painting

After the brief tour, we will proceed on to visit the workshop of the master artist who will introduce the art of painting these immaculate pieces. Thangka painting is a Tibetan Buddhist practice known to have begun as early as the 7th to 11th century. Predominantly these paintings depicted Buddha and different Tibetan deities, but it has evolved in the current times. The Newari Buddhist community in Nepal also took it in their stride and created similar paintings, known as 'Paubha.'

The master artists learned this art from a young age and have an excellent focus and commitment required to complete even the most intricate Thangka. While exploring the workshop, you will witness the attention to minute details and the use of thin brushstrokes in the paintings.

Creating Thangka painting

The class begins with the master artist teaching you the use of different brushes and painting tools. You will begin using the very basic Thangka techniques known as 'Sirdang,' which means small horizontal lines, and 'Choptang,' which means small dots. Depending upon your previous experience, the complexity can be taught accordingly.

As this is only a day's class, the design will be simple and easy to complete, like a form of Buddha, Lotus flower, or religious pieces. While completing the painting, a sense of calm, focus, and dedication will overcome you.

You can also take home the Thangka painting that you have completed as a remembrance.

Souvenir Shopping

After the amazing and soul-searching experience, you can buy some professional Thangka products from the master artist to take back home. The Thangkas range from a few hundred to even thousand dollars depending upon the patterns and the materials used. However, it adds to supporting the local craftsman and the economy.

Dropoff at Hotel

Following the delightful day, we bid farewell to the master artist and will be driven to the hotel.

Learning the skill with a day's worth of workshops is not as easy. Hence some tourists also prefer to extend their stay to 15 to 30 days to learn the art to its fullest. Let us know your preferences, and we shall manage it accordingly.

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Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Based on 1 reviews
Very good

Logan Clemens
Feb 17, 2023
Thangka Painitng
I recently participated in the Thangka Painting Workshop and Sightseeing Tour organized by Third Rock, and it was a truly enriching experience. The workshop was led by a talented and experienced Thangka artist who shared with us the intricate techniques and symbolism behind this ancient form of Tibetan art. It was amazing to watch as our own paintings took shape under his guidance. The sightseeing tour was equally fascinating, as we visited some of the most iconic landmarks of Kathmandu. From the ancient temples of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath to the beautiful Durbar Square, every stop on the tour was filled with history and culture. The entire day was well-organized and enjoyable, with ample time for both learning and exploration. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable and made sure that we were comfortable and informed throughout the day.
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