Thangka Painting tours in Nepal gain you a rare insight into the traditional Buddhist culture to learn about this fascinating religion through art. See and understand why they are an integral part of the culture. Learn from your (master) teacher during this Thangka painting tour.
Thanka is a colorful painting integral to the Buddhist culture. A Thangka means “flat painting,” can be found in very Buddhist monastery and home. They are often used for religious purposes. On this tour, you will take at a real Thangka painting school and there you will learn the history of these traditional paintings by professional teacher. Also you can take some Thanka to home to your friends and relatives as a unique souvenir.
Thangka painting is a meditative exercise in interactive worship, each brush stroke carefully placed to preserve the balance of the piece. Concentration and attentiveness to the art of painting facilitates a state of pieces and meditative calm to bring you closer to your inner Buddha. The murals are known for their elaborate and colorful depictions of Buddhist legends, demons and angels and master monks from ancient times. Beneath the legends, complex geometric pattern govern the balance of the murals, the spacing carefully arranged by the science of the Thangka artist. With this one of a kind workshop, you will be able to communicate with your inner artist and learn the ancient art of the Thangka master.
Thangka is also known as Tangka, Thanka or Tanka is a Tibetan silk painting with embroidery usually depicting a Buddhist deity, famous scene or mandala of some sort. Originally, thangka painting became popular among traveling monks because the scroll paintings were easily rolled and transported from monastery to monastery. These thangka served as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas. One popular subject is The Wheel of Life, which is a visual representation of the Abhidharmateachings (Art of Enlightenment).To Buddhists these Tibetan religious paintings offer a beautiful manifestation of the divine, being both visually and mentally stimulating. Thangka, when created properly, perform several different functions. Images of deities can be used as teaching tools when depicting the life (or lives) of the Buddha, describing historical events concerning important Lamas, or retelling myths associated with other deities.
The work itself may take several months; depending on the size and subject.Thanka are all unique, totally handmade works of art, which deserve a place in every interior. Thankas are painted on coarse cotton or on canvas, stretch on wooden frame and treated with mixture of lime plaster, flour and glue them when dry, rubbed with an object e.g conch to make the surface smooth. When the cloth is ready, the outline is drawn with soot from oil lamps or charcoal, and later traced in ink. The outline would always begin with the central figure around which the secondary scenes would then be drawn, and the colors, mixed with thin glue were filled in. We take you to Bouddha & Bhaktpur as your Thanka Tour. You will really enjoy the paintings, colors & the work of Thankas there.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
On your arrival in Kathmandu, we receive and transfer you to hotel and provide detail information about Thankas& the place we visit during our tour. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Tour
Guided city tour visit Kathmandu and Patan durbar square, Swoyambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath temple.
Day 3: Bhaktpur Tour
This day after breakfast you go to full day visit Bhaktapur and Boudhanath Stupa. Bhaktpur is an ancient cultural city of Nepal. There are three kinds of Thanka Painting that one can observe in Bhaktapur. Mandala - Mandala is a Sanskrit word. Its literal meaning is a circle that is a tantric meditating device and an aid for concentration. It is a kind of instrument to assist the devotee who wants to concentrate in meditation, a psycho-cosmogram which helps one to disintegrate from the one to the many and to reintegrate from the many to one that is to Absolute consciousness.
Buddha Life -This is one of the most popular themes of Thanka which is very easy to understand. This Thangka does not have philosophical and psychological explanation. This consists of 12 groups of figures, showing the happenings in the life of Buddha.
The Wheel of Life (Bhavachakra) -The theme of this painting is one of the most important and popular in Himalayan countries. Almost all the entrance wall of all monasteries is painted with the wheel of life. This picture shows the knowledge gained by Buddha reflecting the cause of suffering and release from suffering. It looks similar to Mandala but is not as complicated as Mandala. Drive to Nagarkot. Sunset Tour.
Day 4: Kathmandu Airport.
Early in the morning view sunrise with a cup of tea/coffee .You can enjoy the panoramic view of the major peaks including Mt. Everest. After breakfast drive to Kathmandu Airport & go for your destination.