Visit this unique studio in the Kalimpong hills where you can pick up gorgeous artworks done by children of tea garden workers.
What Is It?
An art studio set in the picturesque Kalimpong hills. The School for Natural History Art is run by Hemlata Pradhan, an award-winning botanical illustrator. She has studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, the Royal College of Art in London, and is the winner of UK’s Royal Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal.
How Do I Get There?
It is located in the middle of mountains in the village of Relli, Darjeeling district. Take a train to New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri. Shared as well as private cab services are available from these places to Kalimpong.
What's So Unique About It?
Well, the location of the studio perched on a hill. And of course, the art made by the children here. Their works will leave you speechless with their beauty. You can pick up botanical paintings and ceramic art at the studio, as well as sets of gorgeous greeting cards and bookmarks with images of Hemlata’s botanical drawings.
Anyone can join their informal weekend classes. You can attend workshops and classes in natural history art and various other art forms. Or if you have any expertise to share with the children, or can hold interesting workshops with them, the studio welcomes you to stay and teach.