Andretta: an artist’s paradise located in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh

Andretta is a beautiful village in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is famous worldwide for its artists’ colony. The artists’ colony was established in the 1920s, when Irish theater artist and environmentalist, Norah Richards, shifted here from Lahore. She was unhappy in England after her husband died and she longed to return. So, when she met an Englishman who was willing to sell her land in Kangra for Rs. 1, she bought it and this place was in Andretta.

Andretta: an artist's paradise located in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh

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It is located near Palampur in the Kangra District, with Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas as a backdrop. Andretta over the years has attracted many noted artists, theater practitioners, painters and more recently potters. Two of the famous people who became associated with it early on were painters Sobha Singh and B.C. Sanyal.

Andretta: an artist's paradise located in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh
Sobha Singh
Andretta: an artist's paradise located in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh
Painting of Sohni-Mahiwal by Sobha Singh
Andretta: an artist's paradise located in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh
B.C. Sanyal

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Andretta: an artist's paradise located in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh
Painting by B.C. Sanyal

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Tourist attractions in Andretta

1) Andretta Pottery and Craft Society

Andretta: an artist's paradise located in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh

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2) Norah Richard’s House

Andretta: an artist's paradise located in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh
Norah Richard’s House

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3) Norah Richard’s Centre for the Arts

4) Sir Sobha Singh Art Gallery

Andretta: an artist's paradise located in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh

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How to reach Andretta?

By Air: 1 hour 40 minutes flight from New Delhi to Dharamshala
By Train: 7 hours 24 min time taken from New Delhi to Pathankot(Nearest Railway station)
By Road: 511 Kms from New Delhi (9 h 36 min via NH44) 1 h 27 min (46.3 km) via Palampur – Dharamshala Rd and NH154 3 h 2 min (121.6 km) via NH154, Andretta from Pathankot

Where to stay?

There are no. of hotels & homestays to stay in Andretta.

Andretta: an artist's paradise located in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh

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One such homestay is called “Mirage“. It is a multi-function residency hosting travelers, yoga groups and artist/acting workshops. It is situated in a cluster of traditional Himachali mud houses which have lovingly been restored to an inviting homestay with fully modern amenities. The price for one day stay varies from ₹ 1,950 – ₹ 8,500 which includes facilities like Free Parking and Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ). You can know more about Mirage here

If you are looking for a different type of experience from what you mostly get in Himachal then this is the place. It is a peaceful and a beautiful place where you can connect with nature and can also learn to do pottery, painting and many such artistic things. 

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