Thangka Painting Class

An Ancient Tibetan Art Form

$27.00 per guest
Hosted by Bikash Tamang


  • An informative and hands-on introduction to this Ancient Art Form
  • Hosted by a professional artist with more than a decade of experience
  • Learn the significance of various Thangka designs and patterns
  • Activity takes place at the host's cozy studio where there will be other full time students
  • You get to take home your own hand-painted Thangka Art

Inclusive of:

  • All raw materials and tools needed for the class
  • English speaking guide

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service (can be included at additional cost)
  • Meals
4.9 Out of 5
46 Reviews
Annelisa Leinbach United States
8 Jul, 2019

It was fascinating to see the artists at work in the studio and watch Bikash demonstrate techniques, especially the blen...

Samantha Jones United Kingdom
1 Jul, 2019

Everything was amazing. A very enjoyable experience.

$US 27.00 per guest
4 hours
1 - 10 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

Please note: If class exceeds more then 4 and half hours then we will have to charge you 400 NPR extra per thangka. Generally if you make a Buddha painting, class will be about 5 to 5 and half hours. You can pay the extra 400 NPR to the host after the class is done. The thangka style of art have been around in the Nepali art scene for several centuries now, and it's believed to have come in about the same time that Tibetan Buddhism was introduced in Nepal. While it may first appear to be mostly for aesthetic purposes,a Thangka holds more meaning than meets the eye. Most Thangkas typically depict images of deities, images of Buddha and Mandalas. Inasmuch as the Thangkas are visually significant, the process of making the Thangka hold equal significance; Thangkas are used as teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha or describing other historical events about important Lamas, many also use it as the centrepiece for religious ceremonies and rituals but most importantly, practitioners of the art also use it as a meditation tool to the path of enlightenment. One might presume that only buddhist monks practice this art form, but you'll be surprised to know that many monks have taken those not part of the monastic life under their tutelage as apprentices and there are several non-monks today in Nepal who are just as adept in making Thangkas. Man bahadur is one such individual who has been making Thangka for close to three decades now and imparts the knowledge and techniques he has garnered over the years to anyone who is interested in this art form. For this class, we'll have you make something basic that can be completed in about 3-4 hours and Man Bahadur will teach you how to utilise the cornerstone techniques of Thangka art (Sirdang: small horizontal lines and Choptang: Small dots) to bring out the best from your work. If you have prior experience and you're interested in more complex patterns and designs then do let us know and we'll be happy to arrange a longer course for you. When selecting the add-on, please tick the checkbox and input how many in the box to the right of the add-on. Ensure that the add-on is reflected in the payment summary before you make payment. Please note that if you want to do a detailed painting or mandalas then please contact us or send us an inquiry and we let you know how many class you will need depending upon the type of painting you want to do. Please note that if you have selected an add on for pick up then we use local taxis.

Additional Information:

  • This class will focus on learning to paint either the Buddha, Lotus flowers and Religious animals only.
  • The duration of this class does not allow for Mandalas. Mandalas take a much longer time so please select the add-on if you would like to do this. A minimum of 3 classes is needed for the Mandala
  • As you will be seated on the floor for this and paint may also get on to your clothes, please dress appropriately
  • Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time.

Upcoming availability

Sunday, July 21
Monday, July 22
Tuesday, July 23

Your Local Host

Bikash Tamang

Originally from Kavre, Bikash Titung Tamang learned to draw Thangka from a monk in his village. He was 20 years old when he first started learning this art and now he teaches women how to earn a living through Tha...

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46 reviews from people who took this experience

Annelisa Leinbach United States
8 Jul, 2019

It was fascinating to see the artists at work in the studio and watch Bikash demonstrate techniques, especially the blending and fine line work. It would have been nice to know a little more about the theory and history of thangka painting too, but maybe not so easy with the time limit and some language barrier. I really enjoyed the class, and now when I see thangka paintings I have a deeper understanding of the complex thought behind them. I might try to take some more classes later, in fact!

Samantha Jones United Kingdom
1 Jul, 2019

Everything was amazing. A very enjoyable experience.

Jonathan Castro Spain
5 May, 2019

Excelent workshop to learn about how to paint Thangka pieces. Very usefull. Helpfull and nice teachers. You finish knowing the principles of Thangka paiting and with your own paint. The teachers explain and help in the process

Misses Stine Friis Refsgaard Denmark
1 May, 2019

Good atmosphere and nice people. I have no painting experience at all but I was patiently help through the process. I will be going back next week, to finish up my beautiful big thangka.

Megan Goldie United Kingdom
5 Apr, 2019

Really helpful host who showed us how to paint Thangka. It was great to see the workshop as well. I loved creating my own and felt like I improved during the course. It was a shame that it is advertised as 4 hours as this isn't long enough at all. You need a minimum of 6 hours and so unfortunately we didn't finish our paintings even though we did the most simple one. I felt rushed because I quickly realised 4 hours wasn't enough time and it would have been nice to find out more about the history of Thangka but again there wasn't enough time for this.

US$ 27.00 per guest
46 Reviews