Nepal | Kathmandu

Paubha Painting Workshop


Paubha Painting Workshop

USD 80


Trip Overview

Our Paubha Painting Workshop will introduce you to a rich painting tradition that visualizes the interpretation of Buddhist and Hindu philosophies. Often confused with the more popular Thangka which traces back to Tibetan cultures, the Paubha has its roots in the Newar communities of Kathmandu Valley, with a subtle difference in the painting styles from that of Thangka.

Derived from the word “Patrabhattaraka”, Paubha is a form of the divine art of painting gods. The Paubha is equally a process of worshipping gods and for meditative purposes. 

Painting a Paubha takes a lot of time, and a detailed Paubha takes months or years to complete. The four-hour workshop, however, is designed with the objective to generate awareness of this endangered form of art and culture with hands-on experiences of the process involved in decorating a Paubha. During the session, you will learn about the Paubha painting while trying to paint your own Paubha which you can take as a souvenir.

Trip Notes:

  • All the making process is done in a typical and traditional way, the sitting position, which may not be convenient for you.
  • Be careful while you paint, you may stain your clothes!
  • We offer a daily guaranteed departure for our Paubha Painting workshop, where individuals or groups can join. Our workshop accommodates a minimum of 01 person and can cater to a maximum of 10 participants at a time.
  • We provide the option to customize this trip into a private experience. The pricing for the private trip will differ from the cost of joining our regular group departure. Please feel free to inquire about the personalized pricing details for a private arrangement.

Highlights of Paubha Painting Workshop

  • Learn traditional Newari Paubha art in a short duration of time.
  • Immerse in the authentic culture of Newar community with their art and culture.
  • Interact with the local artisans to learn about their lifestyle and tradition.
  • Explore the alleys and surroundings of Patan.

Trip Overview

When you arrive at the workshop in Patan, the artisan will traditionally welcome you, who will familiarize you with your activity for the day. Soon after, you will have a short but atmospheric walk to the gallery, learning about Paubha and its historical significance from the artist. This will give you an authentic glimpse into the culture of Paubha while excitingly preparing you for the upcoming experience. 

After a brief introduction about the Paubha painting, its history, and its significance through an artisan who has dedicated a long time to the art, he/she will guide you through the painting process with demonstrations as you learn different strokes, techniques, and the role of colors play in creating beautiful and meaningful Paubha paintings. During the 2 hours workshop, you will authentically experience Paubha painting, where you can paint your own Paubha on the canvas all the while learning about its history and significance in Nepal. The experience includes delicious Newari lunch guests can enjoy during a well-deserved break. 

After your skillful work is finished, you can take your painting home as an excellent gift for a loved one or even a decorative element for your home.

  • Product Design: Mandala/ Lotus
  • Canvas size: 20×20 – Poster colour
  • Workshop Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Service Included

  • Necessary Transportation.
  • Traditional Paubha painting session with the local artisans
  • Material charge (aisle, canvas, colors, paint brush used for painting class) and other tools used for painting
  • A traditional lunch complemented with tea or coffee

Services Excluded

  • Entrance and Monumental fees
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other additional expenses
  • Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Royal Mountain Travel