The SpaceWe welcome all kinds of guests and not just artists or writers. However, all are expected to respect the sanctity of others during their stay with us, as The Art Ichol foundation is firstly a platform for creating, sharing and showcasing the creative arts.
Art Ichol is a meeting place for like-minded people, yet one can easily find sanctuary in one’s own company. The name for the foundation is inspired by the neighbouring quaint village of Ichol.
With its specialized infrastructure and varied venues, Art Ichol poses itself as an unmatched artists’ residency and work space. It is therefore ideal even for long term and extended stays.
The foundation offers the unique proposition of its 3 estates, each having their own experience. The Ichol Art center has uniquely re-imagined interiors. It comprises of an art gallery, metal casting workshop, an open air sculpture park, fiber glass studio, stone & wood carving work space, painters’ room and art café. There are 4 cozy rooms in the art residency with a fully furnished kitchen for one’s convenience. Strategically located on the Maihar highway it is accessible and well connected yet unperturbed.
The second is the Maihar Heritage Home that basks in quietude and comfort. On sunny mornings among chirping birds one can sit in its many corners or dabble with clay at the ceramic and pottery center. The bungalow is in the middle of an ancient town brimming with folklore and sanctimonious temples. Maihar has an old palace and is the hometown of the famous Baba Allauddin Khan and his legendary band.
These apart, the writers’ cottage Amariya is a glorious getaway. Set on the idyllic banks of the river Tamas one can drown in its blissful silence and stillness. Here the aged mango groves, nearby bridge and watch tower are all one’s companions. Its meandering river turn is the perfect fishing spot and a photographers’ delight at sunset. Guest AccessGuests will have access to all our skill studios & work spaces, basic art material, an artists' aid, an all meals included tariff (alcohol not included), a special tariff based on the tenure on stay, on site kitchen garden & organic farming with a furnished kitchen, a gymn, clean & modern restrooms and even picnics at our various estates. Free railway station pick-up and pick-up from khajuraho airport at a nominal cost. Interaction with GuestsThere is always someone around here when you need company. Whether its the home owners, center staff, artists, craftsmen and artisans. There is always company to be found at meal times and they are lively with conversation as well as local fare. Often we have bonfires and wine at the Heritage home. We love the mix of hustle bustle & quietude in our home. The NeighborhoodMaihar is nestled at the edge of the Deccan plateau. This is a land rich in cultural heritage, diverse in landscape and verdant in scenic beauty & wildlife. Two hours from the Khajuraho temples, Maihar lies within the reach of several worthy destinations. The Panna and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves are world wildlife hotspots, famous for their flora and fauna. A town seeped in cultural antiquity, Maihar is unique in topography with plateaus, rivers and hillocks. It is famed for its Sharda Devi shakti-peeth temple. There are many hidden treasures to be explored in and around here. Ichol lies 8 kms from Maihar on the highway. Tranquil in its surroundings, it’s an ideal getaway for relaxation, rejuvenation and creative inspiration. Getting AroundWhether you prefer to fly here, enjoy picturesque views from your train window or make a road trip, we aren’t too far from you. The closest airport of Khajuraho is 120 kms by road, a 2 hour drive. Jabalpur airport, 4 hours from Art Ichol is 160 kms away. Maihar railway station is well connected to various train routes. The center is situated on the highway from Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh and has zippy roads. We even offer our car free of cost for market visits or trips. Other Things to NoteThe beauty of Art Ichol is that one can acclimatize to the place as per their idea of a retreat. Whether it is rest, recreation, activity or a working holiday ~ there is nothing and everything to do here. You can plan your travel as per your desire and make it a one-of-its-kind holiday experience. Many adventures can be found in its hushed surrounds. This is a home away from home environ where one would feel belonged. The evenings are enjoyable around warm bonfires, live barbecue and wine & song.