A few kilometres off the highway connecting Khajuraho and Bandhavgarh, lies a small village tucked away between mustard and sugarcane fields. Ichol is not a destination on India's tourist map. In fact, chances are, you've not even heard of this place.
Located about 8km from the industrial town of Maihar, Ichol is a haven for artists. Since the first time in 1997, when artist Bikash Bhattacharjee visited Maihar and got inspired by the rural setting for his paintings, Maihar and Ichol became popular spots for painters, ceramicists, sculptors, and even photographers and filmmakers.
It was in 2012 that Ambica Beri, who has been running Kolkata's famed Gallery Sanskriti for 25 years, realised the potential of this place. She was on it and soon and turned it into a stunning retreat that aims to stimulate and grow the artists' community in India.
While it was opened with artists in mind, Art Ichol is now a place that welcomes anyone who would like to let their creative juices flow. Whether you're a backpacker, a solo traveller, an artist looking for inspiration, or just a traveller looking for an off-beat experience, Art Ichol will challenge your conventional notions of travel and stays.
The beauty of Art Ichol is that one can customise their holiday according to their idea of a retreat. Whether you want rest, recreation, activity, or a working holiday – you can create your own itinerary.