Andretta – The beautiful Himalayan destination with artists’ colony

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Location- Himachal Pradesh, India
Destination Type – Cultural destination, Hill station

Andretta is a village and an artists’ colony in Himachal Pradesh. The artists’ colony was established in the 1920s, when Irish theatre artiste and environmentalist, Norah Richards, shifted here from Lahore


  1. The artists’ colony was established in the 1920s, when Irish theatre artiste and environmentalist, Norah Richards, shifted here from Lahore.
  2. In 1935, the District Commissioner of Kangra gave Richards 15 acres of land, and the Woodland Estate came into existence
  3. Noted painter, Sobha Singh, most known for making Sikh religious painting, moved in and stayed here till his death in 1986

Activities for tourists

  1. Visit Norah Richards’ house
  2. Trek through Thampsar trek
  3. Visit Norah Richard’s Centre for the Arts
  4. Visit Shobha Singh’s art gallery
  5. Visit Kailash Manimahesh

How to reach there


Nearest airport in Dharmasala airport 40 kms away


Nearest railway station is Pathankot 140 kms away. It is connected to major cities on India

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Palampur ( 12kms away)
  2. Malana ( 164 kms away)
  3. Dharmashala( 46kms away)
  4. Kasol( 156kms away)
  5. Khajjiar ( 163 kms away)

Some hotels in Andretta for tourists and tour operators with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Norwood Green Resort

Hotel Orchid Resorts

Hotel Rongla

Bagora Heights

Sterling Banquet & Hotel


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By : Unni Krishnan Mohanadas

Photo courtesy :By Ekabhishek – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


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