Every author needs a perfect setting to give his best work. Now Stephen King might prefer the confines of his basement room with no windows to give us bestsellers, but other authors seldom prefer such places and would rather be somewhere calm, serene and beautiful to transport us into their make-believe world.
Away from the maddening din, set amidst gorgeous landscapes with ample space to stretch and refresh after hours of brainstorming and writing, these incredible locations stimulate your brain and bring out the best stories building up inside you.
- Ladakh, India
Situated amongst the Indian Himalayas, Ladakh is one of the most beautiful places in the country. With dozens of attractive spots to boast of, Ladakh is a must-visit for any writer seeking inspiration from nature or just seeking some tranquillity, a break from the hustle-bustle of the city to clear the mind.
Choose your spot on the banks of one of the rivers, bask in the glory of the rising Sun or reflect upon and explore your thoughts in the moonlight- the possibilities in Ladakh are endless.
- Best time to visit: May to September is the best time to visit Ladakh. For more information on Ladakh, visit: Tourist place to visit Ladakh
Surrounded by hundreds of deodar and oak trees, this dainty city in Uttarakhand is a writer’s paradise. Home to famous author Ruskin Bond, Landour, with its majestic landscape, clear blue skies and serene fields gives you inspiration like no other.
It is no wonder then that Ruskin Bond understood the Bulbul’s song better than us townies, since he has surrounded himself with such beauty. Need some more incentive to choose Landour? Well, ring his doorbell and Ruskin Bond will invite you in for a cup of tea at his house!
- Best time to visit: January to July is the most perfect time to visit Landour.
3.Mookchung, Nagaland, India
A land of misty mountains and sparkling rivers, the Mokokchung valley is situated at 4,347 feet above sea level and is one of the most beautiful places in Nagaland. Home to the Ao tribe, the Mokokchung valley offers resplendent views of nature to inspire and encourage the writer in you.
With a perfect weather that hovers around 25 degree Celsius all year round, it is an ideal location for your next writer’s retreat.
- Best time to visit: the weather is so perfect in Mokokchung, you can plan visit any time of the year.
- Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Probably the most culturally rich and peaceful region in Arunachal Pradesh, the Ziro valley lies about a 4-hour drive away from the state capital, Itanagar. What makes the Ziro Valley an attractive escapade for writers is that it is virtually cut off from the rest of the world, ensuring total peace and tranquillity to enable the beginnings of a bestseller.
- Best time to visit: November to March
- Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh, India
A gorgeous little town located in Himachal Pradesh, Mcleodganj is inspiration in its being. A place that is attracting the intellectual, peace-loving crowd these days, Mcleodganj is a great place to visit or live in while you’re in the process of writing your next story, as there are ideas and inspirations abound here.
Starting with stimulating conversations with intellectuals and writers from all over the world, who ascend here to experience peace and quiet amidst the lap of nature, while also getting a chance to interact with like-minded individuals, to mountain treks and jogs to camping under the starlit skies, Mcleodganj offers an incredible background to just let your ideas flow. To plan your itinerary for a trip to McLeodganj and its nearby places, check: Tourist place to visit Mcleodganj
- Best time to visit: September to June
- Gokarna, Karnataka
Slowly becoming a tourist hub but not quite there yet, the city town of Gokarna boasts of shack huts, virgin beaches and panoramic views. Emitting a mix of spiritual and natural energy, Gokarna is a great place for writers to retire to for their next piece of work.
And if you get tired of writing, put on your sun hat and head to one of the incredible beaches for a day of relaxation by the Arabian sea, check into a wellness retreat, practice yoga or hike on the Ghats to relax, rejuvenate and open your mind to newer ideas and possibilities. To read more about tourist places in Gokarna, check: Tourist place to visit Gokarna
- Best time to visit: all year long
- Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India
An expanse of gorgeous white sands, the Little Rann of Kutch offers you a retreat set amongst some of the richest cultures in the country along with some amazing, stimulating views of the great saline desert.
Plan your trip to Kutcharound the Rann Utsav, held in the month of January for some extra inspiration and insight. The undulating sand dunes and unending expanses of land open up your mind to new ideas and possibilities, encouraging you to explore the deepest recesses of your mind and maybe turn them into the bestseller of all time.
- Best time to visit: January to March
- Wayanad, Kerala, India
Situated in the backwaters of God’s own country, Wayanad is one of the lesser talked about places in Kerala? With blue skies, rolling hills and a crisp, fresh and clean air, Wayanad holds its own, so much so that you may not want to come back with just one bestseller for the world.
For more information on Kerala and its tourist attractions, check: Tourist Place To Visit Kerala
- Best time to visit: April to September
Popular as a tourist hotspot, Kasauli, India also the abode of the late King Lear, is a beautiful writer’s retreat situated in Himachal Pradesh. Kasauli hosts the Khushwant Singh Lit fest every year, which alone is reason enough for writers to visit Kasauli.
- Best time to visit: all around the year
For those who welcome a romance with words, the Kangra Valley is heaven’s call. Writers and mountains have centuries-long love affairs that resonate with a writer’s passions, and the Kangra Valley offers numerous opportunities facilitating that.
Rolling hills, majestic mountains and the lush green landscapes will make you want to permanently settle down in and work from the Kangra Valley, India.
- Best time to visit: July to December
Panoramic views and calm, serene environments with clean, fresh air helps clear the mind and produce newer, innovative ideas that help facilitate the making of a bestseller are what every writer aspires for. So where do you plan your next writer’s retreat to?