Rooms, Rates and Directions

The Himalayan Writing Retreat

The Himalayan Writing Retreat on a clear day

The Himalayan Writing Retreat is the home of two published authors - the founders of the Himalayan Writing Retreat. The place is custom built for writers and their ilk to find inspiration. The Himalayan Writing Retreat provides you the getaway from the incessant chatter of your life so that you can finally hear your own voice. 

The better half of the two is Dr. Vandita Dubey, a US licensed Clinical Psychologist, and the author of the book “ Parenting in the age of Sexposure”. You can learn more about her here. The other half, Chetan Mahajan,  is also a published author and a former business type who blogs about living in the mountains here.  His blog won the Indiblogger award for humour. He is also a writing coach with the london based the writing coach.

Our property is full of quiet nooks and corners, each with a little table and chair. Try them out. You never know which one will turn out to be your muse.

The Hangout n lounge

Main house

Main house room

Cobb Cottages

The cobb room

Cobb Cottage

Getting here:

For a place high enough to get winter snow, we're easy to reach. Fly to Delhi. Then take any of the following:

Road : The retreat is a 9 hours drive from Delhi, but can take longer if the traffic is bad. Overnight Volvo buses ply between Haldwani and Delhi, some of which are government operated. Details here. Details here.  

The nearest big town is Mukteshwar, which is 12 km by road from us. If driving, check for any festival of importance in Hindu religion (Kawar yatra / shradh etc.). If yes, expect traffic jams near Garh Mukteshwar.

Train : There are three trains a day from Delhi to the nearest train station, which is Kathgodam. Ranikhet Express is a convenient overnight train both ways, but finding tickets can be difficult. Most people prefer to take the Kathgodam Shatabdi (Delhi dep : 6.00 AM, Kathgodam Arr : 11.40 AM). A cab from Kathgodam to Satkhol takes about 2.5 hrs / Rs. 1800. For events, this is often shared by participants. 

Air : the nearest airport is Pantnagar. There are four flights a week from Delhi. A cab from Pantnagar to Satkhol takes about about 3.5 hr / Rs. 3000.

Our address is : Village Satkhol, District Nainital, Uttarakhand, India 263138.

Tariff & Contact details

We prefer long stay guests. Our rentals are as follows:

    2-6 nights : INR 6500 for a single / INR 8000 for a double

    7 or more nights : INR 4500 for a single / INR 6000 for a double.

The above rates include stay, all meals, snacks and taxes. We do not accept overnight bookings.

You can email us at chetan@himalayanwritingretreat.com or call us on +91-97176-15666 . You can also connect with us at instagramfacebook or twitter