Who & Where

Rooms, Rates and Directions

View from the venue

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”. She is much loved for her gentle, sensitive professionalism. She leads the workshop on Emotional well-being in the Himalayas. You can learn more about Dr. Dubey 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. You can learn about our upcoming workshops and courses  here.

Book Lounge

Book Lounge - Himalayan Writing Retreat

A place to fuel your imagination.

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 hour drive from Delhi. Overnight Volvo buses ply between Haldwani and Delhi, some of which are government operated. Details here.

The nearest town of Mukteshwar 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 (different from Mukteshwar).

Train: There are three trains a day from Delhi to Kathgodam, the nearest train station. 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 and there is a daily flight from Delhi to Pantnagar. A cab from Pantnagar to Satkhol takes about 3.5 hr / Rs. 3000.

There are now direct flights from Mumbai and Bangalore to Bareilly. Bareilly is a 5 hour drive from Satkhol. 

Indigo is also starting direct flights to and from Pantnagar from 27th March, 2022.

  • Flight no. 6E 7413 (Dehradun to Pantnagar)
  • Flight no. 6E 7415 (Pantnagar to Dehradun)
  • Flight no. 6E 7324 (Delhi to Pantnagar)
  • Flight no. 6E 7325 (Pantnagar to Delhi)

Please reach out directly to Indigo Airlines to check the flight timings and availability for bookings.

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

The common room

Main house

Main house room

Cobb Cottages

The cobb room

Cobb Cottage

Tariff & Contact details

Our prices range from INR 4900/- (single occupancy cobb cottage) to INR 7500/- (double occupancy main house room). These rates include stay, all meals, snacks and taxes.  We do ask that all guests either be vaccinated, or have an RTPCR Coronavirus test no more than 72 hours before reaching our place.

Type of Stay

Room Only

All Meals


INR 4900/-

INR 6100/-


INR 4900/-

INR 7300/-

*Food prices are @1200 / person / day.  12% GST is applicable on the above.

All rooms have attached, western-style bathrooms, private sit-outs, and share the same buffet.

Cost per night for additional guests stay and food (subject to availability): INR 1500/adult (12+ years), INR 750  for 5-12 year old. Kids below 5 years free.

We are currently in the process of upgrading four of our six rooms. Once done, each of our rooms will have two separate writing desks, and each room will have fabulous views of the mountains, the orchard or both through plate glass windows. The expanded units will be suites big enough to sleep three people. We expect the upgrade to be complete in April 2022.  

Buffet mealtimes at the Retreat are :

  • Breakfast : 8.30 - 9.30 AM
  • Lunch : 1-2 PM
  • Soup : 7.30 PM
  • Dinner : 8-9 PM

All our retreats and workshops include the stay and food.

You can email us at namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com or call us on +91-73035-16665 . You can also connect with us at InstagramFacebook or Twitter

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