India calls. The Himalayas beckon.


Let India inspire your writing.

Urban, touristy India can overwhelm you with stimulation. And the Himalayas can be calming and deeply spiritual. At our retreats we strive for balance. In our all-inclusive retreats, we meet you at the Delhi airport and take you on a day-trip to the Taj Mahal. Then we take you to the Himalayan Writing Retreat - a quiet getaway & a muse to writers from all over the world.

The Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol Village. Eco Rooms at Dawn

On a clear day you have an unparalleled 270 degree view of Himalayan peaks 5000 ft taller than Denali. In this serenity, you channel India and all its vibrancy into your writing. In the Himalayas, you continue to discover a sliver of India everyday but in a calm, rural setting with time on hand. Experienced mentors and like-minded peers nourish your writing, as does the popcorn on Kitschy Bollywood film night.  Short outings and wilderness hikes enrich your experience while leaving you enough time to write. Yoga completes the experience with sessions offered every morning and evening for you to choose from. The yoga instructor Kavitha Elango is a well-respected professional with her own studio in the city. 

A visit to the Taj Mahal is part of the 10-day retreat itinerary.

We have a unique writers retreat coming up in the spring of 2020 : The Himalayan Writers Retreat . To keep the experience rich and personal, we limit participation to ten.


From your arrival at Delhi airport to your departure, our retreats include all transfers, food, sightseeing and stays (twin shared), Yoga and even tips for your 10 days here. International flights are not included. 

The Himalayan Writers Retreat

Write in the land of Myths and stories.

Paula Younger leads this retreat, and Chetan Mahajan supports her.


Paula Younger earned her MFA from the University of Virginia, and received the Henry Hoyns and Bronx Writers Center fellowships. She has taught fiction and memoir for eighteen years--at the University of Virginia, in the South Bronx, University of Denver, and over fifteen years at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, where she is core faculty and received the Beacon Award in Teaching Excellence. Her personal nonfiction has appeared in The Manifest Station, The Nervous Breakdown, The Georgetown Review and is forthcoming in Roxane Gay's Gay Magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Harper Collins’ e-book Forty Stories, the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal, The Southeast Review and The Rattling Wall.


Chetan Mahajan is the author of the memoir "The Bad Boys of Bokaro Jail" (Penguin, 2014). He also hosts the award-winning blog www.uncity.blog. Chetan is a writing coach and co-founded the Himalayan Writing Retreat in 2016.


​To learn more about the retreat, and to apply, click on the Learn More button below. 


For questions about travel to India, visit our India FAQs page.  

Maximum 10 Participants.

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    31 Mar - 10 Apr, 2020
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    USD 2800 all inclusive 
  • (includes airport pick and drop, all transfers, in-country travel, twin-sharing stays, yoga sessions, tips and taxes. It does not include your international flight to and from Delhi). 
The Himalayan Writing Retreat

Himalayan peaks with the Himalayan Writing Retreat in the foreground.

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