To travel for art is noble!
Poets, painters and musicians travel for reasons often misunderstood by everyone. They stay away from populated cities and their search for peace and quiet triggers creative energy. Art has a way of humbling you and this is reflected in the choices artists make when they choose to travel.
So let's play along the broke artist myth and let me introduce you to some of the best budget hotels and properties around India most suitable for artists on a journey.
200 meters away from Indus River in Shushot, this is an idyllic location stay at a campsite or for you to pitch your own tent. With two small streams running close to the tents and the Zanskar Range in the backdrop, Bikamp Adventure Camps could possibly be the most beautiful location you have ever visited.
Tents for INR 1500 per night. Pitch your own tent for INR 300.
This 100-year old traditional Kumaoni house has been painstakingly restored into a homestay. The 3 beautifully designed suites are any traveler's dream home in the hills. Away from the humdrum of everyday, spend your days in the lap of the hills to stare at the night sky, read, write or paint. You can also take part in invigorating farming, gardening and bee-keeping activities.
INR 1006 per night.
The hundreds of myths woven around the small riverside town of Manikaran make it an apt location to brew stories for writers. Named after a literary marvel, this small homestay is perched on top of a hill. The surreal night sky makes it a perfect site for stargazing in the Himalayas. It is magic like this that often inspires art.
INR 1000 per night.
Kasol is here again with the best in the hills. The awe-inspiring calm, the gushing Parvati River and a small cottage by the riverside, just for you. This small property in Kasol is a little dream that puts you in a perfect site that would surely inspire your creative energy.
INR 1500 per night.
While you're on a tour to explore the city of the Maharajas, the quiet landscaped grounds at Jai Niwas can be the best place for you collect your thoughts. Find your inspiration in the city that is brimming with culture and history. Spend your days in the heart of the city at Jai Niwas to explore it all.
INR 1450 per night.
This guesthouse provides accommodation for travellers at Om Fort. The location of the hotel makes it one of the best budget accommodation in Jaisalmer. The bird-eye view of this historical city from the fort is a sight to behold.
INR 600 per night.
Dzongu Lee is a wonderful homestay in the quiet Dzongu Reserve in Sikkim. Overlooking the Teesta River, this is a perfect lodging option for artists wishing to live away from the crowd. Hikes and treks around the region would help you understand the relaxed lifestyle of the people and explore India differently.
INR 1498 per night.
There's something about this little cottage that makes it an artist's haven. Far away from the madding crowd, Magpie is an ideal retreat for artists who seek for inspiration in nature and the simplest of things. Your stay at this cottage would also give you an opportunity to talk to the locals around the area and indulge in a fresh perspective of life.
INR 1498 per night.
The old world charm of the hidden villages of South India reflect in the mystical aura of the Hinterland Village Resort. With all the modern amenities, this is an apt hideaway for any artist who is seeking to go back to the roots and rediscover oneself.
INR 900 per night.
These lovely cottages facing the backwaters are a ticket to a rejuvenating experience. Feel the calm and peaceful surrounding nature and wait till it inspires the most magical thoughts in you. You'd be surprised what pure air, green lush and the perfection of nature can do to you.
INR 1430 per night.
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