If you are an artist you know that inspiration can come from anywhere, but there is something special about some beautiful places that makes our muses stay with us for a little longer. Imagine rising up to the sounds of birds in the morning and drawing the curtains to see nature in its most spectacular form. Wouldn’t that make you feel refreshed and enthusiastic to tackle your new creative project? Here we present to you the list of top 10 spectacular places in India for artists to visit to get their creative juices flowing:
When three British mountaineers stumbled upon this beautiful region while on their trip back home, they were so mesmerized by the colors around them that they called it the Valley of Flowers. This valley is now a National Park in Uttarakhand and rare and beautiful species of plants, butterflies, and animals call it their home. If you take a weekend off and visit the valley of flowers, you may return to your art with a fresh mind and a lot of inspiration.
Matheran is a small but beautiful hill station near Mumbai in Maharashtra. The sunrise and sunsets here are to die for. The lush green forests, vibrant flowers, and friendly horses and monkeys of Matheran are bound to give you the much-needed break from your hectic city life. Take a ride uphill to the hill town on the delectable toy train from Neral- this itself will be the start of the great experiences to come on this trip.
Visit Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Kokernag, Sonamarg, Srinagar, and Ladakh on your trip to Kashmir. This state in northern India is called ‘the paradise on earth’ for a reason. Summer and spring are the best time to visit Kashmir as you will find the valleys covered with vibrantly colorful carpets of exotic flowers. It doesn’t take an experienced visual artist to experience Kashmir’s beauty. The region has a universal charm and attracts visitors from all over the world. Imagine sitting in a lovely shikara on the Dal Lake in Srinagar and penning your poetry, doesn’t that sound alluring?
- Andaman Islands
Andaman Islands are an island group in the Indian Ocean near the Bay of Bengal. Out of the many habitable islands, only a handful are open to the visitors due to government restrictions. Yet the few islands that welcome travelers are nothing less than heavenly. They have white sands, pristine beaches, and a quaint charm rarely found elsewhere. The Andaman Islands are a must-visit, if you can’t find enough reasons, we suggest you at the least take this trip for the stunning sunsets.
- Konkan Coast
The Konkan coast is a coastal belt stretching from Mumbai to the southernmost tip of the state, till Goa. The coast has some beautiful and untouched beaches that you can visit. One of the best ways to explore the Konkan coast is to take a road trip. There are a multitude of options for food and stay in the region, so that is very easy to manage once you have a plan. The Konkani culture and cuisine are also worth exploring and experiencing. Definitely one of the places in India for artists to visit.
Darjeeling gained importance as a hill station after the British made it their summer capital. The hill town now has a diverse population and lures visitors with its cool climate in hot summer months. The Darjeeling Toy Train route is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. A visit to Darjeeling also demands the visit to the beautiful tea gardens that it is so famous for. Sip your cup of freshly sourced Darjeeling tea on your balcony overlooking the calming green plantations and your creativity is bound to get a boost.
Have you been wanting to write a novel or a piece of music but have not yet found the ‘story’? Jaisalmer can help. This city is located close to the Thar desert and is famous for its rich culture and traditions. The golden fort or ‘Sonar Qila’ of Jaisalmer is a living fort where many families still live and work. There are hotels inside this fort where you can stay to have an immersive experience. Take a walk around the city and visit in Jaisalmer the age old ‘havelis’, many of which are now open to tourists, and you will find a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Mizoram is a state in North Eastern India which has almost everything that a visitor looks for. The people are warm, friendly, and helpful and there is an abundance of places to see and things to do. This beautiful region is known for its customs, cuisine, festivals, and art. The markets sell bamboo and cane handicrafts, and traditional woven products that are high in demand among tourists. The raw natural beauty of Mizoram is almost always enough to make a visitor fall in love, so when here, take out your cameras and start capturing the memories!
Once the largest French Colony in India, Pondicherry’s architecture, culture, and cuisine still remains distinctly French. The beautiful beaches in Pondy (as it is lovingly called) will have you enchanted. Take a weekend off visit this French Riviera of the East, treat yourself to some delicious food and quality wine, and go home feeling like you have traveled a whole new world.
Kerala is known all over the world for its lush greenery and ancient practice of Ayurveda. This state lies on the west coast of south India and makes up for one of the most visited places in Kerala with travelers in search of peace and tranquility. The thick green forests; coffee, rubber, and spice plantations; and the awe-inspiring natural beauty of this region will make it hard for you to come back. This place is hidden away from the rush of modern life and will provide the perfect atmosphere for your creativity to flourish.
The environment you stay in can have a huge impact on your creativity as an artist. If you are feeling as if you are stuck in a rut it might be the right time to change the surroundings a bit. Which of these places in India for artists would you like to visit to give your creativity the boost it needs? Have we left out your creative havens? If so, do mention them in the comments section below!
About the Author:
Rohit is an architect by profession and pays a lot of attention to detail. He enjoys travelling across the country with an urge to satisfy his hunger for experience and in the process blogs about his journeys. He writes about his experiences and the places he visited at Trans India Travels.