Some stories truly manage to capture the soul of a place. Here are Layla’s List of wanderlust inspiring books:

Ruskin Bond’s Short Stories


Choose anything by Ruskin Bond – The Night Train at Deoli, Time Stops at Shamli or numerous other volumes. Just breathe the mountain air of these tales.

Places such as Mussoorie and Dehradun regularly appear in this author’s work. For a great experience, you can consider a stay at the Amber Vermont Estate. The property is located close to Mussoorie’s most beautiful locales like Lake Mist and Camel’s Back Road. Guests have said that they love the property’s traditional English charm and personalized service as well.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts


Shantaram explores one beautiful thought – there is no prison for the human spirit. The story follows an escaped convict’s life in Mumbai. His experiences soon lead him to discover the ugliest and most beautiful facets of life in India.

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie


A child is born at the stroke of midnight – at the same moment that India became independent. Now what happens to the child, in some way also happens to the nation. Salman Rushdie’s brilliant novel takes you on an unforgettable journey through post-colonial India.

City of Djinns by William Dalrymple


It’s the city with 7 dead cities, Mughal descendants and fire-breathing djinns.

William Dalrymple’s memoir digs through centuries of Delhi’s compelling history. The result? A witty, gripping and informative tale of India’s capital city.