Illiterati Books and Coffee, Dharamsala

Our bookshop and cafe opened on April 1st 2012 and features spacious covered outdoor seating, a carrom board, indoor tables and balcony seating, couches, a wood fireplace, a flat screen television, surround sound, and a beautiful view of the Dhauladhar mountains.

Warm up beside our wood-fire stove during monsoon rains or wintertime.

We also have an assortment of musical instruments such as guitar, flute, and keyboard piano, for the musically inclined to use while they are here.

Contemporary art and photography books documenting life all over India: pilgrimage, handicrafts, landscapes, rituals, festivals, animals, cityscapes, etc.

Our book selection features works on Shaivism, Hinduism, Shakta, Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, Tantra, as well as Western philosophy, history, economics, development, conflict, natural health, Islam, Christianity, and magic and esotericism. We also have Western and Eastern classics published by Vintage, Oxford, and Penguin Classics.

To continue your travels, consult our Lonely Planets, Rough Guides, and other travel guidebooks. We stock many large-format art and photography books, specifically about India. We also have handmade paper cards and journals.