With rows and rows of outward-facing spines and the faint smell of ink and paper, bookstores are known to have a charm so unique that it’s hard to get unnoticed. All the eBooks and doorstep deliveries cannot replicate the feeling of nostalgia one gets in a bookstore, and it is unsurprising that book lovers continue to flock to them.India is home to a lot of great bookstores, and some are so iconic that you just have to book your tickets in order to pay each of them a visit.Ram Advani Bookshop, LucknowPicture courtesy: Facebook/Vijay PrashadStarted in 1951 by Ram Advani who was an institution in his own right, this gem of a bookstore is located in Lucknow’s Mayfair building. The founder who migrated to Lucknow from Lahore after the Partition, passed away earlier this month, at the age of 95. What is certain is that his legacy and vision will continue to live on through this qaint shop, which for many is more than just a bookstore– a place to think, engage and contemplate.Also Read: 5 places in India every book lover must visit Maria Brothers, ShimlaPicture courtesy: Facebook/Jannat-e-Shimla When it comes to rare antiquarian books, there’s hardly any other that can replace Maria Brothers. Its walls covered with vintage maps, and the dusty bookshelves predominately stocked with history and travel titles, are enough to entrance collectors and book lovers. Started in 1946, just a year before Independence, Maria Brothers has over 8,000 books including some 16th and 17th editions as well. Even if you don’t purchase anything, just spending a few hours here will leave you with a cherished memory.advertisementSeagull Books, KolkataPicture courtesy: Facebook/Seagull Books Kolkata can’t get enough of its literature, and hence the city is filled with some amazing bookstores. For those who love the arts, Seagull Books on SP Mukherjee Road is a must-visit. The store, which was born in 1982 as a theatre and art press, is filled with books on philosophy, theatre, cinema, literature and art. All the books and notebooks in this shop sport beautiful covers, making them worth collecting. When you are there, do grab a copy of the bookstore’s gorgeously designed annual catalogue that features excerpts, illustrations and photographs.Smoker’s Corner Book Stall, MumbaiWith a very unlikely name, this gem in South Mumbai’s Fort is a heaven for those on the lookout for old editions of magazines and books. Stocking second-hand books that are in fine condition, Smoker’s Corner gets its name from its previous avatar as a point where sailors would stop to buy cigarettes and tobacco before Suleman Botawala, with a passion for books, slowly transformed it into its current form. Now run by his son Zubair, this quaint shop’s amazing rates make sure that all bibliophiles leave with their arms full of books.Literati Bookshop and Cafe, GoaPicture courtesy: Facebook/Toking Heads This has to be one of the prettiest bookstores out there. It is run by a book-loving couple who have converted their own century-old South Calangute Portuguese-style home into a bookstore and cafe. The main hall houses most of the books with a used books section lying next to it. Customers are free to curl up with a book on the veranda that overlooks a lush Italian garden. Titles sold here include work by Indian and Goan authors. Tusita Bookstore, ManaliNestled in Old Manali, Tusita is an offbeat bookshop that is sure to satiate interests around Buddhism, eastern medicine and folklore. Although the collection is small, one can spend hours in this cosy place.