There has been a shift in the ways companies are working post pandemic. Now they are more open to their people working remotely from any destination against the longstanding tradition of being chained to an office. It seems to be a win-win situation for both the company and the employees. While people have the freedom to work from home or from exotic locations, the companies save on office overheads. This also improves the physical and mental health of employees that in-turn improve their productivity.
There are some adventurous people who took this as a huge opportunity and turned digital nomads. They just packed their bags, equipped themselves with laptop, smartphone and all of the technology needed to seamlessly connect with bosses and colleagues and took off. We have seen many of our customers just moving around different locations and work from there.
HOI conducted a statistical analysis and collated a list of the most popular places in India to work remotely. These top 20 destinations for workation have good internet connectivity, easy to reach location, safety, openness, variety of activities that can be done and low cost of living
With its serene blue lakes and gardens surrounded by Majestic Himalayas, Srinagar is a dream destination to work from. After a hectic day full of webinars and VCs, spend the evening taking a shikara ride and witnessing magical sunset at Dal lake. Go exploring other destinations in Kashmir like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonmarg etc during weekends.
Nearest Airport: Srinagar Airport (10km)
Where to Stay: Srinagar Homestay ; Smile and Shine Homestay
The feeling of staying near the beach and enjoying the sight and sound of roaring waves while you work is ultimate. There are many perks of workation from Goa like enjoying beautiful sunsets after a hectic day, after- work parties and sightseeing tours on the weekend.
Nearest Airport: Dabolim Airport (40 kms)
Where to Stay: Fusion Homestay, North Goa
If you are a mountain person and would love to attend meeting while enjoying cool breeze and view of snow capped peaks, this is the place for you. Stay amidst lush greenery, go on morning and evening walks in the pine forests, enjoy healthy home cooked meals and go trekking or explore places like Darjeeling, Ghoom and Mirik on weekends.
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport (40km)
Where to Stay: Miles of Smiles Homestay – Kurseong
Surrounded by tea gardens, pine forests and numerous big and small water streams, Bir is famous as one of the world’s best paragliding sites. It has recently gained lots of popularity with workationers as well, not just for the beautiful vistas and adventure activities but also for the kind of socialisation and networking you can do with like-minded travellers while living here.
Nearest Airport: Gaggal Airport (65km)
Where to Stay: Holiday Hues Homestay
Serene atmosphere, stunning views, plenty of activities to do in your free time and healthy meals is what makes this destination favourite amongst those who prefer a peaceful location. Living here with locals give you access to all the facilities required for a comfortable stay.
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar (48km). It has limited flights
Where to Stay: Beyond the Valley Homestay
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas along the Ganga River, Rishikesh holds deep cultural and spiritual significance. It is one of the most popular destinations for remote workers. Spend time by the banks of the river, indulge in adventure activities like rafting, learn yoga and meditation or just roam around in vibrant market. You will have ample activities to indulge in here.
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (21km)
Where to Stay: Take-a-pause Homestay
Shillong, a charming little town in Meghalaya is surrounded by hills and has a unique culture. People here celebrate every festival with zest and you can enjoy cuisines from across the country and the world. With many beautiful destinations like Cherrapunji, Dawki, Mawphlang etc in the driving distance and opportunity to indulge in activities like caving, trekking, water sports etc., Shillong has come up as the most popular workation destination in recent times.
Nearest Airport: Umroi Airport (35km); Guwahati Airport (135km)
Where to Stay: Laitumkhrah Homestay
With magnificent views of the Dhauladhar range, a perfect amalgamation of Pahari and Buddhist culture infused into an exquisite setting and just the perfect hint of city life, McleodGanj is ideal for workation. Stay and work in peace during the day while enjoying the nature views and pine-fresh breeze and end you days with dreamy sunsets sitting in some cafe enjoying your cuppa. Weekends can be spent trekking and camping.
Nearest Airport: Gaggal Airport (12km)
Where to Stay: Crazy Clouds Homestay, Mcleodganj
Close proximity to the capital city Delhi and a good base to explore Kumaon hills make it a good choice for workation for those who want to explore mountains. You can expect the stunning Himalayan views, slow paced life, healthy organic food and a peaceful environment while you stay and work from here.
Nearest Airport: Pantnagar (95km)
Where to Stay: Mukteshwar Temple Homestay ; Sunkiya Homestay
Just about 6 hrs drive from Delhi, Jaipur is one of the most vibrant cities of Rajasthan and quite popular amongst people working remotely. The city will amaze you with the brilliant architecture of its forts and palaces and mesmerize you with its colourful markets and busy streets. You will be thrilled to spend time at its gardens, courtyards and museums in your free time. Not just this, the variety of delicious food that you get here will never let you miss home food.
Nearest Airport: Sanganer Airport (7 km)
Where to Stay: Gangapole Homestay Jaipur
Darjeeling, known for its youthful vibe combined with colonial charm is an ideal workation destination. The sprawling tea estates that produce world’s best tea, the amazing mountain vistas, the narrow gauge toy train, the colonial-era architecture and the orchids, pines & rhododendrons makes it an all time favorite.
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport (67km)
Where to Stay: Tungsung Homestay ; Modest Homestay
Nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, Wayanad is known for its cool highland climate, misty peaks and virgin forests. Enjoy your work in the natural environment and engage in activities like birding, fishing, spice garden walk, farm activities etc.
Nearest Airport: Kannur International Airport (94 km)
Where to Stay: Nostalgia Heritage Homestay ; Wayanad Farmstay ; Wayanad Homestay
Tea gardens, pine forests, mountain streams, all in the shadow of Dhauladhars is what Palampur is all about. Breathe in cool fresh air to calm you down from all the work stress. And when you sit with simple locals to have your healthy dinner, you will forget the woes of work altogether.
Nearest Airport: Gaggal Airport (40km)
Where to Stay: Shadow of Dhauladhar Homestay ; Palampur Homestay
If exploring Ladakh was always on your mind but you never got the time off from your work, this is a good chance to do that. Now you can work from Leh, the commercial center of Ladakh. While you have good internet connectivity and all comforts during the week, you can spend weekends exploring remote villages and sites of Ladakh.
Nearest Airport: Leh
Where to Stay: Upper Changspa Homestay ; Skampari Homestay
Nestled in the lower Himalayan mountain ranges, Dehradun is a destination that provides a good mix of natural surroundings and city comfort. You will love waking up to the chirping of birds, watching beautiful sunrises & sunsets & enjoying lush green lawns. Being in the close proximity to hill stations like Mussoorie, Chakrata, Kanatal and Dhanaulti, many people chose to work from Dehradun.
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport
Where to Stay: Go-Green Homestay
Located just 3 kms from Manali, Vashisht is a tiny village along the mountainside above the Beas River. There are plenty of walking paths throughout the valley that you can trek on during your free time to relax and rejuvenate. There are also natural hot water springs nearby that are said to have healing power.
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar (51km)
Where to Stay: Vashisht Homestay
Located in the foothills of Shivalik ranges just 45 km from Chandigarh, Morni is a beautiful and only hill destination of Haryana. It is blessed with lush green pine forests, deep valleys, and pristine lakes and is ideal for those looking to work from hills but at the same time do not want to be very far from the city.
Nearest Airport: Chandigarh (50km)
Where to Stay: Morni Organic Farm
Awe-inspiring views of the gorgeous Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and the Panchachuli peaks. it is an ideal place to work from mountains with stable internet connection and power backup. There is a lot that can be done in your free time; enjoy the bonfire while listening to the local Kumaoni folk tales and ballads by the host family, play with the inhouse pets or try your hand at the homestay’s own organic farming. You can also go on hidden nature trails.
Nearest Airport: Pantnagar (223 km)
Where to stay: Udiyari Homestay, Chaukori
On the outskirts of Thar Desert this small town is set on the bank of Pushkar Lake in a valley surrounded by Aravali hills. The vibes of the place will surely make working from here easy and enjoyable. After the hectic days work enjoy mesmerising sunset by the lake or in the desert while listening to some traditional music. Nagara, flute, ekhatha are a few instruments that you will hear quite often while roaming around.
Nearest Airport: Jaipur (146 km)
Where to Stay: Pushkar Homestay
Coonoor is a quiet lazy town in the Nilgiris just around 15 km from Ooty. Work in comfort of a home while enjoying the beautiful vistas. Hike, visit tea plantations or marvel at mountain views in your free time. You can also do bird watching as an extensive variety of birds can be spotted here.
Nearest Airport: Coimbatore (75km)
Where to Stay: Charm of Nilgiris Homestay