A Guide To A Workation In Uttarakhand, India

A Guide To A Workation In Uttarakhand, India
Samantha
Samantha
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Uttarakhand, India, is the up and coming place to book your workation. With the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board encouraging the new norm of working from home, they have begun offering stunning workation locations to rent. The board is also soon to roll out the ‘Tourist Incentive Coupon’ scheme in which tourists visiting Uttarakhand for a minimum of three days will be provided with a discount on booking their stay in hotels/homestays. These wonderful incentives, added with the ease of India being an English-speaking country, are more than enough reason to move your office from a worn-out home to an exciting new Uttarakhand location. With incredible views of the Himalayan Range, you’ll find your work zen in the mountains of Uttarakhand. Read on to discover the details of working from Uttarakhand, as well as a tempting list of accommodations to get you inspired. Here’s our guide to a workation in Uttarakhand, India.

Visa for a workation in India

The first place to start when thinking about a new location for work is thoroughly checking the visa requirements. Of course, if you are coming from India, you are free to move about in your country. However, India has no visa category for freelance work, and unfortunately, employment visas can be quite complicated with the price varying depending on one’s nationality. The best way to get direct information for your unique situation is to call your local Indian embassy, which will help you navigate the details of visa work.

Do note, if you are traveling from Nepal or Bhutan, you do not need a visa to travel to India, but for everyone else, there is no way to obtain a visa except before arriving in the country.

Benefits of a workation in Uttarakhand

1. Nature
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand is home to some of India’s most spectacular sceneries. There are beautiful hill stations, lakes, rivers and mountains in every corner of this northern state. The most iconic being the Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks, which are in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. You can also check out some wildlife sanctuaries in Uttarakhand.

2. Yoga
Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is the yoga capital of the world, yogis of all levels can come here to learn and practice yoga. Known as “The Land of God”, there are many yoga retreats in Rishikesh that can help you focus on your overall health and spiritual wellbeing during your workation.

3. Outdoor activities and adventure sports
Uttarakhand also has a wide variety of outdoor activities and adventure sports available. There are many treks you can go on in the area, perhaps the most impressive is the Nanda Devi trek. You can also book adrenaline-pumping adventure sports such as bungee and cliff jumping, river rafting, and rock climbing.

4. Local Garhwali cuisine and Kumaoni cuisine
Foodies can enjoy local fare while on a workation in Uttarakhand. Local dishes are cooked using traditional methods, local ingredients (most dishes consist of lentils), and less spices. Some must-try dishes are Kafuli, Aloo ke Gutke, Phaanu and Chainsoo (to name a few).

5. Wild tigers at Jim Corbett
You can have a once in a lifetime opportunity of spotting tigers in their natural habitat in Uttarakhand. The Jim Corbett National Park is one of India’s oldest wildlife sanctuary and most renowned tiger sanctuary. Spanning over 521 square kilometers (201 square miles), the sanctuary is a great spot for birdwatching, and spotting animals like elephants, deer, and of course, the Bengal tiger.

Recommended places to stay for a workation

There are many lovely places to stay in Uttarakhand. This list of accommodations allows you to see the range of possibilities for your upcoming workation. They’ve been carefully selected as each accommodation provide fantastic wifi coverage and a dedicated workspace, some properties also have discounts for weekly/monthly stays as an added bonus! Discover these home-away-from accommodations below.

1. Aananda Retreat (from USD 41)

Aananda Retreat offers apartment-style accommodations with the perks of free wifi and free parking. Enjoy all the amenities one needs to be a productive worker, while also being able to unwind and relax at the end of the day. Amenities in each room include a sofa, a separate seating area, a kitchen and dining area, and a flat-screen TV. The terrace for each apartment gives an added spaciousness, and a healthy vegetarian breakfast can be arranged daily. Easily accessible by rail and road, revel in the stunning views of Deecon Valley at Aananda Retreat.


AANANDA RETREAT

Address: Aananda Retreat B3, DEECON VALLEY
Price: from 41 USD

Grocery deliveries Lift Packed lunches Concierge service On-site parking Airport shuttle Daily housekeeping Ironing service

2. Charming cottage in Landour (from USD 244)

You may never want to leave this charming cottage in Landour, with views all to yourself of the verdant surroundings. A three-bedroom home, the Cottage in Landour boasts natural sunlight that adds to the already stunning beauty of the area. Best for a couple or family due to its spaciousness, the cottage has a dedicated workspace, free parking, wifi throughout the building, and beautiful outdoor space. It is within walking distance of the Landour, so you’ll love this adorable abode.

Charming cottage in Landour
Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India
88 reviews
Entire cottage 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful views and comfortable house
and hope you won't miss having wifi
the rooms were very comfortable and heated up for the winter time
the place has great wifi and is large enough for a small family to feel comfortable
redburn is a tastefully done warm and cozy cottage in an extremely peaceful area
Cleanliness:
bed linen and towels were very clean
it’s clean and well kept
it is extremely clean and is very spacious
the rooms were clean and spacious and nice large bathrooms
very neat clean spacious comfortable place
Host:
hansi the care taker was very helpful and polite
the help at home is very caring hospitable and makes lovely food
very courteous and helpful staff
the caretaker and owner were extremely helpful
mala as a host is just perfect
Location:
perfect location perfect team
most amazing location and yet tucked away
fantastic place in a great location
super location and awesome weather
the place is beautifully located
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3. Pennington Cottage (from USD 41)

If you’re looking to really get off the beaten path, then the charming Pennington Cottage is for you. Set in the Oak Forest, this one-bedroom apartment has a private entrance and a porch that dreams are made of. The walls are made of local polished stone, giving a truly rustic feel, yet you’ll incur a low cost for this retreat. A dedicated workspace with free wifi, free street parking, and heating throughout the unit make this cabin a no-brainer. This rental is not for children, and pets and smoking are also not allowed. Stays of 28 days and longer are encouraged.

Pennington Cottage
Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India
28 reviews
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi was surprisingly fast and stable as well
all the amenities like heaters geyser equipped kitchen crockeries
to have a good wifi connection to write and research was a great help
it was such homely experience with classy and thoughtfully decorated rooms tasty breakfast and mesmerising location
Cleanliness:
their apartment was well equipped neat and clean well stocked with all the staples
Host:
judy and dana are wonderful hosts and their staff is very helpful
judy was a fantastic host
the kind hospitality of judy and dana is truly amazing
judy and dana are kind warm and helpful hosts without being intrusive or over interested
amazing place amazing host we will come back here again
Location:
the location was absolutely beautiful just close enough to the conveniences to make it helpful
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4. Treehouse in a forest (from USD 81)

Surround yourself in nature at this treehouse in the woods, a one-bedroom, one-bath treehouse. Yes, a real treehouse, this little gem sits in the Sal forest on the foothills of Mussoorie. The treehouse can sleep two, but do note that the sleeping arrangements are that of a bunk bed. The home also has a fireplace, wifi, kitchen, free parking, and a provided breakfast. Refresh and reboot at this treehouse in Kailasa Woods.

Tree House amidst forest @ Kailasa Woods
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
53 reviews
Treehouse 1 Bed 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we are a big fan of hers
we had a good breakfast and a nice conversation with the anisha and omi highly recommend
the cottage is cosy and tastefully done and the bunk bed is great for kids
Cleanliness:
the room is clean and well serviced; you can ask the hosts for almost anything
Host:
the hosts are lovely people
now i understand why they call you a super host
the hosts are quiet supporting and wonderful
the hosts are the most friendly and helpful couple
they went out of the way most times behaving more like our family than hosts
Location:
the location of the treehouse is superb
treehouse is located at a very calm and quiet place
every corner of this property has been tastefully curated which makes it absolutely beautiful
must visit place with your loved one
hoping to visit this place sooner again
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5. Historic house in a private estate (from USD 50)

If organic farm stay has your ears perked up, head to the Silent Valley along River Kalsa. A privately owned estate, the building itself is a 19th-century British and Kumaoni designed house. This accommodation includes five bedrooms and two baths, and it can host up to nine people. Enjoy farm-based activities like bird watching, hiking, swimming, and the chance to learn more about organic farming and beekeeping. Breakfast is also included to sweeten the deal.

Silent Valley along River Kalsa-Organic Farm Stay
Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India
9 reviews
Farm stay 7 Beds 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
water was so cool clean and moderately flowing
the british bungalow was spacious clean and overlooked the mountains
Host:
loved the home cooked local food made by the host family
otherwise overall great hospitality and great home cooked food by the hosts
the host family was so gracious and there was always someone to help us when we needed it
host family were so nice and were always their to help us
the upreti's are amazing hosts and they will cater to all your needs
Location:
the location is perfect since it feels fairly secluded and only half hour away frombhimtal
all in all a wonderful place to rejuvenate and come back refreshed
its a literally very peaceful / silent place where you can feel mental peace
we spent our time with long walks or sipping a hot cuppa while enjoying the views
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6. Lakefront cottage (from USD 119)

You cannot beat the views at this clean and spacious cottage in Bhimtal. Sweeping views of the largest lake in Uttarakhand make this a one-in-a-million gem. Able to host up to eight guests, the cottage has three bedrooms and six baths. Free parking on premises, wifi, and a dedicated workspace, as well as an outdoor garden, make this a cozy getaway. The modern, clean aesthetic feels spa-like and gives way to an uncluttered mind, perfect for reaching work deadlines.

VISTA 3bhk,parking,wifi,party hall,food,lake view
Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India
9 reviews
Entire cottage 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
every morning we used to have breakfast in the sun with a beautiful view
Cleanliness:
clean tidy and spacious rooms
cleanliness : cleanliness is ok ok
Host:
he and the other staff was really polite and helpful
the host is very helpful and approachable
staff is super supportive and polite
varun is an amazing host
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7. Serene homestay in Dalanwala (from USD 24)

Get reconnected to nature on your work breaks with this farm-stay in Dalanwala. This ground floor unit has one bedroom and it can accommodate up to three guests. With one bath, a working kitchen, as well as an outdoor veranda, all you need is at this natural escape. On the premises, enjoy the lush fruit trees that include pomegranates, mangoes, guava, and lemons. WiFi, a dedicated workspace, as well as free parking, ensure you’ve got everything you need to get your work done.

Laid-back Home-Stay/Farm-Stay in Dalanwala
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
39 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi not goodd2h subscription hardly any channels to watchgreat environment
kitchen was full with all the equipment which was really helpful
Cleanliness:
the place is very clean
the place is really peaceful and clean
i stayed there for 20 days and the place was clean big and extremely inviting
Host:
anantbhai is a great host
the host and his family are sweet and helpful
responsive hosts and functional stuff for use
anant is a superb host
anant was responsive and a great host
Location:
the location is perfect just in the centre of dehradun city
very beautiful property situated in a quiet and peaceful part of dehradun
the location is pretty easy to find and there is plenty of walking area within the property itself
lovely place to go to if looking for a getaway from a fast paced life
very nice place in the city centre
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8. Rustic earth house (from USD 35)

This is actually a one-bed, one-bath private accommodation that creates the perfect balance of work and play. The second story of a mud earth house, Kaaya Attic Room is on the grounds with a nature cafe, making it easy to stop for a healthy snack or coffee break. A sustainable option, the Kaaya Attic Room is fueled by solar power and wood-burning stoves; a lovely down-to-earth touch. On the grounds, enjoy free parking, a shared pool, wifi, and a dedicated workspace.

Kaaya Attic Room
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
10 reviews
Earth house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
decent place but food and cleanliness of washrooms can be improved
the place was perfect - it was quiet neat and clean the home cooked food was super
Host:
very nice nature stay very friendly staff too good experience
amazing place warm and friendly host a must visit place for those heading towards mussoorie
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9. Luxurious mountain house (from USD 66)

This luxury accommodation is a great choice if you want to be immersed in nature, but still have all the comforts of home. The rental is a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath guest suite that is shared with the living area of the host. Surrounded by hills, It is the perfect place to unwind by taking long walks in nature, or by simply taking a seat on the open veranda. Close to Dehradun, you’re also within easy reach of Mussoorie.

DragonflyAtDoon-Luxury 2BHK in Mussoorie foothills
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
9 reviews
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Host:
apoorva was a friendly and communicative host
all thanks to the great host for making my weekend in dehradun worth remembering
excellent place with super sweet and helping hosts
lovely property for a quiet sneak out from buzzy life great host great breakfast lovely experience it was
Location:
we highly recommend this place to come with friends and family for long or short stays
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10. English-style cottage (from USD 146)

The Divine Firs Estate is a true mountain getaway, close enough to Mussoorie, but far enough away to leave your cares behind. With three bedrooms and three baths, this home comfortably fits up to six guests. Built in the 1880s in English-style architecture, The Divine Firs Estate transports you to a different time, with the modern amenities you need. A TV with cable, wifi throughout the building, a dedicated parking space, and a well-equipped kitchen, all ensure your bases are covered. Additionally, breakfast is provided.

The Divine Firs Estate
Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India
33 reviews
Entire cottage 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
our only two suggestions are better wi-fi and more heating in the rooms
Cleanliness:
extremely clean and well maintained
it's a clean functional space
Host:
ashish is a great host and both tribhuwan and ashish were very prompt with responses
hosts are very friendly and trustworthy
first ashish and his family are wonderful and kind-hearted hosts
sidhu "caretaker" is great at everything he does
ashish was kind enough to provide us with a room heater
Location:
yes close enough to small local shops cafe to walk
we also appreciated its location it being at the centre of all the landour hotspots
the best part apart from location is the hospitality
the location is so peaceful with breathtaking views at 7000 feet
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Jump start your workation in Uttarakhand

It’s easy to see why affordable, natural Uttarakhand, India, is the rising star for workations. With incentives from the Uttarakhand Board of Tourism that are too tempting to pass up, you’ll fall in love with this mountain region. Be sure to do your work to get an appropriate visa ahead of time, so you can properly relax while also staying productive. Then get ready to book one of these stunning accommodations, which are just waiting for you.

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Raised in the woods of Northern Wisconsin, adventure pulses through Samantha's veins. Her most notable trips have been a tandem bicycle ride 1,000 miles to New Orleans, surviving malaria in Kenya,...Read more

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