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
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.
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.
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.
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 LandourMussoorie, Uttarakhand, India
Top guest reviewsbeautiful views and comfortable houseand hope you won't miss having wifithe rooms were very comfortable and heated up for the winter timethe place has great wifi and is large enough for a small family to feel comfortableredburn is a tastefully done warm and cozy cottage in an extremely peaceful areabed linen and towels were very cleanit’s clean and well keptit is extremely clean and is very spaciousthe rooms were clean and spacious and nice large bathroomsvery neat clean spacious comfortable place
Host:hansi the care taker was very helpful and politethe help at home is very caring hospitable and makes lovely foodvery courteous and helpful staffthe caretaker and owner were extremely helpfulmala as a host is just perfectRead more reviewsperfect location perfect teammost amazing location and yet tucked awayfantastic place in a great locationsuper location and awesome weatherthe place is beautifully located
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 CottageMussoorie, Uttarakhand, India
Top guest reviewsthe wifi was surprisingly fast and stable as wellall the amenities like heaters geyser equipped kitchen crockeriesto have a good wifi connection to write and research was a great helpit was such homely experience with classy and thoughtfully decorated rooms tasty breakfast and mesmerising locationtheir 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 helpfuljudy was a fantastic hostthe kind hospitality of judy and dana is truly amazingjudy and dana are kind warm and helpful hosts without being intrusive or over interestedamazing place amazing host we will come back here againRead more reviewsthe location was absolutely beautiful just close enough to the conveniences to make it helpful
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 WoodsDehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Top guest reviewswe are a big fan of herswe had a good breakfast and a nice conversation with the anisha and omi highly recommendthe cottage is cosy and tastefully done and the bunk bed is great for kidsthe room is clean and well serviced; you can ask the hosts for almost anything
Host:the hosts are lovely peoplenow i understand why they call you a super hostthe hosts are quiet supporting and wonderfulthe hosts are the most friendly and helpful couplethey went out of the way most times behaving more like our family than hostsRead more reviewsthe location of the treehouse is superbtreehouse is located at a very calm and quiet placeevery corner of this property has been tastefully curated which makes it absolutely beautifulmust visit place with your loved onehoping to visit this place sooner again
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 StayBhimtal, Uttarakhand, India
Top guest reviewswater was so cool clean and moderately flowingthe british bungalow was spacious clean and overlooked the mountains
Host:loved the home cooked local food made by the host familyotherwise overall great hospitality and great home cooked food by the hoststhe host family was so gracious and there was always someone to help us when we needed ithost family were so nice and were always their to help usthe upreti's are amazing hosts and they will cater to all your needsRead more reviewsthe location is perfect since it feels fairly secluded and only half hour away frombhimtalall in all a wonderful place to rejuvenate and come back refreshedits a literally very peaceful / silent place where you can feel mental peacewe spent our time with long walks or sipping a hot cuppa while enjoying the views
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 viewBhimtal, Uttarakhand, India
Top guest reviewsevery morning we used to have breakfast in the sun with a beautiful viewclean tidy and spacious roomscleanliness : cleanliness is ok okRead more reviews
Host:he and the other staff was really polite and helpfulthe host is very helpful and approachablestaff is super supportive and politevarun is an amazing host
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 DalanwalaDehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Top guest reviewswifi not goodd2h subscription hardly any channels to watchgreat environmentkitchen was full with all the equipment which was really helpfulthe place is very cleanthe place is really peaceful and cleani stayed there for 20 days and the place was clean big and extremely inviting
Host:anantbhai is a great hostthe host and his family are sweet and helpfulresponsive hosts and functional stuff for useanant is a superb hostanant was responsive and a great hostRead more reviewsthe location is perfect just in the centre of dehradun cityvery beautiful property situated in a quiet and peaceful part of dehradunthe location is pretty easy to find and there is plenty of walking area within the property itselflovely place to go to if looking for a getaway from a fast paced lifevery nice place in the city centre
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 RoomDehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Top guest reviewsdecent place but food and cleanliness of washrooms can be improvedthe place was perfect - it was quiet neat and clean the home cooked food was superRead more reviews
Host:very nice nature stay very friendly staff too good experienceamazing place warm and friendly host a must visit place for those heading towards mussoorie
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 foothillsDehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Top guest reviews
Host:apoorva was a friendly and communicative hostall thanks to the great host for making my weekend in dehradun worth rememberingexcellent place with super sweet and helping hostslovely property for a quiet sneak out from buzzy life great host great breakfast lovely experience it wasRead more reviewswe highly recommend this place to come with friends and family for long or short stays
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 EstateMussoorie, Uttarakhand, India
Top guest reviewsour only two suggestions are better wi-fi and more heating in the roomsextremely clean and well maintainedit's a clean functional space
Host:ashish is a great host and both tribhuwan and ashish were very prompt with responseshosts are very friendly and trustworthyfirst ashish and his family are wonderful and kind-hearted hostssidhu "caretaker" is great at everything he doesashish was kind enough to provide us with a room heaterRead more reviewsyes close enough to small local shops cafe to walkwe also appreciated its location it being at the centre of all the landour hotspotsthe best part apart from location is the hospitalitythe location is so peaceful with breathtaking views at 7000 feet
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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