South East Asia is swarming with Digital Nomads. On Reddit and Facebook Groups with Digital Nomads, I see lots of nomads looking for a non-mainstream destination with beaches or mountains with decent internet. One of the unexplored places for Digital Nomads is definitely India. With a variety in landscapes and cultures, availability of e-visas, good internet, low cost of living, diverse cuisines and improving infrastructure you can definitely think of India as your next stop.
The Beaches of Goa or Pondicherry
If you are looking for nice serene beaches South Goa is the place to go. With some great hotels or apartments available, you can get decent WiFi and an IDEA sim card to keep you connected. There are some really nice white sand beaches to explore here. You can rent a scooter for less than $8 a day. If you want some parties and bars around you can go to North Goa instead. The Goan seafood is quite a delight with Portuguese influences. November to March is the best time to visit here. With abundance of tourists, Goa is a great place to start in India.
If you want something more peaceful and relaxing, you can plan for Pondicherry. It has a lot of French influences with mustard coloured colonial villas. You can find a lot of designer boutiques here as well. Apart from some nice beaches & backwaters, you can also plan a visit to the spiritual ashram of Auroville. There are some beautiful cathedral & churches here as well. October to February is the best time to visit here.
The desserts of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Packed with European and American tourists throughout the year. Rajasthan’s cities- Jaipur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer are the top places visited by tourist. Beautiful desserts, old historical palaces, some of the fanciest hotels in the world and so much more! My personal favourite is Udaipur, the lake city. It has some really beautiful restaurants and hotels around the lake. If you are looking for a tourist friendly destination, this is perfect.
Exploring the history of these cities here can be really interesting. You will find all types of palaces and forts here. You can be sure to find some good WiFi and network connectivity here. Also you can find all types of food here, though the local cuisine is highly recommended. November to February is a good time to visit Rajasthan. Rajasthan has also become a great indie-electronica music festival destination. You should check out Magnetic Fields and Ragasthan if you’re looking for an amazing music line-up.
The mountains of Mcleodganj
A view of the Himalayan mountains, monasteries, trekking, Tibetan food, home to Dalai Lama and so much more! Mc Leodganj is a great place in India for spending time in the mountains. You can find decent WiFi and network connectivity too. If you’re into yoga sessions, exploring the mountains and even getting a chance to interact with tibetan monks, Mc Leodganj is a great destination. September to November is a good time to visit. You should definitely try out the Tibetan cuisine and other Italian, Israeli, German cafes here.
Being affordable and really diverse, India can be a great place to travel as Digital Nomad.There are some other great places to visit in India like Kerala if you’re looking for a houseboat stay. Also, if you’re looking to explore a good city in India, Mumbai or Pune are great options. Do leave a comment if you have any questions about travelling to India as a Digital Nomad.