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tvucmtxgzaosvr Hey Filip, how long are you in Cochin for? Is it good for digital nomads to stay and work from there?
qhpugqsfkkmo bgpjymmqc Are you guys using any coworking spaces in the area? how is the internet connectivity?
fexbjtsncyw Even though I ended up in lockdown there, I would recommend it. Uber is amazing, homestays are some of the best and cheapest I found, good sized international style mall. Fort kochi has some great restaurants and cafes.
Visa situation was easy too. I think the only reason it hasn't replaced CM as a #1 is there is less stuff to do and lack of access to the rest of SEA.
ywfjwxnmeix You can certainly find reasonable homestays and few good restaurant, but the nice part of Fort Kochin is very tiny and I honestly think it gets a bit boring after a while..
haha sorry but it really was. No I left last week!
๐Ÿ›ฌ rfrfbpquk just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Jaipur, #india
Is it VERY hot or is it bearable? I also wanted to go to Rajasthan but was a bit worried about the temperatures ๐Ÿ™‚
๐Ÿ›ฌ lupwlvyfwbigvu just arrived in Kovalam Beach, #india
I am in Pune and I have a 300mbps connection from TataBroadband and I havenโ€™t seen a down time since I have got the connection and that would be from last 6 months, plus the speed is close to 300mbps. Apart from that Airtel, JIO and Act Fiber Broadband is what I heard are reliable and good! You can go for any of these companies Fiber BB and you should be fine.

Also, you can check on their website which city they support and if they provide service in the area where you are planning to stay. You can also check with the rental owners if any of the flats already have connections in their building from these companies and you should be good!
Most of the service providers support 1 GBPS connections as well
Anywhere with a Jio optical fibre connection. You will get around 1Gbps at ~50$ pm

(Most of the metro's are well connected now)
Yes it's very hot during the day but it's bearable
After 5pm it gets much better
May is not the month to visit Goa buddies ๐Ÿ˜„
๐Ÿ›ฌ ayjgxtnjj just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ McLeod Ganj, #india
It was actually not bad. Not so crowded and wasn't too hot while I was there due to some cloud. Many parties and I've met many cool people. Some told it's better than the peak season due to how chill it was
I'm in Dharamsala right now, and it's a great place to work from. I see many DNs here. Great community of spiritual people from all over the world. Many cafes. There are also coliving and coworking places. The Void seems good.

Fast internet speed. There are some occasional power cut for few minutes though.

Hi peeps, I'm a software engineer, from Wayanad, currently living in Bangalore. We could meetup if you're around here :)
๐Ÿ›ฌ mwjcchjemxsvuh just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Chennai, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ fedfiaxiiiea just arrived in ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Goa, #india
I went to NomadGao in Dharamsala yesterday, and they are decent. Great view, nice desks, and great location
I saw there are few workation type of places for nomads in Dharamsala
Depends on the location, weather and provider.

In most cases you should get at least 5Mbps (up and down)
I got 65Mbit up and down at my hostel in Manali. Many digital nomads here
๐Ÿ›ฌ zccdwdrynknvuo just arrived in Puducherry, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ hwkxgmufnwd just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Delhi, #india
i used to have airtelโ€™s data plan, 80mbps on average
๐Ÿ›ฌ hcsswcdoq just arrived in Nubra, #india
amazing, great stuff - how long are you there for?
glad you enjoyed it! cheers ๐Ÿ™‚
๐Ÿ›ฌ lyovpvgkn just arrived in Pangong Hotel, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ ppzcmpco just arrived in Shillong, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ wwhjxmsdq just arrived in Leh, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ hmatajhqufb just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Agra, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ bdzpnqkno just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Delhi, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ xmnpxrygjtv just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Delhi, #india
Hey guys, does anyone know what the easiest way to get a Schengen visa right now is? Wondering if I should do it directly via an embassy or VFS and which embassies are issuing visas right now in India
Hey ๐Ÿ‘‹ Any Indian DNs here who have worked remotely for 6 months+ from Europe/Africa? Which places would you recommend (especially ones where the Visa process isnโ€™t too mad for Indian passport holders)
Not Europe but if you need suggestions on Latin America, let me know. Getting visa for Indian passport holders in Latam is super easy. Brazil, Colombia and Mexico are great places to do work remotely.
I recommend getting a multiple entry schengen visa and then alternating between the schengen zone and Croatia for 3 month intervals if you want to spend a year in Europe. Serbia is also nice.

In Africa, I liked South Africa, but visas are a process.

Also, if you have a US visa, itll be valid for ten years and gives you access to most of Latin America, which I definitely recommend too. Lots of options if youโ€™re tactical about traveling w visas
๐Ÿ›ฌ njpttilywohlnw just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Mysore, #india
How bad is Monsoon season on the east coast of India during July? I want to motorbike down the coast.

I donโ€™t mind daily rain if itโ€™s for a couple of hours, like Phuket in June or Ko Samui in October. Is India a no-go?
First half of July miggght be doable, but second half, I wouldnโ€™t recommend it. The rain in India during monsoon is a lot stronger than what Iโ€™ve seen in SE Asia. I wouldnโ€™t recommend long bike trips in rain like that
Does the east coast get hit? Someone told me the east coast of Sri Lanka is fine. I assumed everything would be fcked.
himachal or uttarakhand, hands down!

before the rains ruit it by july/august
If its a city you want, Kolkata and Mumbai have my vote (but I'm a historian, so... take that under advisement :).
lfermtgyuaduyp ah Iโ€™m not sure about that. I thought everything is fucked too, but canโ€™t comment on the east coast specifically
I would suggest - Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.

There is a Vipassana center as well in Dharamshala in case you want to detox your mind.
I just got to Mysore and itโ€™s amazing!! Super pleasant temperatures (22-29), very green and clean, not crazy traffic like in other cities. Very nice and very livable ๐Ÿ™‚
And also Pondicherry is very cute with great restaurants, but itโ€™s very hot, about 37 these days..
Hey Pranite, are you actually Indian? I remember looking at this during the pandemic for my boyfriend who is Argentinian and even though he was considered 3rd country citizen he could still obtain Schengen visas upon arrival at any country - fulfilling all the corona recommendations, but there are none these days. I feel like Switzerland might be a good shot. I would avoid the Eastern European countries due to the refugee crisis in Ukraine..
Chennai number 1 2030
It rains a lot in east coast as well
Guhhhhh So basically stay out of India until September?
lgsappkwvwwqwn Yeah if you want to motorbike September is a good time
U0366BJMPQU Munnar, Wayanad, Kochi
Hey ipqtwswwhvzwfu haha yes, I am an Indian citizen. All good points, Iโ€™ll keep that in mind, thank youu!
Hey guys, any recommendations for international health insurance for Indian nomads? Such a pain to findโ€ฆ
Western Ghats at this time would be great
what's the best and quickest way to pay a freelancer in India? paypal is not an option because the payments get stalled for way too long, western union is expensive and she has to go pick it up in cash which can be dangerous...
In the US we have venmo, zelle, cashapp... Is there anything like that where I can send a secure digital payment from USD -> rupee nearly instantaneously?
Maybe if I can fund an Indian version of a payment processor then I can pay her easier from that account instead of my US account?
Looking into it. Have you recieved payments this way?
Not exactly in INR. Iโ€™m from the UK and my company pays me in dollars. I withdraw it in GBP.

But I know people who have used it for INR
did a quick search here, looks like Pieter is using it to pay his Filipino freelancers with it
lol, i love slack so much
Wise should work too I guess. Used it to pay a freelancer from Pakistan, no issues
Check if they accept stable coins like USDC or USDT
๐Ÿ›ฌ vgugdqgk just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Visakhapatnam, #india
Also try Remitly
Been using Wise for over 3y now. It has never failed me
Thanks everyone, checking out these options. ๐Ÿ™
WISE (Transferwise) is the only thing I've found to work for foreign transfer into or inside India from overseas. Its very highly restricted there. Good luck!
Any recommendations on which cities to celebrate/experience Diwali?
Was thinking Jaipur
๐Ÿ›ฌ thikbrtdv just arrived in Auroville, #india
Hi Guys - Been living in Bali for a while. Coming to Mumbai for 1 month or 2. Any recommendation of how can I get a serviced apartment or an Airbnb. Everything looks super costly! I am trying to find a place near Powai
Powai is very costly if you want something cheaper you should try in Chandivali or Marol. Both are near to Powai
How are you liking Auroville U022M006QLB?
Hello everybody. Do you have a good recommentation for a place to stay for few days in mumbay? Thanks for any help. Cheers Carlo
Can an Indian female freelancer/dev tell me a little more about the culture around payment and potentially abuse? My dev is having problems accepting payments through her own accounts, sometimes feels legit and sometimes not, so she requests payments to her brother or other males in her family. This is very unusual for me in the U.S. and I want to make sure she is not being taken advantage of. At the same time, because of the cultural difference I am having a hard time communicating why I have concerns. If you have articles or other resources. lmk.
She's most probably avoiding a huge tax bill. Indian tax laws suck for freelancers once they start making over $60k a year as an individual.

You can communicate your very valid concerns to her and optionally tell her to talk to a qualified accountant who can set her up for success or explore a mutual solution together

Source Tax nerd who has worked with clients from every continent.
Thank you for your insight. I hadn't considered the tax implications. It is a tiered system here
Same in India, but there are some provisions that essentially help you decrease your tax liability significantly if you're earning below $60k as a freelancer.
hmmm, and there are reporting requirements on amounts of a certain limit, just like?
It's less to do with reporting requirements and more to do with the complexity and the fact that you are essentially not given any benefits (not even on the first $60k) if you make more than a certain limit
The Indian banking system is... the kindest word I can use... weird. Tranferring funds in and out is very structured. I've spent a reasonable amount of time there, and whenever I find the need to transfer overseas funds to any female colleague for work or reimbursement of expenses, it is fraught. They have to go into the bank and ask where the tranfer is. The bank manager has asked them "Who is this person sending this?" "Where is your husband/father" etc. This has not happened with male colleagues. You are not imagining this. As I understand it, all foriegn tranfers are reported to the government, and they need to be declared. Good luck.
๐Ÿ›ฌ kiokgcmdukmi just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Rajkot, #india
eeuukymfhvapdy Thanks for writing out your experience. I was actually imagining something quite like that experience at the bnak
zbkqajp Looks legit. Can you ask her specific reason so that you are on same page? But its definitely not rare. And as gjsduon said, she might be avoiding tax. (Not clear though)
Hey ijlifyjef :smiley:
Auroville is an heavenly bubble. Very nice people. Lot of amazing food made with love. Lots of free community activities...
But it might not be the energy I am looking for at the moment...
๐Ÿ›ฌ tvrpkrafpuglf just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Delhi, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ fdebiikcdfqpik just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Gurgaon, #india
What are the best surf spots in India for an intermediate surfer?
mangalore beach is pretty good, there was a surfing competition recently
๐Ÿ›ฌ hhxfqfewnbqe just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Madurai, #india
Goa - morjim and arambol is great

Udupi also good - many surfing clubs there
๐Ÿ›ฌ odbwnjnwfnmu just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Bengaluru, #india
Can you recommend any coworking space in Mumbai? Where are you working?
There should be WeWork around. If not Google maps should be helpful.
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