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ctszuqdini just arrived in Kottayam, #india
Where are some good places to consider in India to live for three months? Iโ€™m a teacher so reliable internet is a must even if I have to pay for it.
cxtkcnozwp I am not sure if you will be able to get in yet, but I would recommend Kochi. I spent a ton of time there including the entire 45 day lockdown and will probably still be going back. The fort kochi area is really cool and I think the uber situation was one of the best uber situations I have experienced. That said, I would say it is a little boring.
Boring would be good for awhile. I will have an entire curriculum to make and could you some quiet.
Bengaluru. My place, Chennai would be too hot in the coming months. No issues of Internet for me.
Right before covid I saw a few co-working spaces opening up. The Homestays are very good. It has one of the largest international style malls, so you won't be without anything. Covid accelerated food delivery, I couldnt leave my airbnb and had food delivered everyday. Also, interestingly because of the large catholic and Muslim populations there, you can get beef, if you are not a vegetarian. That said you can Indian everyday as well.
Fort kochi (it's an area) is the hippest area but is catered heavily towards tourists so will be more expensive.
U0ZE9P5TLbr />Many hidden spots in south india like kochi and vizag , but too hot now - would not recommend

Himachal and uttarakhand would be better from April-June times
If you need beaches, north goa should solve it from June onwards and a friend is now building a 3rd villa and office in there with an amazing community and high speed internet at nomadgao (google it)
I'd recommend| for all DNs, built by an old genuine DN - stayed there for 2 months in 2020 and loved it, will go back again this year surely
Bengaluru isn't a bad shout, if you need to be fairly "plugged in" throughout. All the convenience of a city, but still plenty to experience that is unique to the place. Elsewhere you are somewhat limited to specific nomad work places like the Goa example above. Nothing wrong with that, but you may find there's less options to move around or change plans if there isn't much happening in or around the place.
Bangalore is my homebase, so I always recommend it too, but goa is not "all beaches" - north, central, south - a big city in between too, village in an hour, mountains in an hour and the entire experience, depends what you want, really :slightly_smiling_face:
Recommended as for new folks - DN community in goa is dope
What time of year are you going? That is a HUGE factor. Hyderabad is fantastic and has great internet but absolutely do not go in summer.
I would be going in the summer. I need absolutely great internet and a private place to give lessons.
Wow this looks so amazing. I am super interested in Goa! I am wondering what kind of lifestyle can $5,000 USD afford me? I will be very busy and need a comfortable living space, surfboard, possible car rental, high speed internet, almost always eat out etc...
mvjctxzkyq I was there before switching to Kochi. The reason I didn't stay in Goa was because the short term accommodation situation was not the greatest and the taxi/uber situation is really really bad. There is a taxi cartel there, that said if you can get into one of the touristy areas, it's not too bad. So while I was there I stayed at the sea shell villas. However, while I was there I talked to the owner and they not only own that property but another one across the way and he offered to give me I think a 20% discount if I wanted to do monthly.
It depends on the quality of life you are looking for.
but $5000 USD is a lot, you could stay at a resort for that much, if you don't care about saving money.
I would say show up, look around, check out nomadgao and see if it works for you. If you decide you want to stay in a resort, talk to the manager.
Nomadgao I think has some on site accommodations as well.
Most importantly benchmark the internet at all the places.
Iโ€™m hoping India opens up soon ๐Ÿ™ I wonder if thereโ€™s a way to get in like a business visa deal in Indonesia
I donโ€™t think Goa is a good choice for you, based on your timeframe, it sounds like youโ€™ll be there during monsoon season when most of the attractions are closed. I would recommend going further north. The Himalayas are amazing in the summer when itโ€™s warm enough to be pleasant. Leh Ladakh is incredible in the summer.
Unless youโ€™re only going for the monsoon swells, in which case maybe Goaโ€™s the right choice.
yeah, not the best season for goa, but a few weeks won't hurt - goa should be less crowded too, if that helps
with that budget, you just need right people/org to outsource everything, hence nomadgao and mayur was the recommendation
haven't found better folks yet in india for DNs - contact them and will share more ideas if I get any later
heโ€™s going for 3 months, not 3 weeks
Leh has terrible internet
but should be on everyone's bucket list, if you like motorbikes
not sure if you've had any experience fwutabekyk already with driving in India/Asia, but driving a car there is...interesting. You've obviously theoretically less safe on a scooter/motorbike, but of the two, I would say the latter is still the most feasible to get around if you've even got some 2 wheel experience. If neither, you'll probably rely on Uber, which for me makes me think you're better off in one of the cities, at least for your first stint there
yeah most westerners are initially quite scared even when riding in a taxi or rickshaw
forget about good internet in the state of kashmir, from what I hear they still use 2G-3G and super slow speeds
leh is the worst idea for workation, perfect for vacation
love kashmir for sure
yeah kashmir is gorgeous, with the political situation there though now might not be a good time
pls do inform me if there are spots you find with good internet - would love to be proved wrong
ladakh is kind of a different story
in Srinagar I could barely get 3G, in Leh there were loads of internet cafes and I never had a problem
although to be fair I wasnโ€™t working 8hrs/day and often the quality issues only arise during prolonged usage
great nomad scene in leh, lots of adventure sports, full of german bakeries and italian coffee shops and people from all over the world
srinagar was crawling with military police and the tourist economy was being slowly choked out
the best I could find in Leh was about 2-5mb connections but it was very variable, with some days where the Internet was totally out for the whole area and there isn't really a 4g backup. Can't imagine that would have recovered after all the info wars there fairly recently
if you want to surf, Goa is probably still the front runner (if you don't I still think Bangalore)...but then again if surfing is the main thing you might be better considering somewhere like Indonesia, Canaries or South Africa
nice, any recommendations on which areas to stay in leh, mate?
Ya I think Goa would be more enjoyable if you are willing to have a scooter, I was not.
I think Goa with a scooter and dealing with rain is something I can deal with. Nomadgao sounds like a really solid resource to hit the ground running. I really want to like India and have a good first impression.
I cannot find clear requirements to enter India. Any resources?
zulwegimml AFAIK, India is currently closed to tourism.
leh's tiny, like 30k people and you can get anywhere in an auto rickshaw pretty quickly so I wouldn't worry too much about where to stay, but the most happening part of town for foreigners is the market by the jama masjid
Weird that the mosque is the center of the action given that it's majority buddhist but the mosque is gorgeous so I guess that's why it draws a lot of tourists
The rock climbing is great, really interesting rock formations because of the unique geology in the area and there are indoor rock gyms where you can practice bouldering before going on one of the trips, I had a blast
makes sense, thanks, will explore more!
Anyone had a longer than six month stay in India and how did you sort out your taxes in the states?
still? Is it possible to enter by guest visa? I want to visit my friend, she would be alright to invite me.
Any Indian person here? Can you cross the border and, then, get back without troubles? My friend is from Kerala, but they are afraid, they won't be able to get home if we meet up somewhere in Egypt/Turkey.
Outbound flights from India appear to be operating just fine. A few countries have put India on the no fly list or cut down on the num of flights.
However, there's no telling what might happen in India in 2 weeks from now. The situation is deteriorating fast and there could be a nationwide lockdown
My friend is Indian, so I wonder if they are able to get back to India (to be honest, I have never heard a story that your country can't let in you in)
Erm, that did happen last year when the borders were sealed and India went into a hard lockdown
Wow, it sucks. I wonder for how long?
Thanks a lot for the info, btw!
The lockdown lasted from Mar 22, 2020 to ~June 20, 2020. There were state-assisted repatriation flights for Indians stranded abroad
with tests and quarantine on arrival
So, basically, no problems?
You show the test results, get the flight and sit at home for 2 weeks?
Or what do you mean by 'state-assisted'?
Those were not your regular commercial flights. Those were "special" flights operated by the state carrier. As you can imagine, there werent many, and folks had to be put on a waitlist
If India does go into a similar lockdown again, imo your friend is likely to have to extend their stay abroad until they can be airlifted home
๐Ÿ˜ข It sucks! Thanks for such a complete answer!
any time! hmu if you need anything raised_handsskin-tone-3
yamypclmvsftvr perhaps if they can be prepared to wait 4 months for the lockdown to get lifted ๐Ÿ˜…
Freaking out if i should catch the morning flight and bounce. And idea if there will be a lockdown in AMD?
given a choice, i'd be any place but India rn ๐Ÿ˜
As someone who had to do a repatriation flight, do not depend on them. I paid top dollar, had to travel for 20 hours on a bus and went through 4-5 checkpoints.
(for getting out) I am not sure about getting in.
This sucks. A word of warning, I left on the last repatriation flight there was for Canada (last hard lockdown) and the reason it was the last was because there was not enough people.

I imagine because of covid there is even less people to make up repatriation flights now.

I made a huge huge mistake not getting out early when I had the chance.
Another important thing I didn't learn until after. If a hard lockdown does happen and you want to get out, call other embassies. The UK and USA were repatriating non-citizens.
I got stuck in the lockdown back in March 2020. There were lots of facebook and whatsapp groups full of other foreigners stranded in India sharing information about evacuation flights. Also, if you were staying at a fancy western hotel in a major city, you could hang out in the lobby and approach other foreigners about their evacuation plans to find out about evacuation flights. It is kind of the wild west, Japan had evacuation flights that were totally unannounced and open to anyone as long as you could convince them you werenโ€™t planning to stay in Japan.
And definitely be prepared to spend double or triple on an evacuation flight, especially to the US. Another reason why itโ€™s better to get out early.
Hmm i guess ill go book my ticket than ๐Ÿ˜ญ
I ended up paying $3000. Essentially it was the same price as a round ticket but for one way.
I think this time around the lockdown wont be so long but u never know hmm
In my situation I was in a massive AirBNB and had access to delivery etc.. but I couldn't go anywhere. I mean, even if you are only bouncing for a few months as a precaution. It's a bit of an asymmetric risk. If it turns out to be fine, you're only out the money of that one trip, however, if it turns out to be really bad the value of not being there will be greater than the trip price.
I had a pretty good reason not to fly at the time (pregnant wife). One of the big value props of being a DN is you don't need to stick around when things start getting bad.
My biggest concern is you will just end up being trapped for the 6 months because of flight bans.
Ended up staying actually cause flights were hard to get
Part of me just wants to stay even longer. I dont think my current company will be ok with that so any recommendations on which companies would be ok with me working from India?
Anyone in India right now? Planning a short 1-2 week trip there with a friend and wondering what the restrictions are like. We're coming from the US
Which city/cities are you planning to explore?
Was thinking Delhi or Hyderabad but also open to ideas. Also heard it will be hot and would like to avoid that lol
Any thoughts?
Hyderabad is close to my place, Chennai. At this part of the year, it is hot everywhere except some hill stations. I just live inside air conditioned room just to avoid the heat. If I were you, I won't visit India for the next 2-3 months at least. It is not free to move and stuck with frequent lockdowns. If you want an idea how is it going here, I am typing from a containment zone. :stuck_out_tongue:

Depends on the purpose of your visit as well. If it's business and required, then fine but for tourism, not yet. Maybe after few months or next year.
Delhi and Hyd this time of the year!! :sun_with_face:
That would be a no, even in pre-pandemic times
๐Ÿ’ฏ agree with what Manoj says - best to avoid traveling to India for a few months. Nov-Feb is usually a good time to visit, but who knows we might be battling the third wave at the time man-shruggingskin-tone-3 I'd wait it out
๐Ÿ›ฌ fpfzyofrn just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Chennai, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ nermszjhqh just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Delhi, #india
You should goto Hill Stations, Gangtok would be a great place to visit. You can take a flight to Bagdogra, from there take a chopper to Gangtok.
Darjeeling is also near Gangtok.
Sikkim state is a good place to explore if you just have 1-2 weeks.
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