With the steep surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, professionals are once again looking to take a workation in India. After all, it’s far better than being holed up in a mundane corner of your home, which has been serving as your make-shift office space for a while now. By Karan Kaushik
Workations have emerged as one of the top travel trends ever since the pandemic hit us. The idea behind a workation is mixing work with travel and leisure. It makes sense to be amidst soulful environs after a hard day’s work in these testing times.
Amp up your workspace by booking a workation at these 8 properties in India
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Encompassed by verdant hills and a tranquil water body, Jay Clarks Exotica in Nahan offers a rejuvenating long-term stay. The property has spacious rooms with balconies that overlook the stunning waterfront. Centrally air-conditioned, the cosy rooms feature super comfy double beds. Other amenities include a worktable, a wardrobe, a mini-fridge, and a cute little living space. The Wi-Fi connection is nice too.
After work, you can look forward to leisurely strolls on the lawn or enjoy boating and fishing in the lake. They have a private lakeside gazebo, where you can warm your toes on a traditional sigri fire. On your day-offs, you may fancy a rejuvenating nature walk to Haripurdhar, which offers scenic views of the surrounding valley.
Best time to visit: September to November
Nearest railhead/airport: Solan Railway Station and Chandigarh Airport
Staying at this 5-BHK Airbnb villa is an experience you’ll cherish forever. A perfect blend of traditional and modern architecture, the stay features a modern kitchen and well-sanitised bedrooms. The porch makes for a nice place to unwind over a glass of wine after work. Each room at the villa features an attached verandah, which offers great views of the hills.
When in Bhimtal, you can indulge in a lot of activities. There are some nice treks, and your hosts will be more than happy to accompany you. You can also enjoy boating, kayaking, and zorbing at the Bhimtal lake. Weekends can be spent in nearby Sattal and Naukuchiatal. If adventure excites you, Bhimtal has many private paragliding services.
Best time to visit: March to June
Nearest railhead/airport: Kathgodham Railway Station and Pantnagar Airport
Located at a kissing distance from all the major spots of north Goa, this villa is amazing for nature lovers. It’s nestled in a peaceful forested area, which serves as a home to myriad bird species. Every part of the villa offers rewarding views of a well-kept tropical garden and clean pools.
Wake up to lovely birdsongs, work under a tree, or maybe just loll around for a while and watch koi fishes jump up the pool. On offer at the villa are three spacious master suites. The furniture in these suites has been brought from different parts of India and Bali. The friendly staff at the villa includes a cook, a gardener, and a security guard.
Best time to visit: November to February
Nearest railhead/airport: Margao and Vasco-da-Gama stations and Dabolim Goa International Airport
Only delightful experiences await you at this Jaipur property. The suites here come with all the necessary mod cons. The best part about Brijnest is its library café, where you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee as you turn the pages of your favourite book. You can also request them to organise a special dinner under the starry Jaipur sky, which usually features a wholesome four-course meal.
When not attending zoom calls, you can enroll yourself in their gardening and special cooking classes. They also run community-driven programs and you too can lend a helping hand. The property is surrounded by tall trees, which inhabit a variety of bird species. All the suites overlook the garden and the mini forest located inside the property.
Best time to visit: November to January
Nearest railhead/airport: Jaipur Railway Station and Jaipur Airport
Located in the heart of Darjeeling, this is one of the best homestays in the hill station. All your basic requirements like laundry, television, air conditioning, and good internet will be met here. The spacious rooms of the homestay are tastefully decorated and make for nice workspaces. Go to their lovely terrace to savour incredible views of the eastern Himalayas, especially at dusk and dawn. The host Mr Palzor is an avid trekker and would love to take you around for a spin.
They even have cycles, which you can rent at a nominal price. Meals at Heyagriva are superlative. They serve delicious and healthy local preparations. Other services the homestay offers include flight bookings, airport transfer, and local sightseeing. In case you are feeling a bit feverish, the hosts will be glad to arrange a doctor for you.
Best time to visit: April to June
Nearest railhead/airport: New Jalpaiguri Station and Bagdogra Airport
Dear digital nomads of Namma Bengaluru, here’s your chance to finally make that trip to Kabini, that you had been postponing all this while. Overlooking the tourism zone of the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve, The Bison promises a rustic as well as luxurious stay. The resort is located at the confluence of the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks and stands on the shores of river Kabini.
Their safari-themed luxury camps are perfect for the times we live in. They have stand-alone cottages and machans too. The private sit-outs at the resort feature a handy writing desk, which are apt for conducting video calls. During your free time, you can embark on a jungle safari, usually led by trained naturalists, to try your luck at spotting the elusive Black Panther.
Best time to visit: October to May
Nearest railhead/airport: Mysore Railway Station and Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore
This luxurious two-storied holiday home is where you can take your entire family for your workation. Located at a short distance from Lonavala’s city centre, the villa features air-conditioned rooms and a swimming pool with jacuzzi jets. Apart from free WiFi, it has a 55-inch smart television with a fire stick. It’s a pet-friendly villa and boasts lush lawns.
It has five bedrooms and can easily accommodate 16 guests. So, you may even plan a group workation with your colleagues here. The villa also has an atrium area, where you can read or play a game of carrom or take zoom calls. Then there’s the patio, which has a snooker table. Home-cooked meals prepared by their in-house cooks are provided at an additional cost.
Best time to visit: July to September
Nearest railhead/airport: Khandala Railway Station and Lohegaon Aiport, Pune
If working from the mountains has been on your mind for some time now, we recommend doing it from The Whispering Woods. Beautifully located in Gushaini, this gorgeous homestay has a lot in store for you. From movie nights to walking tours to themed dinner nights, you’ll have enough reasons to enjoy your stay here.
You could choose from the double and family category rooms, which come with basic facilities like free toiletries, an electric kettle, and a dining table. The special sitting area at the homestay is where you should spend your working hours marvelling at the breathtaking views from the windows. They have a shared lounge, an in-house restaurant, and a lovely garden. For breakfast, they serve continental and north Indian vegetarian fare. Also on offer are barbeque grills, a library, and a shared kitchen.
Best time to visit: March to June
Nearest railhead/airport: Kiratpur Station and Bhuntar Airport