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Goa has a unique history. It was one of the few Portuguese colonies in India which is reflected through its festivals, architecture and local cuisine. Along with that, the state has been influenced by Arabian and Maratha cultures as well. Through its meat-based street food in Mapusa, colourful homes sprinkled all over and unique local vegetarian dishes, you get a glimpse of the cultural melting pot that is Goa.
Goans live a very slow, mindful and laidback lifestyle and it’s so unique that it even has a word for it – susegado (pron: sushegad). Goans work hard during the day, take well-deserved breaks to rest and replenish and spend quality time with their family. It’s very similar to the European way of life where time spent in tavernas (bars), celebrating festivals and building connections is given as much importance as earning a livelihood. While most mistake it to mean that Goans are lazy, that is not the case.
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Dharamkot experiences a temperate climate owing to its elevation in the Himalayas. The village is characterized by four distinct seasons:
Spring brings mild temperatures and blossoming flora, making it an ideal time to visit for pleasant weather and vibrant landscapes.
Summer sees warmer temperatures, but Dharamkot’s elevation keeps it relatively cool. It’s a popular time for travellers to escape the heat of the plains. Monsoon rains are common during this period, which can lead to lush greenery but also occasional disruptions.
Autumn offers clear skies, crisp air, and stunning views as the monsoon retreats. The weather is ideal for outdoor activities and trekking.
Winter is chilly, with temperatures dropping significantly, which sometimes results in snowfall. While it can be challenging for some, it’s a magical time for those who enjoy the snow and cosy experiences.
NomadGao Dharamkot is a coliving and coworking space for digital nomads in India. You can find private mountain view rooms, quiet coworking spaces, a kitchen and a common terrace here along with power backup and fast wifi in Himachal.
Alt Life is a hostel in McLeod Ganj with streamlined mixed-gender and female-only dorms, Wi-Fi, bunk beds and lockers, as well as shared bathrooms. Their private rooms have en suite wet rooms, mountain views, and a cottage.
This hostel is located in McLeodganj and offers dorms, quirky spots to chill, and lively rooms, along with the town’s finest experiences.
A homestay and co-working space in the Himalayas for remote workers.
A Coliving, Coworking space in the mighty Himalayas for you to live, do deep work, relax, play and be part of the wonderful community.
Ghoomakad is based in the village of Rakkar, in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It’s just a while from the twin destinations of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj and the village has an old-world charm and tranquillity to it.
The Triund Trek is one of the easiest treks that you can do by yourself. 4 hours of walking will take you to mesmerising views of the Kangra Valley and the snow-covered Dhauladhar range. Apart from the peak, there are many spots on the way that you can marvel in.
How to hike up to Triund?
You start in Dharamkot. Don’t forget to wear your shoes and pack a poncho. Sticks can further help you navigate through the rocky terrain. It is preferable to ask locals for directions and be wary of important landmarks. Apart from that, carry plenty of water with you and try to start your trek early. The sun can get pretty harsh later in the day.
Pro tip: Stay for the sunset if you can
Local taxis and rickshaws are an easy option that will be available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. For very early and very late transfers you need to arrange them from local vendors or travel agencies. You will not find any local buses to Dharamkot but sharing a taxi is a great option for cheap travel.
Finding an apartment online is difficult in Dharamkot, but you can find it through a local WhatsApp group that provides accommodation services or talk to some locals who would love to host you in their house and make you feel like family.
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