A Digital Nomad's
Guide to Dharamkot

Introduction

Nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, Dharamkot is a haven for digital nomads seeking a perfect blend of tranquillity and connectivity. This quaint village, perched above the bustling town of McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh, India, has emerged as a sanctuary for those who yearn to escape the conventional, embrace a slower pace of life, and yet remain seamlessly linked to the virtual world.
 
Dharamkot’s charm lies in its harmonious fusion of breathtaking natural beauty, spiritual enrichment, and modern amenities tailored to the needs of today’s remote workers. With its cosy cafes, welcoming community, and a backdrop of lush forests and awe-inspiring mountain vistas, this village offers a rejuvenating atmosphere that fosters both productivity and personal growth.
 
Beyond its practical offerings, Dharamkot is renowned for its spiritual magnetism. The village is a gateway to the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, offering meditation retreats, yoga classes, and opportunities for self-discovery. Engage in morning meditation with the rising sun, partake in holistic wellness practices, or simply explore the winding paths that lead to hidden monasteries and temples.
 
In Dharamkot, the concept of time takes on a different hue. The vibrant local markets, brimming with organic produce and handcrafted treasures, invite you to immerse yourself in the community’s sustainable way of life. Evenings are adorned with cultural events, live music, and bonfires that forge connections among travellers from every corner of the globe.

Overall Budget in Dharamkot

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.

The image shows two digital nomads in India working remotely from Dharamkot Himachal Pradesh

What makes Dharamkot perfect for digital nomads?

Whether you’re seeking solitude for focused work sessions, moments of introspection amidst picturesque landscapes, or the chance to connect with like-minded individuals, Dharamkot provides it all. High-speed internet, co-working spaces, and an array of accommodation options – from budget-friendly guesthouses to comfortable boutique lodges and coliving spaces in India – ensure that you can seamlessly integrate work and leisure.
 
So, if you’re a digital nomad seeking a haven where modernity and ancient wisdom coexist, where panoramic vistas inspire fresh ideas, and where each day is an opportunity to grow, Dharamkot beckons. Step into a world where the mountains stand as silent mentors, the air carries whispers of enlightenment, and the spirit of connectivity transcends the virtual realm.
 

Languages spoken in Goa:

Hindi, English, Hebrew & Pahadi

The Population of Goa:

19,057 (as of 2011)

Currency used in Goa:

Indian Rupee (₹)

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Expenses:

Average monthly expenses:

INR 20,000-50,000 OR 240-540 USD

    1. Accommodation:
      a. Hostels: INR 500-1000 OR 6-12 USD / night
      b. Hotels: INR 3000 – 22,000 OR 36-260 USD / night
      c. Renting out apartments (fully furnished, without having to get a long-term lease):
      > 1BHK: INR 8000 – 15000 OR 96 – 180 USD /night
      > 2BHK: INR 15,000 – 20,000 OR 180-240 USD/night
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      Homestays (with food): INR 25,000 – 30,000 OR 270-320 USD

    2. Workspace: Approx INR 500-800 OR 6-9USD/day and 4000-8000/month

    3. Food:
    • Small local breakfast joints, restaurants and taverns: INR 100-200 OR 1.4-2.4 USD / person
    • Cafes and themes dining spaces: INR 300-1000 or 3.5-12 USD per person (not including drinks)
    • Drinking out: INR 80 – 1000 OR 1 – 12 USD per person
    • Buying groceries: INR 10,000 -15,000 OR 120-180 USD per month

      4. Travel:
    • Cabs: INR 1000 – 3000 OR 12 – 36 USD for 50 km depending on the number of people and car type
    • Buses: Dharamkot doesn’t have any buses
    • Tuk-tuks/Autorikhshaws: INR 50 -300 OR 1-4 USD depending on the distance covered

      5. Local Experiences: INR 1500-5000 OR 18-56 USD

      6. Health and Fitness: INR 1000-2000 OR 12 -24 USD per month


Dharamkot Overview

Health & Safety Infrastructure

Climate and Weather

Dharamkot experiences a temperate climate owing to its elevation in the Himalayas. The village is characterized by four distinct seasons:

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  1. Spring (March to May):

    Spring brings mild temperatures and blossoming flora, making it an ideal time to visit for pleasant weather and vibrant landscapes.

  2. Summer (June to August):

    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.

  3. Autumn (September to November):

    Autumn offers clear skies, crisp air, and stunning views as the monsoon retreats. The weather is ideal for outdoor activities and trekking.

  4. Winter (December to February):

    Winter is chilly, with temperatures dropping significantly, often resulting in snowfall. While it can be challenging for some, it’s a magical time for those who enjoy the snow and cosy experiences.

Financial Infrastructure

Best Time to Visit Dharamkot

The best time to visit Dharamkot largely depends on your preferences:
  • For Mild Weather: Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) offer pleasant temperatures and clear skies, ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing.
  • For Snow Enthusiasts: If you enjoy the snow and cosy experiences, winter (December to February) is perfect, though be prepared for colder conditions.
  • For Avoiding Crowds: The winter season might have fewer tourists, whereas June to September has the most.
 
Ultimately, the best time to visit Dharamkot varies based on your interests, whether it’s trekking, enjoying the local culture, or simply relaxing amidst stunning scenery.
 

Coliving Spaces in Dharamkot

  1. NomadGao Dharamkot

    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.

  2. Alt Life

    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.

  3. Zostel

    This hostel is located in McLeodganj and offers dorms, quirky spots to chill, and lively rooms, along with the town’s finest experiences.

  4. Void

    A homestay and co-working space in the Himalayas for remote workers.

  5. Alt space

    A Coliving, Coworking space in the mighty Himalayas for you to live, do deep work, relax, play and be part of the wonderful community. 

  6. Ghoomakad

    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.

Coworking Spaces in Dharamkot

  1. NomadGao Dharamkot
  2. Void (Bhagsu)
  3. Alt Space (Rakkar)
  4. Ghoomakkad

Things to do in Dharamkot

  1. Triund Trek

    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

  2. Experience the Tibetan Culture

    • Dharamkot is a wonderful place to experience the Tibetan culture. You can visit the Tsuglagkhang Complex in McLeod Ganj where several buildings, including the main temple, a museum, a library, and a bookstore can be explored. The main temple is the most popular attraction there but definitely not the only thing you will see.
    • Another location closer home is the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts where one can learn more about the Art and culture of Tibet and their people. It was founded in 1959 by Tenzin Gyatso. They showcase various performing art forms of Tibet here including their traditional folk dances. You can also check out the Namgyal Monastery and the Nechung Monastery.

       

    • Lastly, at Norbulingka, you can experience the artistic knowledge and techniques that were achieved at the pinnacle of Tibetan Buddhist civilization.
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3. Meditation and Mindfulness

Dharamkot is a rich melting pot of traditional Indian art, crafts and mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation. Enhance your time in the mountains and heighten your awareness and mindfulness through these practices.
 

4. Pottery

Dharamkot is home to artists from all around the world and one craft that stands out and is a must-experience there is pottery.
 

5. Waterfall visits

Escape into the abundance of the mountains. Hike along forest trails, trek up mountains and discover hidden waterfalls. Gallu and Bhagsu waterfalls are the most recommended!
 

6. Visit the Dalai Lama (subject to His Holiness’ Availability)

McLeod Ganj, or ‘Little Lhasa’ is home to His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama along with a large population of Tibetan Refugees. He has a very busy schedule, but once in a while, he opens his home for public greetings when you can get a chance to meet him. If you get a chance, you just might see him!
 

7. Paragliding in Bir Billing & Indru Nag

Paragliding in the mountains is a unique experience. While in Indrunag you glide at an altitude of about 5,200 feet, in Bir-Billing paragliding is done from a height of 9,000 feet. Consider paragliding in these locations between January to June for a clear view and good weather. You get an excellent view of Kangra Valley, the Shivalik and Dhauladhar ranges, the tea gardens and Pong Dam.
 

8. Explore the Jewish food and culture in Dharamkot

Dharamkot is the only village in Himachal with a significant amount of Israeli Jewish population. This has also given it the name “Tel Aviv of the Hills”. The Chabad House in Dharamkot is a Jewish Centre which was founded by the Rabbi in 2002 to support the community.
It offers services, support, and a sense of community for Jewish travellers and visitors in the area. Chabad Houses are typically established by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, a Hasidic Jewish organization known for its outreach efforts and providing resources for Jews around the world.
 

9. Naddi Village and Waterfall

Explore the serene Naddi Village, perched high in the Dhauladhar range. Admire panoramic views of the Kangra Valley and enjoy a refreshing trek to the Naddi Waterfall, where cascading waters offer a tranquil escape.
 

10. Dal Lake McLeod Ganj:

Visit the enchanting Dal Lake near McLeod Ganj, surrounded by lush greenery and pine forests. Take a leisurely stroll around the lake, enjoy boating, and immerse yourself in the calm atmosphere of this picturesque destination.
 
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11. Kora Circuit:

Embark on a spiritual journey with the Kora Circuit around the revered Tsug La Khang complex. This pilgrimage path in McLeod Ganj winds around monasteries, stupas, and prayer wheels, offering a meditative experience amidst Tibetan Buddhist culture.
 

12. Kareri River Trek:

For adventure enthusiasts, the Kareri River Trek is a must. This moderate trek near Dharamkot takes you through dense forests, charming villages, and along the Kareri River, culminating at the stunning Kareri Lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
 

13. Tsug La Khang:

Delve into Tibetan spirituality at Tsug La Khang, the Dalai Lama’s temple complex. Explore the main temple, shrines, and the Tibet Museum to gain insights into Tibetan history, culture, and Buddhism in the heart of McLeod Ganj.
 

14. Indrahar Pass Trek:

Satiate your wanderlust with the Indrahar Pass Trek. Beginning in Dharamkot, this challenging trek offers breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, alpine meadows, and a sense of accomplishment as you conquer the high-altitude pass.
 

15. Kangra Valley Trek:

Discover the natural beauty of Kangra Valley through this rewarding trek. Traversing through lush terraced fields, dense forests, and quaint villages, this trek offers an immersive experience of the region’s rural charm and stunning landscapes.
 

Nightlife in Dharamkot

The image shows a coworking space at NomadGao Dharamkot in Himachal Pradesh, India
Dharamkot is a quaint hippie village in Himachal and a hub for non-Indian travellers. This adds to the vibrance of the streets of Dharamkot. One can enjoy late-night parties where reggae and EDM are the most popular music preferences. Dharamkot is full of energy and you can experience nightlife on different levels.
 

Local Transportation in Dharamkot

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.

Health and Fitness in Dharamkot

There are no pharmacies or fitness centres in Dharmkot. You need to drive or walk down to Mcleodganj which is 2 km from Dharamkot.
 
  1. Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
    Experience yoga that strengthens and empowers at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre.

  2. McLlo Gym

Hospitals in Dharamkot

There are not any hospital/ medical shops in Dharmkot. Dharmshala is the only place where you will get all emergency help which is around 7km from Dharmkot. We recommend you bring your own first aid kit with you if you are planning for a longer stay.
 

Jobs in Dharamkot, India

  1. Hospitality
  2. Yoga and meditation instructor
  3. Art teacher
  4. Outdoor adventure guide tour

How to find apartments in Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh?

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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