A Digital Nomad's Guide to India


India is a mesmerizing country that stretches across the heart of South Asia, encompassing a tapestry of diverse cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and a rich historical heritage. Nestled between the towering Himalayas to the north and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean to the south, India is a kaleidoscope of experiences that beckons travellers, explorers, and digital nomads worldwide.

Cultural Melting Pot

India’s cultural heritage is a captivating mosaic woven together by centuries of history. From the regal palaces of Rajasthan to the intricately carved temples of Tamil Nadu, every corner of India resonates with its own unique story. Festivals like Diwali, Holi, and Eid transform the country into a riot of colours and celebrations, offering visitors a firsthand glimpse into its vibrant traditions and close-knit communities.

Natural Wonders

The geography of India is as diverse as its people. The tranquil backwaters of Kerala, the lush tea gardens of Darjeeling, the golden deserts of Rajasthan, and the pristine beaches of Goa—all come together to create a visual symphony. The towering peaks of the Himalayas offer breathtaking trekking routes and spiritual retreats, while the vast Thar Desert promises unforgettable camel safaris beneath star-studded skies.

The image shows Holi festival in India

Culinary Odyssey

Indian cuisine is a culinary adventure that dances on the taste buds. From the fiery curries of the south to the aromatic biryanis of the north, each region boasts its own mouthwatering specialities. Street food stalls offer an array of chaats, kebabs, dosas and sweets that are a delightful indulgence for your senses. Exploring India’s food scene is like embarking on a gastronomic journey that unveils the country’s soul.

India’s allure lies in its organised chaos. The symphony of honking horns, bustling bazaars, and vibrant festivals might seem overwhelming at first, but soon, you’ll find yourself falling in love with the rhythm of the streets. The warmth of its people, their hospitality, and the constant sense of discovery ensure that India is not just a destination, but an unforgettable journey.
Whether you’re a history buff, a nature enthusiast, a culinary explorer, or a digital nomad seeking new horizons, India opens its arms wide to offer you an experience that’s nothing short of extraordinary. Every day in India is an invitation to delve into the unknown, celebrate life, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

What makes India perfect for digital nomads?

India’s blend of old-world charm and modern connectivity makes it an enticing destination for digital nomads. Bustling cities like Bangalore and Mumbai offer a dynamic environment for networking, while serene retreats in the Himalayas or the coastal towns provide the tranquillity necessary for productive work. High-speed internet and co-working spaces have sprouted across the country, fostering a community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote workers.


Languages spoken in India:

India recognizes 22 languages as scheduled languages under its Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, including Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
These languages hold official status at the national level and find use in governmental and administrative contexts. Beyond these, India’s linguistic diversity extends to hundreds of other languages and dialects spoken across the country, with estimates exceeding 450. This linguistic richness varies across states and regions, contributing to the nation’s cultural tapestry.
Apart from this, most Indians can speak and understand English.
Some Indians can also fluently speak German, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish and Italian.

The Population of India:

140.76 crores (as of 2021)

Currency used in India:

Indian Rupee (₹)

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India Overview

Health Infrastructure in India

  • National Emergency Number: 112
  • Police: 100
  • Fire: 101
  • Ambulance: 102
  • Women’s Helpline: 1091
  • Women’s Helpline (Domestic Abuse): 181
  • Senior Citizen Helpline: 1091 or 1291
  • Road Accident Emergency Service: 1073
  • Children In Difficult Situations: 1098
  • Kiran Mental Health Helpline: 18005990019

Climate and Weather in India

India’s climate is incredibly diverse due to its vast size and geographical variations. From the snow-capped Himalayas in the north to the tropical shores in the south, each region experiences its own unique climate patterns. Generally, India has three major seasons: summer, monsoon, and winter.
Here is a season-wise insight of the weather in India:
  1. Summer (March – June)

    The summer months are typically hot and dry in most parts of India. The northern plains, central India, and parts of the west can experience scorching temperatures, often exceeding 40°C to 50°C (104°F to 122°F)

    southern and coastal regions tend to be more moderate, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F)

    Light and breathable clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat are essential for this season.

  2. Monsoon (June-September)

    The monsoon season brings heavy rainfall to most parts of India. The temperature drops to 20-35°C (77°F to 95°F), but humidity levels rise significantly.

    Rain jackets, umbrellas, rainproof footwear, waterproof covers for your gadgets, waterproof bags, power banks, hiking boots (if you plan to trek).

  3. Winter (November – February)

    Winter varies across the country, with northern regions experiencing chilly temperatures, especially in the mountains, while southern regions remain milder.

    In northern areas like Delhi, Agra, and Rajasthan, temperatures can drop to around 5°C (41°F) or lower. The states lining the Himalayas often experience snowfall and negative temperatures, while most coastal states boast a steady 20-35°C (77°F to 95°F).

    Warm layers, sweaters, and jackets for north India & lighter clothing for south India.


Useful Apps in India

  1. Food Delivery Apps in India

    > Zomato
    Zomato delivers food from restaurants and also offers dining recommendations along with discounts.

    Get it here:
    iOS | Android

    Swiggy offers food delivery from restaurants and other essentials through its sub-platform – InstaMart (available on the same app)

    Get it here:
    iOS | Android

  2. Apps to Rent Cabs in India

    The best apps to rent cabs in India are Ola, Uber and BluSmart.

    You can also book tuktuks and motorcyle taxis in India on Rapido, apart from Ola and Uber.

  3. Apps to Order Groceries in India

    The best apps to order groceries in India are Blinkit (delivery in under 15 minutes), InstaMart (on the Swiggy App) and Dunzo (can also do personal deliveries within 10kms).

    PS: Currently, Zomato, Swiggy and InstaMart are the only functional apps in smaller towns and states like Goa.

  4. Dating Apps in India

    NomadGao recommends Bumble and Aisle for an optimum dating experience in India. If you are open to experimenting, try out the more digital nomad friendly-apps such as Fairytrail and Nomad Soulmates.

  5. Travel Booking Apps in India

    > Use SkyScanner if you want to book flights in India.

    Use IRCTC if you want to book trains in India (you will have to sign up and pay a small fee to register as an international tourist.)

    Pro tip: Your international Credit Card may not work on IRCTC website. We recommend that you use AMEX if possible or book through an agent for a smoother process.

    Use Make My Trip if you want to book buses in India.

  6.  Shopping Apps in India

    > Myntra, for shopping clothes, makeup and accessories.

    > Amazon, for all essentials.

  7. Network Provider Apps in India

    The best network provider to use in India is Jio or Airtel. You can know more about getting a SIM in India, here.

  8. Hotel Booking Apps in India

    The best apps to book a stay as a digital nomad in India are Airbnb, Hostel World and Booking.com.

  9. Medical Apps in India

    If you want to get medicines delivered in India, use:
    > Wellness Forever
    > Apollo

  10. Other Apps in India
    > If you are looking for events in India, try Book My Show or Paytm Insider

    CultFit gives access to home workout, gym or other fitness memberships in India.

  11. UPI/Online Wallets in India
    UPI is one of the many services that revolutionised digital payments in India. Anyone with a bank account can now transfer funds with a single tap.
    GPay PhonePe and Paytm work well in India but may not have the same user case worldwide i.e. one country’s application does not work in other countries.
    If you are an international digital nomad looking to simplify 
    payments in India through UPI, you can get a special wallet at select airports in India (Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai).
    As of now, the service is available primarily to residents of the G20 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States), and the European Union.
    This can ease your struggles with credit cards and reduce your need for carrying liquid cash since a large business population in India may not accept cards.

Digital Nomad Visa in India

While a visa for digital nomads in India still doesn’t exist, its tourist visa allows for flexibility in travel for remote workers.
You can apply for a 1-month, 1-year or 5-year tourist e-visa all of which have provisions for multiple re-entries.
The 1-month visa allows two entries, while the latter two have no limits. Keep in mind that continuous stay during each visit cannot exceed 180 days for residents of the USA and Japan and 90 days for digital nomads of other nationalities
You can apply for it online, the visa takes about a week (or less) to process and you can present it at immigration after you land. 

Experiences of Digital Nomads in India

Digital nomads in India enjoy travelling across the country – from the north to the south. Often they land in Delhi and head to the Himalayas from there – trekking, camping, working and enjoying warm mountain food. They then head down to Rajasthan to experience the land of the kings. If you want, you can also check out the northeastern states, but the infrastructure might not meet your remote work demands. From the mountains, you head down to the forests of the Western Ghats, the Konkan Coast, the southern-most tip of India and so on. There is plenty to do and experience in the country and all the time in the world may not be enough.

Best Time for Digital Nomads to Visit India

The image shows digital nomads in India in a forest in Naggar Himachal Pradesh India
No one wants to land in weather that feels like you’ve landed straight into hell. The best part about India is that different parts of the country are pleasant during different times of the year.
Obviously, the snowy mountains or the raging desert show extreme temperature forecasts throughout the year. However, depending on your weather preference, you can pick a particular city in India to visit at any time of the year.
For instance, while Delhi and Rajasthan can get really hot during summer, Himachal isn’t. On the contrary, it’s at that perfect temperature of about 25 degrees Celsius (in some villages such as Dharamkot) where everything is just pleasant. If you are someone who romanticises monsoons, you can head to the Northeastern states of India or experience it in Goa as well. The skies are grey, but the lands are draped in a lush green carpet that will make you swoon. However, here is a list of locations to visit during specific seasons:

Monsoons (June – September)

Monsoons in India last between June to September depending on what part of the country you are in. The rains come earlier to the southern states of India (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Orissa, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra) and might be extremely delayed and scarce in certain northern states (Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan).
Regardless, when it does rain, the weather is cool and temperatures don’t exceed 30 degrees Celsius. The best locations to visit during the monsoons are:
  • Himachal Pradesh (Dharamshala, Bir, Dharamkot)
  • Meghalaya (Shillong)
  • Kerala (Munnar, Varkala)
  • Goa (all of it!)
  • Puducherry 
  • Karnataka (Coorg, Bengaluru)
  • Rajasthan (Udaipur, Mt Abu, Jaipur)
  • Sikkim (Gangtok) 

Winters + Early Summer (November – March)

How cold it gets in India during winter depends on what part of the country you are in. The temperatures can range anywhere from -10 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius. If you are looking for snow, Kashmir, Himachal and Uttarakhand are perfect. On the other hand, if you don’t mind a little brrr-weather, this is where you should go:
  • Delhi (8-9 °C)
  • Dharamkot (12 °C avg)
  • Varanasi (9-11 °C)
  • Goa (20-25 °C)
  • Kochi (23 °C)
  • Darjeeling (5-7 °C)

Summers (late March – June)

Summers in India are super hot throughout the country. Apart from the states along the Himalayas (Jammu, Himachal, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Meghalaya) temperatures in the rest of the country go beyond 30 °C and touch 50 °C. You can visit the coastal areas where the sea makes everything feel alright or the mountains where everything is already alright.

Where to go as a Digital Nomad in India?

Best Places to Live in India as a Digital Nomad

  1. Kerala – Kochi, Alleppy, Varkala, Wayanad
  2. Himachal – Manali, Srinagar, Dharamshala, Naggar
  3. Rajasthan – Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur
  4. Puducherry
  5. Karnataka – Bengaluru
  6. Goa – Assagao, Mandrem-Arambol, Anjuna, Palolem
  7. Uttarakhand – Mussoorie, Haridwar, Rishikesh

Coliving Spaces in India for Digital Nomads

The image shows NomadGao's Coliving Space in Goa, India


India’s rising urban centres are home to a wide range of coliving spaces that cater to the needs of both Indian and International residents.

  1. ZoloStays
    ZoloStays is one of the largest co-living operators in India. They offer fully-furnished accommodations with various amenities such as WiFi, housekeeping, and maintenance services. They have properties in several major cities including Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, and Chennai.

  2. OYO Life
    OYO Life, operated by OYO Rooms, ventured into the co-living space with fully-managed, furnished accommodations for young professionals and students. They have properties in cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.

  3. StayAbode
    StayAbode focuses on creating co-living spaces that cater to millennials and young professionals. They offer shared accommodations with a focus on building a sense of community through events and shared spaces. They were active in cities like Bangalore, Pune, and Hyderabad.

  4. CoHo
    CoHo provides co-living spaces with a focus on comfort, convenience, and community. They have properties in Delhi-NCR, Bangalore, and Pune, offering both shared and private rooms.

  5. NestAway
    While initially more focused on long-term rentals, NestAway also entered the co-living market by offering shared accommodations for students and working professionals. They have a presence in cities such as Bangalore, Pune, and Hyderabad.

  6. Hello World
    Hello World offers co-living spaces designed for the needs of young professionals and students. They provide fully-furnished accommodations with amenities like WiFi, cleaning services, and community events. Their locations include Bangalore and Pune.


Rural coliving spaces aim to take remote workers away from the crowded cities and into nature. Here are some, worth checking out:
  1. NomadGao (Goa & Himachal)
    NomadGao promotes cosy, productive coliving spaces in India that are located in smaller towns and villages, closer to nature and far away from the city rush. 

  2. aColmeia (Goa)
    aColmeia is aiming to build living spaces and communities for like-minded travellers. 

  3. The Void (Bhagsu, Himachal)

    The Void features cosy rooms and private bathrooms, as well as relaxing communal areas to meet fellow travellers and remote workers.

Coworking Spaces in India for Digital Nomads

  1. 91Springboard
  2. WeWork
  3. Awfis
  4. Ministry of New
  5. Mumbai Coworking
  6. IndieQube
  7. CoWrks
  8. The Hive
  9. My HQ
  10. NomadGao
  11. Innov8
  12. The Hub
  13. Spring House

Cost of Living in India

Approx INR 50,000 – 2,00,000 OR 600-2500 USD per month depending on whether you live in an urban or rural area.
PS: Although its possible to live in India for 400$ or less a month, we recommend a budget of 800$+ a month for western comforts.

1. Accommodation:

  • Hostels: INR 600-2000 OR 7-24 USD / night
  • Hotels: INR 3000 – 50,000 OR 36-500 USD / night
  • Renting out apartments (650sqft unfurnished apartments with 1 bedroom, 1 living room and 1 kitchen): INR 11,000 – INR 40,000 OR USD 130-480/MONTH

Cheapest places to live in India
: Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Hyderabad, South Goa, Himachal Pradesh
The most expensive places to live in India: Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai
(PS: Indian landlords in most major cities are biased towards renting out to families and married couples over singles due to multiple reasons. Moreover, you may have to agree to a minimum of 6 to 12 months of lease and failure to comply with it will result in a loss of your deposit)

2. Workspace: Approx INR 500-2500 OR 6-45USD/day

Here are the most recommended ones.

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 300-3000 or 3.5-36USD per person (not including drinks)
  • Drinking out: INR 80 – 2000 OR 1 – 24 USD per person
  • Buying groceries: INR 10,000 -30,000 OR 120-360 USD per month

4. Travel:

  • Cabs: INR 2000 – 20,000 (depending on the distance covered and number of people) OR 24 – 240 USD.

  • Auto rikshaws (tuk-tuks): INR 50 – 500 (depending on distance)

  • Motorcycles: INR 30 – 300 (depending on distance)
    Some cities in Goa allow you to book a motorcycle taxi where you ride a pillion to get to your destination. 

  • Trains: INR 500 – 5000
    (Prices vary depending on distance covered & choice of coach between non-AC and AC)
    (In India, the Rajdhani and Shatabdi are two of the fastest and most expensive trains that connect the National Capital Delhi to other locations in India)


  • Luxury trains in India:
    The luxury trains in India offer premium travel experiences to people by providing deluxe bedroom suites, private bathrooms with bathtubs, tours of different cities’ dining areas and unmatched service. The prices for these can vary from anywhere between INR 90,000 – 20,000,00 OR 1080 USD.
    Know more

    Click here on apps for booking transportation in India.

5. Leisure: Cruises, Camping, Tribal visits, Igloo stays, Safaris, Cooking experiences, heritage tours, food tours,

6. Local Experiences: INR 1500-10000 OR 18-120 USD

Currently, Viator is the most reliable platform to book a local experience in India.

7. Health & Fitness: INR 1000-15,000 or 12 – 170 USD

Local Experiences and Things to Do in India

Celebrating Independence Day at NomadGao with digital nomads in india
India is a diverse and rich country offering some unique local experiences that change as you travel from the north to the south of the country. Here are some local experiences in India that you cannot miss:
  1. Finding the Milky Way in the Himalayas
  2. Trekking in Himachal, Uttarakhand
  3. River Cruise in Kolkata, Goa
  4. Surfing in Goa and Pondicherry
  5. Scuba diving in the Andamans
  6. Paragliding in Bir
  7. Skiing in Gulmarg
  8. Living in an igloo in Himachal Pradesh
  9. Meeting the headhunter tribes in Nagaland
  10. Living in an ancient Indian fort – Jodhpur, Tirakhol
  11. Bioluminescence, Havlock, Goa
  12. House Boats in Kerala
  13. Cliff Jumping, Goa
  14. Camel Safari, Rajasthan (Pushkar Camel Fare)
  15. Local festivals – Holi, Diwali, Christmas, Navratri, Dussehra (Kolkata), Ganesh Chathurthi (Mum), Onam, Pongal, Uttarayan, Baisakhi, Mysore Dussehra, Carnival, Shigmo, Wangala Meghalaya, Lohri, Kumbh Mela, Tulip Festival
  16. Traditional Indian Weddings and the Wazwan feast in Jammu and Kashmir
  17. Ancient Caves like Ajanta-Ellora and Buddhist Caves in Rivona, Goa
  18. Wildlife Safaris in India
  19. Local-cuisine tasting
  20. Local Festivals – Jaipur Lit Fest, Kommuneity Spoken, International Film Festival
  21. Boat Race Alleppy – Kerala

Local Transportation in India

Travelling within and across India’s urban cities is relatively easier than navigating through its more rural parts. That said, the most frequented tourist destinations are well-connected by all modes of transport.


India currently has 24 domestic airports and 103 domestic airports according to the Airport Authority of India. This makes travelling by air in India feasible and fast.
The most trusted airlines in the country currently are Vistara, Indigo and Air Asia.
Akasa Air is a newly launched airline in India which has good feedback but operates between a limited number of airports.
You can use Google Flights or Sky Scanner to get the best deals on your flights in India.


Trains connect the most remote of villages in India and the Indian railways are the world’s 4th largest rail network. While not all trains in India are as fast as those in Europe, the Rajdhani and the Shatabdi are two of the fastest lines that go to and from the National Capital of Delhi. The newly introduced Vande Bharat trains promise to reduce travel time between major cities by almost half.
You can book a train ticket in India on the IRCTC website. As a non-Indian, you need to pay an additional fee of INR 100 to make your account. After that, you can make a train reservation as per your preference.
Some things to know about trains in India:
  1. Most trains have sleeping berths. While the non-AC sleeper coach has 3 berths on each side facing one another, the AC 2-tier ones have two berths and the 1 AC coach offers even more privacy.
  2. Some trains have chair cars i.e. only seating.
  3. Your international card might create issues while making payments so make sure to try multiple payment methods or borrow a debit card from your Indian friend.
  4. You need to make a reservation to get a seat. When all the seats are booked, Indian railways start adding you to a waitlist. Depending on how much time you have before departure, you may or may not get a confirmed seat. If you don’t your ticket will be cancelled and your money refunded.
  5. If you get an RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) ticket, you still don’t have a confirmed seat but you are allowed to board the train where the Train Conductor will allot you a seat. Often RAC seats have a higher chance of confirmation.
Alternative booking apps for Indian Railways: Make My Trip


Travelling by bus in India is a relatively comfortable and heartwarming experience. While some public buses might be overpacked and stuffy, private interstate buses are not. You can book a sleeper bus or a seating bus based on your preference.
Best apps to book a bus in India: Red Bus, Make My Trip, Yatra.com
Apart from the above-mentioned major modes of transportation in India, you can also book cabs for long and short journeys. Ideally, asking your hotel to help you with cabs for long-distance travel is recommended. For shorter distances, you can use apps like Ola, Uber or Blu.
Along with this, tuktuks and motorcycle cabs are common modes of transport that people can book to go around. Rapido is a good app to book these.

Hospitals in India

These are some of the top private hospitals in India:

1. Fortis Hospital Gurgaon

Sector – 44, Opposite HUDA City Centre Gurgaon Haryana 122002 India
Established in : 2001
Number of Beds : 400

2. Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, New Delhi

Press Enclave Road, Mandir Marg, Saket New Delhi Delhi 110017 India
Established in : 1989
Number of Beds : 319

3. Fortis Escorts Hospital New Delhi

Okhla road, Sukhdev Vihar Metro Station New Delhi Delhi 110025 India
Established in : 1988
Number of Beds : 300
Multi speciality

4. Global Hospital Chennai

439, Cheran Nagar, Perumbakkam, Chennai Tamil Nadu 600001 India
Established in : 1999
Number of Beds : 1100

5. Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital Mumbai

Rao Saheb, Achutrao Patwardhan Marg, Four Bungalows, Andheri West Mumbai Maharashtra 400053 India
Established in : 2006
Number of Beds : 1000

6. HCG Cancer Centre, Jaipur

Shipra Path, Mansarovar, Sector 5, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Established in :
Number of Beds : 70
Single Specialty

7. Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kochi

Ponekkara Kochi 682041 India
Established in : 1998
Number of Beds : 1480
Super Specialty

8. KD Hospital

Vaishnodevi Circle, SG Road, Ahmedabad – 382421
Established in : 2018
Number of Beds : 315
Multi Speciality

9. BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bangalore

67, Uttarahalli Main Road Bangalore 560060 India
Established in : 1970
Number of Beds : 490
Multi Specialty

10. Manipal Hospital, Goa

Dona Paula, Dr E Borges Rd, Panaji, Goa 403004
Established in: 1994
Number of Beds: 235

Jobs in India for Digital Nomads

These are the highest-paying remote jobs in India (in no particular order):
  1. Copywriter
  2. Event Planner
  3. Photographer
  4. Video Editor
  5. Yoga Instructor
  6. Social Media Strategist
  7. Google Ads / FB Ads Expert
  8. Software Development & Engineering
  9. Data Scientists
  10. Product and Brand Desing
  11. UI/UX Designer
  12. Blockchain and financial consultant
  13. Legal and medical consultants

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