Having digital and creative jobs has been pushing more and more young people to work like nomads. As the idea of location-independent style of living and working is gaining momentum, the boundaries between leisure and work are blurring, and consequently, of course, new challenges are also arising at individual and society level.
When the ways of living and working change, it also impacts the ways in which we travel and holiday. The concept of ‘workation’, combining elements of tourism with aspects of coworking is already introduced, and these transformations are greatly influencing the tourism, leisure and hospitality industry. Tourism coworking enables tourism service providers and destinations to spot potential latent flows of coworkationists, analyse them more closely, and assess their potential.
Coworking spaces in every city focus on key aspects like mentoring, grooming, connecting and collaborating for building communities. As digital nomads highly value community sense, pleasant work environment, convenience, ability to consult and learn from others, Tourism boards must consider investing in relationships with coworking businesses, just as they do with theme parks and hotels.
The tech boom and the rising disposable income has led to coworking venues popping up on streets to cater to maximum minds in the country where they can get innovative.
Some such hidden gems in India are listed below:
Imagine working amidst chirping birds, facing green valleys and feeling fresh air on your face. Dehradun has been developed as an alternative growth centre to ease the population explosion in the Delhi metropolitan region. The hill town in the Doon Valley is snuggled in between the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers, and is known for its awesome landscape, mild climate, basmati rice, lychees, and bakery products.
Pannal incubates a community of thinkers and innovators to achieve their goals and take their vision forward. The technology-enabled workspace has distinct sections that cater to solo professionals as well as big teams. The goal of the company is to allow the management to enhance their bandwidth of businesses and increase their time and resources spent on core business activities, without worrying about anything else.
- Jump Start
Jump Start believes in providing opportunities to the talent in small towns and cities of India. Dehradun and other tier II-III cities are inhabited by a lot of talented individuals having original and innovative ideas, but lack the resources to take their ideas forward into viable business propositions. The company provides the requisite ecosystem for such individuals.
The state of Himachal Pradesh defines peace and tranquility. The happy faces of the locals here makes one feel at home. From a work point of view, the area has efficient internet connectivity, cafes that deliver food and good roads which makes it convenient for long stay.
- Alt Life in Dharamshala
Alt Life has 4 private rooms and 8 dorm rooms. The property also has a cafe and community kitchen and provides a coworking office space that can accommodate upto 70 people. Alt Life was launched in 2018 and offers laundry facilities, exclusive yoga area, spacious common area, board games & books besides the basic free WiFi, travel desk and cafeteria.
- Ghoomakad in Dharamshala
Ghoomakad overlooks the snow-covered Dhauladhar in the Rakkar village of Kangra district. It is open to anyone who’s interested to come and work from the location and interact with the local community. The stay-in rooms are made of mud and are available as both separate single rooms as well as on sharing basis. The owners practice organic farming of food, fruits and vegetables and their multi-cuisine restaurant serves dishes prepared from this freshly picked produce from their organic garden.
- Karyashala in Bir
Karyashala offers a homely, quaint and rustic environment to freelancers, digital nomads, travellers, writers, designers and anyone who requires resources and infrastructure to work. Life at Karyashala doesn’t happen at a routine pace.The place holds regular sessions where the in-house coworkers sit together for enlightening, idea-sharing sessions.
It’s hard to ignore the outstanding natural beauty, white sandy beaches, and cosmopolitan culture of India’s sunshine state. But one can’t live in a shack forever, and the absence of a business hub in Goa to work out of made it all the more unreal.
Not anymore, though.
- 91 Springboard
Situated in Panjim, come here to escape the crowded, hustling and noisy metropolitans to enjoy a stress-free work environment. The beach is only a 5-minute drive from the hub. Moving to Goa in the current times is also a sound business decision as the city is at an exciting stage of economic growth.
Kochi or Cochin is the financial capital of Kerala and, with a population of more than 2 million, the biggest urban agglomeration in the state. Thanks to the Arabian Sea, Kochi port and the city established itself as a focal point of trade and commerce and opened doors to many emerging tourist activities such as cruise sailing and yachting.
Out of the 40 incubators and coworking spaces that the state of Kerala boasts of, close to 15 hubs are in Kochi.
Having already expanded in northern India, Incuspaze is now marking its presence in the south by establishing prominent centers across the geography. The new centre is Kochi is spread across an area of 20,000 sq ft offering more than 500 seats along with cubicles and meeting rooms.
Dotspace is another premium, uniquely designed workspace at Kochi at a prestigious location- Panampilly Nagar. It is specifically designed to bring productivity and networking under one roof. It includes 48 seats with the facilities of private offices.
Tirupati is a religious tourist city as it is regarded as the abode of the Hindu god Venkateshvara, Lord of Seven Hills. The sacred hill of Tirumala is situated about 6 miles northwest of Tirupati in Sri Venkateshwara Sanctuary and National Park.
- 2nd Universe
This is a new chain of coworking office spaces aimed towards providing a complete corporate solution and experience in a comfortable office space. The company aims at employee growth by providing a wide range of networks which gives it the extra edge. Right from mix & match work desks to cloud printing to digitalized conference rooms to coffee-break bar, everything is available under one roof.
The city of lakes with its historically architectural palaces attracts both domestic and foreign nationals. Though it is the largest city of Rajasthan, Udaipur has retained its elegance and the small-town vibe. Udaipur is a gateway to several mid-sized enterprises, dynamic NGOs, and entrepreneurial ventures that have made Rajasthan a center of social and economic change. Also, as every platform is turning digital and IT companies playing a key role, the city houses many software firms for techies too.
Jodhpur is a popular tourist enclave dotted with amazing palaces, forts and temples, and is known as the “Blue City” or the “Sun City” amongst the locals of India.
- Working Kulture
Located at Sardarpura, this coworking hub provides not only an affordable office space but is carefully designed keeping the tastes of professionals from different backgrounds in mind. From personalised cabins to private desks to conference rooms to free space, they have different set-ups for all kinds of businesses and professionals. If you are looking for office space for 2-5 employees then ‘Working Kulture’ is the perfect place for you.
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