What excites you so much to work from the mountains? Is it Photoshop images or freedom from home?
Before getting dazzled by the picturesque images and larger-than-life landscapes just stay mindful of the ground realities.
You must pre-plan about how many days you plan to spend there and plan your budget accordingly. You can easily manage to get many backpacking cheap accommodation but is that your cup of tea is something you should identify.
The best part of these long-stay trips is you can choose any destination out from Pan India. However, since I was exploring the city near Delhi, the best option for me was staycation in Rishikesh.
From mountain, beaches, religion, culture you get it all in this beautiful and auspicious city in Uttrakhand.
Hi, I am Srishti a corporate professional and traveler by passion. In this blog, I will share my experience about my 17 days workcation in Rishikesh.
Accommodation and Age Group
Age may just be the number but we broadly fall into the same category when it comes to the number itself. Usually, in the backpackers stay, you will find people in their 20’s and 30’s. There could be some in their 40’s too. However, to get people in the ’50s and ’60s is rare in such setups. But with the changing norms we must acknowledge that “40’s is new 30’s” and “30’s is new 20’s”.
The reason for finding this kind of age group is people may be still exploring what they want and how they want to get settled. If you are the one who is starting late then you can still take a plunge irrespective of age. The environment in backpacking hostels will never make you feel old.
Now coming to expenses, there are multiple ranges based on what you prefer. From a private room to shared dorms you have it all.
To save some bucks you can plan to pay in advance and within Rs. 10,000 per month you may land up in double sharing or quad sharing rooms with other amenities like indoor sports along with other regular events.
If you have a better budget then go for a better stay of single sharing as well. You can plan your meal expenses separately. Of course, commuting is not included in this. So minimum you must have a budget of Rs. 15,000- Rs. 20,000 that can cover your stay, commute, and other living expenses. To be on a little better side in Rs. 30,000 you can plan little better stay in India.
Last but not the least, one of the most important thing that you shouldn’t miss checking for your workcation is good wifi and power back. As last thing you may want to experience is impacting your work.
How I planned my 17 days Workcation in Rishikesh?
I usually plan short trips of 4-5 days within and outside India. This time I was all set to explore a little longer tenure. The place I chose was none other than Rishikesh. It was a 5-7 hours drive from my place Gurugram.
The place I chose initially was a zostel in Rishikesh with private accommodation; however, I hopped many interesting places.
On the weekend I plan to explore nearby camps. There was this camp by the name of Brook that was more like a cottage, where I stayed over the weekend. So before planning your long-term stay in Rishikesh or any other place for that matter, it’s good to conduct thorough research.
This was my third visit to Rishikesh and visiting this way was an altogether different experience. I got the feel of culture and connected well with locals in a much better way. Though after I went there, it was locked down still I managed to visit many interesting hubs.
Some of the must-visit places here are
Cafes near Laxman Jhula such as Freedom Café, Lucky Café, and many more. So it all starts at Laxman Jhula & ends at Ram Jhula.
You shouldn’t miss the unexplored and unknown beaches in Rishikesh like, Ganga, Goa, and Laxman Jhula beach.
Some of the must-visit Waterfalls are Patna, Neer, etc
You can’t ignore the religious hub of Religious as well. Besides Ganga Arti one of the peaceful places where you can plan your stay too is Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
If you want to dig down little bit more history, then don’t forget the popular Beatles Ashram.
Rishikesh is also popular for following adventure sports.
Cliff Jumping and many more
Besides that, there are so many nearby trekking destinations that you can consider. The famous ones are
- Kunjapuri and many more
You can have a glimpse of my trip by clicking on my youtube channel :-
It’s also listed among the top 100 at Feedspot.
If you are planning for such trips in the future please feel free to reach out to me through the comment below. To check out more pictures please follow me on Instagram at Travel with Srishti.
What made my trip good was, I planned my budget and chose the place accordingly. You can get many options here in Rishikesh. You can look out for luxury home stays in Rishikesh or accommodation like Airbnb. The price will depend upon the number of days you plan to stay and the property you choose.
Besides that, don’t forget to plan the cost of your commute. If you plan to drive down then on an average it will cost you at least Rs. 6- 7 k to and fro based on the average of your vehicle from Gurugram.
It can exceed Rs. 10,000 or more as well if you use your private car for local transport or exploring nearby places within a range of 10-15 km.
At the end of the day, what matters is how you plan to leverage your long stay. The idea is to come back refreshed and mindful. Sometimes a shift of place especially close to the mountain can have a positive impact on your energy.
Especially when it comes to places like Rishikesh, you may get more rejuvenated. It is the city that can give you the feel of a mountain yet you can enjoy beautiful beaches along with auspicious places amid ghats.
Hope you chose your workcation with good planning and come back with holistic wellness and personal growth.