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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 23, 2023

Summary: Expats and digital nomads move to India for a variety of reasons, including the country's rich culture, diverse landscapes, and low cost of living. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in India are Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai. People looking for a place to live in India can search online for rental listings, contact real estate agents, or look for shared housing options. Additionally, many expats and digital nomads find accommodation through online communities and networks.

What do I need to know before moving to India?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to India, they said:

"Keep in mind that this area is very populated with tribal Indians. The illiteracy, unemployment, and alcoholism rate is very high. Minor incidents can spark off huge protests. Law and order after dark is non-existent. If you are moving to India for the first time, our suggestion would be to move to a more metro area with other expats to rely on," remarked one expat who made the move to Khunti.

"My advice is have someone that is familiar with the area and housing market find and negotiate the terms of the house. You are likely to get it cheaper and the best location," explained one expat living in Ahmedabad, India, India.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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