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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Mar 02, 2024

Summary: The approximate population of India is 1.3 billion people. The largest cities in India are Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, and Hyderabad. Expats love living in India for its vibrant culture, diverse landscapes, and friendly people. Life in India is often described as chaotic, colorful, and full of life. Popular foods in India include curries, tandoori dishes, samosas, and naan. The cons of living in India include air pollution, poverty, and a lack of infrastructure. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000-$2,000 USD per month. This cost of living can vary depending on the city and lifestyle.

What do I need to know about living in India?

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

"I would recommend it highly. The weather is amazing. Infrastructure is something that needs improvement, but overall its a thumbs up," commented one expat who made the move to Pune.

"Before retiring in India, expats should take time to research their visas, the cost of living in India, and any other paperwork necessary to complete the process, such as tax forms and documents. They should also be aware of the culture, language, and climate in the region they plan to reside in — being able to communicate basic necessities in a foreign language is essential. Additionally, it’s important to familiarize oneself with local healthcare and emergency services should the need arise. Furthermore, expats should consider the various forms of entertainment and leisure activities found in their region. Finally, investing in a good travel health insurance is necessary to ensure secure medical care and coverage," remarked one expat living in India.

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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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