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

"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," commented one expat who made the move to Ahmedabad, India, India.

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"1. It is important to research cultural etiquette and customs specific to India before arriving, as many religious and social customs are specific to the region. 2. Expats should read up on the local laws and customs of the place they are planning to live in. 3. Expats should plan carefully when it comes to accommodation and research potential areas to live in. For example, cities like Delhi and Mumbai can be crowded and expensive. 4. Travelling in India can involve a lot of paperwork, which should be taken care of before expats arrive. This can include visas, medical insurance, etc. 5. Expats should also be familiar with the costs of everyday things, such as food, bills, transportation, etc. 6.Knowing how to speak at least one of the many official languages of India is highly recommended; English is widely spoken in the cities, however over two dozen other languages are spoken throughout the region. 7. Indians are known for their hospitality, and learning about the gift-giving culture is useful for expats who plan on taking part in social events or activities. 8. Expats should be aware of potential health risks in India, including mosquito-borne diseases, and be sure to get all the necessary vaccinations before travelling to the country," remarked another expat in India.

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