I work for an international IT company with offices in the South of India; they want me to move there early next year. I don’t know much about India, and moving to India as a long-term resident expat makes me anxious. Which Indian cities do well in business and friendliness, especially for female expats?
India has experienced a growing number of expats coming in to sample the living conditions while working, leaving their home countries behind. They have become a part of various communities and have joined multiple fields from teaching to pursuing art as well as becoming CEOs of international corporations. An approximate number of 20,000- 30,000 expatriates are currently living in India, and the number only seems to be growing!
It is always a task to decide which place to live in, and it all depends on various factors too, such as the cost of living, availability of needed goods, safety and accommodation. There is also a certain psychological factor that most people like to consider when deciding to move, such as happiness, neighbours, social life and much more. But most expats like to prioritise their work and hence, choose to live in large cities where they are offered an array of job opportunities such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore.
The national capital of India, Delhi, is one of the most popular locations for corporate lovers with its advanced infrastructure and with its quality of living, it is gearing towards being one of the most preferred places for families too. Although the accommodation is slightly on a higher-end, it offers several options. Popular living areas for expats in Delhi include Greater Kailash, Vasant Vihar, Hauz Khas, and Defence Colony.
The most cosmopolitan city, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) contains a kaleidoscope of people. Despite being one of the most expensive cities in India, it does not hold back the number of people moving in. Preferred by single professionals and entrepreneurs, it is the city for people who enjoy the fast-paced life. The city is buzzing with opportunities and is a fantastic place to live in.
Bangalore (or Bengaluru) is a city with numerous benefits, and it will surely make you fall in love with it. With great weather, good working conditions, low cost of living, and a thriving nightlife, it is the place to be. Though traffic can be a downside, the benefits outweigh it.
India, in general, is a great and attractive place to live in, especially if you’re an expat. With a range of accommodations and easy access to most amenities, this country will serve you with the best. There are many more locations which you can consider before moving here, such as Kolkata, Chennai, Gurgaon, and Pune as they too offer a great experience of living.