Moving to India

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Move to India, Living in indiaExpats moving to India will find an ancient country rich in culture and diversity, and those willing to step out of their comfort zone will find a wealth of places worth exploring. For expats, the cost of living in India remains low, especially if one is paying and playing in a strong foreign currency.
However, India, despite record growth since 1991 (averaging 7.5 percent in the twenty-first century), has one of the highest rates of wealth inequality in the world, so anyone wandering the streets of any of the Indian cities will find both the ultra rich and the ultra poor stepping side by side. Many of India's people (70 percent) live rural lifestyles and expats who visit the countryside will find much to see and do in the way of local customs and regional specialities.

Mumbai, with a population of 12 million, is the financial capital of India, as well as the home of the prolific Bollywood film industry. Like most global cities, the lifestyle in Mumbai is fast paced with large financial houses, good infrastructure, inventive architecture, high street boutiques and quality shopping venues.
Apart from Mumbai, Delhi which is the country's capital, and Bangalore, the centre of the Indian IT industry and heavy industry are also large expat destinations.

English is the lingua franca for business as India was formerly colonised by the British, and English speakers will generally find it easy to communicate with the locals. Textiles and agriculture are the largest sector employers in India, followed by industry and services. Despite economic reform, much of India’s industrial production comes from small cottage industry.
Expats may be overwhelmed by the sheer size and sensory richness of India; few global locations compare in scale to the world's second most populous country.

There is great pride in diversity here, and local culture is strong. Manners and customs can often be very different from Western norms, as our India expat guide will explore further.

Overall, India can provide a welcome mixture of quality lifestyle with rough adventure and cultural exploration, making it an expat destination with much to offer.

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