An ancient country rich in culture and diversity, expats moving to India will find a wealth of places to explore if they’re willing to step out of their comfort zone.
Few places compare in scale to the world’s second most populous country and the sheer size and sensory richness can be overwhelming. There is great pride in diversity here, and local culture is strong – manners and customs in India are often very different from Western norms.
Living costs will be low for expats earning in a foreign currency, but record growth for more than two decades hasn’t stopped India from having one of the world’s widest wealth gaps. Extreme wealth and poverty exist side by side in teeming cities like Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru. But despite the size of its bustling urban centres, most locals live in rural areas and expats will find much to see and do in the Indian countryside.
The biggest sector employers in India are textiles and agriculture, but most opportunities for skilled expats come from areas such as IT, financial services, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. Expats living and working in the country shouldn’t struggle to meet their basic needs. The quality of public services like healthcare varies between regions, but expats who can afford it prefer using the private sector.
The biggest challenge expats are likely to face is finding suitable housing. There is a high demand for good quality accommodation, and getting their employer’s help or at least hiring a reputable property agent will make the process much easier.
Still, one major benefit of moving to the subcontinent is that communicating with locals is generally easy. English is widely spoken and is frequently the language of business in India.
Overall, India provides a welcome mixture of high-quality living, adventure and cultural exploration, making it an expat destination with much to offer.