If you were asked to move to India to live and work, how would you feel about it?
It’s a question that a lot of people, all over the world find themselves having to consider.
There are over 500 international companies based in India. While relocations flow to India at an increasing rate annually, immigration can be a challenging issue of course. But people and families are more concerned with finding decent housing and good schools for their children.
When people are asked to consider a move to India, there will naturally be some initial anxiety, and a lot of questions, about what life will be like in the particular area of India that they’ll be moving to.
At this initial stage, it’s vital that they should have access to someone knowledgeable, someone independent, who can honestly answer all their questions and concerns. It’s in their interests, and in the employer’s best interest, that they should get honest, unbiased information at this stage from a source they feel they can trust.
Where multinational corporations previously opened their Indian offices in the major cities such as Mumbai and Chennai, they are now looking to expand into other regions, such as Gurgaon and Pune.
There are 5 major destinations in India. New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Gurgaon and Pune. Let’s take a very quick, tree-top look at each of them.
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Situated in Northern India, New Delhi is the capital with a population of 19 million. New Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
It is the largest commercial city in Northern India. Over the past few years, this city has grown exponentially.
The growth of New Delhi comes from different industries such as textile, arts but also from new industries such as embroidery, jewellery, fashion, BPO and many more.
This city offers many opportunities as international companies expand their operations in India.
It is also a tourist magnet as it attracts foreigners with its lifestyle and busy nightlife.
MUMBAI (formerly Bombay)
As the unofficial capital of India, Mumbai has a population of 20.7 million.
Home to numerous multinational companies, many expats, and their families now live and work here – and their numbers are growing. It’s a vibrant, pulsating city with a booming economy.
The skyline has been considerably redrawn, with towering apartment blocks housing the Bollywood celebrities and the new elite. The World One Tower, currently under construction and said to be completed in 2018, will be the tallest building in the country, and the second tallest residential apartment block worldwide.
The best places for families and singles to stay would be Bandra, Malabar Hill or Powai.
Situated at a distance from central Mumbai, Powai families tend to stay in the new apartment blocks, with access to great schools.
Bandra has a younger vibe, with lots of shops and restaurants – and it is very popular with expats.
Malabar Hill is a leafy area with colonial buildings, but with less of a choice of entertainment. Generally, it suits older people.
CHENNAI (formerly Madras)
Chennai is situated in the south of India and is one of India’s safest cities, with a population of 4.4 million.
More spread out than other cities, if feels less hectic and congested – and is located on the coast. It’s clean, sandy beaches are well lit at night and offer lovely walks and green areas.
This city was the centre of UK administration during British rule. Its economy is mainly in industry and manufacturing; the automobile sector and hardware manufacturing, and software, financial and healthcare services.
Overseas companies based here include Sun Microsystems, EDS, Wipro, Infosys, and Hewlett-Packard – and it is the 2nd largest software exporter in India. Automobile giants such as Ford, Hyundai, Dunlop and Mitsubishi are also located here.
50% of India’s leather exports come from Chennai.
In terms of places to live, East Coast has exceptional villas. And Adyar, Alwarpet, Poes Garden, Anna Nagar and RA Puram have great amenities, with hospitals, shopping centres, great transport links, good schools, bars, clubs, and restaurants.
OMR is an option for the younger set and is mainly inhabited by software employees.
Of the 533 UK India-based companies, 71 are based in Gurgaon, with over 250 of the Fortune 500 companies represented here.
It is an up and coming, cost-effective alternative to central Delhi, and is nicknamed the Millennium City.
In the last 25 years, Gurgaon has become a hub for multinational companies, including IBM, Sapient, Oracle, Bank of America, American Express and the Coca-Cola Company.
Based 22 miles from Delhi, it has everything – including housing areas, shopping malls, and restaurants.
With 7 up-market suburbs, the new expat has plenty of choices. for example, DLG city phase 5 has luxury estates with good schools, shopping centres, a golf and country club. And it is only nine miles from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and has busy road and rail transport links.
Sector 49, Sohana Road has the largest residential apartments in this growing city, and renowned education facilities.
Pune is a booming city, with various industries, including BPO, software, pharma, light industries and automobile.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon all have a presence here – along with Mercedes-Benz and VW.
Often nicknamed the Oxford of the East, the 14 universities educate over 200 000 students (from locally and from overseas) – and there are 15 great international schools. These include the Mercedes-Benz School, Ryan International School, and Symbiosis International – making Pune a viable option for families with children.
Doctors, dentists, and hospitals are of international standards, but you should always ask for referrals from a trusted source, especially when seeking out a good dentist!
If you are moving to India, helpful, preliminary info, do take a look at our Moving to Mumbai Area Report
Better still, speak to one of our International Relocation Experts to get your specific questions answered. You can set that up via this Contact Form
More Indian cities will be added to our GLOBAL DESTINATIONS page soon. Do watch out for these!