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In this page: Communities of Expatriates | Ranking of Cities | Renting an Apartment | School System | Health System | Tourism and Culture | Individual and Civic Freedoms | Religion


Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
There are 20,000 to 30,000 expatriates working in India and their number is growing, especially in the technology sector.
Blogs For Expats
British Expat
Expat Exchange
Hotel reservation websites
Incredible India
Immigration Authority
Bureau of Immigration, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
International moving
Contact the Embassy
Indian Embassy in Mauritius
6th Floor, LIC Building
President John Kennedy Street
Port Louis
Phone: (230) 208 3775
Fax: (230) 208 6859
Contact the Embassy per E-mail.
Contact Your Embassy
Mauritian Embassy in India
EP-41, Jesus & Mary Marg
New Delhi - 110021, India
Tel: (91) 11 24102161/62/63
Fax: (91) 11 24102194
Contact the Embassy per Email.

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Mumbai is by far the most expensive city in India (147th out 227) while New Delhi (169th), Chennai (184th) and Bengaluru (189th) count among the cheapest in the world according to the latest available edition of the Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings Survey by Mercer.
Quality of Life
Most Indian cities are ranked poorly in terms of quality of living. Hyderabad offers the best quality of living according to the latest edition of Mercer's Quality of Living Survey (143rd out of 231) while New Delhi ranks the 162nd out of 231 cities worlwide.
Hotel reservation websites
Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)
Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)

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Renting an Apartment

Average Lease Term
Varies from city to city; 6 months to 3 years.
Average Rental Costs
The security deposit varies from 3 -12 month’s rental, recoverable at the end of the lease period. Guarantee by a third party is not always necessary; can be negotiated with the landlord.
Hotel reservation websites
Real-estate portal in India: India Property
Real-estate portal in India: India Housing

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School System

The Education System
Education at school level in India is divided into Elementary (for 6-11 years old children) and Secondary (for 14-18 years old children) education systems.

Goa's educational standards are among the highest of the country

For more details, visit:
National Council of Educational Research & Training –NCERT;
Central Board of Secondary Education.

International Schools
There are a large number of international schools in all major cities, which follow the British educational systems with high fees.

The website Directory of International Schools provides a list of international schools in India.

Hotel reservation websites
Educational Consultants India Ltd.
Study Abroad

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Health System

The Healthcare System
There are State operated hospitals in all towns and cities and private consultants and specialists in urban areas. But health-care facilities in the country are limited and travelers are strongly advised to take out full comprehensive medical insurance and bring specific medicines along with them.
International Hospitals
International hospitals are not allowed to operate directly in India, but some of the private hospitals have tied up with international hospitals for technology and services transfer. Some of the hospitals of international standard operating in India are:
Apollo Hospitals;
Wockhardt Hospitals.

For more details, visit: Mediescapes.com.

Health Ministry
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

India is home to the Taj Mahal, which is situated in Agra close to New Delhi. There are many sites from the Mughal period in the north of India. 
Goa is a former Portuguese enclave on the Western coast, which gained its tourist reputation in the 60s, at the height of the hippy period.
Various fairs and festivals are held at different times of the year. Some examples include Pushkar fair, Taj Mahotsav, and Suraj Kund mela.

India is known for its traditional textiles and handicrafts.

India has a rich forest cover with a divertisty of wildlife in places like Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, and Corbett National Park.

For ecotourism in India, tourists can go to places such as Kaziranga National Park, Gir National Park, and Kanha National Park.

India has many sites of Hindu and Muslim worship that attract religious tourism.

Varanasi (formerly Benaras) is located on the banks of river Ganges considered holy by the Hindus. New Delhi has Muslim and sufi sites, like the Nizzamudin Dargha.

Variety of beaches : Goa, Kovalam, Puri, Mahabalipuram, and Andaman and Nicobar.
Winter Sports
Winter sports in India include skiing, heli-skiing, mountaineering, ice climbing etc.
Outdoor Activities
Camel safaris, rock climbing and trekking depending on the region

For trekking: Ladakh, Sikkim, and Himalaya.

For skiing: Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir

Tourists flock to Uttranchal, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh for whitewater rafting.

Tourism Organisations
Ministry of Tourism
Dehli Tourism
Tour India
Hotel reservation websites
India Travel Forum
Lonely Planet

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Civil Liberty
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2021 report : 142/180

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Hindu 79.8%, Muslim 14.2%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.7%, other and unspecified 2% (2011 est.)

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