Is Hyderabad a good place to live

The 5 best places to live in India

About 17.5% of the world's population lives in India. With 1.33 billion inhabitants India only ranks behind China in terms of the world's most populous countries.

However, the Indian government only has an official census carried out every 10 years. If you know that the next one will take place in 2021, you quickly calculated that the last official figures on India's population were from 2011.

At that time it existed in the Indian Republic 27 cities and 53 urban agglomerations (Agglomerations) with more than 1 million inhabitants. They also lived in three Indian metropolises more than 10 million people:Mumbai (or Bombay) with 20.7 million, Kolkata (or earlier Calcutta) with 14.1 million and New Delhi (or simply Delhi) with 26.4 million

Due to the population growth between 2001 and 2011, which added 200 million people, it is expected that India thatfirst country will be that cracks the 1.5 billion. It is also expected to have overtaken China in terms of population by 2024.

Given this exponential population growth, it is not surprising that India faces many challenges related to urban planning, pollution and sanitation.

With 21,000 inhabitants per square kilometer, Mumbai is the most densely populated city in the world! Accordingly, it had and still has many problems to overcome in order to improve the living conditions of its citizens.

An example to illustrate this density: If all the cars, taxis and rickshaws officially registered in Mumbai were lined up, all the streets of Mumbai would be full - and include them 1,900 km!

Bombay also has water issues and city officials estimate that Every day (!) 700 million liters of water are lost through theft and leakage!

The Indian government must meet these challenges if the population is to be able to live in decent conditions. But it must also be said that a lot has been done in recent years and that an improvement can be determined every year (according to Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking and the Indian Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, MoHUA).

So if you want to move to India, which city offers the best living conditions?

Hyderabad, the city of the Nizams

Hyderabad is officially the capital of two different cities, at least until 2025. Originally, it was the capital of Andhra Pradesh, in southeast India. In 2014, Hyderabad was then incorporated into the newly established state Telangana incorporated, but would remain de jure the capital of Andhra Pradesh for another 10 years. You see: India also has its domestic and geopolitical subtleties.

Hyderabad was founded in 1591 Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah founded and remained under the rule of his dynasty until the Mughal Empire came to power. Later the Mogul's viceroy, Asaf Jah I, went his own way and crowned himself Nizam of Hyderabad.

His family retained power over the region for the next century and a half until Independence 1948. Nizam VII reluctantly gave up his power - only after the newly founded Union of India had invaded the princely state and defeated the armed forces of the Nizam.

Let's jump 70 years further into the present. Nowadays, Hyderabad is a modern city, which has been voted the best city to live in in India four times in a row.

But what exactly is so great about Hyderabad?

Affordable housing and low cost of living

In comparison to German cities, living in India is generally relatively cheap. In Hyderabad, however, where no fewer than 7.7 million people live, there are sometimes the cheapest prices when it comes to property prices.

Compared to Mumbai, India's most expensive city, a 100m cost2-Apartment in the center of Hyderabad only around 6.1 million rupees (or 61 lakh rupees; “lakh” is the Indian word for “one hundred thousand” and is often used before rupees to make it easier to express large amounts). That equates to approx. € 79,000, which is approx. 85% cheaper than an equivalent apartment in Mumbai!

The low cost of living is also regularly featured when it comes to the reasons Hyderabad is a good city to live in. The Purchasing power in Hyderabad is 16% greater overall than with the fellow citizens in Bombay.

There are also a relatively temperate climate and a low crime rate.

Hyderabad is also a good and easy point of contact for expats (foreign citizens), because large American companies like Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM, Yahoo !, Oracle Corporation, Dell, Facebook and CISCO have branches there. No wonder the city is also called "Cyberabad" ...

There are also several large Indian ones Pharmaceutical companies based there: A third of the drugs sold in India were made in Hyderabad, and 16% of all Indian biotechnology products!

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Pune, the Oxford of the East

Pune is located in Maharashtra state. It is estimated that the city is at least 100 years old. During the 16th century, during the time of the Maratha Empire, Pune became the residence of the Empire's Prime Minister and began to develop from a small settlement into a vibrant political and cultural center.

Pune is right at the top when it comes to the Indian cities with the highest quality of life. The air is better, access to the water is easier and property prices are also quite cheap. The residents of Pune have greater purchasing power compared to the residents of Hyderabad because the cost of living has not risen as much in recent years, but wages and salaries have. Workers in Pune earn an average of 30% of their fellow citizens in Hyderabad.

The numerous top universities, which are located all over the city, have given Pune the nickname "Oxford of the East". Almost half of all foreign students in India study in Pune and the city is also the center of the country when it comes to learning Japanese. Germany and France are also represented: by the Goethe Institute and the Alliance Française.

The city is also a good place to go, especially for mechanical engineers from abroad, because many car manufacturers have settled in Pune or opened branches in the last 50 years: Among other thingsMercedes Benz, General Motors, Land Rover, Jaguar, Renault, Volkswagen and Fiat.

Overall, Pune is one of the best cities to live in India, with all the amenities one can expect from a city of this size - but with a lot less hectic chaos than Mumbai or Delhi.

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Chandigarh, the beautiful city

Compared to Pune or Hyderabad it is Chandighar a relatively small town. It has a population of just over 1 million and also serves as the capital of two states, Haryana and Punjab. From an administrative point of view, however, it belongs neither to one nor to the other state, but becomes administered directly by the central government of India.

Due to its great political importance nowadays, it is easy to forget that Chandighar was only in the 1960s was created, planned by the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. Since the city was designed from nothing, the city planner was able to use a network structure that divides the city into different sectors. Walking the streets of Chandigarh feels like walking through an American city.

Chandighar is also known as one of the cleanest cities in India and the people there are according to that LG Electronics Rankingabout the "happiest cities in the world" the happiest people in India.

Due to the size and good condition of the roads, Chandigarh not only has the highest number of cars per capita, but also with the best local public transport in the country.

All in all, Chandigarh is a very good place to live, not least because the people in this city have some of the highest per capita incomes.

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Navi Mumbai, a planned city

Like Chandigarh, Navi Mumbai is a city that completely planned / designed has been. In the 1960s, overpopulation in the Mumbai metropolitan area grew worse and so it became a priority for the local government to "unclog" the city. This is how the City and Industrial Development Corporation, also called CIDCO.

This government-run establishment began planning and building this new city on a vast area of ​​land that the state Maharashtra had acquired. It was decided that the city should be divided into different nodes and that the various industrial areas and companies / shops should be evenly distributed over the city so that the Traffic is made easier and commute times are shortened become.

Live nowadays just over 1 million people in Navi Mumbai. The city is cleaner and everyday life there is much easier to deal with than was ever the case in Mumbai. The good infrastructure local public transport and good connections to the neighboring metropolis lead to less traffic in and around Navi Mumbai, which in turn has a positive influence on air quality.

There are also some large international companies that have settled in Navi Mumbai and offer their employees better living conditions than in Mumbai: Siemens, McDonald’s, Bureau Veritas, Bizerba, Reliance and Accenture, to name just a few.

Even though Mumbai and Navi Mumbai are so close together, the people of Navi Mumbai have much stronger purchasing power. The reason is that the prices there are much lower than in the economic capital of India, Mumbai.

Rents are 70% lower than in Mumbai; at the same time, wages in Navi Mumbai are 5% higher!

Overall, Navi Mumbai is a beautiful city with clean, wide sidewalks that around 10% of the population use to get to and from work. Lots of green spaces, clean streets and a generally relaxed atmosphere make the city absolutely worth living in.

Thane, the emerging suburb

The city of Thane, a little north of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, is being traded as one of the most promising cities in India for the future.

They are a huge plus huge parks and green spaces as well as no less than 30 lakes! It is also one of the best regions to live in there is nice big residential area. The town is also located on the banks of Vasai Creek, which helps make the lowest air and water pollution as well as noise contamination throughout the state of Maharashtra.

The city is in full bloom, also in terms of rail projects and other urban planning developments. Inevitably, this will also mean that property prices will rise. On the other hand, the city is also in fourth place among the cities that create the most business activity and jobs, so there is probably a balance between salaries and rental prices. Either way - Thane will continue to grow and become even more interesting in the years to come.

And many more …

India is a huge country and that also means that our list gives a good first overview, but does not do justice to the multitude of beautiful places to live in India. Other beautiful cities and places in India are among others Bangalore (great for techies), the pulsating one Chennai or also the spiritual Varanasi.

And of course you shouldn't forget that mobility has increased in India, as everywhere in the world. More and more people work from home or alternate between office work and home office. If you have such a job, you could well go to one of the cities (or smaller towns) in the States of Goa or Kerala and at the same time enjoy the beaches and beautiful sunsets like a tourist and work from the computer.

And if you are not that big of a city person, India naturally has a lot to offer. Especially in small towns, the crime rate is not that high either. How about Gangtok in Sikkim, Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Bengaluru in Karnataka or Jaipur in Rajasthan?

And just because you've decided on a city / region doesn't mean you can't discover the rest of the country too. Use your days off to discover every nook and cranny of this fascinating and beautiful country! Here are some of the must-see sights: the Taj Mahal in Agra that Shimla forts, the Jagdish Temple in Udaipur or the white sand beaches of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The Indian subcontinent is full of treasures to be discovered. Immerse yourself in the fascination of India now!

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