Living in Bangalore, India, can offer a unique and life-changing experience. Bangalore, now known officially as Bangaluru, is a thriving, exciting city that is quickly becoming India's Silicon Valley. It is an extremely busy and heavily populated city that is well renowned for its heavy pollution, busy traffic and high density areas. Yet, despite these issues, increasing numbers of expatriates relocate here on an annual basis, the majority of which have been relocated here by their companies.
One of Bangalore's biggest appeals to the expatriate community is the low cost of living on offer and if you are fortunate to be offered a role here on a western salary you will enjoy a very high standard of living. Maids, gardeners, drivers and nannies can be employed at a very reasonable cost and there are many schools and educational facilities on offer that rival those available in the west.
Moving overseas to an India city can be a very daunting process and it is very rare for people to set up a new life here without experiencing some type of culture shock. The culture and religious customers are very different from those of the west and becoming accustomed with the practices when living in Bangalore will take time and patience.
The expat guide to living in Bangalore contains the following information:
Our Expat relocation guide to living in Bangalore contains an insider's lowdown on the types of visas available, how to secure the right visa for your needs and some of the common issues expatriates face when trying to acquire a visa that will allow them to work successfully in this city. The bureaucracy in India is well documented and if you make any mistakes there's a high chance that you have to go back to your country of origin to recommence the visa application process. Use our relocation guide to make sure you get it right the first time!
Should you go for the bastion of expat housing, Palm Meadows, or would you be happier in Whitefield, an area further out of town when living in Bangalore? There are a multitude of different housing complexes and developments available in Bangalore. Make sure you read the truth about them from a real expat before you make a decision. Our international relocation guide contains a detailed list of the various expat housing areas in Bangalore, together with information about nearby schooling, entertainment and leisure facilities, and transportation options.
Is the communication and transport infrastructure in Bangalore really as bad as everyone makes out? The valuable information and advice contained within our expat relocation guide can help you to adapt to the environment in Bangalore and navigate the various transport systems with confidence.
Living in Bangalore doesn't have to be all about paperwork, make sure you leave time to play! Our relocation guide contains several sections on topics such as shopping, dining out, sports and leisure facilities and bars and nightlife. We also point you in the right direction for making friends, establishing networks and joining forums. Allow us to help you to establish a rewarding, and fulfilling life when moving overseas.
The Bangalore expat relocation guide contains comprehensive details about hospitals, clinics and other health services, including contact details, costs and locations. In addition to this, we also provide you with information about how you can remain safe in Bangalore and avoid any of the problems typically encountered by expatriates when living in Bangalore.
What are the people in Bangalore really like? Our relocation guide contains a comprehensive insight into understanding Indian culture and customs, acceptable dress, methods of greeting and addressing people and other social niceties. Allow our own expat's first hand experiences guide you and help you to function well within the foreign culture of Bangalore.
When moving overseas to a new country you're not visiting, you're living and the type of information you need is very different from that contained in traditional travel or city guides. Our international relocation guide to Bangalore is written by an expat, for expats and contains honest facts and advice that can really make a difference to your move abroad.
Our guide was written by Laura Byspalko and last published on Tuesday 23rd April 2013.
|01||Always carry several passport-sized head shots with you. You will require these for nearly every account you open and every form that you complete.|
|02||When filing applications and opening accounts (particularly with government offices) ensure you bring with you every imaginable supporting document.|
|03||Government offices in particular can be very arbitrary and demanding on your patience, so be prepared for a full run-around and keep your patience!|
|04||Building a social network in Bangalore is very important, both for the feel-good factor, as well the premise that India operates on connections.|
|05||As a foreigner, you may not be expected to play by the many cultural rules that exist for most Indians. Despite this you should always make an effort.|
Bangalore’s drainage and sewage systems are the same as those that were built when it was founded in 2nd Century and covers an area of 215 km².