Retirement is all about enjoying your life at whatever pace you wish to live in and stay away from the hustle and rush that you were subjected to earlier. India has become cosmopolitan and people embrace expats from everywhere and are not just friendly but quite helpful too. Here is a list of places where you could settle down post-retirement.
The first planned city in India after Independence, Chandigarh boasts of several factors that have made it popular among retirees. These include:
- Sound infrastructure
- Good connectivity to Delhi
- Ample healthcare facilities
PGI Chandigarh and Fortis Mohali are two prominent hospitals in the city. Apart from several malls, it is also known for its Rock Garden and Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, the largest of its kind in Asia.
Situated on the banks of the Noyyal River and surrounded by the Western Ghats, this city has a pleasant climate throughout the year.
Hospitals like KG Hospital and Kovai Medical Centre have made it a popular healthcare destination in Tamil Nadu.
But what makes the Manchester of the East a great place to retire?
- Low cost of living
- Serene environment with less pollution
- Excellent connectivity and rapid infrastructure growth
On the third spot, we have Mysore. It is a practical option for people whose children are settled in Bangalore.
Located at the foothills of Chamundi Hills, it is India’s cleanest city, as per the Urban Development Ministry.
Additionally, the grand Mysore Palace and a relatively calm vibe compared to Bangalore have earned it the sobriquet Cultural Capital of Karnataka.
So, why Mysore?
- Low cost of living
- Amicable weather
- Ideal for yoga enthusiasts
Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be! A retreat for artists and beach-lovers, Goa is a great place to spend one’s golden years of life.
Wondering why? The beautiful beaches? Yes, but there’s much more.
- Cosmopolitan culture
- Affordable rentals
- Serene environment
- Some of the famous retirement colonies in Goa are Siridao near Bambolim and Nachinola near Mapusa.
With a robust infrastructure and pleasant climate, the Himalayan town of Dehradun offers the best of both worlds – a convenient lifestyle and peaceful living.
Additionally, the serene environment, connectivity to hill stations like Mussoorie and Dhanaulti, and proximity to spiritual towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh make it a place right out of a travelogue.
Now that you know of the cities to retire, here are some things you should keep in mind while finalizing a home.
The cost: Home loan is an option but not a viable one. Thus, draw a comfortable budget and stick to it. Since a significant chunk of your savings will be exhausted in buying an apartment, go for a project that offers amenities you (really) need. Also, buying a larger space is not advisable for maintenance reasons.
Amenities: A project that offers ample open space would be an ideal investment. These days several real estate projects provide dedicated areas for senior citizens for socializing.
Security: It is crucial to have a security system in place with burglar alarms and emergency response systems in buildings.
Safe designs: Look for an apartment where you can make specific changes. For instance, installing handlebars across the bathrooms, anti-skid tiles or low-height shelves.
Accessibility to medical care: Do ensure that the project has a hospital or a clinic close by.