Situated on the west coast of the Indian peninsula, Mumbai is considered as the most populous city in India. During the past decade, Mumbai has been growing fast and becoming a major international metropolis. The city is the commercial and entertainment centre, as well as a major expat destination. The two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Elephanta Caves are all in Mumbai.
The climate in Mumbai is tropical, with dry and hot weather from March to September. Though the official language of India is English and Hindi, most of the people living in Mumbai speak Marathi.
Safety & Security
According to OSAC India 2016 Crime & Safety report, Mumbai is generally safe for expats. Foreigners communities are protected by adequate police. Violence towards foreigners resulting in serious injury or death is rare. However, expats living in Mumbai should be aware of petty crime and residential theft.
The main cuisine in Mumbai is Maharashtrian, which covers a range of rice, wheat, lentils and vegetables. One of the typical Maharashtrian dishes is called Thalipeeth (savoury multi-grain pancake widely consumed in India). Water buffalo milk butter is very popular among Maharashtrians. The other must-order dish is butter chicken, best served with Indian bread like naan.
Shopping in Mumbai is a pleasant experience. There are many shopping malls, gift & speciality shops, art galleries and antique stores. If you like street shopping, you can go and visit the fashion street. This place has a large number of street sellers. Another option is to go to Linking Road. You will find clothes, books, shoes, jewellery and handicrafts there.
As being one of India’s most international cities, Mumbai has the best medical care within India. Public hospitals are generally good, however, the quality and standards of medical care may vary greatly between regions. Most expats living in Mumbai will want to choose private medical services. Both private hospitals and clinics are available in Mumbai. These private medical facilities have English speaking medical staffs. It is suggested that expats moving to Mumbai obtain international health insurance to cover the private medical cost.
4. Insurance for Expatriates in India
Most expatriates will want to obtain international medical coverage if residing in India. Medical evacuation is recommended along with a plan that provided global medical treatment. A plan that will provide reimbursement for medical expenses via a large network of hospitals is recommended. Many expats should also obtain global life and disability insurance coverage.
Here is a list of different types of insurance coverage you will want if you are planning to become an expatriate in India:
- International Health Insurance
- Expat Life and Disability Insurance
- Travel Insurance
- Evacuation Coverage
- Group Expat Insurance Plans