There used to be a time when retirement in India simply meant living close to family and children. But times have changed and many people now want to retire on their own terms and at a place of their choice. Retirees from other countries, both Indian and foreigners, are also looking at India as an interesting retirement destination. Here are some of the best places to settle in India after retirement.
The city of Chandigarh is reputed for being India’s first planned city after independence. It was designed by French Architect Le Corbusier and is a perfect place to retire due to the ease and efficiency it offers to its residents. The roads are well designed, there are plenty of pedestrian plazas and the healthcare facilities are excellent. It’s even well connected to other major Indian cities. What also makes Chandigarh such a great destination are the pleasant climatic conditions and peaceful environment.
Kurseong, West Bengal
Kurseong is called the land of white orchids and is located 32km from Darjeeling. It’s a lesser known destination and therefore retains an air of seclusion, which is perfect for those who want to retire away from the hustle bustle. The delightful toy trains that travel from Darjeeling pass through this hill station, which is surrounded by well-kempt tea estates. In fact, it is the abode of some of the most expensive teas in the world.
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Set in the heart of spectacular mountain ranges, Coimbatore has always figured among the best tourist places in India. It is modern, yet rich in historical importance. It’s also popular among retirees, especially defence personnel. The plus points of living here include the low cost of living, reduced pollution, good year-round climate and a cosmopolitan culture. The city’s infrastructure and health care is considered to be among the best in the country. Compared to other industrial hubs such as Chennai, the land is relatively cheaper here.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Rajasthan’s only hill station, Mount Abu, is nestled in the Aravalli Range and gives tourists and residents a much-needed respite from the heat and aridity of the rest of the region. Its spectacular mountains hold the secrets to many legends and myths and have spiritual importance to many. The beautiful temples and shrines attract visitors all year round. But brace yourself for the chilly winters here. Just before the monsoon season, things get real busy in Mount Abu when the Summer Festival begins, with fun activities like boat races, firework displays and music events.
A hill station that is minimally crowded and surrounded by mountain ranges and a river, Champawat can definitely be considered the best place to live in India. Its scenic views and tranquil atmosphere are what makes it such an excellent place to retire too. The weather is always pleasing here and its rolling terrains create an ideal ground for walks and treks. Champawat is one of those places that draw visitors all year round due to its climate and natural beauty.
Goa has always been on the world map as an exciting holiday destination, a place with sandy beaches, amiable people and a fun ambience. But its also gaining popularity as a desirable retirement spot and to cater to this growing demand, many retirement projects are emerging in different parts of the state. Colonies designed especially for retirees are located in areas like Nachinola and Siridao, which are quiet, pollution-free and safe. Goa is known for its laid-back, sociable culture and combined with good infrastructure and medical facilities; it serves as an idyllic location to spend your retirement years.