The cultural differences can be overwhelming at first, but there are huge rewards if you give yourself time to get used to your new way of life. After the initial shock wears off and you come to terms with the heat, the monsoon rains, the crowds and the diversity, you can immerse yourself in the magic of India’s ancient heritage and explore the natural beauty of its jungles, rainforests and the majestic Himalayas.
India is the land of opportunity, but it makes sense to do your homework before you make the move over.
The weather in India ranges from snowfalls in the high mountainous regions to humid, tropical conditions on the coast. It’s warm throughout the year, with temperatures rising to between 32°C and 40°C (90°F and 104°F) during the summer (April to July). From December to March, the temperature dips to around 25°C (77°F). A monsoon season of heavy rains sweeps from the south to the north of the country between June and September.
Languages: While the official languages are Hindi and English, there are 22 other languages recognised by the Indian Constitution as national languages which include Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Bengali and Punjabi.
Currency: Indian Rupee
International Dialling Code: +91
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