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With its in-your-face diversity – from snowdusted mountains to sun-washed beaches, tranquil temples to frenetic bazaars, lantern-lit villages to software-supremo cities – it’s hardly surprising that this country has been dubbed the world’s most multidimensional. For those seeking spiritual sustenance, India has oodles of sacrosanct sites and thought-provoking philosophies, while history buffs will stumble upon gems from the past almost everywhere – grand vestiges of former empires serenely peer over swarming streets and crumbling fortresses loom high above plunging ravines. Meanwhile, aficionados of the great outdoors can paddle in the shimmering waters of one of many beautiful beaches, scout for big jungle cats on blood-pumping wildlife safaris, or simply inhale pine-scented air on meditative forest walks. And then there are the festivals. With its vibrant mix of religious denominations, India is home to a formidable array of celebrations – from larger-than-life extravaganzas with caparisoned elephants and body-twisting acrobats to pint-sized harvest fairs paying homage to a locally worshipped deity.

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The weather in India varies dramatically. While the southern tip of the India is being lashed by tropical monsoon rain, the north will be blanketed in thick snow. Therefore, the best time to travel to India depends greatly on the destinations to be visited and the climate experienced there. Based on temperature and rainfall, the Indian Meteorological Service has classified the country into an incredible seven different climatic regions. These are the Himalayas, Assam and West Bengal, the Indo-Gangetic Plain/North Indian Plain (a huge section of north-central India), the Western Ghats and coast, the Deccan Plateau (south-central India), and the Eastern Ghats and coast. In general, the north of India is cooler, the center is hot and dry, and the south has a tropical climate. Indian weather itself is divided into three distinct seasons -- winter, summer, and the monsoon. Generally, the best time to visit India is during the winter, when the weather in most places is relatively cool and pleasant. Summer (March to May) Monsoon (June to October) Winter (November to February)

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A foreign national of non-Indian origin, resident outside India cannot purchase any immovable property in India unless such property is acquired by way of inheritance from a person who was a resident in India. According to Buy Association, a foreign national must be a resident of India for 183 days in a financial year to be allowed to purchase property. This can be challenging since a tourist visa lasts 180 days. Foreign nationals cannot circumvent the residency requirement through the operation of an Indian-registered company, according to Buy Association). It also is illegal to try to become a joint property owner in India with someone who does qualify.

• The Indian property market is yet to be regulated so it is strongly advised to find a good Agent and Lawyer who have a good reputation • If you are buying direct from a Developer, do your research and see evidence finished projects • At the time of entering into an agreement with a seller you will be expected to pay 10% of the sale price as deposit • The legal process will generally take up to 6 weeks from the time of signing if you are buying a resale and the full remaining 90% of the sale price will be expected at the time of transfer • If you are buying from a developer they will have a payment plan, make sure that this is in line with stages of completion

You should use the help of a real estate agent when setting up and signing a rental contract. Alternatively, you could engage the services of a relocation specialist who will help you through the process. There are basically two types of rental contracts in India: lease agreements with a minimum of 12 months, which are covered by rent control laws, and lease and license agreements of up to 11 months, which are not. Lease Agreements covered by rent control laws have set rents determined by local state governments. Prices are generally determined by the cost of building construction and the land´s market price. Pricing is based on costs of the year of construction. Therefore, older properties are always cheaper than newer properties. If an apartment is part of rent controlled housing, its price can only be increased very little each year. When signing a lease agreement for a minimum of twelve months, ownership of the rental property is transferred to the tenant for an indefinite period of time. This causes problems for landlords as there have been many cases of tenants refusing to move out of a flat in India. Court cases can easily take up to ten to twenty years to resolve. For this reason, most landlords prefer lease and license agreements. They only guarantee tenants the right to live in the rental object for eleven months. Periodic renewal is possible. These 11-month contracts circumvent rent control laws, giving more rights to landlords. Rental contracts in India will usually be in English, so you will be able to check them before signing Rent is paid in rupees either in cash or check, one month in advance. Since bank transfers are uncommon, owners usually don’t accept them. Rental deposits in India will usually be around two to three months advance rent, but since landlords can set the deposit amounts themselves, you may have to pay much higher deposits.