After being in States for last 20 years, we're thinking of moving back to India. The big question is where to move. My ultmiate goal is to start a business wherever we decide to move; initially, however, I would take either a job transfer or find a job in the area we would want to live in.
Originally, I'm from New Delhi thus have some biases towards Delhi. However, I like being close to the ocean where I can take long walks in the morning. I like nature, tranquility, peace and quite. Also, having livein in U.S. for a long time, I would like to be in the area that matches the lifestyle/people/culture as close as possible to here.
To pursue this dream, we were thinking of taking time-off from work for one year. During this one year, we want to live in Cities (currently only Delhi and Mumbai) for 3-6 months to see how we like it and if we can adjust.
Based on the above comments, I'm looking for suggestions/ideas for:
1) During the 3-6 months trial period; which area should we consider to stay-in (should be close to beach, nice restaurants, etc.)
2) Are apartments, flats our only option or could we rent houses as well?
3) What's a typical cost of living in mumbai?
4) Cost/availability of maids, drivers, etc.
Anythings else I've missed?