Queries re hills' properties/ suitable locations etc.

#1 May 15th, 2010, 05:10
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Dear Members,
I reached on this forum while searching for some information related to uttaranchal and other hilly places. This forum looks amazing with so many members contributing regularly here with a great zeal.
I'm a freelance web developer living in Delhi while my wife is a ghost writer. Both of us willing to leave this maddening place called capital of India and settle at any peaceful and environment friendly location. I already started exploring areas such as mukteshwar, nainital, raniket, solan etc. but not taken any final decision yet. We basically wish to have a small house with large chunk of agricultural land (more than 50 nali / 1 hectare) to develop an orchard & small school for our social work.

So our needs are -
a) Small house built as per our specifications
b) 24x7 electricity supply
c) Stable broadband connection

d) Min. 5 hours per day drinking water supply
e) Essential items market not more than 10 kms away
f) Safety considerations as parents may require our attention(health-wise) after 5-10 years and we have to visit them frequently.
g) Hospital or dispensary in 10 kms radius.

Can anyone suggest us a place which suit our needs.

Thanks.
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More than 100 views and no reply. Very strange.
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Not so strange; maybe no one felt like answering, or that they had any answer.

Have a look at the highly popular http://www.indiamike.com/india/prope...-lakhs-t14872/ in the meantime.
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Palebluedot ---

First, you made a good decision to leave Delhi area. It is hot and extremely busy, not to mention dirty. Air is still (as of my last visit in 2005) polluted but not as bad it used to be (in 1995 when I visited).

It is difficult to answer your post as stated due to the requirements that you set forth. I do, however, have some suggestions of general nature.

Suggestion 1: Spend summers in mukteshwar, nainital, raniket, solan, etc. to check them out to see if one of them can provide you what you are looking for. Note: Winters can be exteremly cold!

Suggestion 2: Research places in Karnatika, I really enjoyed Karnatika
(2005). Look into rural areas near Mysore and Bangalore.

Suggestion 3: Research places like Mahabalipuram on the east coast.

Suggestion 4: Look into Rishikesh and Dehra Doon area. An area I like, however land is expensive. Punjabi foothills of Himalyas can be affordable, look into them as well.

Good Luck in the search.
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post Not so strange; maybe no one felt like answering, or that they had any answer.

Have a look at the highly popular http://www.indiamike.com/india/prope...-lakhs-t14872/ in the meantime.
Thanks for your reply. I reached on this site via that link only and read all the pages first before posting my query.
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Originally Posted by professorm View Post Palebluedot ---

First, you made a good decision to leave Delhi area. It is hot and extremely busy, not to mention dirty. Air is still (as of my last visit in 2005) polluted but not as bad it used to be (in 1995 when I visited).

It is difficult to answer your post as stated due to the requirements that you set forth. I do, however, have some suggestions of general nature.

Suggestion 1: Spend summers in mukteshwar, nainital, raniket, solan, etc. to check them out to see if one of them can provide you what you are looking for. Note: Winters can be exteremly cold!

Suggestion 2: Research places in Karnatika, I really enjoyed Karnatika
(2005). Look into rural areas near Mysore and Bangalore.

Suggestion 3: Research places like Mahabalipuram on the east coast.

Suggestion 4: Look into Rishikesh and Dehra Doon area. An area I like, however land is expensive. Punjabi foothills of Himalyas can be affordable, look into them as well.

Good Luck in the search.
Thanks for your reply. I'm willing to explore other parts of india. The only issue is weather. We are looking cool weather (temperature must not go beyond 30 degree).

Thanks.
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I have the same issue -- looking for cool weather. So I've been looking at hill stations, as anything else is just too hot if I want to live there year-round. From your list, only a and d have seemed doable to me. For now, I'm out.
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Palebluedot and Namaste_cat Ji ---

Hill stations can be extremely cold. They are too cold for
non-indigenous transplants. Forgive me for my terse language. Moreover, the basic amenties become inaccessible for many months due to snow/ice.

Investigate Himalyan foothill towns or towns in the Deccan. I was extremely impressed with Karnataka and contiguous states. In foothill towns, nights are cooler and days are hot but tolerable even during peak summer months. Winters are cold but you are not iced in for several months. Examples: Rishikesh, Dehra Doon, Nahan, and foothill towns in Punjab.

By the way, I stayed at Matiana (North of Shimla) in Himachel, and traveled upto Narkanda in 1995. I had many interesting conversations with locals from this area about this topic. I stayed at Bangalore (Bangaluru) in 2005, and traveled to Mysore in 2005. If I return to India to retire, I would seriously consider Karnataka and Rishikesh areas together Himalyan foothill towns.

Happy hunting.
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Originally Posted by professorm View Post Palebluedot and Namaste_cat Ji ---
Hill stations can be extremely cold. They are too cold for
non-indigenous transplants. Forgive me for my terse language. Moreover, the basic amenties become inaccessible for many months due to snow/ice.
Thanks for your suggestion. I already thought about this issue before coming to any conclusion and physically/mentally we are ready to whether the weather.

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Originally Posted by professorm View Post Investigate Himalyan foothill towns or towns in the Deccan. I was extremely impressed with Karnataka and contiguous states. In foothill towns, nights are cooler and days are hot but tolerable even during peak summer months. Winters are cold but you are not iced in for several months. Examples: Rishikesh, Dehra Doon, Nahan, and foothill towns in Punjab.
As per your suggestion, south india is good option but biggest problem is language. We can communicate in hindi/english but its impossible to integrate with local people without having good knowledge of their native language.

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Originally Posted by professorm View Post By the way, I stayed at Matiana (North of Shimla) in Himachel, and traveled upto Narkanda in 1995. I had many interesting conversations with locals from this area about this topic. I stayed at Bangalore (Bangaluru) in 2005, and traveled to Mysore in 2005. If I return to India to retire, I would seriously consider Karnataka and Rishikesh areas together Himalyan foothill towns.
As per my observations, shimla/haridwar/rishikesh became too urbanized and crowded.
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Originally Posted by SomPan View Post Have you read this thread http://www.indiamike.com/india/prope...-lakhs-t14872/
Sure sir
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Palebluedot, good to see you working on this dream. There are many places that will satisfy your needs and I can help you out in Kumaon region. Just a word of caution though, for some the city life may be sometimes torturous but subconsciously one is adjusted to city life. Life in hills is very slow and adjusting to such a life may be an issue that you must carefully look into. In any case, what you require is not a problem at all considering that you have put up this query after reading the other thread.

@ Namaste_cat, the other points are not that problematic
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I suggest bangalore, the climate is far beyond any big city in india will give you.. having said that..it has its own share of problems.
if u find a good apartment..then..power/water problem will be solved..as most will have good backup geenrators..
but the further you look for a place from bangalore..bigger problem of water/electricity..

but do consider Bangalore..
i have a backup UPS of about 3 hrs.. its more than sufficient for me..tis as good as 24/7..but i stay right in the city centre.
About the language problems - Bangalore has no problems whatsoever unlike chennai :P... u can easily make do with english/hindi as msot of the businessese are dominated by muslims and they know hindi fairly well.
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Originally Posted by salluks View Post About the language problems - Bangalore has no problems whatsoever unlike chennai :P... u can easily make do with english/hindi as msot of the businessese are dominated by muslims and they know hindi fairly well.
Salluks - what is the matter with Chennai? People here who do not know the local language manage quite well. If you know English you should be able to live in Chennai pretty well. It has been a long time (not since I was a kid) since I visited Bangalore, I do not recall if shops, streets and govt office signs are in both Kannada and English. Here is Chennai everything (almost) is bi-lingual (Tamil and English).
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Mod Note: I have taken the liberty of changing your title, palebluedot, so that members can clearly see what you are asking about.

The subject matter in your first post goes beyond the thread, 'What can we buy.. etc' and I think a good idea for you to have your own thread here as you have originally put.

Can members helping out OP please focus on his original questions!
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