I have Montenegro passport and want to stay in India as a tourist for about 8 months, from February to September. 4 months is easily possible for visa and 8 months should be possible but a little harder. My purpose of stay is 'just stay' as a temporary retired person (for personal reasons like depression, etc). So, technically it doesn't matter which city I stay as long as:

  1. It would not much exceed 25-26 Celsius in summer.

  2. It would be extremely affordable to live (like maximum 300 Euro/month).

  3. I can have a good life: a clean city, access to clean water, supermarkets, etc.

I tried searching internet and not a promising information I could find. Any suggestion? Please help! Thank you in advance.

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    Shimla : See numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Shimla-India?displayCurrency=EUR and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimla . As a two-day visitor I loved the city, but I can't judge it for a long term living. – 72D May 18 '19 at 11:23
  • Have you been to India before? – lambshaanxy May 18 '19 at 11:23
  • @jpatokal, obviously not! That's why I can't decide and risk it choosing a city without right recommendations. – Milojica Jacimovic May 18 '19 at 11:25
  • India is HUGE with a lot of variety in climate. What part of the year do you plan to spend 4-8 months in India? Are you looking for chaotic city life in an AC flat? Mountaneous retreat to heal? Trekking? Natural scenery? Professional medical help (hence city)? IMO this is too broad as written. – RedBaron May 18 '19 at 11:27
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    Sorry but we don't give "where should I visit?" recommendations and we don't deal with long-term visits. – David Richerby May 18 '19 at 12:51

Given huge diversity that you find in India, it is difficult to provide a definitive answer.

As your concern is maximum summer temperature of 25-26 (strech to 30 maybe), your options are limited to mountaneous regions (Himalyas/Shivaliks/Ghats). The biggest hill stations in India are:

Down South there are fewer options (and I'm not sure how hot they get in summers):

  • Ooty
  • Munnar

These are all biggish towns/cities but you won't find many supermarkets in hill towns in India, mostly mom and pop stores, so language may be a problem. Finding accomodation may be tricky and may be your chief expense. But these are all tourist places (esp in summer) so will be relatively expensive.

The higher up you go, the smaller towns will get. The facilities will reduce but cleanliness and peacefulness will increase. Barot is a picturesque village where a lot of foreigners come and stay but that place is also known for cannabis tourism.

In India, summer is followed by monsoon rains and all hill stations receive above average rainfall so you may want to factor that in your plans.

July onwards (till maybe February), these cities may fit into your temperature profile (Not mentioning Delhi etc. because pollution will make them a no-no)

  • Dehradun
  • Chandigarh

In these cities you will definitely find supermarkets, more options of stay and lower prices.

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  • I can tell you from personal experience (and a quick look at some climate data confirms it) that Ooty is pretty chilly. You may want to avoid times of the year when it gets too rainy, but it pretty much never gets too hot. – mlc Apr 15 at 21:12

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