Senior living is catching up in India with more and more people in the age group 55 – 65 years now deciding to leave the big city. They are keen to move to a place quieter, cleaner and greener. They have time, money, and very few responsibilities. Their children are in many cases settled in another metro or a foreign city and visit them maybe once or twice in a year. The purpose of their life is now to enjoy and do what they always wanted to do but never had the time. They all wish for a life full of enjoyable activities. They want to share this joy with like-minded people in a community living environment that provides a hassle-free life. They do not want to worry about day-to-day chores, paying their bills, chasing after service providers, etc.. They want to live a life free of worries. This is called Senior Living for progressively thinking and active seniors.
People who live in Delhi-NCR and want to move to such a place offering this kind of life often decide for Dehradun. Dehradun is the interim capital of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, located near the Himalayan foothills. It is located at an altitude of 1,400 feet above sea level. It has a pleasant climate all year round. The new capital of Uttarakhand currently being developed is Gairsain. Uttarakhand is the ninth-highest-income Indian state as per GDP per capita income. It is a 6 hours drive from Delhi by road and there are numerous trains connecting Delhi to Dehradun including Shatabdi. The Jolly Grant airport sees more than 20 flights on a daily basis. People who live here vouch for its great weather. You avoid the extreme weather of Delhi NCR. The soil is extremely fertile and you get nutritious vegetables all through the year. The tasty rice variety Basmati is grown here and so does the juicy litchi.
Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000 but got its name Uttarakhand in 2007. Dehradun was made the interim capital. The city has since then seen a lot of changes. It is in the list of development of smart cities of India. It used to be a small, quiet town of Uttar Pradesh without many facilities even though it had some of the reputed educational institutions of India like Doon School, Welhams school, Indian Military Academy, Forest Research Institute, etc. It now has some of the best healthcare facilities, good roads, big malls selling top brands, etc. Its proximity to the hill stations of Uttarakhand and holy towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh and char dham make it a popular choice of retirement city by many senior citizens. It is a peaceful place with many Tibetan temples and Buddhist monasteries like Mindrolling Monastery, Sakya Centre Buddhist Monastery, Drikung Kagyu Institute, etc. The law and order situation is much better than most cities of India. Women feel very safe even at night. Although public transport is not very good but walking is a good option. Local people are warm and friendly. Overall it is a cosmopolitan city. The city has never seen any communal tension or strife. There are people of various religions like Hindu, Muslim, Buddhists and Christians but all live happily and peacefully.
There are two senior living facilities in Dehradun. One is the Antara senior living on Purukul Road and Eden Retirement Living Pvt Ltd in the same area. Antara Senior living is a functional one where people have already moved in. Eden Retirement Living is an upcoming project which will be completed in the next 30 months. It will offer some of the best infrastructure facilities for progressively minded and active seniors, holistic healthcare and wellness programs, and community living in peaceful green surroundings. The senior living apartment flats as offered by Eden Retirement Living start from 64 Lakhs onwards and there are studio, 1 BHK, and 2 BHK apartment flats. The buyer gets clear freehold title to his apartment when he buys and does not pay for common area maintenance or for any AMCs for the appliances fitted by Eden in his apartment for 5 years after completion. If one is planning to settle down in a new place not very far away from Delhi and away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, Dehradun is the place and worth exploring.