Many people know India as the second most populous country on the planet, with a population of over 1 billion, but also one which has more than its fair share of poverty. Although there are certainly many poor areas in the country, there are also many international schools and more affluent areas which are becoming very popular with overseas teachers. The majority of teaching jobs in India are found in the cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore; although, being such a large country other cities also have a need for skilled English teachers. Mumbai is the most populous city in India with a population of around 20 million people. It is also the entertainment and commercial heart of the country, famous for its Bollywood movies and exciting nightlife. Teaching abroad in Mumbai is an experience unlike any other; perhaps not for the fainthearted, the hustle and bustle of the city will keep you on your toes and when you are not working, there are a huge number of attractions to visit. In the north of the country, Delhi is another fantastically lively and exciting city. With a population of around 22 million people, it is the country's second city and there are many high-quality international schools here. Bangalore meanwhile is in the south of the country and another hive of activity. As you can surely tell by now, any large city in India is an extremely busy and exciting place to be. The cost of living in India is very cheap compared to Western living and sampling the nightlife and local food is a particular treat. If you thought you had Indian cuisine before, think again as this is the real thing and you may want to start off with a mild dish. Freshly squeezed fruit juices such as pineapple, papaya, mango and others are readily available on street corners and you can certainly get used to having so much fresh produce on your doorstep. India is also known for being a very hot country and this is certainly the case; it can take a while for foreign visitors to get used to the heat and humidity, especially in the south. The monsoon season tends to be from June to September but this is something the locals have certainly gotten used to, and you will too. Travelling within the various cities of India is a straightforward if sometimes hair-raising activity. Of course, taxis are readily available and probably the most efficient public transport option. If you really want to experience genuine Indian transport however, use the local buses, rickshaws and trams. Most major cities also have an urban train network although this can get very crowded as many locals use it regularly. India is certainly one of the most interesting and magical countries you could ever work in. With its temples, monuments and shrines such as the Taj Mahal, to its varied cultures, enticing cuisine and turbulent climate, India offers the western teacher experiences perhaps no other country can provide. For teachers wanting to teach in India, the country also offers unrivalled challenges that will provide skills and experience that will last a lifetime.