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#GoldenYears: Welcome to Shantinikethan…in Tavares, Florida

With its endless sunshine and easy-going lifestyle, Florida has long been a magnate for American retirees with hundreds of communities catering specifically to pensioners dotted around the state.

The latest addition to the list is one dedicated specifically to Indian-American retirees.

The appropriately-named ‘ShantiNiketan Retirement Resorts’ opened last week in the town of Tavares. 

The gated community features 174 apartments, multi-faith prayer rooms, daily bhajan sessions as well as a yoga and meditation hall.  It also offers vegetarian meals.

Residents should be above the age of 55.

The resort is the brainchild of Indian-American businessman Iggy Ignatius who wanted to create a community for the parents of first generation Indians in the United States. 

For many of these migrants, life in the US can be a culture shock, because they are plotting the retirement phase of their lives in an alien land.

According to ShantiNikethan’s website, Ignatius moved to Tavares in 2008 to launch the resort, becoming its first resident.

After Florida, Ignatius is said to be planning such retirement resorts in New Jersey, California, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Washington DC.




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