Hoping someone could give me a quick lowdown on costs in India. I have 4 weeks and plan to head from Delhi to Agra (suprise suprise) Jaipur, camel trek, mumbai then goa and a few towns inbetween.
Whats a realistic daily budget bearing in mind I am more then willing to do it a bit rough, are there many hostels scattered around the country? dorms? Is it the norm to find another traveller and split a room?
Also does anything think pacsafes are actually required, unsure if I should get one...I have travelled through asia without incident but not sure if I am simply be naive.
What does everyone think?
A realistic daily budget would be about US$18 if you don't mind staying in basic places. Guesthouses are more the norm than hostels but are really good value for money and obviously you get a lot more privacy than in a dorm. I'm not sure how much a camel safari costs but thats likely to push the budget up a bit. If you stick to budget accomadation, take second class fares on trains (about US$28 between Agra and Mumbai as I remember, a real bargain)and eat where the locals eat you'll be astounded at how cheap India is. Not sure about pacsafes, though it's definately worth investing in a padlock for you backpack and a chain to tie it to seats on overnight trains.
Enjoy your trip, India is the most incredible place!
Mmmm $18 US, is about right i guess.
Really depands on how much you can be bothered with haggling, looking around when you arrive at a town, and not just taking the 1st place you see cause it sounds cheap.
I was there in March this year (albeit heading into low season in Goa and south from there) for 2 months travelling around.
I'm a pretty tight traveller, and didn't pay more than 150INR 1.70pounds or $3.20USD) for any room i stayed in between Varkala (way down south), Rishakesh (nth), Dehli, Mombay, Varanasi and Calcutta. I wouldn't say i stayed in any really bad places though and bought as much food/clothes as i wanted, so based on that i happily spent about 5-8 pounds ($10-15USD) a day with food, travel, accom. and shopping.
Have an awesome time!
Thanks for the responses people, I appreciate the feedback. However is there many hostels about? Is it the norm to hook up with a small group of travellers to share costs? Is there ample opportunity to meet new people?
Also anything from a saftey POV i need to consider?
It's not usually nessesary to share costs with travellers. Things are really very cheap. But there are lots of other travellers around to meet, especially in the towns you are going to. If you want to meet people, another great place to go to is Pushkar. It's between Jaipur and Jaisalmer so it would fit into your plan. It's a small town and a backpacker mecca so it's hard not to meet other travellers. Also, in Delhi, head to Parhaganj. It's hard not to meet people there too. As for hostels, I never came across any in India. Hotels are cheaper than hostels in most other countries in the world so there is no market for them.
Like degolasse said,
No hostels in India, actually one in Bombay, Salvation Army, real cheap for Bombay, 150 R for a bed in a dorm, about 1hr away approx. from airport in main city area.
Hotels are the way to go, even when yr a single, its pretty cheap, i didnt't pay more than 150R for my time in India even as a single.
The most people i met were on the trains - which are awesome as is the train food - what i tried anyway!
Nearly every journey i did, i met fellow travellers, but a bit of advice, travel 2nd class, no a/c. Its cheaper than 1st class a/c(obviously) but you meet other like minded travellers and usually you get booked on seats next to or near other 'western' travellers (i guess its the indian way of helping travellers out and maybe making the lives of the other indian travellers slightly more bearable?)
It has been 10 years, since i visited India, so i cant say about the costs there, these days.
But about the pacsafe. I think it will be ok, if u just keep all important stuff, and money, in your money belt.
But i think falling asleep, while travelling overnight is unwise(unless u have a travelling companian and can take turns). I have heard a few stories from people who have been robbed, like this. While they slept, somebody slashed through their clothes and money belt and took their money.
How did u find such cheap rooms?
I was lucky in a way cause i travelled from Bombay right down to the south in the tail end of the party/summer season. It was going into 'low' season. However, people who'd done the same destinations seemed to regularly pay more than i had.
I guess i was on the Aussie dollar at the time, and really had to make my money count (read "tight ass").
I'd usually check out a few places by walking around and comparing when i first arrived in a place. Also i learnt not to let a rickshaw take me to a hotel of their suggestion, as this would incur another 50-100INR on top of the room, as the drivers 'finder fee'.
I loved all the places i stayed in (bar the prison cell in Dehli) but even that had a kinda charm in a crack house kinda way , and i wouldn't say that i had to skimp massively, but maybe my standards a lower than others? - bring on the bucket showers!!
Sounds great Tasha
I want to go back to India, after another couple of years. Hopefully i can also find places, for these prices. I am not very fussy either, about where i stay, and where i eat(withing reason, of course)