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1. Posted by leopard (Full Member, 8 posts) 21 Sep '07 23:15

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How much cash should I take to India for traveling /3-4 months/ , and how much would you keep in your wallet for a day trip in $ or in RI for ...? I was told that I can exchange $ at hotels and travel agencies..? Is that right..? Is it hard to buy a bottled water there, or can I get it in almost every small town without any problem...?
thank you

leopard

2. Posted by Maneck (Budding Member, 30 posts) 21 Sep '07 23:32

Well money always depends on what sorta luxuries u want... if u backpacking or if u staying at the Ritz...
carrying $ or INR (Rs. Indian rupees) is not a problem there are loads of places where currency can be changed.
buying bottled water is NOT a problem, its easily available in every nook n corner
Most towns/cities have ATM/ Cash machines as well

TIP. beware of the ice...u never kno what water was used to make it!!!

Have fun
M

3. Posted by pateluday (Budding Member, 7 posts) 22 Sep '07 03:39

During India travel, buy mineral water from companies like..pepsi, bisleri and kinley for better results.

Buy warm hot food from cleaner restaurants or carry certified tinned food. Can safely drink colas, hot tea and eat fruits with cover.

India has improved a lot, but it is vast, in the rural areas you may not get such facilities and that is where the real India exists.

Believe me if you do not have too much luxury and comfort in mind you will enjoy this land like no where. Enjoy the culture, diversity, people landscape and see wild tiger if possible.

Always book your rail reservation in advance.

You will have to calculate your expenses..ave. hotel room = 500 per day....food.200 per day....travel ...depends upon you but minimum rs.400 for overnight train journey no AC. Min Rs.2500 for air travel...min Rs.150 for overnight bus travel... Travelers check, electronic payment only at major or medium sized towns....small places better carry cash.

Do not consume food in rail given by other passengers. Happy journey:)

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4. Posted by leopard (Full Member, 8 posts) 22 Sep '07 10:20

Thank you guys, looking forward to go, if you any particular places in your areas for cheap good accommodation let me know, I might use it then in my travel schedule... have a good one;)

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 22 Sep '07 11:19

Hello Leopard:)

It has been 10 years since I was in India, so cant comment much about the money changing.
It was rather difficult when I was there, but I have heard that things have greatly improved in that respect.

It is not difficult to get bottled water. I saw it for sale everywhere. Before u buy it, make sure the seal is in tact. Sometimes street vendors refill the bottles with tap water and then try to sell them.

Mel

6. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru, 1757 posts) 23 Sep '07 00:40

Quoting Mel.

Hello Leopard:)

It has been 10 years since I was in India, so cant comment much about the money changing.
It was rather difficult when I was there, but I have heard that things have greatly improved in that respect.

It is not difficult to get bottled water. I saw it for sale everywhere. Before u buy it, make sure the seal is in tact. Sometimes street vendors refill the bottles with tap water and then try to sell them.

Mel

Mel has rightly pointed out that always look for the seal before buying bottled water.

Regarding money changers, these days u can find a lot of them even in smaller town. Avoid money conversion at the hotels as they do it at adverse rates.

Have a nice trip
Arif

7. Posted by kidintown (Budding Member, 59 posts) 27 Sep '07 00:39

if you any particular places in your areas for cheap good accommodation let me know, I might use it then in my travel schedule

What areas are you doing?
In case you haven't decided an itinerary, suggestions will be overflowing.

Bottled Water and Money Changers are mushrooming these days.

Travel per day should set you back by arnd INR 2000 (includes food, accomodation, sight-seeing, conveyance)
(add shopping, expansive/expensive meals)
This estimate again varies depending upon which city/town are you visiting.

Happy Travelling!

PS: Will be glad if you need any help in Bangalore.