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1. Posted by TonyWright (Full Member 49 posts) 9y

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Hi everyone,

I'm travelling around a few places in India this February. I'm going to be staying at hostels mainly.

I plan to take £1,000 so 77,619.19 INR.

Do you think this will sufice?

Thanks a lot,


2. Posted by blackmagic (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

hi tony,
i would say your budget isn't bad if you are planing to stay in bed & breakfast and other budget places. if you are planing to visit different places from north of india to south, remember you are covering an area big as europe. in this case you might need to take some domestic flights. i would suggest flights rather than wasting time in trains if your journey is more than 500km from one one point to the other. so if you mange to find b&b for around 2000 INR a day you would be able to afford one domestic flight in a week, just a rough sketch :)
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3. Posted by jmg146 (Full Member 4 posts) 9y

Gday Tony.

Your budget should allow you to live like an absolute king with some change for a few beers on your return to england (i assume as you mentioned pounds).

there should be very little need to spend any more than 800-1000rps per day, including accomodation, food, transport, etc etc. This is particularly true of north india.

Regarding planes v trains... planes are quicker and far more expensive. If i were you, first option for longer journeys should be an over night train. that way you dont waste your days and you get accomodation taken care of in the price of trains. Also, second class sleeper should suffice as any a/c you pay for often wont work on the trains anyway. Make sure you request a top bed, will allow you to avoid the oft-chaos below.

Enjoy, its a fantastic country!!!

4. Posted by Ardy (Full Member 62 posts) 9y

You'll be great, I am there mid May - mid July and I am only bringing 1500.00-2000.00NZD it'll be tough but it's part of it right.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 13, 2008, at 6:27 PM by Ardy ]

5. Posted by Shrinagesh (Full Member 102 posts) 9y

So you have about 45 pounds to spend every day which works out to about Rs 3500 every day.
You can live very comfortably as long as you do not travel often by air and chose star rated
Travel by train, stay in budget hotels by planning in fact if you plan the trip on the internet
all by yourself, you will find that clean good accommodation could come cheap.
The Government site, incredibleindia, could serve your purpose.

Welcome to India! Have a safe an exciting journey!

6. Posted by sradwxi (Budding Member 82 posts) 9y

its so hard to spend your money there, i think that would easily be enough, probably twice what you need (in my eyes) but its always safe to have extra funds right?

7. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Quoting jmg146

Also, second class sleeper should suffice as any a/c you pay for often wont work on the trains anyway. Make sure you request a top bed, will allow you to avoid the oft-chaos below.

I dont agree with u at all.

I have been travelling extensively through the length and breadth of India for the last 20 years and never ever have I experienced any problem with air-conditioning in trains. Maybe u had an off incident which can not be generalised.

I would advice Tony to consider travelling in AC-3Tier coaches which are quite safe and comfortable and the fares of which are slightly more than the second sleeper coaches

Do let me know if u need more info:)


8. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

1000 pounds is pretty much exactly what my budget was for 6 months in India. I was on the move alot, almost always in sleeper class trains, stayed in cheap yet adequate accommodation, ate in local restaurants, and didn't drink much outside of Goa and Sikkim (its very expensive everywhere else). Things were a bit cheaper because I was traveling as a couple (shared rooms and taxis) but it can still be done for cheap solo. So if you are there for one month, I would say you can live pretty well and still go home with at least half of your money, and maybe even 75% of your money still in your pocket.

9. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 9y

I spent half that amount (incl all travel) in 7 weeks!! And I was not scraping by. I didn't, however, take any internal flights. But with £1k budget you can definitely afford to chuck in some flights if necessary!

10. Posted by sradwxi (Budding Member 82 posts) 9y

nice one, its nice to know i wont be caught short then, im going for 4 weks and am taking around the same ammount
i was slightly worried about the ammount, even tho ive been there before and know how cheap it really is,
1000 for 6 months sounds amazing, but when you think about it, the locals work for about 75-100 rupees a day in good jobs so why cant we live for that ammount too
it does cost us a bit more for supplies etc, and we dont usually eat in the same places as them so it would cost a little more but i can well believe it