How cheap is India?

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1. Posted by Benny (Full Member 17 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I am travelling around India for 2 months very soon, I am a student and I am on a tight budget. I travelled aroun Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand last summer and managed comfortably on about $100 US a week. Can anyone tell me if this will last me in India? I intend to stay in budget accommodation and travel by train and bus. Any thoughts would be greatly recieved.

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2. Posted by India Tour (Budding Member 5 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Well.. it is a very tricky question to answer!!!
a lot would actually depend what all places you would be covering in India.
a 100 us$ a week virtually translates to less than US$ 15 per day...... which would be considered meager in any part of India..especially if you are looking at covering your cost of accommodation/food/transportation from the same budget... it is not "impossible"..yes there are places in India where one can survive on this budget..but to reach those places you end up spending more on the transportation to get there!!!!!!

In New Delhi itself - the Y costs around us$ 32 per night for a room... and dorm accommodation at Y costs not less than us$ 12 per night!!!.
the best way would be if you can tie up with some sort of exchange programme - or look for paying guest accommodation. Also I beleive that there are some charities and NGO's which invite people from overseas as volunteers and they arrange accommodaiton food etc..and in lieu one can help them in their work...sometimes it could be as simple as teaching English to school children....
but all depends where all you need to travel within India.

Hope you will find the above information useful.

cheers.. amit dhir -snip-

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3. Posted by sunchild (Budding Member 8 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Dear Benny,
$100 a month works to about Rs.4500. I think you can be quite comfortable on that if youre careful. You mustnt be very particular about where you stay, you can find accomodation at as little as Rs.50 a day if youre willing to rough it. Train travel can be cheap if you travel non AC third class. As for food, that can also be quite cheap if you eat at the dhabas and smaller shops.

The experience of India is not about where you live and what you eat. Travelling five star will mean you lose out on a great deal of the experience. The beauty of india is in seeing the land, the people, the small things. Spirituality and music are so abundant. These are things to focus on. I can tell you more about budgetting your travel if you can tell me where youre interested in going.

and I think $100 a month will be quite comfortable.

4. Posted by Benny (Full Member 17 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for this info Sunchild, it is reassuring to know that my budget is not too optimistic!! I am a photographer and spend most of my time walking the streets so I have no need for anything more than a bed and a bucket of water.

My concern stems from a trip I took around Europe in 2001, what my research suggested compared to the actual cost was somewhat different. I spent the last five days with just enough money for a bed and the last two days with no money at all!!

Thanks again.

5. Posted by sunchild (Budding Member 8 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Dont worry about it...If youre gonna be here for a considerable time, then you can always work out your daily/weekly budget as you go along and regulate expenses, yknow...If youre acreful, you should be ok. Though, film and stuff will make your expenses baloon.

6. Posted by mim (Respected Member 1276 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

i spent absolutely bugger all in india maybe even less than what you have budgeted,although i dont eat very much io the heat
dont miss pushkar in rajasthan, and def go on a camel trek.Make one train journey by second class sleeper train

take a chain and locks to chain up your bag(very useful) and be careful of marauding theives! ;)

take it easy


7. Posted by malvin (Budding Member 5 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

hi benny,
if you`re travelling around north india and intend to a visit a sikh gurdwara(temple) and then don`t hesitate to take free food served there.the food is simple and good and is served to one and all who happens to be there!
you`ll certainly survive on $100 a month,if you can put up with the cheapest.
happy travels.

8. Posted by Aman (Full Member 59 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi Benny,

$100 per week or Rs 18,000 per month are just right for your stay in india. About 18,000-20,000 are considered the appropriate budget for most of budget travellers(excluding Air Fares). You can even use AC train if you save by sleeping in cheap locations and not in big hotels. You can even stay with some families that will save your cost as well as you can know more about true india. Like marwin said ...not even can even eat food at any Temples wherever you found. It is really good food and all take it. One of my friend is currently visiting india with $110 per week budget and in his first month he has managed quite well with his Rs 20,000. Better after even using AC train from Delhi to Simla , he enjoyed a lot in HP, doing rafting, gliding etc. and even he had left enough money to buy some clothes and a pair of trekking shoes. Surely he stayed at cheap hotels and some nights free with some families. So try to find people with interest common with you and try to spend some time with them. You will enjoy and save cost too. Have a nice India trip.