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1. Posted by anglosurma (Full Member 106 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi all only got 2 weeks left till i leave the uk to do a rtw ticket , im just stressing a bit about india me and my girlfreind have budgeted £1000 gbp pounds about 84000rps for 6 weeks starting in dehli travelling up to kashmir {himalayas} then down to rantahambore jaipur agra mumbai and goa by train and coach.

Ive been looking at hotels on the web that cost from £5.00 to £10 per night for a double room in certain parts of india i would like to stay in cheaper accomadation if possible.

has anyone done a similar itinerary to this and found cheap hotels on arrival of each destination ?

and do you think we will have enough money ?

we will be eating the local cheap food and having 1 or 2 beers a day each .

2. Posted by findanupam (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Dude,
I too am from India. As regards ur enquiry about finding cheap hotels .. well i must suggest u that u won't get much cheap than 5-7 Pounds... But I'll suggest u to get ur reservations of hotel for the initial leg of ur tour.. say for 4-5 days.... once u go and look out ... u can always find something... there are places which are callled "Lodges", There u can find some cheap accomodation.... As u r travelling to the northern part of India ... Make sure u don't get duped... and wait for a decent deal to come by u , For places to visit , I'll recommend Kashmir ,which u r already going , Then just below kashmir there is a state called Himachal Pradesh .. It will offer u quite many things ... Since u r going this time.. which is the advent of peak season , things tend to be a bit expensive... look out u will always find some cheap deals... Don't take any thing near Railway stations, as they tend to overcharge u there... In delhi u can take a prepaid auto ... As regards Himachal Pradesh It will offer u some real quality time. . snow laden peaks , river rafting , gliders , rock climbing at decent rates. Since u r coming in summers I won't recommend u Kerela, but if u some time come in winters, go to Kerela , its the southern most state of india... full with luch beaches, waterfalls , tea estates , backwaters .. etc... For any enquiry about hotels go to this site ( .. u might find somethings in these places... and decent accomodations ...without being overcharged...Happy Journey... enjoy ur stay ...

3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Your budget is plenty. 1000 pounds is more than what my girlfriend and I budgeted (together) for the first 3 months of our trip in India. So even if you spend twice what we spent on a daily basis then you have plenty. So if you are pinching pennies you will be fine on 500 pounds for the two of you for 6 weeks.

For a double bed hotel room with a fan, always private bath, and cable TV about 75% of the time, we never once paid more than 350 rupees with is 4.27 pounds in the 6 months we were in the country. Most of our rooms where more in the 250rps range which is about 3.05 pounds. There is rarely a need to book accomdation before hand and you will find countless options for cheap but clean hotels when you arrive. Grab a guide book like Lonely Planet and find out where several hotels are located close togther, check out a few, and pick the best deal.

For food, if you are willing to eat in local restaurants, where the food is safest and tastiest, then you will easily eat for 30-50 rupees a meal or about 0.40-0.60 pounds. So at the most expensive, you can each have three massive meals a day for about 3.60.
Obviously transportation is a big cost, but if you take sleeper class trains (which are perfectly adequet), and especially if you take overnight trains and save on accomidation, than you shouldnt average more than 100 rupees a day each, and more likely quiet a bit less than that, but it depends on how much you travel. So maybe plan on spending an average of 3 pounds a day on transportation for the two of you.
So all up, with this kind of travel, you are looking at about 10-12 a day for higher end budget travel. Finding cheaper accomidation, and ordering Thalis in restaurants you can get away with more like 7-8 pounds a day for the two of you.

The real costs comes when you start adding on beer, (since it's relatively expensive outside of Goa at about 80-110 rps for a large bottle), shopping alot, require A/C all the time, and opt for more expensive trains. But even still, you have about 1800 rupees a day to spend, so you had loads of money. Have fun.

As a final note, I trust that you've done your research on Kashmir and are aware that you are going to an unstable part of the country that most foreign embassies (including the UK's) strongly recommend not travelling to. I'm not going to say you shouldn't go because that's your own decision and lots of tourists for some reason choose to go there, but make sure you are aware of the potential risks and scams that go on there so you can avoid problems.

4. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

That is pleeeennnnnnnnntttttty I expect. I spent around GBP8-10 per day in India (that's a guess, it was definitely no more than that) and I didn't scrape by any means and I'm travelling alone which is always more expensive for accommodation. You can get accommodation for as little as Rs150 in most places (perhaps a little more for a double, maybe Rs180) which includes own bathroom, fan etc... Yes, beer can add up, but you may find (like I did) that you kind of have to LOOK for beer in India (except in Goa) as alcohol is frowned upon in India and you kinda feel awkward asking for it sometimes. Mumbai is expensive for accommodation though, so if on a strict budget, book a cheapie in advance (this is important as they were all full when I arrived) and don't stay there too long. Goa is also pricey at peak season (prices double what in guidebook at xmas).

5. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It sounds like you have plenty. india is still a very cheap place to travel. i spent 1000 euro in two months. our accomodation usually cost between 150-250 ruppees (except in delhi and mumbai) food is so cheap. five of us went out to eat and had two courses each and the total cost was 10 pounds. as another poster commented beer is very expensive. i drank a lot which might be why i spent a bit more money than other posters. we travelled a fair bit always on bus or sleeper trains. we rarely had ac outside of the major cities. some sights can be expensive (i,e taj mahal-but obviously worth it!) have fun, be safe!