DAILY COSTS TO TRAVEL IN INDIA
- Dorm bed: Rs. 400-600
- Double room in a budget hotel: Rs.400–700
- All-you-can-eat thalis (plate meals): Rs.120–300
- Bus & train tickets: Rs.300–500
Rs. 4000– 9000
- Double hotel room: Rs. 1500–5000
- Meals in midrange restaurants: Rs. 600–1500
- Admission to historic sights and museums: Rs. 500–1000
- Local taxis/autorickshaws: Rs. 500–2000
- Deluxe hotel room: Rs. 5000–22,000
- Meals at superior restaurants: Rs. 2000–5000
- First-class train travel: Rs. 1000–8000
- Renting a car and driver: Rs.1800 upwards per day
There are ATMs in most towns; carry cash as back up. Mastercard and Visa are the most accepted credit cards.
- A service fee is often added to your bill at restaurants and hotels, in which case tipping is optional. Elsewhere, a tip is appreciated.
- Hotel bellboys and train/airport porters appreciate anything around ₹50; hotel staff should be given similar gratuities for services above and beyond the call of duty.
- It’s not mandatory to tip taxi or rickshaw drivers, but it’s good to tip drivers who are honest about the fare.
- If you hire a car with driver, a tip is recommended for good service.
- Baksheesh can loosely be defined as a ‘tip’; it covers everything from alms for beggars to bribes.
- Many Indians implore tourists not to hand out sweets, pens or money to children, as it encourages them to beg. To make a lasting difference, donate to a reputable school or charitable organisation.
- Except in fixed-price shops (such as government emporiums and fair-trade cooperatives), bargaining is the norm.