Cost of travelling in India

Created by Harsh Sonawala,

Last Updated on November 21, 2023

India as a travel destination has many merits: from the exciting history and its trailing architectural wonders to the rich culture and delicious food. But one of the most important virtues of travelling in India is that it offers experiences at prices for any type of traveller, backpackers and luxurious vacationists alike. By reading this, it’ll help figuring out the cost of travelling in India and help plan the budget for your trip to India.

Wondering the cost of travelling in India? India is inexpensive because of its value for money accommodation options, transportation, service and food, as well as its weak monetary value. But one doesn’t necessarily have to stay at hostels, simple BnB’s, and eat cheap street food non-stop. India provides you a huge variety of options in every category. From 5-star hotels to mid-range boutique hotels and resorts, luxurious train travel, private cars, gourmet and international restaurants – everything is available!

Overall Cost of travelling in india

Your overall cost of travelling in India includes accommodation, transport, entry fees for commonly visited sights and meals. It does NOT include personal expenses such as the Pashmina scarf or the leather sandals you bought at a shop.

Budget Traveller: INR 2,000-3,000 (30-50 USD / 25-45 EUR per day, per person)

The cost of travelling in India for a backpacker is perfect which makes it the best way for young adventurous backpackers ready to experience India to the fullest. This would include stays in dormitories at backpackers’ hostels or private rooms at cheap budget hotels. You’d travel on local buses and trains and take only one domestic flight for the longest distance. You’d also eat both street food and in restaurants and visit the most popular sights.

Mid-range Traveller: INR 3,000 – 6,000 (50-90 USD / 45-80 EUR per day, per person)

If you’re the kind of traveller who likes to keep the cost of travelling in India on the economic side, but without excluding comfort from your vacation, this category is for you. If you can increase your budget by adding 40 USD or 30 EUR to a backpacking trip, you will be able to add significant value to your trip. You can stay at charming boutique hotels and friendly homestays, travel faster by including a few internal flights.

You can also choose from the best train classes available and a few chauffeur-driven car rides. From time to time you can treat yourself with a meal at a fancier restaurant and add one activity per city like cooking classes, a desert safari or a nice trek.

High-end Traveller: INR 6,000 -12,000 (90-175  USD / 80-150 EUR per day, per person)

If the cost of travelling in India didn’t matter and if you’re used to luxury travel, you’ll be delighted with the variety of options that India has in store for you, especially in terms of hotels and resorts. You can fly your way to most places and travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned car. All the big cities and some of the smaller cities as well offer great gourmet dining options that shouldn’t be missed.

India has some of the most delightful palace-turned hotels and gorgeous boutique luxury hotels. Let us surprise you.

Look at some of our different travel plans here and here.

Whether you’re backpacking or looking for a luxury holiday, we can help budget your tour for you (Photo Credit – Daniel Triguero Puchades)

Cost of travelling in india (accommodations)

cost of travelling in IndiaThe hotel tariffs are generally higher in big cities, tourist havens and during the peak winter months of December, January and February. They’re lowest in the off-season and the monsoon season which is from mid-June to September.

Budget Traveller (Backpacker)

As a budget traveller you can easily find hotels/hostels in India between INR 700-1,500 (9-20 USD, 8-18 EUR) a night that offer a clean simple room or a nice dorm bed. Breakfast is sometimes included but not always.

Over the last decade, India went from having its first to over a couple of hundred hostels. They are safe, clean, fun (they plan great activities) and a wonderful place to meet other travellers. We tend to include them a lot while planning trips for backpackers.

One can also find cheaper places to stay in India. As low as INR 300-500 (4-7 USD, 3-6 EUR) a night, but cleanliness and safety is questionable. These are best if booked after being personally inspected. Our calculation is based on budget hotels between INR 800-1,500 (11-18 USD, 9-18 EUR) a night.

Mid-Budget Traveller

A little more comfort! You’re a mid-budget traveller if you’re looking at a private room and a private bathroom at all times. Ranging between simple and spotless rooms on average, to a few heritage or boutique stays you would spend an average of INR 2,500 (34 USD, 29 EUR) for a room a night.

You would have breakfast included for most nights, a private bathroom every night, and some hotels may have a pool, a garden or a very nice view.

To give you an idea on hotels that you would be staying at: Mewar Haveli or Kankarwa Haveli in Udaipur or lovely home-stays across India.

Comfort Traveller

You like a comfortable bed, affordable boutique or heritage hotels, rooms with a nice view (when possible) and a nice pool every now and then. Then you would spend an average of INR 4,500 for a room a night.

Comfortable beds with nice views, affordable boutique and heritage hotels, and a nice pool for majority of the time; INR 4,500 (65 USD, 70 EUR) is the average a night. A rich and nice breakfast would always be included.

You’d be staying in many heritage hotels or boutique stays. For instance, Shahpura House in Jaipur or Ratan Vilas in Jodhp