How Much To Budget For A Day In India
How Much to Budget for a Day in India
One of the biggest concerns travellers have before setting of on a trip is “how much money will I need per day?”. It can be difficult to gauge how much things cost on the other side of the world, after all!
Well, the short answer when it comes to budgeting for travel in India is – as little or as much as you’d want to! That isn’t really helpful though, so we’ve broken it down some more for you.
Here’s our guide on how much you can expect to spend once you’re in India.
Getting around locally
Average cost per day: Rs 500 – Rs 1,000
The absolute best way to get around locally in India is via public transport. You’ll find some form of autorickshaw or ‘tuk-tuk’ in pretty much every major city and town, and though riding in one can be a hair-raising experience if you aren’t used to Indian driving styles (or even if you are!), they’re hands-down the cheapest option. It’s important to remember that you need to haggle for a price – outside of Mumbai, it’s rare to find an auto that runs ‘on the meter’. Each city and town has its own price ranges for auto rides; you’d be best served checking with a few locals on what good rates are. If you’re unsure, a rule of thumb we like to follow – start your negotiations at half the amount they’ve quoted you.
Buses are also commonplace, though some are more rickety than others.These ply both locally, as well as between towns and cities. Some cities also have a local train network, as well as select connectivity via a MRT system. And of course, major metros have Uber, so that’s always an option!
Average cost per day: Rs 500 – Rs 2,000
Dining is one of those areas where you can pretty much spend as little or as much as you want to – food is very reasonably priced in India. Of course, you’ve to be wary of the infamous ‘Delhi Belly’, especially when you can tell that hygiene levels might be questionable. A good rule to have is to only pick places that are always busy and full of locals.
While the metros have easy access to everything from local holes in the walls to superlative fine-dining experiences and everything in between, you’re unlikely to find the same sort of range in smaller cities and towns. Also, if you’re in a tourist hub, finding a truly local eatery that doesn’t have prices inflated for visitors might involve going exploring a bit.
Average cost per day: Rs 300 – Rs 2,000
You will quickly realise that government-managed monuments have different ticket prices for Indian and International visitors – foreigners pay substantially more. You will also need to account for any shows, courses and experiences you might want to sign up for. Even so, a total budget of about Rs 10,000 for sightseeing should have you covered on a two-week trip.
Do you need to tip?
While eating out, bigger restaurants will often add a ‘service charge’ to your bill, which is like an auto-gratuity. This is not to be confused with the service tax, which is a government-mandated fee. If you don’t see this, any tip is appreciated. In hotels, too, a tip to the staff is always appreciated, though in no way mandatory. If you’re staying at a smaller guesthouse or homestay, you can speak to the owners and ask them what the best way to show your appreciation for the staff’s service would be.
While boarding long-distance trains, porters might help you load and unload your luggage, and a tip is expected for this service. Otherwise, you don’t need to tip while using any of the public transport systems.