How much does it cost to travel in India?
Well, of course, it all depends on the way of travelling, the region and the time of the year (low season/ high season), but I hope this can be used as orientation.
I spent 31 days travelling in Kerala and Karnataka in November-December 2014, and I spent:
- Visa: 154,10 euros
- Basic expenses: 349,10 euros (11,26 euros/ day)
- Visits and extra expenses: 58,65 euros
6 months tourist visa, obtained in France (with a Spanish passport): 154,1 euros
- 50 for the visa
- 30 as a supplement for a foreigner passport
- 48,6 for the post since I could not go to the embassy in person
- 15,5 taxes and all
- 10 for the certified cheque from the bank (only payment accepted for an application by post)
Basic expenses include: accommodation, food, transport (except international flights), phone and other basic stuff as toiletries.
Total for basic expenses: 349,10 euros, that is 11,26 euros/ day.
Note: I spent the first week at my friend’s place, so I did not pay accommodation. During the days I was travelling alone I spent 16,3 euros/ day.
Change rate: 1 euro = 75 rupees approx
Way of travelling (while travelling alone) and examples of prices:
- Accommodation: I slept in home stays, guesthouses or budget hotels and had a private room with bathroom.
- average: 774 rupees/ day
- home stay, private room with bathroom: 600 to 900 rupees
- budget hotel, private room with bathroom: 750 to 1200 rupees
- Transport: I travelled mainly by local public transport (bus, train, ferry), except in Munnar and Wayanad where I took a taxi and a rickshaw. For less than 2km I used to walk.
- average: 238 rupees/ day
- bus ticket inside a city: non AC 8 to 16 rupees, with AC is usually double
- local ferry, up to 1 hour: 4 to 15 rupees
- bus: local bus non AC, 2 to 4 hours, 60 to 140 rupees.
- train: for 3 to 5 hours, 50 to 200 rupees on sleeper or second sitting class (booked in advance). Passenger train for 1 hour, 10 rupees (no booking).
- taxi for one day: 1500 rupees
- rickshaw for half day (50 km): 500 rupees
- Food: I usually ate in local restaurants or bought food in the supermarket/ small shops. In Kerala, the weather was very hot so sometimes I did not feel hungry for lunch, then I used to get some fruits and/or juice and some snacks instead of a proper lunch
- average: 218 rupees/ day
- meal in a local restaurant: 60 to 120 rupees
- bottle of water: 20 rupees
- coconut in the street: 20 to 30 rupees
- Phone (vodafone India): 100 rupees for the SIM card, 200 rupees for calls (I called a lot and I did not use it all), 104 rupees for 300Mb of 3G data valid 1 month
Visits and extra expenses
Total for visits and extra expenses: 58,65
Visits include entry tickets to museums, palaces and temples, as well as boat tours. Prices vary a lot, depending if there is a single price for everybody (then it is cheap, between 5 to 50 rupees), or there is a different price ticket for foreigners (which can be up to 6, 10 or 20 times the Indian price). Shoes-keeping is sometimes free, otherwise it costs 2 to 5 rupees.
Extra expenses include everything else which is not really necessary (as new clothes or an ayurvedic massage).
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