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Money and costs

Currency
Rupees (₨)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 26, 2016 10:35AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: ₹100–200
  • Double room in a budget hotel: ₹300–700
  • All-you-can-eat thalis (plate meals): ₹120–300
  • Bus & train tickets: ₹300–500
Less than
₹2000
  • Double hotel room: ₹1000–5000
  • Meals in midrange restaurants: ₹400–1500
  • Admission to historic sights and museums: ₹100–1000
  • Local taxis/autorickshaws: ₹200–500
Midrange
  • Deluxe hotel room: ₹5000–20,000
  • Meals at superior restaurants: ₹1000–4000
  • First-class train travel: ₹800–8000
  • Renting a car & driver: ₹1200 upwards per day

The Indian rupee (₹) is divided into 100 paise (p), but only 50 paise coins are legal tender and these are rarely seen. Coins come in denominations of ₹1, ₹2, ₹5 and ₹10 (the 1s and 2s look almost identical); notes come in ₹5, ₹10, ₹20, ₹50, ₹100, ₹500 and ₹1000 (this last is handy for paying large bills but can pose problems when getting change for small services). The Indian rupee is linked to a basket of currencies and has been subject to fluctuations in recent years.