Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 7, 2012 6:09 AM Last Post By: voyageurdeInde
Dec 5, 2012 2:53 PM
Budget adviceHi - comments would be really appreciated, I will be spending most of feb travelling India. I have budgeted around £200 GBP max per week for my stay to cover accommodation, food, travel, entry fees for attractions etc and a few drinks here and there. I start in Delhi and hope to cover Agra, Udaipur, Amritsar, Rishikesh and possibly Varanasi if time permits returning to Delhi for my onward journey. In terms of accommodation I would prefer my own room with private bathroom ac or not not too fussy, just somewhere clean and comfortable but I will be alone so need to factor single room supplements. I intend to use public transport and rickshaws for most of my travels - trains for longer journeys. There are a fair few sights I would like to see - hoping that where I need a guide I could share the costs with other travellers. The odd treat here and there would be great as well - perhaps an elephant ride - Ayurvedic treatment - bit of yoga and a nice bottle if kingfisher after a day wandering and no doubt getting lost!! Is my budget realistic?
I have read LP guide and endless sites and so my figure is based on research but I am having a slight crisis of confidence as the trip gets nearer!
Yours - a slightly nervous first time solo traveller .... !!!!
Dec 5, 2012 6:23 PM
1You should be perfectly fine with that budget! Thats 2500 rupee per day, so even with a little better accomodation, some beers and treats/extras here and there, you'll be OK, no doubt.
Don't worry, really! Only thing is don't be fooled by touts/scammers and pushers--that's in one way of spending way too much money.
Dec 6, 2012 1:54 AM
Or to be more accurate, you're experiencing a non-specific arousal as the date of departure approaches. You could just as easily call this excitement/anticipation .. but most people prefer to worry about details.
Finding your comfort level is a basic travel task. Your budget ought to cover easily the level you describe. Travelling solo, I do not recall ever needing to pay single 'supplements'. Possibly this is a package holiday concept. You pay for a room, that's it. Sometimes a true single room, sometimes a lower price for single occupancy of a double room, variations of that sort.
Dec 6, 2012 9:16 AM
Dec 6, 2012 11:17 AM
4Ah thanks guys - you're probably right I am confusing excitement with worrying over nothing!! I have really spent a lot of time researching and trying to be realistic about budgets - itineraries - I've probably over planned and am now finding things to worry about!!!! For the rest of my trip I will be travelling with others so can share alot of the costs and just had a little moment. Really appreciate you taking the time :-) sooooooooooooooooooo excited!!!!!
Dec 6, 2012 11:57 AM
5Overplanning will definately cause headaches. Life is unpredictable, so don't waste too much time on that!
Just allow yourself a little time to overcome culture shock when you get there (and, imho, the higher the intensity of that shock the more you end up loving the place).
And don't forget to report back telling us how much you do love India!
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Dec 6, 2012 1:37 PM
6I am trying not to overplan - i have had a few brief trips to india but always with others who guided me throughout - this is my first time solo trip - hence the nerves/ excitement. I am looking forward to experiencing the culture shock all over again and know to expect the unexpected, The photos are amazing - they really capture the India I've fallen in love with. Thanks for the advice all :-)
Dec 7, 2012 6:09 AM
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