Budget for 1month north india travel?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jul 16, 2012 2:44 AM Last Post By: Pinkiy
Jul 14, 2012 1:14 PM
Budget for 1month north india travel?I'm planning a trip to india for mid may 2013 and before making any large commitments like booking flights I want to know if it is actually achievable on my budget and the time scale I have (everywhere I read a month just doesn't seem like enough time to exlore!).
Flying into Delhi I was thinking doing the classic Agra- Varanasi journey, then to Lucknow following the border up to Himachal Pradesh to dot around Shimla Dharamasala and Manali. Firstly is this possible to travel in one month? It will be my first time in India and I dont want to rush or exhaust myself.
My second concern is that I would be travelling on a tight budget (£500 minimum) and have very little indication as to how far that will get me. I have no interest is splashing out or living luxuriously however I imagine lower-midrange is what I would aim for.
If anyone has insight into my questions I'd greatly appreciate it, Its all just a thought right now but I want know as much as possible!
p.s. wild camping in Himachal Pradesh, any thoughts?
Jul 14, 2012 6:53 PM
1One month is certainly not enough to see the whole country but that's irrelevant. You'll need years together... The point is if there's enough to see for one month, then it's worth it. Just choose one particular area and don't travel mad all over and you will be OK.
That said, May can be very hot in areas like Delhi and Agra.
Jul 14, 2012 7:44 PM
2I have not been yet am leaving in a month.
I am planning on bringing $700-1000 per month, depending on what I want to do and how nice of a place id like to stay in. I can see myself budgeting in a guest house sometimes, yet other times I would like to stay in a fairly lavish guest house if possible.
I think if you were to budget to much you may not have the time youre looking for, yet I could wrong. Better to be safe than sorry. I would not rush yourself either, take it day by day.
Jul 14, 2012 11:02 PM
3May is like really HOT. That leg of your journey from Delhi to Varanassi will be a bit of an ordeal. Being out and about from about 10:00am to around 6:00pm is a bit more than most people can deal with. Many Europeans find that they just can't sleep and they just can't eat without airconditioning. This pushes up the cost of travel quite a bit. The hillstations like Shimla will be bustling and finding a room at a reasonable price will be tough.
I think you need a little more cash than you were planning to bring. India is cheap but not that cheap if you want some comfort and security.
Jul 15, 2012 3:18 AM
4Cowantimmy, you think 71 pound per day is struggle in India? Man, that is almost 6000 rupee per day!! More than enough for excellent time. What are your criteria? 20 000 per day and Taj Oberoi as a hotel?
Jul 15, 2012 3:23 AM
Jul 15, 2012 3:38 AM
6what budget would allow for a month in Morocco in general or the part called western sahara or are you talking nonsense
Jul 15, 2012 4:46 AM
7India is well 'doable' on 1500Rps a day, so £5/600 mth is perfectly viable ( with a small contingecy stash, perhaps). Of course May on the plains is going to be stonking hot, think 40*c+, and of course, the start of the Indian holliday season, which turns places like Shimla,Manali etc into a heaving,gridlocked,nightmare with the price of everything getting inflated, due to demand, as everyone and there extended family head for the cool of the hills ! Lucknow is a tricky place to find cheap digs, there are a few around the train station, but they fill up fast, and the UPTDC starts @ around 1000Rps and needs to be booked well in advance.In Manali you need to get a rickshaw out of the chaos around the bus stand and head up to old Manali, where it is still possible to get a decent room 3/400rps,in amongst the peace and quiet of the old farmhouses and orchards. Likewise McCleod/dharamasala, get as far away from the center as you can, and around the edges you will find the cheaper rooms, some of which still have decent mountain views. Shimla, I personally found to be a complete nightmare and my advice to anyone planning to visit in May/June would be don't !
Jul 15, 2012 9:53 PM
Jul 16, 2012 12:52 AM
9May is like an oven in N. India . You have been warned.If you have not experienced 40 Plus Celcius day in day out before then you will have pay for A/C everything. India is rough and tough to travel in esp. in summer. You'll need some comforts esp. if you are a 1st timer.
Just visit Delhi and Agra , stop in at Deeg(a Rajasthani water palace) and Mathura ( Hindu rituals by a holy river) on the way back to Delhi( this will all take one week) and then visit Sarahan in Himachal Pradesh.( one week to get there and hang out and get back to ND )
There 2 weeks gone.
Now fly from ND to Bengaluru and see a bit of Karnataka.
I would suggest Hampi , Badami and Mysore.
2 weeks done. Fly home from the south.
Edited by: musafir
Jul 16, 2012 2:44 AM
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