Currency

Indian rupees (₹)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than ₹3000

  • Dorm bed: ₹400–600
  • Double room in a budget hotel: ₹400–1000
  • All-you-can-eat thalis (plate meals): ₹100–300
  • Bus and train tickets: ₹300–500

Midrange: ₹4000–10000

  • Double hotel room: ₹1500–5000
  • Meals in midrange restaurants: ₹600–1500
  • Admission to historic sights and museums: ₹500–1500
  • Local taxis/autorickshaws: ₹500–2000

Top End: More than ₹10000

  • Deluxe hotel room: ₹5000–24,000
  • Meals at superior restaurants: ₹2000–5000
  • First-class train travel: ₹1000–8000
  • Renting a car and driver: ₹2000 and up per day

Bargaining

Bargaining is a way of life in many contexts in India, including at markets and most shops. Keep things in perspective: haggle hard but not without a sense of humour. There are also plenty of more upmarket shops and government emporiums where haggling is inappropriate, as prices are fixed. You'll usually have to agree to a price before hiring a taxi or autorickshaw, or a car and driver for longer trips.

Money

ATMs are everywhere, including one just south of the Hotel Sidhartha in Taj Ganj

SBI Changes cash and travellers cheques and has an ATM.