Currency

Indian rupees (₹)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than ₹2500

  • Double room in a budget hotel: ₹700–1200
  • All-you-can-eat thali (plate meal): ₹80–300
  • Transport: ₹200–600

Midrange: ₹2500–7500

  • Double hotel room: ₹1500–4000
  • Meal in midrange restaurant: ₹300–1000
  • Admission to historic sights and museums: ₹200–800

Top end: More than ₹7500

  • Deluxe hotel room: ₹5500–20,000
  • Meal in superior restaurant: ₹1000–4000
  • First-class train travel: ₹750–2000
  • Renting a car and driver: per day ₹2000–3000

Bargaining

  • Haggling is the norm in markets and in many tourist-oriented shops; the 'starting price' may be elevated by 50% or more.
  • You will usually need to bargain for a fair fare in taxis and rickshaws, though the introduction of Uber and Ola taxi apps has eliminated this in many metropolitan areas.
  • More upmarket shops charge fixed prices.

Money

ATMs are everywhere, as are moneychangers around MG Rd.

TT Forex Changes travellers cheques and foreign currency.