Currency

Indian rupee (₹)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than ₹3000

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

Midrange: ₹4000–₹10,000

  • Double hotel room: ₹1500–₹5000
  • Meal in midrange restaurant: ₹600–₹1500
  • Admission to historic sight/museum: ₹500–₹1500
  • Local taxi/autorickshaw: ₹500–₹2000

Top End: More than ₹10,000

  • Deluxe hotel room: ₹5000–₹24,000
  • Meal at superior restaurant: ₹2000–₹5000
  • First-class train travel: ₹1000–₹8000
  • Hire car and driver: from ₹2000 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

SBI ATM The most central of several SBI cash machines.