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Money and costs

Currency
Rupees (₨)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 19, 2018 5:30AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
₹3000
  • Dorm bed: ₹400–600
  • Double room in a budget hotel: ₹400–700
  • All-you-can-eat thalis (plate meals): ₹120–300
  • Bus and train tickets: ₹300–500
Midrange
₹4000–9000
  • Double hotel room: ₹1500–5000
  • Meals in midrange restaurants: ₹600–1500
  • Admission to historic sights and museums: ₹500–1000
  • Local taxis/autorickshaws: ₹500–2000
Top end (more than)
₹9000
  • Deluxe hotel room: ₹5000–22,000
  • Meals at superior restaurants: ₹2000–5000
  • First-class train travel: ₹1000–8000
  • Renting a car and driver: ₹1800 upwards per day

There are ATMs in most towns; carry cash as backup. Mastercard and Visa are the most widely accepted credit cards.

Tipping

  • A service fee is often added to your bill at restaurants and hotels, in which case tipping is optional. Elsewhere, a tip is appreciated.
  • Hotel bellboys and train/airport porters appreciate anything around ₹50; hotel staff should be given similar gratuities for services above and beyond the call of duty.
  • It’s not mandatory to tip taxi or rickshaw drivers, but it’s good to tip drivers who are honest about the fare.
  • If you hire a car with driver, a tip is recommended for good service.
  • Baksheesh can loosely be defined as a ‘tip’; it covers everything from alms for beggars to bribes.
  • Many Indians implore tourists not to hand out sweets, pens or money to children, as it encourages them to beg. To make a lasting difference, donate to a reputable school or charitable organisation.
  • Except in fixed-price shops (such as government emporiums and fair-trade cooperatives), bargaining is the norm.