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Money and costs

Currency
Rupees (₨)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 14, 2019 11:19AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
₹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

ATMs widely available; carry cash as backup, especially in remote regions. Don’t accept damaged banknotes: they won't be accepted by others.

Tipping

  • Restaurants and hotels Service fees are sometimes added to bills automatically; otherwise, 10% is reasonable.

  • Bellboys and train/airport porters ₹10 to ₹20.

  • Taxis and rickshaws Not expected, but it's good to tip drivers/riders who are honest about the fare.

  • Private drivers ₹200 per day for good service.

  • Trekking Per day guides ₹350 to ₹500, porters ₹200 to ₹350.

  • Tour guides ₹200 to ₹350 per day is fair.