Currency

Indian rupee (₹)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than ₹2500

  • Double room in a budget hotel: ₹700–1200
  • Hostel dorm bed: ₹400–1000
  • All-you-can-eat thali (traditional plate meal): ₹80–300
  • Transport: ₹200–600

Midrange: ₹2500–7500

  • Double hotel/homestay room: ₹1500–5000
  • Meal in a midrange restaurant: ₹300–1000
  • Admission to sights and museums: ₹200–800
  • 2AC train travel: ₹700–2000

Top end: More than ₹7500

  • Boutique/heritage hotel room: from ₹5500
  • Dinner with wine in an upmarket restaurant: ₹2000–4000
  • Renting a car and driver: per day ₹2000–3000
  • Guided tour or cooking class: ₹1200–3000

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 Cabs taxi apps has eliminated this in many metropolitan areas.
  • More upmarket shops charge fixed prices.

Money

ATMs are scattered all over town.

ATMs & Exchange