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

There are ATMs at the train station, on RC Dutt Rd and in Sayajigunj.

ICICI Bank has an ATM and changes cash in major currencies.