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Money and costs

Rupees (₨)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 29, 2019 4:48AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Simple guesthouse: Rs 2000–3500
  • Local rice and curry: Rs 150–350
  • Bus fares: under Rs 300 per day
  • Double room in a good place: Rs 3500–9000
  • Meals at hotel/restaurant: Rs 1000–3000
  • Hire bikes, ride trains and use a car and driver some days: average per day Rs 3000
Top end (more than)
  • Top-end hotel: Rs 9000 and up
  • Meals at top-end places: from Rs 3000
  • Daily use of car and driver: from Rs 9000

ATMs available in cities and large towns. Credit cards accepted at most midrange and all top-end hotels.


Although a 10% service charge is added to food and accommodation bills, this usually goes straight to the owner rather than the worker.

  • Restaurants and bars 10% in cash to servers beyond the 'service charge'

  • Drivers 10%

  • Room cleaners Up to Rs 100 per day

  • Bag carriers/porters Rs 50 per bag

  • Shoe minders at temples Rs 30

  • Guides Varies greatly; agree to a fee before you set out