India Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to India?

How much money will you need in India? ₨721 ($11) is the average daily price for traveling in India. The average price of food for one day is ₨184 ($2.84). The average price of a hotel for a couple is ₨762 ($12). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    721
  • One Week Per person
    5,045
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    10,091
  • One Month Per person
    21,623
  • One Week For a couple
    10,091
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    20,181
  • One Month For a couple
    43,245
How expensive is India?
  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    381
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    184
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    14
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    82
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    145
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    21
  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities
    260
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    27
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    93
Last Updated: Jul 2, 2017
How much money do I need for India?
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
    450
  • Rickshaw from Airport
    1,109
  • Day Tour
    1,109
  • Coconut
    75
  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    10
  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    20
  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    30
  • Subway
    32
  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    40
  • Rickshaw Ride
    50
  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    50
  • Tuk Tuk Through Town
    80
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India On a Budget
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India
India is one of the world's most affordable and impressive destinations. It is a country of extremes. From its vibrant colors, rich scents, and strong flavors, to its strong spirituality and welcoming people, India truly has something for everyone. It's a country where poverty sits next to wealth, beauty is intertwined with filth, and structure is found amidst chaos. It has cities, like Varanasi, where religion and spirituality touch its very essence. It has natural beauty that is unsurpassed elsewhere but it also has a growing economy that is becoming an influential force in the world. The eager friendliness of the people is endearing, and the food is unforgettable.

India's vast size as well as its dramatic diversity from south to north and east to west, make it a country easiest visited over the course of several trips. It can be challenging to see the entire country, even with many weeks to explore. In the north you'll find the culturally and historically rich areas of Delhi, Varanasi, Rajasthan, and Agra (with the Taj Mahal). In the south you'll find the more rural and absolutely beautiful areas, with a more laid back feel and some of the country's best food. Wherever you go, it truly is Incredible India!

Travel costs in India are some of the lowest in the world. Budget travelers flock here because they can stretch there money in unexpected ways. Cheap hotels can cost as little as a few dollars in some places and filling meals can be purchased for equally as cheap. The best way to ensure you get a good deal is to negotiate hard, and rarely make reservations. Unless you're traveling during a peak time period when hotels and transportation fill up, you likely don't need advanced reservations. The one exception to this is the trains. Some train trips should be booked weeks in advance, while others can be booked the day before. It's almost always possible to show up in a town without reservations and you can get a good deal. For comfort and peace of mind, reservations in larger cities such as Mumbai or Delhi are recommended.
At A Glance
  • India is a large country with both rural and urban areas. If you're spending an extended amount of time in the country you'll probably be surprised to find that prices are actually cheaper in many cities than they are in rural areas. This is in large part because of the limited competition that exists in the more remote areas. There are few hotels and restaurants when you're well out of town, so you can expect to pay a little more. Prices are still incredibly low though, so wherever you go in India, you're likely to get a good deal.

  • The Indian population is incredibly welcoming. Prior to visiting India you'll probably hear many stories about the scams and ripoffs that can happen. While these do exist, do not let them intimidate you. The vast majority of the population will go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Strangers will help you negotiate a rickshaw and families will invite you into their home.

  • Restaurants in large cities are often well overstaffed. Particularly at the more high end restaurants, don't be surprised to find a herd of people waiting on you. They'll stand attentively by while you read over the menu or enjoy your meal. It can be a little intrusive at first, but don't let it get to you. They are just hoping to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

  • It's easy to find budget accommodation in India for little more than a few bucks. If you want comfort and style, you don't have to spend much more to stay at a very nice and modern place. This is true in most cities around the country. If the place seems empty you can probably talk the price down even further as well, so do not hesitate to negotiate.

  • You're likely to encounter touts in most major tourist destinations around India. They will want to show you to a hotel or help you with a taxi. You will likely pay a large commission for these services so it is best to go it alone. It is not hard to find hotels and negotiate your own price. If possible, avoid the touts.



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Top Tourist Attractions
Taj Mahal: Perhaps the most iconic sight in India, this beautiful symbol of love is a must see for any trip to India. It's located in the city of Agra, which is reachable by train from Delhi. It's probably the most photographed and famous attraction in all of India.

Kerala: Located in the southern part of India, Kerala is a beautiful land that is great for wildlife and health based holidays. It's a spiritual area and not to be missed on any trip into this region of India.

Varanasi: Situated on the banks of the Ganges River, this strongly religious city offers you a little insight into the festivals of the Hindu religion. It's one of the most religious cities in the country and is rich with colors, flavors, and sounds.
Popular Foods
Indian food is rich and flavor. Rice is a staple and most meals come with a side of naan bread. While traditional Indian food is quite spicy, in touristy areas its easy to get a meal that is quite mild. If you want it spicy, you may even have to insist on it that way as waiters are used to foreigners requesting their meals with "no spice."

Dal Makhani: This popular vegetarian dish of slow cooked lentils is richly seasoned and cooked like a stew. It's usually served with a side of rice and vegetables or salad.

Tandoori Chicken: This is one of the most famous Indian dishes and is a heavily seasoned and roasted chicken dish. It is bright in color mainly because of the turmeric and cayenne pepper and is slow cooked in a tandoori oven. It is typically prepared spicy, but some places have it available in a mild flavor as well if you request it.

Chungdi Jhola: This is a saucy, prawn curry dish that is heavily spiced and rich in flavor. It's popular in the coastal cities, particularly in the south and is a favorite with many locals.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
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Travel Tips

Government Buses

By wanderinggurl
The government buses in India are pretty good. They're often a little cheaper (but not dramatically so) than the private buses, and they're more frequent. If the private bus schedule is inconvenient or infrequent, head to the government bus station and you'll likely be able to hop on a bus within an hour or so (depending on your destination).

Food Isn't As Spicy as You Might Think

By backpackguru in Food
When you're traveling in touristy areas that are used to catering to restaurant tastes, you'll find that most of the food isn't as spicy as you might think. It may even be milder than the Indian food you eat at home. The restaurants are accustomed to western tourists requesting food with "no spice" and are prepared to make it that way. You may even wish they'd made it a little spicier.



When you're off the beaten path a little more, this likely isn't the case, and food will be quite spicy.

Garhwal Himalayas – A Popular Destination Trekking Enthusiasts

By Vishan sahu in All Inclusive Tour or Cruise
Trekking is one of the most popular outdoor adventurous activities. It is a different from mountaineering. It is a long thrilling and adventurous journey on foot thorough difficult paths such as jungle, valleys, mountains, etc where common means of transport are generally not available.



India has been very popular among trekking enthusiasts because there are numerous trekking trails in this country. Indian Himalayas attract a large number of trekkers from all over the world every year. One of the most sought after trekking destinations in India is Garhwal Himalayas which is the north-western mountainous region of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Located in the majestic Himalayas the region is blessed with copious natural beauty and consists of almost entirely rugged mountain ranges in all directions; and separated by narrow valleys. Hence, the region offers some excellent and thrilling trekking trails varying from easy trek, to moderate trek, to valley trek, to difficult trek.



Trekking in Garhwal Himalayas is an experience to explore the beauty and splendors of Indian Himalayas. You will have great opportunity to explore the nature splendors spread in valleys, gorges, rivers, ravines and mountains. Har-Ki-Doon, Valley of Flowers, Gangotri-Gaumukh-Tapovan, Hem Kund Region, Gangotri-Badrinath, Outer Nanda Devi Sanctuary, Dodi Tal, Khatling Glacier, Roop Kund, Kedar Tal, Mussoorie-Sangla, Rupin Pass, etc are popular trekking trails in Garhwal Himalayas which can give you a truly unforgettable experience for trek in India. There are many more trekking trails in Garhwal Himalayas which you may embark on. The sister region of Garhwal, Kumaon is also popular among trekking enthusiasts.

Explore these amazing destinations in and around India for your dose of thrill!

By pratima in Tips and Handouts
How about adding a dash of adventure to your trip this time? Take a look at these most beautiful and interesting nature trails in and around India and get ready for a thrillsome ride. Adrenaline addicts, photo fanatics and nature buffs- gear off to these destinations for the time of your life!



Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal



One of the most famous trekking routes in the Himalayas, the trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal is a 3-week long trek and is quite interesting. It takes you from the Dudh Kosi River to an area known as Dingboche before reaching the base camp. The imposing Kala Patthar stands tall at 5,545 meter with the gorgeous Mt. Pimori forming the perfect backdrop.



Chadar Frozen River Trek, Ladakh



Known as the Zanskar Trek, the Chadar Frozen Trek in Ladakh is said to be one of the toughest and most beautiful treks across the world. It has now found international fame, all thanks to many films and documentaries covering the same.



During winters, the Zanskar River freezes into a thick blanket of ice with temperatures going down to as low as -25℃. The trail starts at Chilling and goes till Lingshed. From here, you will get to walk on Chadar and the experience is nothing short of spectacular! The sun rarely reaches the river, but when it does, the whole river turns into a kaleidoscope of glittering colours. Photography lovers should plan a trip around full moon for the most stunning photo-ops!



Rajmachi Trek, Maharashtra



Situated near the twin hills of Khandala and Lonavala, the pretty Rajmachi is a favourite destination perfect for nature trails and trekking. Even though the total elevation of trekking to Rajmachi Forts is just about 826 meter, the distance of the trek is a whopping 18 km stretch and that too one way!



The hill station looks breathtakingly beautiful during the monsoons where the rains add a dash of charm to the entire landscape. Rajmachi is around 5-hour drive from Mumbai, which is also the nearest airport. So, what are you waiting for? Search for the earliest flights to Mumbai via ixigo and plan a trip soon to soak up all this and much more this monsoon.



The Snowman Trek, Bhutan



Arguably the toughest trek in Bhutan, The Snowman Trek takes approximately 20 to 25 days and is a big NO for the weak hearted. If you are planning to take this one, be ready to trek through some of the toughest high altitudes, remotest valleys and most scenic landscapes to enter the enchanting world of kingdoms and the vibrant Buddhist culture. Paro is the starting point for this trek and it ends at Sephu.



Nakki Lake Trek, Mount Abu



One of the most famous tourist destinations in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a trekker’s paradise with a total of 17 beautiful nature trails. Replete with gushing waterfalls, serene lakes, lush forests and amazing viewpoints, Mount Abu offers umpteen opportunities for nature lovers and photographers. Take up the short trail to Toad Rock for an unmatched view of the lake and its surrounding area.



Enjoy the bounty of nature as it is meant to be!







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