How much money would I need for 2 months?

#1 Sep 29th, 2008, 22:43
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Hi all,

My first post so be gentle. It looks like this site/forum is going to be very useful in the coming months.

I'm planning on going to India with my girlfriend in early November for 6 weeks or maybe two months.

I've never been before but my girlfriend lived in an Ashram in Bihar for several years up until early 2008 and also speaks a little Hindi. However, she has never been there as a tourist and travelled around.

We plan to fly to Mumbia and explore places in the South like Goa and Kerala before flying to up to Delhi and then on to Rajasthan, Jaipur etc.

We don't intend a shoe string holiday and wont mind paying a little more for nice accommodation and travel. Plus I intend to enjoy myself whilst in Goa by going to parties, having a beer and so on.

So what do you guys reckon we will need a week to get by?

Many thanks
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I'm from London and was speaking 'how much in £pounds' by the way.
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Hard to tell what the transport will cost. You should plan it out and look up prices for planes, trains, cars and drivers.

For a decent A/C hotel, about Rs 1500 breakfast may be included. Meals at Rs 150-500 each, beer at Rs 75-150 each, then there's admissions and miscellaneous expenses.

Maybe $50-75 a day plus travel?
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I'm going a bit cheaper on the housing and meals. With rail transport factored in I think a budget of 18 pounds a day should be adequate. Not including visas and airfare to India. Someone else will come back and half this number. The next person will want to double it. It all depends on your willingness to live on the cheap.
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Originally Posted by MOD View Post I'm from London and was speaking 'how much in £pounds' by the way.
There are people on here from all over the world. Someone from (example) Australia might not bother to reply at all if you expect them to look up the Rupee / GB Pound exchange rate and work it out for you before replying.

You're going to have to start thinking in Rupees soon enough, you may as well start now!

By the way welcome to the site, and yes I'm sure it will be helpful to you, I found it a real lifeline!
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post There are people on here from all over the world. Someone from (example) Australia might not bother to reply at all if you expect them to look up the Rupee / GB Pound exchange rate and work it out for you before replying.

You're going to have to start thinking in Rupees soon enough, you may as well start now!
True enough. How many Rupees a day it is.
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Is that 18 each or for the both of us?
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I posted this this afternoon to someone else.

Last winter my trip averaged out at £100 per week max (usually less). That's around 8000/-. Out of that I paid for travel, beer, hotels, food, beer and also the incidentals like mossie coils the odd t-shirt etc. Sometimes I bought beer too.
I was travelling budget but I certainly didn't 'rough it'. Apart from a couple of places the other 30 hotels were fine. If you aren't too extravagant it doesn't have to cost much.

I take the point above though, someone will half this amount and others will double it.
Check out my blog, it's on my profile and you'll get an idea of prices for accom etc round India.

Most expensive hotel I stayed in was 700/-!
Have a good trip!
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Last winter my trip averaged out at £100 per week max (usually less).
Having since spoken to two friends who have recently been, it does seem that £100 a week is the average amount needed.
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I'm leaving Friday - budgeting on around 4500Rs a day - but will probably only need around 3000. That's for the three of us and includes two weeks round Rajasthan in an ambassador with driver.

Of course we could do it for a lot less....
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Last summer trip...about 15 euros per day which is about 12 pounds or 900 Rs, travelling by train in sleeper class,sleeping in decent guest houses and enjoing some beers once in a while.
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Hi,
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So what do you guys reckon we will need a week to get b
How long is a piece of string ?

Seriously... hotel prices will vary considerably, depends on what comfort levels you are wanting to have and, also what city you are in. Eg. most of the hotels in Mumbai will be significantly more expensive than any other city. But the food is quite reasonably priced.

If you budget for GBP30 per day for a room, in most cities you'd get something that's comfortable. Beers will vary in price, depending on whether you are in a bar or get take-aways. Budget for anything from Rs.50 to Rs.150 for a long-neck.

Cheers
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Thanks people
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Closer to 9000 now...

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Last winter my trip averaged out at £100 per week max (usually less). That's around 8000/-.

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