How much to expect to pay and when to barter

#1 Sep 26th, 2011, 21:30
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Hi .

How much can I expect to pay for accomadation throughout india and will I have to do a great deal of bartering ( something I think I am going to have to learn quickly ! )

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bartering or bargaining?

To answer your question, anywhere between a INR 100 to INR 20000.
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sorry bargaining ?
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for an average hostel what would be an average I'm trying to work out some sort of a budget

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It depends on what you call "average". It also depends on whether you are in a big city or in a small town. Some places have very high costs for hotel rooms, for instance, Mumbai. What are your comfort levels? Do you require air conditioning? (That will also depend I guess on the time of year that you are travelling.)

One thing to bear in mind is that the cheaper guest houses may not have any internet therefore cannot advertise themselves online. These kind of places are therefore the sort where you can show up and bargain. Again depending on the time of year. At Christmas/New Year some resorts are very busy. Also the time corresponding to Diwali (coming up soon) and other religious festivals are very busy and prices increase accordingly.

During monsoons, prices are at a low almost all over India. Then you can bargain even in higher priced hotels.

So, you see, it depends....
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Thank you .
See this is the problem I have no idea what average would be as this is my first time - I arrive in a week.

I arrive in mumbai and plan to travel to ragasthan, jammu kashmir, uttar pradesh bihar kerela karnataka goa and into sri lanka.

I'm mostly interested in experiencing the culture. Mediation and Yoga and chilling out on beaches.

I'm not interested in getting caught in tourist traps although there are some places I obviously want to see and I can't think of anything worse then staying in clinical hotels.

I hope that gives you a little more of an idea to guide me .

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A better option would be for YOU to tell us what places/locations you are visiting and what Your budget is either for Lodging alone or for all expenses on a day to day basis. That would get you advice on what kind of accommodation you are likely to get and what kind of food/drink you would get.
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My stats are from March, and I guess this time of year is the high season in many places (like Goa), so maybe you need to double the numbers, but...

In Delhi (Paharganj anyway) many places will ask for over 600, but if you look around and tell people you already have a place where you're paying x, you'll get something cheaper. First hostel I walked into was 300, then I changed to one that was 150.

In Goa, first place I walked into was 250, and I ended up staying there. Perhaps that room would cost you 500 now as it's October.

In McLeod Ganj, first place I walked into was 120.

Bargaining is probably mostly necessary in Delhi where they think they can fool you every time.

Hope this helps.
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I always ask for discount of course, with a pretty smile on and perhaps a slight giggle which then could be interpreted as a joke and no offense is taken.

Well fine not always. Sometimes, I'm just so happy to have eventually rolled myself off a 15hr train journey, and any hostel in sight is good, and every minute of sleep I can get is of more importance than a few hundred rupees.

In the end, if the provider of service/good is willing to go down in price, s/he will, if not they'll bugger off themselves. No matter how much you wrangle them, if it doesn't bring in enough profit, they most likely won't do it. And if you aren't willing to pay a price, they'll see that and again, it's most likely up to them whether they can bring the price down lower. So asking, I think, never hurts. It's all business.

Oh yes. Of course some places are fixed price. ie. well established hotels. So it would be nice to hear what you are comfortable with (accomodation preferences etc.) And of course, bigger cities (well travelled cities) may be more relunctant to lower prices, but then again its all about the business.

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