how much does 15,000 rupees go in india?

#1 Apr 14th, 2004, 00:14
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all i have is about 15thousand rupees!
what can that buy me?
how is the cost of lunches and all the souvineers in the market placees?
how do you buy there in the market-do you have to bargin with them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????? 3 weeks to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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How long are you there? Do you have to pay for lodging with this too? Is this amount just for you, or for a travel companion too?

You can get a lunch that costs anywhere from 20 Rs (sometimes less) to hundreds. The average full meal for me (bread, food, drink) was around 100-120 Rs tops in middle-range restaurants.

Souvenirs range. What type of things do you want to buy?

Entrance fees can really get you. Some places are up to 500 Rs, and the Taj Mahal is 900, I think.

Yes, bargaining is widely-used in the marketplace. I always offer half of what they ask, and am quite pleased to get something at 3/4 of the price. My indian friends always got things for cheaper.

Let us know more details and we can help more

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Hi there Shannon;
well 15thousand rupees is for my lunch,my souvineers and any snacks i may want-
thats all-i got.
my hotel is paid for allready.
and so is all my transportation.
im going with a group of 36 ppl from all over north america.
how do you bargin with ppl ?isnt that how they make thier living -why would anyone want to bargin?
id like to get a sari or a native indian dress?what is it called?and how much is it?what is th e experience like? im so excited about shopping but i dont know where ill carry money for saftey and how much to take with me on one excursion etc...
I need advice ! alot of it!
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How long will you be there?

(I'll write more about bargaining and clothes, etc, after class)

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10 days
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A bit over US$300 for 10 days should be just fine.

I spent about three hours at the Central Cottage Industries Emporium in Delhi (on Janpath) and bought so much stuff for $80 that I had to buy a new bag to carry it all back to the US. That's a fixed-price store, by the way, so you don't have to bargain.

In bargaining situations, I usually start with 25% of what they ask for, and try to end up paying around half -- sometimes less. Depends on what it is, of course.
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I think it is good advice to go to the Cottage Industries Emporium to buy your stuff. If you shop in the places that the tour bus takes you you will probably spend a lot more.
If you buy bottled water from street stalls (of course, check the bottles to make sure they are new!) you will spend less than half what you spend in restaurants. We always just took our own water in with us in the restaurants--never a problem with that. (I was travelling with an Indian--so I guess it is an OK thing to do manners-wise). Snacks at street stalls (not the cooked ones--but other sorts of nibbles--are also much cheaper than in the tourist stops). Check the prices on the backs of the package. I was told a bag of snacks was 50 rupees--so I asked the shop guy why it was written only 22 rupees on the package. He laughed and said it was 2 for 50. Well, duh! Still off! Have to laugh at the gall of it all. Don't blame anyone for making as much as they can out of a dumb foreigner.
I hated to bargain....I know I paid more than necessary for a lot of stuff. But I don't really care that much about the extra 25cents here and there that might make a difference to someone. But then, if I was traveling for longer than 3 weeks, and if I was on a budget of a backpacker, then I would really care because that extra 25 cents would make a difference.

I also spent a good amount of money daily on tips. It is customary to tip 10 percent in restaurants and give some money when someone does a service for you like carry your bags, etc. Keep lots of 5-10 rupee notes handy for that. I also kept coins for beggars, and also hotel soaps and other odds and ends. I'm a softy--but after my dropped wallet was returned to me by a begger I decided to pass on the good will whenever I had a reasonable chance (like NOT when there were hoards of beggars around--but the odd person here and there). I was also taken back when I noticed that the people who are obviously not so well off themselves give coins to beggars.

300 dollars will be fine...but you won'T be able to buy any expensive souvineers such as carpets, silks, etc. In Delhi, you can buy a nice salvar kameeze set at Fab India for about 600 rupees. Other places may be cheaper, but you had better bring a hand sewing kit to stitch up the seams that will probably come apart quickly!
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I think Ja~martini is going to be in South India ie not in Delhi. May be someone knows the address of government emporiums in Madras?

Ja~martini, sometimes I wonder if you are serious in your posts
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yes i am serious in my posts -why do you ask?.
i have a very wild attitude and postitive one usually-
im a happy camper
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umm volga khadi gram udyog (perhaps slighly mispelt-hyphenated) on mount road near Karachi sweet stall is the perfect place as far as govt. emporiums go in Chennai.
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LP gives the average prices of everything (BTW, for those who plan to stay in Mumbai for a while, there is a very, very good Lonely Planet for Mumbai- even my Indian friends here, who,ve been in Mumbai for years, find interesting things in it)

Some usual prices coming to my mind now (Mumbai is told to be really expensive):
Meal in a mid-class restaurant: dish Rs 30/80; juice Rs 15/20; beer Rs 50; soft drink Rs 15; tea Rs 3/5
Fruit juice/ sugar cane in a street: Rs 15; Coconut Rs 10
Cinema ticket: 80/150 in good cinemas
Bus ticket: Rs 3/5
Taxi: Rs 40 for a 15 minutes lift
Pine apple in market: Rs 20; bananas: Rs 20 for 12 pieces

Good trick: bring your stdent ID card if you have one (enable you to shift down Prince of Wales museum entrance fee from Rs 300 -tourist fee- to Rs 6!!!)

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Shoping at CHENNAI

T.Nagar (Pondi Bazar) - Cloths, Jewlles & Banana leaves

Mount Road - Carvings, Second hand books( anything from encyclopedia britanica to Gayton's Medical Physiology!), various state govt. emporiums.

Spencer's Plaza (Near US consulate building) - anything decent but with a premium of about 25% cost.

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