Renting accommodation in India

#1 Feb 6th, 2016, 04:46
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I'm about to go on my first journey to the east. I'm aware the cost of living is low out there, and I'm planning on going for a long time, so will be looking for places to rent for sometimes weeks at a time. How do people typically go about this? Are there websites that lists places to rent or is it all done when there?
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for the world and India

www.sublet.com

for India

www.99acres.com
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Perfect- thanks!
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Sorry, two other questions:

1. Are these prices a fair representation of typical prices when looking for places locally?

2. Will I face issues around minimum length contracts, or is pay per week / per month something that's a done thing?

Thanks again!
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Hi,

My impression is that the market for weekly "holiday rentals" is not strong in India, except maybe Goa...
I imagine that any holiday / short term lets will be rather up market... There are eye watering expensive places in India, as well as the cheaper options.
"Homestays" might be a better bet, as it is your first time... Rooms are rented out by the family, so you are just paying by the day or week, and homestays are quite popular and established.
You can also try to negotiate a better rate at hotels if you are staying for more than a few days in one place.
The Indian market for accomodation is quite different to what you may be used to in the UK, and I believe you would struggle to book cheap self contained lettings in advance.

If you are seeking cheap accommodation, I think you will find a basic hotel is the cheapest option.

I am only giving my non expert opinion, so don't be put off if others have more concrete advice.

Ed.
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I'd agree with Ed. You said "long time" in your first message, but what is "long"?

The places I can see as having a market for weekly rentals would be Goa and then places of religious interest, such as McLeodGanj, Pondicheery/Auroville, Tiruvannamalai, Rishikesh, etc. At other places, you are unlikely to find places that are both cheap and set up for foreign travellers who do not have all the equipment for setting up home (pans, beds, etc). If you were a family and especially with kids it might make sense, but for a single person? Homestays might be better.
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Thanks guys, how does one go about finding home stays once in an area once there?

And long might be a week to a couple of months.
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I found a homestay in Kerala once through couchsurfing, although an expensive one, and now you have to be a member to check.

workaway is another such forum where you sometimes see ads which are not truly looking for volunteers, for instance this one in Bikaner, Rajasthan http://www.workaway.info/291891713138-en.html

For Auroville see http://guesthouses.auroville.org/

PS. What do you mean by "I'm aware the cost of living is low out there"? India is rather expensive in the long run, with a rather low quality tourist infrastructure, unlike Thailand for instance. I spend a lot more money in these places than I do in Switzerland, which should tell you something.
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The link supplied earlier - 99acres is for housing rentals. Housing leases are for a year. What you need is a vacation rental really - up-to a few months is also not going to fall under the apartment rental category. ''Sublet'' as a concept doesnt exist in India, some building complexes expressly forbid it. Your best bet is to look at guest houses that offer rooms by the month. Try airbnb.
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http://tourismpmis.nic.in/Scripts/In...ubCatlist.aspx

You can use the above link to search for diff types of accommodation as certified by Govt of India.

All the best and happy travels !!!
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If you are seeking cheap accommodation, I think you will find a basic hotel is the cheapest option.
Second that, though not that cheap anymore.

In places where foreigners hang out, a local tout/guide could get you a good arrangement with a local family house, even if they don't advertise anywhere. This might be cheaper than hotels, depending on your haggling skills.
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I almost reluctantly say that I've been doing pretty well for 24 years now in Asia. (24 years?) But it's a good thing that you're taking the leap, too.

I know few other people who've done the same, for about 20 years, too. We run into each other in Sarnath or Dharamsala, quite happy & detached.

Here's what we do. First, unplug. Forget making plans on the internet . It doesn't work. It's not what you expected & usually worse. For 1/2 the money or less you can have freedom & quite decent digs.

As far as cooking goes, each expat gypsy has a different system. Two Brits (who are very good at this) carry a small gas bottle (you'll learn what that means; they're common in Asia) and cook, staying in ashrams and monastery guest houses. I did this, too, plus a German woman who had a really tiny one. I used a camp stove in Nepal, which was wonderful but you can't take the little gas part on planes. India doesn't always have those at all. I now travel with a small rice cooker w/ steamer basket and elec. kettle.

You can buy wonderful fresh vegetables in India, Nepal, everywhere. Some places you can also buy chicken, other meats too. Many guest houses don't careif you cook; many people do; just don't be flashy. You can rent small studio apartments now too, though often w/out a frig. & like others have said, the prices are high. But I'm going to a different town this time so...am hopeful.

I have one state that is a joy. I once wrote a book in Darjeeling; the guest house was sweet about setting the room up with a desk. 350 IC/day. Not luxurious but I had my freedom...

Hotels? Seldom stay in them. I do stay in Majnu ka tila Delhi when I've first arrived in India then head for the hills. I stay in guest houses; home stay things never work for me. I can live much cheaper on my own and be happy.

Thailand, a rented studio apt. is a reality; but it's not a very thrilling place to be. I do it for a few months a time, so do others. Clean, hot, boring, polluted. No kitchen whatsoever, but you can find a place with a balcony & buy applicances. This is pretty standard in Thailand. Rent's under $200/mo. you pay bills.

But the only way to learn about a place (as you might know) is to go there. Send me a message for specifics, if you like.

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