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#1 Jan 15th, 2012, 21:14
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Hi,
I used to travel through India in the early 80'
and again in the early 90'.
Now I'm planning to go again to Kerala and I
wondered what the prices are nowadays for for exaple,
the 'street barber', ironing shirts, going for a thali?
Anybody can give me some ideas?

Cheers Vaidya Paul
#2 Jan 15th, 2012, 22:26
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Thali can be anywhere from 35 rps to 300, however, a traditional 'meals' thali (not the inflated tourist tray of food) will likely be anywhere from 35 rps to 110 rps depending on veg/non-veg etc.

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Cheers NomadicBoo,
Any ideas on a haircut in the street and ironing clothes ?
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A haircut + shave should cost between Rs80 and 100, but you'll struggle to get anywhere near those prices in the heavily tourist areas.
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How is it a scam or an annoyance ?
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You might be interested in this thread: http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...-guide-t11107/ Take note of posting dates, prices have gone up considerably even since 2005 when that thread was started.

(And NYCank, I was wondering the same, but reckon the poster just put it in the wrong forum. I've notified the mods so they can move it.)

Vaidya, my first trip to India was in the early 1990's, when you say you were last there. You can of course expect prices to be, er, not quite the same anymore! But then they're not where I live, either. India can still be quite affordable; but things have just changed. Obviously. (And so it's good to ask.)

(Back then and being very budget'y about it all: Rs. 200 a day, all-included, minus the getting there & away to India. My last trips in early 2009 and '10: Rs. 15-1800 a day, respectively, not doing much special I felt but neither counting any pennies.)

Mind you, those are of course overall averages on a full trip, it's not what you'll be spending every day. (That '09 trip, probably more like typically some Rs. 6-800 a day, including room and all? But of course you'll incur other non-daily expenses. Note even just returning then in 2010 I found hotel prices had about doubled on average for some reason. So I guess at that Rs. 300 difference, I wasn't doing anything more extravagant than the year before, when indeed some 300 would have seen me to a -- usually most -- acceptable budget room. Not so any longer in 2010, then, or not the way I found it.) And it can certainly still be done cheaper still, but now you will have to start watching some of those pennies. And then quite the same age as then I ain't any longer, either. Just indeed don't feel like bothering so much anymore with how cheaply you can manage to get by, and it's not my idea of a holiday.

Then of course still others wouldn't dream of even accepting a Rs. 1800 room. All highly subjective, right.

Some of my cost estimates from those last two trips you can find further on in that same and arguably long thread. Not for daily stuff btw, more hotels and transport and the usual overall traveler's expenses.
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Thanks Machadinha, I was sure that prices had gone up since the 90's and 80's!
My thought was just , that, if I know some prices on the street, like barber and dhobi walla,
that I have some idea on how life is. If I don't have any idear at all, I'll will get screwed
and that can be a annoyance (nycank).
I have travelled a lived for almost 6 years in India and that time I used to stay in hotels for
30 rupees a night (south), but like you said, at a curtain age you can't be bothered to much.
Still I want to have a general idea. Maybe there some one else with more up to date info?
I'll move this kerala forum too.
ciao
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Thali should come in the bounds of rs 30-100rs..
Haircut would be starting from Rs 60 and goes all the way up, specially as mentioned above in heavily touristy places.
And as for ironing clothes, it would be Rs 5-Rs 10 for shirts/trousers, Rs 20 for sari and the like.
rickshaws start at like Rs.12 and then goes up, depending on the driver starting the meter or not.. :P
For laundry and all, it varies according to the different shops that does it.

Hope this helps.

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Cheers Vinuju
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No worries..

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