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Family with 3 children will $2000 USD be enough?

#1 Aug 11th, 2011, 10:58
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Hello,

It has been 20 years since I have last travelled to India. We are traveling the world for the next 5-6 years and our budget is around $2000. Sadly, I am discovering this is not very much due to the poor US dollar exchange rates.

We will be coming to India in March 2012 and plan on staying for 6 months ( I believe this is the maximum amount permitted on tourist visas).

Our children will be 3, 6, and 8 years of age when we come. I was thinking of renting a car and driver but since there will be 2 adults and 3 children, I don't know if this would work. Also, I believe the cost would be very expensive.

We are a homeschooling family so the purpose of this trip is to learn about history, learn a little language, and naturally the music and culture.

We thought about Goa but I am concerned about the drug scene there. We really want to avoid the backpacking drug hangouts and try to spend time with other families. It is not a complaint but it's just not our purpose.

Ideally, we would like to hire an Indian teacher to teach Hindi to our kids and perhaps even some arts. Also, our kids are learning violin so someone to continue their lessons would also be a bonus.

I know this a big order. So, do you think we can afford a part-time language teacher, music teacher, a driver from time to time, and housing/food?

We are also researching places as well. Ideally, we like to get a base and do side trips from there.

Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
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2000 USD for how long? If that's your budget for the 6 months you'll be staying in India it comes to less than 1 Lakh INR for the 5 of you or 15000 INR/month. No way. Forget about hindi teachers and violin, you'll have to be very inventive just to survive. Don't do it.

If it's a monthly budget then things look better and you'll be able to afford a decent place to live, some teaching and occasionally rent a car + driver, certainly if you don't insist on living in one of the metro cities. You'll get more info from me and others but I'd like to clarify the budget/month issue first
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No, it is monthly.
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No, it is monthly.
Glad to hear it

As I said, on that budget you'll be able to find a reasonable place to live (no luxuries though), provided you stay away from centrally located premium areas in metro cities. There will be a trade-off: the further you go from a major city, the cheaper lodging will be but the more hassles you'll have in organizing your life, communication, quality of the accommodation, availability of (western) food, electricity, water, quality medical care etc. In a village it's dirt cheap but there's nothing there. If you want your kids to learn some Hindi then you'll have to stay in the northern half of the country. Finding a teacher is neither hard nor will teaching be particularly expensive but speaking from own experience, it'll be hard to find someone who can explain grammar in a didactically sound way. For violin lessons you'll have to live in a metro city like Delhi or Mumbai, even then it won't be easy. Systematic excursions by car + driver will eat into your budget I think. And the size of the country is such that it'll be hard to go very far by car, better take the train imho.
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Thanks for your reply. Someone told me that Benares might be possible to find a violin teacher. If not, I can always have my daughter take lessons via Skype with her Thai teacher. I am assuming that the internet connection is fast in India?

Unfortunately, Delhi does not seem very appealing to me. I have been living in Bangkok with a population of 10 million plus so moving to an even bigger city is not high on my list. I am wondering if Bangalore would fit the bill? If my memory serves me correct, it is the Silicon Valley of India with a highly educated population (that is if Microsoft has not hired all of them away ) I have stayed there before and it seemed to be a pleasant city.

I do understand about the languages. I have a master's degree in education. My kids speak Thai and English but I would love them to study Hindi for awhile. We may stay longer if I can swing the visas.
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Originally Posted by 3nomadkids View Post We thought about Goa but I am concerned about the drug scene there. We really want to avoid the backpacking drug hangouts and try to spend time with other families. It is not a complaint but it's just not our purpose.
Actually on reading your post, Goa seemed the ideal place to me. I wouldn't rule out Goa. It's not entirely drug-infested or anything like that. There are plenty of families who live there, most of them lucid.

You can get a decent broadband connection there as well as in most metro areas in India. So Skype should not be a problem. I'd see about getting a rental in Goa and using that as a base to take train or car trips in Daman, Diu, Mumbai, etc.
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Goa would be a good choice, there are many parts of Goa where the drug scene is invisible. the only slight problem is you are arriving in march,many parts of india get pretty hot soon after and don't forget the rainy season, with kids i would seriously factor that in.

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