Average food/hotel cost for itinerary

#1 Oct 28th, 2012, 00:09
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So I'm trying to price my trip out to India to see what I could do with it. Basically, I want to spend as little as possible on day-to-day necessities. In saying that, I want to eat the cheapest food as not become malnourished. I also want to spend as little as possible in hotels, I guess as much as any other budget traveler. By knowing these prices, at least approximately, I could do more, or be forced to do less.

My route as of now roughly looks like from Delhi to Jaipur, through Rajasthan and up to Himachal Pradesh, to Shimla through Uttarakhand (I'll probably pick a park or two to go through), down to Lucknow and then up to Nepal, exploring Kathmandu and surrounding cities. I'll then make my way southeast to West Bengal, probably through another couple National Parks and Kolkata then back up to Varanasi for Holi and then pretty much straight to Delhi to fly out. I expect this to last around 7 weeks.
So knowing where I'm roughly going, can any of you give estimates as to how much I'll spend on food and hotel per day?
Thanks!
#2 Oct 28th, 2012, 00:57
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Its good to keep in mind that you want to travel as cheap as possible, but a lot of people don't realize just HOW cheap that can be. In bigger cities and touristy areas its going to cost you a little more than places off the beaten track, but even still if you look hard enough you can find a good deal. Keep in mind that even as a backpacker you have more money that most locals will ever have, so don't get too worked up over being charged an extra dollar, but be aware if you are being totally taken advantage of. I traveled around Rajasthan and Gujarat for a month, and found that the average room for a night cost me about 200-300rps. You can usually find even cheaper if you want to stay in a total bare bones room, but its worth paying a bit more for a room you can feel comfortable in. Make sure if you are eating street food they are cooking it fresh, and the place looks busy...don't always opt for the cheapest possible option because you REALLY DO NOT want to get sick. Even still, a good meal will cost 30-50rps ($1)! I found the local people to be very hospitable and often ate home cooked meals for free, you will find especially in family run guest houes that they often will invite you to eat with them. I would be prepared to spend 20 dollars a day, but in reality it will be less. This will allow you to splurge on a really good meal for a night and have a little more flexibility while still traveling on the cheap. If you are lucky you'll return home and still have money in your pocket.
#3 Oct 28th, 2012, 01:12
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Thanks so much. I think what you said about setting a higher budget than what will really be spent is a great idea. I'm starting my trip off with an 8 day Chadar trek and I think I will definitely need a nice meal when I'm back in Delhi!

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