Not enough money!?

#31 Jun 15th, 2012, 05:06
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Hang on,who said the pound as stayed the same with the rupee. The pound has increased by nearly 15 rupees since i was last over in India in March 2011.
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Originally Posted by Klompen View Post Hmm a VERY tight budget but you could pull this off with a limited trip, staying long term in cheap home stays and guest houses. Which you can find for as little as 250 rps still

Basic meals can be had for as little as 50 rupees and a light breakfast or lunch costs less..

This budget doesn't allow for visiting too many monuments or parks, but thats is only one facet of India and not the most attractive part really. Just being there amongst the colours and smells, is like being on a different planet at times Travel will be mostly sleeper class (non AC) if you plan to move long distances which can be quite tough but a lot of fun too.

The trouble with tight budgets like this is you have to get up to speed quickly on how to live cheaply and be very disciplined in your habits...Otherwise your budget quickly spins out of control, your first days in India can see you spending a lot more than you planned, as you get used to the standard of cheap eateries and cheap hotels..

Places like Mcleodganj, Pushkar, Rishikesh, Almora, Puri, Mahaballipuram and Palolem, Varkala lend themselves to long term stayers, with cheap accomodation and eateries abounding..

In Palolem for instance a typical day for a budget traveler would be this..

Room 250rp a night
Breakfast 2 paw bhaji, to large teas and two soda (my breakfast) 45rp
two bottles of water 30rp
Lunch couple of samosas/potato wada/masala dosa with tea/sodamax 40rp
dinner fish curry rice veg thali max 80rp
Newspaper 7rp
= 452rp

Which would leave you about 500 a day to eat touristy meals occasionally, have the odd beer, buy a book (bring plenty with you for swopping and selling)see a monument or save a 100 a day for your next train fare.
This is in Palolem other places could see a increase of 200 a day and in some places A LOT more..

So yes it can be done on this budget but your choices will be limited, to the point they may impact on your enjoyment, but if your happy with you own company, don't mind just sitting around people watching, enjoy the life on conversations and contact with other locals and Indians, this budget can be adhered to.

But it will see you left behind on nights out, daytrips or excursions and fancy restaurants...
How you will feel about that only you can know....

So logistically yes you can but with provisos..

And you are going to have to be tough on yourself to achieve this on your budget...

P.S. I think you friend might have been a bit economical with the truth saying he did 6 months on a 1000GBP that is a really tough budget EVEN 7 years ago. Can it be done YES but very very hard work.
Hi - thank you very much for working that all out for me, has definitely put into perspective how much a daily budget would be. I am going to try and ave up some more pennies as I don't want my time in India to be restriced because I didn't have enough money.
I spoke to my friend who went 7 years ago and she informed me that in fact she spent a large part of her time there staying in her mothers house in Goa (so no room rent) which would explain a lot!

Thanks again for all of your help and advice x
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Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply!
I have decided to work like mad for the next couple of months and save every penny that I can! I am terrible with sticking to a budget as it is so I'd better not push it by making it a ridiculously tight one!

I will also try out the couch surfing and make some Brightonian friends first on the site, thanks for the advice guys! x
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Originally Posted by fsg View Post Facts speak for themselves, not fantasy.
Inflation has had a great deal of influence in the spending power of the rupee over the last 10 years, but that is of no value to a first time traveller.
We all live in the world of fantasies my friend, the definition may vary though

Yes, it is true that for a first time traveller India's inflation (and perhaps the exchange rate as well) is immaterial; however, if people can pay more attention to the original question rather than scrutinizing the answers that in no way helps the OP (if IM has hired a few then it is not in my knowledge), it would become clear that OP was trying to budget, based on a GBP1,000 trip made by her friend about seven years ago.

Taking April 2005 (start of the new financial year in India) as a base, India has witnessed 78% inflation in absolute terms while GBP appreciated only by 0.8% only during the same period.
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Accommodation seems to have stayed roughly the same price over ten years, in fact i would say better quality now for the same price. In 2001 i was averaging about 400 rupees a night on a good clean room with fan and in 2011 the same price but with the same or better standard.
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Stoking a two year old post samasta nahi. Food is nowhere near the old cost. Ask any housewife..
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Just wanted to say, it's really good to hear all this great advice. I'm taking notes! We newbie travelers to India are lucky to have so many knowledge people on here
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Originally Posted by Jasmin View Post Just wanted to say, it's really good to hear all this great advice. I'm taking notes! We newbie travelers to India are lucky to have so many knowledge people on here
We really are! I've found this forum invaluable in the run up to my trip! xx
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Originally Posted by Ouzodave View Post Accommodation seems to have stayed roughly the same price over ten years, in fact i would say better quality now for the same price. In 2001 i was averaging about 400 rupees a night on a good clean room with fan and in 2011 the same price but with the same or better standard.
In my case, in the last 10 years, I have seen about 15-20% hike in the hotel charges.

However, in likelihood that on an average, an overseas tourist travels more extensively in India as compared with its domestic counterpart, I guess your information is a true representation of the ground situation and mine an aberration.

In my view, the budget-hotel sector in India has a different dynamics altogether. It is a relatively easy source of income (and extra income in some cases) for those living in the towns and cities frequented by tourists. Therefore one will see old houses (especially in the town centers) being converted in to guesthouses and a number of new hotels coming up in the city/town peripheries and other areas, leading to increased competition. With almost no scope to differentiate from their rivals, hotels are competitively priced, which means more or less static rates as compared with those few years back.

When I was searching for accommodation during my last Varanasi visit, I saw two newly constructed hotels (having good furnishing) in Dasashwamedh area and both of them were quoting Rs. 50-100 less than the prevailing rates.

Timing of the visit also influences the accommodation charges therefore generally hotels offer discounted rates in summers. During last of week April (2010), a couple of my friends stayed for Rs. 500 per day in a hotel in Jaisalmer (inside the fort), which was quoted at Rs. 1,200 per day in January the same year.
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Originally Posted by lo-lee-ta View Post I have just had a look at some of the posts about budgets and am totally freaking out!
I have planned to take 1000 with me for the entire three months. I thought this would be plenty as a friend of mine travelled India for six months with this amount...though this was about seven years ago. HELP! Is this far too little?
I went to India, with my daugher and boyfriend for 18 days, three years ago. I then, returned to India by myself for 10 days. In total, we spent less than 500 Euros between us on all that. On the trip with my boyfriend and daugter, we even went on several hours train journeys in the north of India. We did stay in the cheapest accomodation listed in the Lonely Planet book though.

I think, you certainly have enough money with 1000 for a basic backpacker trip, with a few treats thown in here and there. I would be amazed if the prices went up so much in the last 3 years to make this not enough money.

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I just did a quick calculation. You have around 11 pounds per day to spend. That is cutting it a little fine, I have to say, unless you are going to do not too much moving around. It is plenty if you stay in one town or city for the 3 months, but then when you add train costs on... India would be a lot less fun, if you dont have much cash to take advantage of the great Indian food at such good prices or sit in an upmarket cafe for a break from it all etc etc
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Accommodation is probably going to be your single biggest expense and that varies significantly depending on the places you are planning to travel to and location within the city. If you share your itinerary, may be fellow IMers can help point out the lower cost options - especially the ones not in the guide books.
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I spent two weeks in India in 2007 and spent about Rs. 30,000. My travel bag was damaged and I ended up buying a new one for Rs. 10,000 at that time (in Pune). I was not looking to save money but I would recommend Rs. 10,000/week budget for average travel expenses.
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Originally Posted by Big Daddy View Post I spent two weeks in India in 2007

I would recommend Rs. 10,000/week budget for average travel expenses.
Add about 25% for inflation since '07 if not more.
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I have been looking up train prices and doing more calculating. You can Google for the train prices too to double check.

I think, you can afford 9 first class sleeper train journeys of around 12 hours each, so that should get you around. That would leave you with around 8 or 9 pounds per day to spend. I think, you can do this trip with the 1000 pounds you have.

Also, I was giving some thought to why my trips a few years ago in India were so inexpensive. We took day trains and travelled second class. It is so much less expensive to travel second class. Fist class is likely advisable for night journeys only, for better security, especially if you are female.

One thing that might still cause you expense is taxis, if you have to get to a train station or something. I would try to share these with other travellers, or just keep a pound from your daily budget put by for this.

Here is the budget I would be planning if I had 1000 British pounds and 3 months.
1. Try to get accomodation for around 4 pounds per night, or less if you can.
2. Spend 3 pounds per day on food, local busses, water and whatever other daily expenses. There are lots of inexpensive restaurants, so you should be able to manage to get a couple of curries per day and a few cups of chai.
3. 3 long distance over night train journeys over the 3 months.
You should also be able to manage a number of 3 or 4 hour second class train journeys as well as that to go shorter distances. I didnt figure out exactly how many you should be able to manage, but a couple per week should be possible.

This should make your trip pretty good.

What you cant afford:
1. Entry into things like the Taj Mahal and other such places.
2. They are expensive, but for many, you can enjoy the view of them from someplace free of charge.
3. Clubbing and going to bars.
4. A lot of taxis.

Check out this view we had of the Taj Mahal, for the price of a cup of tea. This photo was taken from the Shanty Lodge backpacker rooftop restaruant in Agra, so you wont miss much by not being able to afford to get into the Taj Mahal in my opinion. This rooftop restaurant is also a very inexpensive place to eat.
http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/3634447

Now, stop freaking out and get excited about your trip. As you can see from this post, more money is always better, but you have enough to have a good time in India.

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