7 Sister States - Budget 2012?

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Hello,

Given the recent petrol hike and inflation, can anybody advice on a minimum daily budget for a backpacking trip through the 7 Sister States. I guess accommodation and transportation will be the major chunks. I intend to use only local transportation such as buses and share-taxis for the trip.

Does the below make sense for Arunachal, Nagaland, Mizoram, Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya?

Rs.800/day basic accommodation for 1 room with 2 beds
Rs.350/day/person for transportation
Rs.150/day/person for food
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Arunachal requires permit but what type depends on where in the 'world' you come from. If you are not an Indian national your budget will be blown apart unless you can get a permit without having to book a package tour. It has been done but not by many.

For Assam and Nagaland you can manage with what you quote. Havn't been to any others so cannot comment.
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Well I guess you can do that in Meghalaya as well. But don't expect anything even slightly of luxurious. For single rooms, 800 per day is possible atleast in Shillong and Cherrapunjee. Food, depends on what, how much and where you eat? Local Food will be expensive due to it being mostly non-veg, but definitely worth trying. So you will get by a simple veg meal consisting of rotis and dal tarka or a simple veg thali in most Bengali restaurants for 150 per day. And as for transportation, you will be mostly stuck to package tours.

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http://megtourism.gov.in/packagetours.html
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Thank you all for your inputs.

I'm an Indian national so I don't think permits (ILP) will cost much.

As for food, I'm budgeting Rs.150/day for simple dal/roti/rice type of food and perhaps spend a bit more occassionally for non-veg.

Since Meghalaya is more touristy, especially Shillong, I guess I will have to shell out more for accommodation there. On average, I'm hoping Rs.800/day will do.

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Originally Posted by karikor View Post Well I guess you can do that in Meghalaya as well. But don't expect anything even slightly of luxurious. For single rooms, 800 per day is possible atleast in Shillong and Cherrapunjee. Food, depends on what, how much and where you eat? Local Food will be expensive due to it being mostly non-veg, but definitely worth trying. So you will get by a simple veg meal consisting of rotis and dal tarka or a simple veg thali in most Bengali restaurants for 150 per day. And as for transportation, you will be mostly stuck to package tours.

Check out:
http://megtourism.gov.in/packagetours.html
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When do you plan to come? As room rates can be bargained / negotiated based on the month/season that you come. There are some hotels where you may find rooms for 800/- a night but they will not be as clean and located as conveniently as the other more expensive hotels. One such hotel that will suit your rates is Hills Star Hotel, ontop of Regal Restaurant and Greenland Hotel near Eee Cee restaurant, both in Police Bazaar and a much cleaner hotel in Laitumkhrah, Hotel Yalana.
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Originally Posted by bharari View Post Hello,

Given the recent petrol hike and inflation, can anybody advice on a minimum daily budget for a backpacking trip through the 7 Sister States. I guess accommodation and transportation will be the major chunks. I intend to use only local transportation such as buses and share-taxis for the trip.

Does the below make sense for Arunachal, Nagaland, Mizoram, Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya?

Rs.800/day basic accommodation for 1 room with 2 beds
Rs.350/day/person for transportation
Rs.150/day/person for food
Hi Bharari!!

The question posted by you has a vast horizon. I mean to expect a reply about the entire north east is like expecting a bit too much, because North east is not one state. It's combined with 8 states in totality including Sikkim.

Now talking about budget, I would like to let you know that North east tourism circuit can be divided in to two parts, the organised circuit, and the unorganized circuit.

By organized circuit I mean those places those are common tourist attractions and have a regular flow of tourists. For this type, you may cover it within your estimated budget, because you are more likely to find some sort of packaged tours which are generally economical.

And now the unorganized circuit, which means those areas which are off the beaten trial. Areas where the 'Conventional' tourists do not venture generally. In those areas, you may find it difficult to cover up within your budget. Reasons being that transportation has to be exclusively arranged by you as you wont find many other tourists to share the tour expenses. Also you must know that North east as a whole is so huge and diverse that sometimes, even the local drivers do not exactly know what lies ahead. So the costs in this part of the world are always higher in comparison.

P.S:- Do you intend to cover the entire North east in one go?? If yes, better think again about it.
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Hi,

Thanks for your feedback.

I was just trying to get a general idea about the budget for a backpacking trip through the 7 sister states (I know, it is impossible to cover everything).

I'm sure the actual expenses will vary considerably from place to place, but we still have to plan for something without making things too complicated. I'm hoping the law of averages will validate my daily budget.

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Originally Posted by style_guru View Post Hi Bharari!!

The question posted by you has a vast horizon. I mean to expect a reply about the entire north east is like expecting a bit too much, because North east is not one state. It's combined with 8 states in totality including Sikkim.

Now talking about budget, I would like to let you know that North east tourism circuit can be divided in to two parts, the organised circuit, and the unorganized circuit.

By organized circuit I mean those places those are common tourist attractions and have a regular flow of tourists. For this type, you may cover it within your estimated budget, because you are more likely to find some sort of packaged tours which are generally economical.

And now the unorganized circuit, which means those areas which are off the beaten trial. Areas where the 'Conventional' tourists do not venture generally. In those areas, you may find it difficult to cover up within your budget. Reasons being that transportation has to be exclusively arranged by you as you wont find many other tourists to share the tour expenses. Also you must know that North east as a whole is so huge and diverse that sometimes, even the local drivers do not exactly know what lies ahead. So the costs in this part of the world are always higher in comparison.

P.S:- Do you intend to cover the entire North east in one go?? If yes, better think again about it.
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FYI guys,

I covered all the 7 Sister States as well as Odhisa (Orissa), West Bengal, Sikkim and Bhutan. Obviously, I didn't see everything that I wanted to - there's something left for next time

It was simply amazing - the highlight was our Mt. Saramati adventure in Nagaland. I'm planning to go there again.

Cheers,
Neeraj

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Originally Posted by bharari View Post Hi,

Thanks for your feedback.

I was just trying to get a general idea about the budget for a backpacking trip through the 7 sister states (I know, it is impossible to cover everything).

I'm sure the actual expenses will vary considerably from place to place, but we still have to plan for something without making things too complicated. I'm hoping the law of averages will validate my daily budget.

Regards,
Neeraj
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Hi Neeraj,

What all places did you visit in Meghalaya?
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In Meghalaya- Mawlynnong (living root bridge), Shillong, Cherrapunji (double decker living root bridge).

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What all places did you visit in Meghalaya?
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Oh means you covered quite a few places. By the way did you find the budget accommodation that you were looking for or where did you stay? Did that budget you had already earmark work out for you here in meghalaya or did you have to stretch it a bit.
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I didn't have a specific budget for Meghalaya or any other state. I just had a per day budget and it worked out. As a couple, we were able to manage quite well on Rs.1800/day. Even Rs.1500/day is doable. Also, I went there in the off season, so I was able to negotiate down the hotel tariff in most cases.

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Well neeraj,

Ever since you started talking about budget accommodation in shillong and sohra, I have done my share of research and have actually found some good places for 600-800 for a double room per night. Never thought they existed.and decently located. Will share with you next time round. Anyway 1800/day is good. Which hotels did you stay and what was your arrangement to arrive at 1800 per day. Like breakup for the 1800.
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In Sohra, we stayed in the centrally located Sohra Plaza where you can get a double room for 400-500/nt. There are only 2 rooms and rooms are very basic with no tv. There are not many hotel options in Sohra as most people see Sohra as a day trip from Shillong. There are a few expensive resorts though.

In Shillong, we stayed at Hotel EC on Jail Road (near Police Bazaar). I got a 1600/nt room for 1200/nt (very nice room). There are dozens of hotels in Police Bazaar and it is easily possible to get much cheaper accommodation.

The other biggest expense is transportation for sightseeing. You often have to hire a taxi to take you to all the sights (e.g. Shillong local sightseeing and Sohra local sightseeing) and that can be expensive and there is very little room for negotiation unless you drop some points.

Food expense is variable depending on what and where you eat. Local food in local restaurant is very cheap. There is an excellent and cheap Madras Cafe in Shillong. Sohra doesn't have many food options.

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Originally Posted by karikor View Post Well neeraj,

Ever since you started talking about budget accommodation in shillong and sohra, I have done my share of research and have actually found some good places for 600-800 for a double room per night. Never thought they existed.and decently located. Will share with you next time round. Anyway 1800/day is good. Which hotels did you stay and what was your arrangement to arrive at 1800 per day. Like breakup for the 1800.
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Hey you guys did amazingly well. Well there are some cheaper hotels in police bazaar area but are notorious for unlawful activities being carried out within their premises. However I did find some good decent well maintained guest houses and b&b's with very reasonable prices.
As for sohra, yup there is only hilari and avron restaurant in saitsohpen locality that can serve a decent meal.

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