How much do we need for 1 month in india? Please help!

#1 Aug 20th, 2014, 19:10
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Hi there,

Me and my partner are heading off to India in November and cannot wait!!

We are flying to Goa and then making our way down to Kerala, flying onto Bangkok in January so we will be in Inida for 2 months.

We have put aside 1,600 for us both for these two months excluding the flights of course), which works out at about 25 a day for the two of us, is that enough or are we being too tight??

We are more than happy to stay in the cheapest hostels we can find and live on a budget but we obviously want to ensure that we have enough money to survive and enjoy ourselves.

Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks!
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Is that 25 each, or for both of you?

I spent around 20 - 25 per day when I was there. I also went for 2 months. This included accommodation, activities and train fares. I was alone though, so sharing a room will save you money too. I stayed in a mix of budget - midrange guest houses. The cheapest was 400rs and the most expensive 1500rs. On average I found places around 800-1000rs per night with attached bathroom.
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When I first visited India XXX years ago I worked out that I spent 70 per week, as a single traveller.

FF is right 2 can easily live as cheaply than one, just take some extra cash in case.

I travel with UK50's and the exchange rate is so good now about 100/- to 1GBP
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Originally Posted by TravelSandwich View Post We are more than happy to stay in the cheapest hostels we can find and live on a budget but we obviously want to ensure that we have enough money to survive and enjoy ourselves.
The key word being "enjoy". Wouldn't it be a shame to come to India and not have enough money to enjoy yourselves. While you may get by on 25 a day save every , , $ you can get your hands on. Then enjoy a little something extra!!
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I'm with Drews60 . . . the keyword is "enjoy" . . . how do YOU define that? Me: rooms in the Rs300 neighborhood; attached "bath", no hot water; fan (most of the time) no AC, I spend as much on food as my room . . . I "enjoy" being in India, it keeps me busy just being there On non-travel days, I probably spend in the neighborhood of $13-15 USD/day. Not much of a fort person, no alcohol, I do take bansuri lessons, "hangin' out" is my favorite pasttime . . . if this is your first trip you're really just going to have to see what your money will buy. India has certainly been experienced for less . . .
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Originally Posted by Darmabum View Post "hangin' out" is my favorite pasttime . . . .
Mine too. That cost me a few rupees for a cup of tea or coffee, hopefully a sidewalk table and chair and I'm good for hours, just enjoying the parade as it passes by.

Then I join the parade for a walk, enjoying the sights.
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I should add that this time I'm taking extra money so if I want to ride an elephant, spend a night on a houseboat or rent a shikara, hire a car and driver for side trips I can.

So a few extra s can't hurt.
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I know it is a generalisation, but it seems most people when they hear the word INDIA think 'cheap'. You can travel on a bare bones budget, but you can also travel 5 star. I think it is a mistake to have to stick to a strict small budget just so you can tell your friends that you have seen India. In reality, you haven't even scratched the surface if you are counting every rupee. I don't throw money about, but I always travel with a healthy budget with a healthy safety net as well just in case. I applaud people who enjoy travel this way but remember it is a holiday and should also be enjoyable. My point is if you want to see India for a long period of time, a budget of 1500 to 2000 rupees a day will soon wear thin.
My 10 cents worth.(see, generous even in this). Zamba.
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Often the "mistake" of a small budget has nothing to do with anything other than having that much money That being said, when I go I have a daily budget, then I take another 20% more . . . just in case.

For myself I often felt too far away from India if/when I stayed in swish places. I remember staying in such a place in Rishikesh at the end of my first trip. The place had a doorman!! . . . he opened the door and I entered a little half-way-in room/very small, then into another door for the main hotel . . . felt kinda like a decompression/recompression chamber . . . and the people at the desk had nametags!!!! and matching jackets . . .
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Originally Posted by Darmabum View Post For myself I often felt too far away from India if/when I stayed in swish places. I remember staying in such a place in Rishikesh at the end of my first trip.
Of all the places in India, you felt for a swish place in Rishikesh???

In Rishikesh, I was in a 100 rupees per night place and it was a heaven with the gushing river 10 metres away infront of my room, mountains in the back yard, a large garden with full of flowers in the front yard, a chai kiosk 2 minutes walk, and all the restaurants/shops 5 minute walk.

I stayed in a swish place in Delhi for 30,000 rupees per night with none of the above. Too many door men there and more ofcourse...

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