India is a great destination for
travelers of all different budgets. In terms of a holiday, India has
pretty much all climates and sceneries on earth and that fact that it
won’t bankrupt you only makes it a more attractive destination.
From accommodation to transport, guides to meals; we have included a
short guide below about what you will potentially spend. This can help
you effectively plan your journey to India and enjoy your holiday all
the more. Whether you are a backpacker, a modest traveler, a
luxury-lover or someone who wants to see everything the country has,
this country can fit your budget.
We have separated this article into four ranges; Backpacker, Budget,
Mid-range and Luxury. Remember that these rates will change depending
on the season, hotels, activities, type of transport etc.
Backpacker (20-30$ / 15-20€ per
For the backpacker, you can stay in basic accommodation, eat out in
modest establishments and obviously sample some of the amazing street
food. You will be able to use local buses and non air-conditioned
trains. The value for backpackers is that they really immerse
themselves in the culture of this wonderful country.
Budget (35-55$ / 25-40€ per
This is a modest calculation for the budget traveler. If you really
are a diehard backpacker, you can actually live in India for less than
this. However, this calculation will include stay in budget hotels,
home-stays and cheap dormitories. You will be able to travel in local
government and sometimes private transport and non air-conditioned
trains. Monuments in India can cost more and the cost will obviously
depend on how much you want to see.
Mid-range (55-80$ / 40-60€ per
The mid-range budget is what most travelers to India will live on.
With this amount of money per day you can really experience some of
the places that this fantastic country has to offer. You can stay in
interesting hotels such as ‘havelis’ and even old manor houses and
palaces where the royalty used to live. You will be able to have a
chauffeur and car, some flights, air-conditioned trains and buses.
Although there are loads of different types of eateries you can go to,
a mid-range restaurant will set you back between 20-25$ or 15-20€.
Luxury (110-160$ / 80 -120€ per
There are some of the best and most luxurious hotels in the world in
India. You can have 5star treatment, incredible world and local
cuisine, a large car with chauffer, internal flights according to your
timetable, guides or escorts and much more. Take in mind that larger
metropolis cities will be marginally more expensive (such as Delhi,
Mumbai, Kolkata). As a note, the super-high end hotels will probably
set you back from 200€ per day per person.
Travelers take note:
Foreign travelers are generally charged more to enter tourist sites
than local tourists. Sometimes the change in price can be very
alarming, but it is controlled by the Tourism Board of India and
therefore beyond our control. There will be additional charges for
Larger cities like Delhi and Mumbai will be more expensive than other
cities, especially the hotels. High season between November and
January/February is the most expensive time of the year to travel.
There is lots of opportunity to eat out in India, ranging from simple
street food (which is extremely tasty) at around 50INR to medium-range
restaurants costing around 400INR up to the high-end establishments
which will set you back around 1500INR.