India has numerous attractions as a tourism destination, ranging from its fascinating history and architectural marvels to its rich culture and delectable cuisine. However, one of the most appealing aspects of visiting India is that it provides experiences for all types of travellers, from backpackers to luxury vacationers. Reading this will assist you in determining the cost of travel in India and planning your budget for your trip to India.
Do you want to know how much it costs to travel in India? India is affordable due to its cost-effective lodging, transportation, service, and food, as well as its low currency value. However, staying in hostels and basic BnBs is not required, nor is eating cheap street cuisine nonstop. In every category, India offers a wide range of choices. Everything is accessible, from 5-star hotels to mid-range boutique hotels and resorts, elegant rail trips, private automobiles, gourmet and international restaurants.
Overall Cost of Travelling in India
Accommodation, transportation, admission fees for widely visited attractions, and meals are all included in the total cost of your trip to India. It excludes personal costs such as a Pashmina scarf or a pair of leather shoes purchased at a store.
- Budget Traveller: INR 2,000-3,000 per day, per person (30-50 USD / 25-45 EUR) - The cost of travel in India for a backpacker is ideal, making it the greatest option for young, adventurous travellers looking to get the most out of their trip. This might include stays in hostel dorms or individual rooms at low-cost budget hotels. For the greatest distance, you'd use local buses and railroads and only one domestic aircraft. You'd also consume both street cuisine and restaurant meals, as well as see the most prominent tourist attractions.
- INR 6,000-12,000 (90-175 USD / 80-150 EUR per day, per person) for a high-end traveller - If expense isn't an issue and you're used to luxury travel, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the diversity of alternatives available in India, particularly in terms of hotels and resorts. Most sites can be reached by flying and travelling in a nice, air-conditioned automobile. All of the major cities, as well as some of the smaller towns, provide excellent gourmet eating alternatives that should not be overlooked. India boasts some of the most beautiful boutique luxury hotels and palace-turned-hotels. Allow us to take you by surprise.
Cost of Accommodation in India
India's travel expenses In large cities, tourist hotspots, and during the busy winter months of December, January, and February, hotel rates are often higher. They are at their lowest during the off-season and during the monsoon season, which runs from mid-June to September.
- Traveler on a Budget (Backpacker) - As a budget traveller, you can easily find hotels/hostels in India for INR 700-1,500 (9-20 USD, 8-18 EUR) a night that provide a clean simple room or a good dorm bed for between INR 700-1,500 (9-20 USD, 8-18 EUR). Breakfast is sometimes, but not always, included.
India has gone from establishing its first hostel to having over a hundred in the previous decade. They are secure, clean, entertaining (they organise fantastic events), and a terrific way to meet other travellers. When organising backpacking excursions, we frequently include them.
In India, there are also locations to stay that are less expensive. The cost of a night may be as cheap as INR 300-500 (4-7 USD, 3-6 EUR), however the hygiene and safety are doubtful. It is advisable to book these after personally inspecting them. Our calculations are based on a nightly rate of INR 800-1,500 (11-18 USD, 9-18 EUR) in a budget hotel.
- Traveler on a Mid-Budget - A bit more ease! If you want a private room and a private toilet at all times, you're on a mid-budget trip. The typical cost of a room per night ranges from INR 2,500 (34 USD, 29 EUR) for modest and immaculate rooms to INR 2,500 (34 USD, 29 EUR) for heritage or boutique stays.
Breakfast would be provided most nights, you'd get a private toilet every night, and some hotels would offer a pool, a garden, or a beautiful view. To give you a sense of where you may stay, consider the Mewar Haveli or Kankarwa Haveli in Udaipur, or wonderful home-stays all throughout India.
- Traveler in Style - You enjoy a comfy bed, boutique or heritage hotels that are reasonable, rooms with a beautiful view (where feasible), and the occasional use of a nice pool. Then you'll pay an average of INR 4,500 per night for a room.
For the most part, comfortable mattresses with great views, reasonable boutique and historical hotels, and a good pool are the norm; the typical night costs INR 4,500 (65 USD, 70 EUR). Breakfast would always be plenty and delicious.
You'd be staying in a variety of historic hotels and boutique hotels. For example, Jaipur's Shahpura House and Jodhpur's Ratan Vilas are both classic hotels with a focus on comfort.
Cost of Transportation in India
- Traveler on a Budget (Backpacker) - Trains would be your primary mode of transportation between locations. Fares for A/C class rail travel have been included in. Trains are a terrific and economical method to travel across India, but they are not available on all routes, and train tickets are sometimes sold out by the time you decide to buy, so you will have to take buses. Local buses are sometimes only available at the location and cannot be reserved via us.
Within cities, you will commute by public transportation or tuk-tuks (car rickshaws). Transportation costs should be budgeted at INR 800 (11 USD, 9 EUR) per person each day. A rail and bus journey of North India or a backpacking vacation in South India are both economical and enjoyable.
- Traveler in Style - For the most part, you'd have a car and a driver. Furthermore, train travel would always be the best available A/C class and would only be considered if it was the most convenient alternative. When distances are too great, you would take a flight. Having a car and driver accompany you on your journey in India is a convenient and flexible way to see the country. On a daily basis, you would spend INR 1,500 (USD 20/ EUR 16) on transportation.
Cost of Meals in India
When it comes to cuisine, India is not an expensive place. However, eating in larger towns and tourist destinations can be costly at times. In average, breakfast (omelette/parathas/idli/dosa) and a cup of tea or coffee costs approximately INR 60-80 (1 USD/ EUR) per person at local restaurants. Lunch and dinner will set you back at least INR 80-150 per person/per meal (1-2 USD/EUR). At that price, you can anticipate a warm and full lunch. There are a few issues with neighbourhood eateries.
- When travelling in India, hygiene might be a concern, but it's a risk you'll have to accept no matter what. Food from good restaurants might also make you sick. To lessen your risk, avoid eating at restaurants that are vacant; instead, go to areas where there are a lot of people.
- Local eateries are simple to find in larger and mid-sized cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur). It's more difficult in smaller towns since every restaurant is built out for visitors (expensive). Prepare to go beyond the tourist traps in tiny towns and explore.
- Meals in upscale restaurants might cost anywhere between INR 250 and 400 (3-6 USD/ EUR) per person. Alcohol would not be included at this pricing.
- If you want to dine at fine dining restaurants or stay in a five-star hotel with a fantastic view, a dinner can cost anywhere from INR 1,000 to 2,500 per person (12-35 USD/EUR).
Cost of Travelling in India (Alcohol)
When it comes to alcohol in India, there are a handful of things to bear in mind. Availability and pricing, for example.
To begin with, alcohol is rather easy to come by in India. You should not, however, assume that all hotels and restaurants will provide alcohol. Many restaurants may not offer alcohol on their menus (due to a lack of a licence to serve it), but will make arrangements if asked.
Hotels that do not provide alcohol will normally allow you to bring your own. Alcohol is not available in supermarkets, but India has 'wine stores,' which are dedicated only to the sale of alcohol. Because 'Wine Shops' are hard to come by, ask your hotel or driver where the nearest one is.
Second, alcohol is more expensive in larger cities with greater taxes, such as Mumbai and Delhi. Depending on where you go, a drink might cost anywhere from INR 150 to 500/600 (2-6 USD/EUR) at a bar, pub, or club. Stronger cocktails (whiskey, gin, vodka, and so on) might cost anywhere between INR 200 and 1,000 (2-13 USD/EUR). It's difficult to generalise since it relies so much on where you are and what you're ordering. Even by international standards, it might range from exceedingly low to highly high. In smaller places, alcohol is approximately 30-35 percent less expensive. Expect a lower pricing in everything at a 'wine shop.'
Monument Entry Fees
Indians and foreigners are charged varying admission fees in India (15x more to a foreigner). This may appear to be a little unfair, but the goal is to allow every Indian citizen, regardless of financial constraints, to visit every type of monument. Most monuments, however, allow children under the age of 15 to visit for free. A verified student ID entitles you to a significant reduction on the admission charge.
When visiting India, you should spend INR 6,000 (80 USD/ 70 EUR) each person for monument admission costs. However, you will spend more money on sightseeing in other areas, like as Delhi, Agra, or Jaipur, simply because these places have more tourist landmarks. You would most certainly spend more on activities in areas like Goa or Kerala, which have fewer monuments.
We anticipate you to spend money on shopping, incidental items, and the odd tip in addition to the above-mentioned charges. However, keep in mind that these are simply estimates and may change somewhat from real-time pricing. Expect some minor fluctuations because the rupee fluctuates rapidly and sometimes dramatically. Regardless of the changes, we provide a thorough list at each location with no hidden fees, so you won't be caught off guard when anything unexpected happens.
Other Activities that you are likely to spend on
When you visit India, you will almost certainly partake in a variety of activities. The cost of the same varies depending on the activity. It may appear ridiculously inexpensive at times, and it may appear pricey when compared to the costs of everything else in India.
- Cooking lessons range in price from INR 750 to 1,500 per person (10-20 USD, 9-18 EUR). This is a 3- to 4-hour lesson in which you consume a complete dinner that you have just cooked. So good for the money.
- Riding an elephant costs INR 1,000 (10-15 USD/EUR) for two people/one elephant at Jaipur's Amer Fort. But keep in mind that elephants aren't always treated fairly!
- A half-day canoe journey in Kerala's backwaters costs INR 1,200/1,500 and generally includes a supper (16-20 USD, 14-18 EUR)
- In Kerala, a traditional dance exhibition costs roughly INR 200 (2 USD/EUR).