India Budget & Trip Report

In this post you’ll find our itinerary, lodging info and detailed budget from our time traveling through India from 30 July to 17 September 2012.

 

Itinerary

We spent 50 days total in India, getting around primarily by train and bus with a few other forms of transport thrown in for good measure.

DATE LOCATION LENGTH OF STAY TRAVEL TIME (TO)
30 July – 02 Aug Kolkata (Calcutta) 4 nights 2.5 hrs via air (from Kunming, China)
02 Aug – 03 Aug Siliguri 1 night 8 hrs via day train
03 Aug – 07 Aug Darjeeling 4 nights 3 hrs via shared jeep
07 Aug – 12 Aug Varanasi 4 nights 3 hrs via jeep / 18 hrs via overnight train
13 Aug – 17 Aug Delhi 4 nights 14 hrs via overnight train
17 Aug – 19 Aug Agra 2 nights 4 hrs via day train
19 Aug – 23 Aug Jodhpur 4 nights 10.5 hrs via day train
23 Aug – 25 Aug Jaisalmer 2 nights 6 hrs via bus
25 Aug – 27 Aug Khuri 2 nights 1.5 hrs via bus
28 Aug – 01 Sep Udaipur 4 nights 1.5 hrs via bus / 6 hrs via train / 9 hrs via bus
02 Sep – 04 Sep Mumbai 2 nights 10 hrs via overnight bus
05 Sep – 06 Sep Mangalore 1 night 17 hrs via overnight train
06 Sep – 09 Sep Kochi 3 nights 8.5 hrs via bus
09 Sep – 13 Sep Varkala 4 nights 4 hrs via bus
14 Sep – 17 Sep Chennai 3 nights 16 hrs via overnight train

 

Lodging

We stayed at 17 different hotels and guesthouses in India. Average cost per night for two people was around $14 USD, with the most expensive accommodations being $20 in Agra, Varkala and near the Kolkata airport, and cheapest being at Shanti Guesthouse in Varanasi ($5/night for two people, fan room, cold shower). Sea Pearl Chalets wins the award for the hostel/guesthouse with the fewest Indian guests, while Hotel Oriental and Hotel Manorama get the award for most. Smyle Inn and Dream Heaven were our overall favorites. Surprisingly, none of these places were terrible by any measure, though some were quite basic.

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Lodging by location (in order of our stay):

PROPERTY
LOCATION
PRICE
NOTES
North Star Hotel
Kolkata
US $20/night
en suite AC double
Hotel Oriental
Kolkata
US $18
en suite AC double
Conclave Lodge
Siliguri
US $10
en suite twin
Hotel Tranquility
Darjeeling
US $9
en suite double
Sagar Guest House
Varanasi
US $6
en suite twin
Shanti Guest House
Varanasi
US $5
en suite double
Smyle Inn
New Delhi
US $16
en suite AC double
Hotel Sidhartha
Agra
US $20
en suite AC twin
Blue House Guesthouse
Jodhpur
US $13
en suite AC double
Ratan Palace Hotel
Jaisalmer
US $15
en suite AC twin
Badal House
Khuri
US $11
basic hut w/ shared bath
Dream Heaven Guesthouse
Udaipur
US $14
en suite AC double
Sea Shore Hotel
Mumbai
US $18
twin room w/ shared bath
Hotel Manorama
Mangalore
US $11
en suite AC twin
Mother Tree Bed & Breakfast
Fort Kochi
US $11
en suite double
Sea Pearl Chalets
Varkala
US $20
en suite bungalows
Bamboo Village
Varkala
US $8
en suite bungalows
stayed with friends
Chennai


 

Budget

The following is an overview of our costs (for TWO travelers — a husband/wife couple) in each location we visited. The table does not include transport or communication costs or incidentals such as water, toilet paper, etc. — but should give you a good idea of what it might cost to travel through various parts of India for two months in August/September. With that said, if you curious, our transport costs (taking AC3 and CC trains between most locations) was $398 ($199 per person), averages to about $4 per day per person.

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Average spent per day (for two people), categorized by DAY, FOOD, LODGING, and SIGHTSEEING:

LOCATION
TOTAL
FOOD
LODGING
SIGHTSEEING
Kolkata
US $31 /day
US $11 /day
US $18 /day
US $2 /day
Darjeeling
$28
$16
$9
$3
Varanasi
$17
$12
$5
$0
Delhi
$38
$14
$16
$8
Agra
$60
$13
$21
$26
Jodhpur
$34
$17
$14
$3
Jaisalmer
$46
$24
$15
$7
Udaipur
$39
$20
$14
$5
Mumbai
$39
$21
$18
$0
Fort Kochi
$40
$25
$11
$4
Varkala
$30
$19
$11
$0
OVERALL
$37
$17
$14
$5
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