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India Budget & Trip Report

Our itinerary, lodging info and detailed budget from our time traveling through India from 30 July to 17 September 2012

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.

DATELOCATIONLENGTH OF STAYTRAVEL TIME (TO)
30 July – 02 AugKolkata (Calcutta)4 nights2.5 hrs via air (from Kunming, China)
02 Aug – 03 AugSiliguri1 night8 hrs via day train
03 Aug – 07 AugDarjeeling4 nights3 hrs via shared jeep
07 Aug – 12 AugVaranasi4 nights3 hrs via jeep / 18 hrs via overnight train
13 Aug – 17 AugDelhi4 nights14 hrs via overnight train
17 Aug – 19 AugAgra2 nights4 hrs via day train
19 Aug – 23 AugJodhpur4 nights10.5 hrs via day train
23 Aug – 25 AugJaisalmer2 nights6 hrs via bus
25 Aug – 27 AugKhuri2 nights1.5 hrs via bus
28 Aug – 01 SepUdaipur4 nights1.5 hrs via bus / 6 hrs via train / 9 hrs via bus
02 Sep – 04 SepMumbai2 nights10 hrs via overnight bus
05 Sep – 06 SepMangalore1 night17 hrs via overnight train
06 Sep – 09 SepFt. Kochi (Cochin)3 nights8.5 hrs via bus
09 Sep – 13 SepVarkala4 nights4 hrs via bus
14 Sep – 17 SepChennai3 nights16 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.

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.

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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