Money and Costs
India is a cheap country to travel in and even a small budget will allow you experience a lot on your trip. Your budget will obviously depend on you accommodation choices and your itinerary but there are a huge range of backpacker options available and food in local restaurants is extremely cheap.
As a general rule Mumbai and Delhi are more expensive than other areas of the country and accommodation can be pricey in Kerala. If you travel to rural areas however then expect things to be far cheaper although accommodation and transport choices might be more limited.
from $18 per day for solo travelers and $25 for couples.
The currency of India is the Rupee, often just written as Rs. Rupees come in both coin and note form and it is illegal to take them out of India which means that you will probably have to wait until you arrive in-country to change money.
ATMs and credit cards
There are a huge range of local and international banks in big cities and international access ATMs are widespread. In more rural areas where you can’t be sure you will find an international access ATM make sure you take enough money with you to cover your stay. International access ATMs will also charge you a fee for using them.
Money changers are plentiful in big cities and tourist areas although you will get a better rate of exchange if you change money in a bank. That said, this can be a long process that involves a lot of paperwork so if you want to save time then you will find a range of private money changers in tourist areas and major cities.
Credit cards are accepted in major tourist areas in big hotels, department stores, and businesses catering to foreign clients. As such don’t rely on being able to use a credit card wherever you go. Be aware that credit card theft is widespread in India so make sure that all transactions happen in front of you and take a selection of cards with you if possible in case one gets lost or stolen.