India Currency

The currency of India is the Rupee, valued at 63.84 rupees to 1 USD. There are ATMs in most towns of India, but carry cash as a backup. MasterCard and Visa are the most accepted credit cards in India.




  • A service fee is added to the bill at restaurants and hotels. In this case tipping is optional, but it is appreciated elsewhere.
  • Hotel bellboys, train porters, airport porters appreciate anything around 50 Rupee; hotel staff should be given similar gratuities for services.
  • A tip is fine for good service, if you hire a car with a driver.
  • Many Indians ask tourists not to give children sweets or money, in order not to encourage begging. If you want to make a lasting impact, donate to a charitable organization.
  • Bargaining is the norm, except in fixed-price shops like government emporiums and fair-trade cooperatives.


Daliy Costs


Budget (up to 3000 Rupee)
▪ Dorm bed: 400–600 Rupee
▪ Double room in a budget hotel: 400–700 Rupee
▪ All-you-can-eat thalis (plate meals): 120–300 Rupee
▪ Bus and train tickets: 300–500 Rupee


Mid-range (4000– 9000 Rupee)
▪ Double hotel room: 1500–5000 Rupee
▪ Meals in mid-range restaurants: 600–1500 Rupee
▪ Admission to historic sights and museums: 500–1000 Rupee
▪ Local taxis/auto rickshaws: 500–2000 Rupee


Top End (more than 9000 Rupee)
▪ Deluxe hotel room: 5000–22,000 Rupee
▪ Meals at superior restaurants: 2000–5000 Rupee
▪ First-class train travel: 1000–8000 Rupee
▪ Renting a car and driver: 1800 Rupee upwards per day

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