I did it. I travelled for 103 days through India and lived to tell the tale!
The final stretch of travel through India proved to be both incredible and trying at the same time. I was suffering a little from ‘travel burnout’ in the end, and the extreme heat of Delhi didn’t help. It was just before the monsoon season when I finally left India and you could feel the temperature rising by the day!
That said, I absolutely loved my time in the Himalayas. It was the perfect opportunity to escape the heat and to get in some amazing hiking. My favourite!
Having arrived in India on the 10th February, I’ve been keeping track of my costs and highlights each month, but it felt right to sew it all up in one neat package per country, rather than by month.
So below is a summary of my travels and costs for travelling through India from 10 April – 23 May (6 weeks and 1 day). You can find the previous months’ summaries here:
Month 1 in India (10 Feb – 9 March)
Month 2 in India (10 March to 9 April)
Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Travelling India
If you’re looking for a quick, visual account of how much I spent over the entire 3 and a half months in India, I’ve made a quick infographic to save you looking through the previous posts, although feel free to go back and read them for more detail.
As always, if you’re planning a trip to any of the places I’ve been to, please do ask me anything by leaving a comment below or dropping me an email.
Month 3: Places visited
Udaipur – Loved this city with its beautiful fort and lake.
Jodhpur – A quick stop through here but got Delhi Belly… See the video of my struggle at Jodhpur station here. Not my finest hour.
Amritsar – Saw the amazing Golden Temple and the pomp and ceremony of the guards at the Wagah border.
McLeod Ganj (Near Dharamshala) – Hiked the Triund and recharged my batteries
Delhi – Went to see an Alt-J gig, but it was ruined by a stupid girl in my hostel.
Agra (for the Taj Mahal) – Watched the sun rise over the Taj Mahal. It was epic.
Locations map Apr / May:
- I finally fell out of love but then back in love with India. I think this is testimony to the craziness of the country, but I ended up in love, so that was all good. 🙂
- Being invited to an Indian wedding was an absolutely amazing experience, although extremely odd and funny at the same time. Read more here.
- I finally mastered the basics of Hindi, being able to hold my own with ‘hello’ (namaste), ‘how are you?’ (Aap Kaise Hain?), and ‘what is your name?’ (Aap ka naam kya hai?) being my staples. Nailed it.
- I had some of the most delicious food of my life in Rajasthan. Especially the lentil kofta curry in Jaisalmer. Incredible, and you should definitely try it!
- The camel safari in Jaisalmer was one of the highlights of my entire trip to India. Setting up a mattress on the sand dunes and sleeping under the stars… you can’t get much better than that!
- I’ve decided the people of Amritsar deserve the award for ‘friendliest people in India’. They are so warm and everyone was willing to help, or even just stop and have a chat!
- I knew I would love it, but going into the mountains was one of the best decisions I made for myself, when the pressures of travelling through India were just getting too much. I spent 2 weeks in Manali just working and letting myself unwind.
- Yak cheese! Sounds gross but actually delish.
- A drive through the Parvati Valley to Kasol in the Himalayas was like something out of the Lord of the Rings. Show-stopping views at every turn.
- The Stops Hostel in Delhi was one of the best hostels I’ve stayed in. Clean rooms, great wifi, free breakfast and a massive cinema room showing Bollywood movies. Yes.
- Ending my trip to India with a glimpse of the Taj Mahal was unforgettable.
- The touts in Pushkar were some of the worst I’ve ever seen, using religious guilt to try and con you out of a LOT of money. If you’re visiting Pushkar then please be careful… you might want to read the full story here.
- I spent an hour hiking in the wrong direction at the Triund, which meant having to turn back to the start. I didn’t make it to the top but it was still amazing.
- The heat. If you’re planning on visiting India, you’ll probably want to avoid the months of April, May and June, as before the monsoon hits it’s just unbearable!
- That idiot in my hostel that ruined everything….
- The taxi from Agra to Delhi was a sour way to finish the trip. After 5 hours of banter and being a genuinely nice guy, the driver tried to rip us off and then became really aggressive, even grabbing Alex by the throat. In the end we just paid what he asked, but it left us a bit shaken as we boarded the plane to Vietnam.
As this month’s budget is actually just a little over 6 weeks, it’s a little skewed. But you can see a full total for the full 103 days at the bottom of this post too.
I have listed all expenses below in GBP (at an exchange rate of approximately 100 rupees to the pound).
- Food & drink: £189 (lots of street food and cheap beer meant that the budget was pretty good!)
- Accommodation: £305 (approx £7 a night).
- Transportation (long bus / train journeys, local rickshaw rides and a taxi from Agra to Delhi): £106
- Shopping: £40 (clothes and toiletries)
- Activities: £63 (hiking, temple and palace entrances, camel trek, yoga)
- Laundry: £26
- Data for 3G phone: £24 (essential for work, and this got me about 10GB of data for the month)
Total expenditure: £753
Add this to the totals from the past two months and you get the total cost for 3 and a half months in India.
Month 1: £730
Month 2: £972
Month 3 (and a half): £753
Total spend for travel in India: £2455
So there you have it. Travel in India was a whole lot cheaper then I had expected, although it’s exactly what I had hoped for. If you have any budget related questions please leave me a comment below!
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