India wrap-up: route, transport, visa & budget
India was our first stop so we got the visa upfront at the consulate in Antwerp, Belgium.
- Fill in an online form first.
- Take it to the office together with special passport pictures (you can have them taken at the consulate as well).
- Make sure to bring your flight and hotel details with you, especially if you want a double entry visa (if you want to visit one of India’s neighboring countries as well).
- Pay cash to avoid any payment fees.
We spent 1,5 month in Northern India and these were the places we covered:
- Pushkar (via Ajmer)
- Mandawa – Fatehpur
- New Delhi
Travel by train
Traveling by train was so wonderful I dedicated a separate blog post to it.
The estimate: $35/day/person (€ 25.55)
The outcome: $28/day/person (€ 20.54)
Our primary expenses were:
- Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner): 35% ($9.5 / € 6.96 a day)
- Stay: 35% ($9.5 / € 6.96 a day)
- Public transport (99% train): 9% ($2.5 / € 1.8 a day)
- Taxi: 6.2% ($1.65 / € 1.21 a day)
- Museum (entry tickets): 4.7% ($1.26 / € 0.92 a day)
A SIM card was very cheap and we didn’t buy a lot of souvenirs.
* € is accurate, $ depends on the exchange rate.