Cost of living in Varanasi, India

Summary of cost of living in Varanasi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨110,568
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨38,235
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Varanasi, India. Current as of Jul 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨275
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨187
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨102
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨42
12 eggs, large ₨51
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨29
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨153
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨98
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨128
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨778
2 liters of coca-cola ₨69
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨22
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨18,611
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨12,783
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨3,004
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨8,968
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨11,329
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨1,755
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨1,043
40” flat screen tv ₨40,544
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,339
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨214
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,089
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨2,204
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,193
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨1,384
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨922,606
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨73
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,688
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨268
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨162
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨229
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨207
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨121
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨229
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨113
Tube of toothpaste ₨65
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨141
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨731
2 tickets to the movies ₨347
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,100
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,094
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨297
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨96
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨170
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨67,658
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨33
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,230
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨223
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 85 prices entered by 14 different people.
Latest price update: July 07, 2020

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