Cost of living in Varanasi, India

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨369
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨195
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨107
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨39
12 eggs, large ₨50
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨21
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨131
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨102
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨19
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨133
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨659
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨69
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨21
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨18,794
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨11,641
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨2,684
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨7,452
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨5,452
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨1,500
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,290
40” flat screen TV ₨45,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨9,860
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨250
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,372
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,161
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,202
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,166
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨984,134
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨74
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,981
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨196
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨158
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨250
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨200
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨106
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨236
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨148
Tube of toothpaste ₨65
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨100
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨604
2 tickets to the movies ₨331
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨848
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,142
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨287
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨62
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨167
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨95,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨38
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,290
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨91
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 83 prices entered by 16 different people.
Latest price update: December 11, 2017.

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