Currency: Indian rupee (INR, Rs), 1 rupee = 100 paise. Keep small bills handy and put amounts in different places to avoid pickpockets. Prices/bills may include a government tax (GST currently 18%), alcohol VAT, service charge (usually 10%), and luxury charge – look closely and ask before getting hit with a high increase.
Local custom: Locals do not tip (called baksheesh). Tipping is only expected when dining. Be discreet when offering tips. People may offer to help or guide you and will expect a tip, refuse the help unless you plan to tip.
Curated tipping suggestions:
Airport Car Service/Transport: Rs50 if on time and friendly, otherwise none.
Airport Skycap/Porter: Rs20-50 per trip. Do not accept help if you do not plan to tip.
Hair Salon (general): Not expected but a small amount of change is appreciated.
Hotel Housekeeping/Room Attendant: Rs50-100 per night depending on how messy or special requests.
Hotel Porter/Bellhop: Rs20 per bag, Rs50 maximum.
Massage Therapist: Not expected but a small amount of change is appreciated.
Restaurant (general): A service charge is usually included in bill/price, if not (ask), 10%.
Spa: Not expected but a small amount of change is appreciated.
Taxi: None or round up for good service.
Tour – Guide or Driver: Rs30-40 per person for group tours, Rs100-250 per person for private tour.
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