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Choices vary widely depending on your budget and location. Cheap travellers' hotels are numerous in big cities where you can get a room for less than Rs 450 ($10). Rooms at guest-houses with a double bed (and often a bathroom) can be found in many touristic venues for Rs 150-200. Good budget hotels in India are not hard to find. You can find accommodation in clean dormitories for as little as Rs 50 ($1) in many Indian districts.

Most Indian train stations have rooms or dormitories, which are cheap, relatively well maintained (the beds, sheets etc. not the showers) and secure. There are also the added bonuses of not being accosted by the rickshaw mafia, getting your bag off quickly and, for the adventurous, you are highly likely to be able to jump on a cheap public bus back to the train station, just ask. Keep in mind you must have an arrival or departure train ticket from the station where you intend to sleep and there could be a limit on how many nights you may stay.

Midrange options are plentiful in the larger cities and expanding fast into second-tier cities as well. Dependable local chains include Country Inns Ginger and Neemrana and prices vary from Rs 1000-4000 per night. Local, unbranded hotels can be found in any city, but quality varies widely.

If your wallet allows it, you can try staying in a maharaja's palace in Udaipur or modern five-star hotels which are now found pretty much all over the country. The top-end of Indian luxury rests with the Oberoi Taj and ITC Welcomgroup hotel chains, who operate hotels in all the major cities and throughout Rajasthan. The usual international chains also run major 5-star hotels in most Indian metropolises, but due to India's economic boom availability is tight and prices can be crazy: it's not uncommon to be quoted over US$300/night for what would elsewhere be a distinctly ordinary business hotel going for a third of the price. Also beware that some jurisdictions including Delhi and Bangalore charge stiff luxury taxes on the rack rate of the room, which can lead to nasty surprises at check-out time.

Two important factors to keep in mind when choosing a place to stay are 1) safety and 2) cleanliness. Malaria is alive and well in certain areas of India - one of the best ways to combat malaria is to choose lodgings with air conditioning and sealed windows. An insect-repellent spray containing DEET will also help.

Dak bungalows exist in many areas. These were built by the British to accommodate travelling officials and are now used by the Indian and state governments for the same purpose. If they have room, most will take tourists at a moderate fee. They are plain — ceiling fans rather than air conditioning, shower but no tub, etc. — but clean, comfortable and usually in good locations. Typically the staff includes a pensioned-off soldier as night watchman and perhaps another as gardener; often the gardens are lovely. Sometimes there is a cook. You meet interesting Indian travellers this way: engineers building a bridge in the area, a team of doctors vaccinating the villagers, whatever.

Don't count on having a reliable electricity supply if you aren't staying in an upmarket hotel. Brownouts are frequent, and many buildings have unsafe wiring.

Make sure to bring your passport wherever you go, as most hotels will not rent out rooms without you producing a valid passport. This is especially true in Delhi.

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Places to Sleep in India

Resort Om Beach Resort
Situated 1.5km east of town, Om Beach Resort is charming in every way. The resort features twelve colonial style cottages that are well planned and beautifully merge with its surroundings. All cottages are of the same size... more
Mid Range, Rooms from $58 - $130, in Gokarna Town
Resort Bandipur Safari Lodge
Karnataka has a number of wildlife sanctuaries/tiger reserves that enable you to view wildlife in their natural habitat, at close quarters. If you are stretched for time, the most accessible wildlife destination is Bandipu... more
Mid Range, INR 7000--8000 per cottage per night, all inclusive; foreigners 12,400 INR, in Chamarajanagar
Homestay Homestays in Coorg/Kodagu
There are hotels of different ranges all over Coorg, but the homestay is a recommended option for the experience--- it is a popular and reasonably priced option, and one that gives a glimpse of the land and culture and spe... more
Low Budget, INR 2000 per night per room, with breakfast and dinner, in Coorg
Resort River Tern Lodge
Set in the most picturesque surroundings, the River Tern Lodge is on a hillock, beside the river Bhadra and close to the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, also a Tiger Reserve. It is surrounded by the Bababudangiri hill ranges of... more
Mid Range, INR 3850 for Indians per head per night, and INR 5950 for foreigners., in Chikmaglur
Resort Dubare Elephant Camp
Dubare is known for the unique experience it offers—an elephant camp which allows personal interaction with Asian elephants, an enriching and enjoyable experience for young and old alike! There are a number of accomm... more
Mid Range, INR 5300 for Indians, INR 9800 for foreigners, per couple, all inclusive, in Coorg
Resort Kabini River Lodge
The Kabini River Lodge is located in the southern fringes of the Nagarhole National Park, and has been rated among the top 5 wildlife resorts in the world by British Tatler’s Travel Guide. It is run by Jungle Lodges ... more
Mid Range, Approx. INR 11000-13000 per couple per night, all inclusive; foreigners INR 19000, in Mysore District
Resort Sloth Bear Resort
If you are interested in a unique UNESCO Heritage center as well as wildlife, the sloth bear resort is the ideal destination. For you can visit the world famous ruins of Hampi, Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal, as well a... more
Mid Range, INR 7000-14000 per couple/per night for Indians, INR 12000-20000 for foreigners., in Bellary
Resort Blackbuck Resort
North Karnataka has historical sites like Bidar, and also harbors wildlife like the black buck. One way to see both is to stay at the newly opened Blackbuck resort, run by the government enterprise Jungle Lodges and Resort... more
Mid Range, INR 2750-3250 for Indians, INR 4140-4875 for foreigners, in Bidar
Resort Bannerghatta Nature Camp
Set in 25,000 acres of jungle, the Bannerghatta Nature Camp, situated in the Bannerghatta Biological Park, is an easy getaway from Bengaluru, 22 km away. You could take a day trip to Bannerghatta National Park to get away ... more
Mid Range, INR 2750 per head/per night for Indians; INR 3950 for foreigners., in Bangalore Urban District
Resort Pilikula Nisargadhama Resort
If you are in Dakshin Karnataka district near the town of Mangalore, take a break at the Pilikula Nisargadhama resort, run by Jungle Lodges and Resorts, a government of Karnataka undertaking. This destination will give you... more
Mid Range, INR 4400-5500 for Indians, INR 7800-9420 for foreigners, per night per couple, in Dakshin Kannada
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