We are often asked if tipping is customary in India.
The general rule of thumb is:
Restaurants – it is customary to tip 10%
Auto drivers/Taxi Drivers/Uber – rounding up is ok if just short trip. If you have a driver for a half day, or full day, then we would recommend tipping more – starting from INR100 or so, and more if they’ve been really helpful and pleasant. It really is up to you as tipping is not compulsory.
Guides – while we ensure that all our guides are paid a fair wage, everyone likes to be recognised for their work, so if you feel they did a great job you can guarantee a tip will be most welcome. Anything starting around INR100 depending on the tour. If it is one of our short 1.5-2 hours, INR100 would be acceptable. If you are thinking of tipping someone, for example your Tour Director, who has been with you every day, then at the end of your stay you could consider something a little more generous if you feel they have earned it.
Artisans – while we believe most people will welcome a tip, something else to consider when thinking of tipping your artisans, is to buy some of their wares from them instead. This is a great way to show your appreciation of their art. Or, of course you could do both!
If unsure when you are on tour, please don’t hesitate to ask us.