The value of the Indian rupee has been falling consistently for a few years now, which means that there’s not much you can get for a 100 bucks now-a-days. A good evening out with friends in a decent city in India can cost quite a lot of money. If you add shopping to that, your wallet is going to take a bigger hit. But still there are many places out there where you can have fun for very less money. You can have quite a bit of fun with only 100 rupees in a day if you are willing to lower your expectations a bit and are open to try different things. Here are the top 10 things you can do with only Rs 100 in pocket.
10. Eat Some Street Food:
Street food is still cheap in most cities if you know where to look. With 100 rupees you can eat a lot. Choose the smallest and oldest shops and stop worrying about hygiene for a day. Golgappe, Samosa, Kachauri, Jalebi, Chole Kulche, Rolls, Momo etc. can all be found at cheap prices in all cities. You can make a good evening out of finding the cheapest and best tasting street food your city has to offer.
9. Feed Some Street Urchins:
If you roam the streets of any city you are going to be pestered with little kids trying to sell you old flowers or balloons or simply begging. Giving them money is not always a good idea because a lot of these poor kids work for gangs who take all the money they collect and the kids get nothing. If you want to help such kids you can treat them to a meal with the cheap street food we just talked about. It’s a great way to spend some time and also do some good.
8. Visit a Zoo:
If you are looking to spend a long amount of time for a small amount of money then Zoos are a good place to visit. Most govt. run zoos have a very small entry fee and you can stay as long as you want. Instead of rushing through the zoo spend time with every animal and spend time observing them. Find a place to sit and do some sketching or just take photographs. With the small entry fee you’ll have enough left over to snack inside the zoo.
7. Visit a Museum:
If you’re not in the mood of a zoo you can always visit a museum. Museums are again great places to spend a lot of time without having to spend a lot. There’s a lot to see in a museum and a usual tourist group visit doesn’t give much time to take everything in. When you are visiting without a time limit you can really enjoy the exhibits and also get to learn a lot about the history of your city. Add some street food in the middle and it’s a whole day spent for less than 100 rupees.
6. Picnic in a Park:
Zoos and museums can be tiring as you have to walk around all the time and if you are in the mood of resting then go to a park. Take your own bed sheet from home and whatever cheap snacks you can gather for less than a 100 bucks. The park might have a small entry fee as well. Go early, find a nice spot in the shade and spread the bed sheet. It’s a great way to spend time with a friend or just even with a book. Don’t try it during the summer or monsoon months for obvious reasons.
5. Window Shopping:
If you are not in the mood to do any of the above and instead want to spend time in air-conditioned malls then learn the art of window shopping. Go with just 100 bucks in your pocket to make sure you don’t give into any temptations. Leisurely stroll through the mall and if you want to have fun you can even go into every shop and try out different outfits without buying anything. Don’t overdo it to the point that the salesmen start shouting on you.
4. Look For a Bargain:
If you want to enjoy shopping including the excitement of buying something new then try the streets instead of the malls. Street side vendors have great offers and if you work hard you can find a piece of gem in the pile of stolen goods. It’s also a great way to improve your bargaining skills. You have a budget of just 100 rupees and you can make it a game to see how much you can buy with it. You’ll be surprised to find out the answer.
3. Party Desi Style:
If you are in the mood to get drunk and party there are many options to get completely wasted for cheap. You’ll just have to forget about vodka and beer and instead try some of the “Desi” liquor. You’ll have to be a little careful about this as you don’t want to die of alcohol poisoning but if you look carefully you can always find a cheap but good liquor shop where you can get good and drunk for a small amount of money.
2. Watch a Movie:
If you want to watch the latest blockbuster while having honey dipped popcorn in a multiplex then you’ll need a lot more money than just 100 rupees. But if you lower your standards a bit there are many halls in every city showing cheap B grade movies. These movies are just bad porn more than anything but for a small amount of money can lead to quite an entertaining experience. If you feel awkward going to such a hall, do the previous step first and get good and drunk.
1. Occupy a Café:
A lot of these things mentioned in this list can be good fun to do once or twice but you can’t do them all the time. If you don’t want to lower your standards but still want to have a good time for under Rs 100 then learn to occupy a coffee shop. Go to a café with a book and find the loneliest table there. Don’t make eye contact with the waiters and delay placing an order for as long as you can. You should be able to get one or two drinks for less than 100 rupees and the idea is to extend your time in the coffee shop for as long as possible. Spend the time observing others or just reading a book. Don’t ask for the bill and see how long before they throw you out.