Kolkata, Jul 15: Kolkata is the most expensive metropolis for a night out for two while Ahmedabad is a budget-friendly metro city, a survey has found.
The 'City of Joy' took the top spot from 'City of Dreams' Mumbai as the most expensive city this year with a total cost of Rs. 10,115 while a night out for two costs Rs. 6,406 in Ahmedabad. Kolkata was 1.5 times more expensive than Ahmedabad, a survey by travel portal TripAdvisor said.
The survey was done in eight cities - Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.
TripAdvisor launched the third edition of its annual TripIndex, a travel price index of major Indian metropolitan cities.
The index aims to help travellers determine the cost for an evening out for two people in these destinations. TripIndex tracks the cost for two travellers for one night's accommodation, a pre-meal drink, dinner and a taxi ride in each city.
When it came to hotels, Mumbai was the most expensive, with room rent as high as Rs. 7,580 while Pune had the least rates of Rs. 5,230, but when it came to taxi ride, fares in Mumbai were the least at Rs. 84 for return taxi fare, which means two taxi journeys of two km each, while in Chennai it costs Rs. 230.
Dinner was costliest in the national capital and costs Rs. 2,767 for two, which included two courses and a bottle of wine, while in Ahmedabad it costs just Rs. 593. Beer was cheapest in Delhi and costliest in Hyderabad.
According to Nikhil Ganju, country manager of TripAdvisor India, "TripIndex is a useful reference for travellers to plan their trip budgets. It helps them estimate how far their money will take them when travelling to any of the main metro cities in the country, whether for leisure or work."
For the survey, hotel prices were the average one night rate at a four-star hotel found on TripAdvisor in each destination between June 1 and August 31.