A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Darjiling vs. Mumbai

Should you visit Darjiling or Mumbai?

Should I visit Darjiling or Mumbai? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Darjiling

What began as a cluster of villages grew to prominence in the 19th Century when the British first established a hill station here and eventually realized that the climate was well-suited for tea plantations. Darjeeling (or Darjiling) has since become known for its teas in addition to cultural diversity, stunning views, and trekking opportunities.

Mumbai

Mumbai is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. It is still occasionally referred to as Bombay, but most people know it now as Mumbai. It's the commercial capital of the country and is a major port city. It's also famous for Bollywood, which is the movie capital of the country and famous for it's music filled Bollywood flicks that have become popular around the world. Mumbai is arguably the most cosmopolitan city in India and has some of the most liberal views of an otherwise conservative country. Many immigrants and expats live in Mumbai and it's easy to see the blend of cultures.

Which city is cheaper, Mumbai or Darjiling?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Darjiling is $31, while the average daily cost in Mumbai is $60. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Darjiling and Mumbai in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $24 in Darjiling For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

The prices for places to stay in Mumbai can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $28, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $56.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Darjiling $12
    Mumbai $28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Darjiling $24
    Mumbai $56

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Darjiling cost around $13 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $5.20.

In Mumbai travelers spend around $23 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Darjiling $13
    Mumbai $23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mumbai

For Mumbai, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Virtual Authentic Indian Tea and Paratha Cooking Class: $14
  • Lonely Planet Experience: Mumbai's Food Tour: $20
  • Vegetarian Indian Cuisine Virtual Cooking Class Experience from Mumbai: $20
  • Mumbai Food Tour: $20
  • Small Group Authentic Mumbai Virtual Cooking Class with Dessert: $20
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Mumbai Private Food Tour: $24
  • Mumbai Half-Day Street Food Tour: $25
  • Mumbai Street Food Tour: $26
  • LIVE cooking experience from India: $28
  • Indian cusine demonstration cum hands on with Hi Tea / Dinner at a Family home: $35
  • Indian cusine demonstration cum hands on with Hi Tea / Dinner at a Family home: $35
  • Private Authentic Thali Cooking Class in Mumbai, Santacruz: $39

Local Transportation

To get around in Darjiling, the average visitor spends $6.75 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

To get around in Mumbai, the average visitor spends $7.01 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Darjiling $6.75
    Mumbai $7.01

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mumbai

Also for Mumbai, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private transfer: Mumbai to Mumbai Airport (BOM): $622
  • Private transfer: Mumbai Airport (BOM) to Mumbai: $622
  • Mumbai- Transfers+Hotel+Sightseeing (3 Days): $457
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Mumbai Airport to Hotel Including VIP Assistance: $204
  • Private Departure Transfer from Mumbai Hotel to Airport Including VIP Assistance: $204
  • Mumbai Airport Transfers : Mumbai Airport BOM to Mumbai City in Luxury Car: $124
  • Departure Private Transfer Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM by Business Car: $121
  • Mumbai Airport Transfers : Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM in Luxury Car: $118
  • Departure Private Transfers: Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM in Luxury Van: $106
  • Mumbai Airport Transfers : Mumbai Airport BOM to Mumbai City in Luxury Van: $106
  • Mumbai Airport Transfers : Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM in Luxury Van: $100
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Mumbai Airport BOM to Mumbai City in Luxury Van: $100

Entertainment

In Darjiling, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $11 per person, per day.

In Mumbai, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $2.40 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Darjiling $11
    Mumbai $2.40

Tours and Activities in Mumbai

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Mumbai.

  • " Dash Of Mumbai " Sightseeing & Experiences-by Goi Licensed Guide Ragini Doshi: $357
  • "Cultural tour through indian villages": $98
  • 12-Day Monuments and Imperial Cities in India Tour from Mumbai: $1,775
  • 13-Day Private Architectural Wonders of India Guided Tour: $2,180
  • 16 Days Private Tour of East India from Mumbai: $3,040
  • 18 Days Private Tour to Imperial Heritage of India from Mumbai: $2,754
  • 2 Days Agra Mathura Vrindavan Tour from Delhi: $115
  • 2 Days Mathura Vrindavan Tour from Delhi: $122
  • 2 Days Private Tour to Shirdi from Mumbai: $155
  • 2 day trip to Agra from Mumbai with air tickets: $1,024
  • 2 day trip to Agra from Mumbai without air tickets: $532
  • 2-Day Private Tour to Taj Mahal, Agra from Mumbai: $410

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Darjiling, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $7.91.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Mumbai, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $3.33.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Darjiling $7.91
    Mumbai $3.33

Sample the Local Flavors in Mumbai

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Mumbai:

  • Bombay Party (Bar Crawl): $24
  • South Bombay Pub Crawl: $25
  • Pub Crawl Mumbai: $25
  • Andheri Pub Crawl: $39
  • Bar Crawl in Colaba with Hotel Pickup: $45
  • Half-Day Guided Pub Crawl Tour of Kamala Mills: $48
  • Mumbai Pub Crawl: History, Iconic Bars, Cocktail Workshop, Stories and Drinks: $71
  • Wine Tasting Tour Sula Vineyards Nashik - (Day excursion from Mumbai): $230


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Darjiling and Mumbai, we can see that Mumbai is more expensive. And not only is Darjiling much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Darjiling would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Darjiling and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Mumbai would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Mumbai than you might in Darjiling.

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