A Travel Price Comparison for India Delhi vs. Bodh Gaya for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Delhi or Bodh Gaya?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Delhi or Bodh Gaya, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Delhi or Bodh Gaya?


Delhi is the largest city in northern India and is officially the country's capital. The city has a population of 11 million with the metropolitan population reaching over 16 million. The city is similar in landscape to the rest of its surrounding area. It is very flat with the river Yamuna flowing on the eastern side of the city. The Aravalii Hills are in the western portion of the city. The city's history dates back to the 6th century BC and it has served as a capital for various kingdoms and empires.

Bodh Gaya

Located in the state of Bihar in the northeast of India, Bodh Gaya is the most respected place and pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Bodh Gaya is believed to be the site where Buddha Shakyamuni achieved enlightenment while meditating under the famous Bodhi tree.

Prince Gautama Siddartha was born in the sixth century, B.C. in what is modern-day Nepal. Siddartha lived a comfortable life of extravagance as he was born the son of King Suddhodana of the Sakya clan, but after witnessing human suffering, Siddartha decided to give up all of his possessions and embarked upon a quest to seek knowledge and the solution to such suffering. It is underneath a Pipal tree near the city of Gaya, that it is believed he began to meditate until he became enlightened. Today, a descendent of the original Bodhi Tree is located in the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in the city of Bodh Gaya.

Weather in Bodhgaya is generally warm throughout the year, with daytime highs in the 90s during summer and nighttime lows in the high 40s during winter. Because Bodhgaya is centered around religious sites, pack light layers and plan to dress modestly. Remember that you'll be expected to take shoes off at all temples, so sandals may be easier to wear and a good time-saver.

Which place is cheaper, Bodh Gaya or Delhi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Delhi is $45, while the average daily cost in Bodh Gaya is $52. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Delhi and Bodh Gaya in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Delhi $23
    Bodh Gaya $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Delhi $46
    Bodh Gaya $44
Compare Hotels in Delhi and Bodh Gaya

Looking for a hotel in Delhi or Bodh Gaya? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Delhi

Hotels in Bodh Gaya

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Delhi Hotel Prices and Bodh Gaya Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Delhi $5.32
    Bodh Gaya $23
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Delhi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Delhi:

  • Tuk Tuk Ride
  • Taxi to Airport
  • Subway
  • Uber Cab
  • Delhi Metro Smart Card
  • Auto-rickshaw

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Delhi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Delhi:

  • Walk through Old Delhi's Colorful Chandni Chowk with Private Transfer: $100
  • Visit to Rail Museum or Dolls Museum with India Gate (private hotel transfers): $29
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Delhi HTL-APT (DEL): $27
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Delhi APT-HTL (DEL): $27
  • Transfer from New Delhi to Agra by Private car: $100
  • Transfer from New Delhi to Agra by Private car: $60
  • Transfer from Delhi to Agra by private Car: $57
  • Transfer Delhi to Agra by AC car with Taj Mahal & Agra Fort Visit: $80
  • Tour To Swaminarayan Akshardham Guide & Delhi Transfers: $37
  • Taj Mahal Sunrise All Inclusive Tour with Transfers : $7.00
  • Stroll through Old Delhi's Chandni Chowk with Private Transfer: $100
  • Round trip Airport to Hotel to Airport transfers: $31

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bodh Gaya

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

  • Affordable Bodh Gaya Airport Transfer: $15
  • Private Transfer from Bodhgaya Airport: $13
  • Private Transfer from Bodhgaya Hotel to Gaya Airport: $13

Is it cheaper to fly into Delhi or Bodh Gaya?

Prices for flights to both Bodh Gaya and Delhi change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Delhi $12
    Bodh Gaya $16
Typical Food Prices in Delhi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Delhi:

  • McDonalds

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Delhi

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Delhi.

  • Old Delhi Food Tour Safari - The Capital of Flavors: $7.72
  • Old Delhi Food Tour: A Night Time Feast: $18
  • Appetizing virtual cooking class from Delhi: $20
  • Lunch or dinner with local family: $21
  • Half Day Old Delhi Street Food Tour And Heritage Walking Tour: $25
  • Old Delhi Street Food Tour and Heritage Walk Tour With Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off: $25
  • Delhi Food Tour: $28
  • Old Delhi Food Tour Extravaganza!: $30
  • Food Tour to Old Delhi with a Local: $32
  • Online: Indian Food Cooking Class: $33
  • Old Delhi Heritage Sightseeing | Walking Tour | Street Food Tour: $34
  • Chandni Chowk Delhi Food Tour with 13+ Tastings: $35

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Delhi $13
    Bodh Gaya $9.90
Typical Entertainment Prices in Delhi

Here are a few typical costs in Delhi for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:

  • Red Fort

Tours and Activities in Delhi

Here are a few actual costs in Delhi for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 2 Days Agra Tour From Delhi with Fatehpur Sikri & bird Sanctuary: $130
  • 2-Day Agra Taj Mahal Overnight Tour from Delhi: $159
  • 3 Day Golden Triangle Tour from Delhi: $132
  • 3 Days Golden Triangle Tour from Delhi: $205
  • 3 Days Private Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Triangle Tour : $148
  • 3Day Private Luxury Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Jaipur From New Delhi: $299
  • 6 Hours: Delhi Temples and Spiritual Sites Tour: $45
  • Agra Overnight Tour by Car from Delhi: $200
  • Agra Same Day Private Tour From Delhi: $63
  • All Inclusive : Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Baby Taj Tour with 5 star Lunch.: $59
  • All Inclusive: Same day Taj Mahal Tour From Delhi : $50
  • Bharatpur Birding adventure from Delhi: $159

Tours and Activities in Bodh Gaya

For Bodh Gaya, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Guided Virtual Tour of Bodhgaya: $27
  • Full Day Tour in Bodhgaya Hotel pick up: $32
  • Bodhgaya Day Tour (Hotel Pickup): $35
  • Full-Day Private Guided Bodhgaya Tour with Pick Up: $40
  • Bodhgaya and Gaya Pilgrimage Tour: $53
  • Excursion tour of Rajgir & Nalanda from Bodhgaya: $63
  • Private guided tour of Bodh Gaya over 2 days : $175
  • Exclusive Guided Tour of Bodh Gaya: $227

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Delhi $8.73
    Bodh Gaya $5.68

Sample the Local Flavors in Delhi

Also in Delhi, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Pub Crawl (3 Hours Guided Bar Hopping Tour): $28
  • Pub Crawl Delhi: $40

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Delhi and Bodh Gaya, we can see that Bodh Gaya is more expensive. And not only is Delhi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Delhi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Delhi 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 Bodh Gaya would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bodh Gaya than you might in Delhi.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Delhi Expensive? and Is Bodh Gaya Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Delhi or Bodh Gaya?

Delhi has a larger population, and is about 310 times larger than the population of Bodh Gaya. When comparing the sizes of Delhi and Bodh Gaya, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.