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

Should you visit Delhi or Darjiling?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Delhi or Darjiling, 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 Darjiling?


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.


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.

Which place is cheaper, Darjiling 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 Darjiling is $35. 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 Darjiling in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Delhi $23
    Darjiling $13
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Delhi $46
    Darjiling $26
Compare Hotels in Delhi and Darjiling

Looking for a hotel in Delhi or Darjiling? 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 Darjiling

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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 Darjiling Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Delhi $5.32
    Darjiling $7.54
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:

  • Delhi to Jaipur transfer via Bharatpur and Ranthambore park visit: $300
  • Enjoy South Indian Cuisine At Dakshin - Sheraton New Delhi with Private Transfer: $299
  • 3-Days Delhi and Varanasi Tour by Express Train.Includes,Hotel Transfers.: $275
  • From Taj Mahal & Agra Private Day Trip with Transfers: $229
  • Private Transfer: Delhi to Corbett National Park with Brunch: $224
  • Private transfer from Delhi Indira Gandhi Intl Airport to Delhi Hotels : $209
  • 3-Days Amritsar tour from Delhi Includes Hotel,Train tickets & Transfers: $200
  • A Delectable Meal At The Great Kebab Factory with Private Transfer: $197
  • 3-days Jaipur,Delhi Tour by Fast Train includes,Train tickets,Hotel & Transfers: $190
  • Private Transfer Delhi To Varanasi: $190
  • From Taj Mahal & Agra Private Day Trip with Transfers: $189
  • Private Transfers Delhi To Dehradun Drop: $185

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Darjiling

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

  • Private Transfer Darjeeling Hotels To Bagdogra Airport IXB Drop: $49
  • Private Transfer from Gangtok to Bagdogra: $55
  • Private Transfers Darjeeling - Gangtok Drop: $99
  • Rafting Journey at the Down on Teesta River's White Water with Private Transfer: $197

Is it cheaper to fly into Delhi or Darjiling?

Prices for flights to both Darjiling 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
    Darjiling $14
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
  • 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: $30
  • 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
  • Cooking Demo + Lunch/Dinner and interaction with an Indian family @ Chez Anjali: $35

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Delhi $13
    Darjiling $12
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 Darjiling

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

  • Discover the Spiritual Trails of Gangtok (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $12
  • Heritage & Cultural Walk of Gangtok (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Heritage & Cultural Walk of Darjeeling (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Discover the Spiritual Trails of Darjeeling (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Gangtok Food Crawl (2 Hours Guided Local Food Tasting Tour): $25
  • Tiger Hill Darjeeling Nature Walk (3 Hours Guided Trekking Experience): $25
  • Darjeeling Tea Garden Tour : $31
  • Colonial Heritage Walking Tour in Darjeeling: $31
  • Mirik Lake Day tour From Darjeeling: $37
  • Darjeeling Toy Train Joyride E-tickets with private transportation: $56
  • Private Morning Excursion Tour To Tiger Hill (3 Points) With Pickup and Drop: $62
  • Excursion to Tea Estate Tour With Tea Processing Tour with Transportation: $62

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Delhi $8.73
    Darjiling $8.83

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 Darjiling, we can see that Delhi 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 Delhi would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Delhi than you might in Darjiling.

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

Which is Bigger, Delhi or Darjiling?

Delhi has a larger population, and is about 90 times larger than the population of Darjiling. When comparing the sizes of Delhi and Darjiling, 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.