A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Dharamsala vs. Bikaner

Should you visit Dharamsala or Bikaner?

Should I visit Dharamsala or Bikaner? 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.

Dharamsala

With a name that literally means "a spiritual dwelling," Dharamsala roughly translates as a shelter or rest house for pilgrims and travelers. Home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile, Dharamsala is today a popular destination for foreigners on vacation, backpackers seeking the surrounding mountains, as well as students of Buddhism.

Bikaner

Bikaner is located in the Rajasthan state in northwest India. This city is where the headquarters of Bikaner District and Division are located. The city was founded in 1486 by Rao Bika, and has a population of about 645,000 people.

Which city is cheaper, Bikaner or Dharamsala?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dharamsala is $33, while the average daily cost in Bikaner is $44. 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 Dharamsala and Bikaner in more detail.




Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $21. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Dharamsala the cost is $42 on average.

Travelers usually pay around $38 for a double occupancy room in Bikaner If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dharamsala $21
    Bikaner $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dharamsala $42
    Bikaner $38


Food

The average traveler spends about $7.70 per day in Dharamsala for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

On average, meal and food prices in Bikaner cost around $16 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 $6.40.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dharamsala $7.70
    Bikaner $16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dharamsala

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

  • Private Full Day McleodGanj City Sightseeing & Cooking Class: $74

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bikaner

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

  • Rajasthani Cooking Class in Bikaner: $109


Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Dharamsala is $4.74 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

Bikaner's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $12 per person, per day on transportation in Bikaner.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dharamsala $4.74
    Bikaner $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dharamsala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dharamsala:

  • Dharamsala- Transfers+Hotel+Sightseeing (3 Days): $304
  • Affordable Dharamshala Airport Transfer: $35

Typical Local Transportation prices in Bikaner

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Bikaner:


  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    $0.28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bikaner

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

  • Private Transfer From Bikaner To Jodhpur: $46
  • Private Transfer From Bikaner To Jaisalmer: $67
  • Bikaner Heritage Walking Tour with Private Transfer: $104


Entertainment

Dharamsala's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $5.13 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Bikaner can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $13 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dharamsala $5.13
    Bikaner $13

Tours and Activities in Dharamsala

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Dharamsala are as follows:

  • Dharamsala Half Day Sightseeing Tour: $50
  • Half-Day Private Kangra Valley Cycling Tour from Dharamshala: $69
  • Hiking Day Tour to Triund from Dharamshala: $72

Tours and Activities in Bikaner

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

  • Heritage & Cultural Trails of Bikaner (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $6.98
  • Walking Tour of Bikaner(2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $7.00
  • Heritage & Cultural Trails of Bikaner (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $11
  • Bikaner 2 Hour Guided Street Food Tasting Tour: $14
  • One Day Private Tour Bikaner: $18
  • Highlights of Bikaner, Guided Half-Day Car Tour: $49
  • Royal Trails of Bikaner (Guided Half Day City Tour): $49
  • Private Custom Tour: Bikaner Sightseeing with Guide: $78
  • Bikaner Full Day Sightseeing with Junagarh Fort & Temples and Lunch: $79
  • Bikaner City Tour (Pickup from Hotel): $80
  • A Private Guided Tour in Bikaner: $104
  • Guided Sightseeing In Bikaner: $104


Alcohol

The average person spends about $5.13 on alcoholic beverages in Dharamsala per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Typically, people visiting Bikaner spend on average $11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dharamsala $5.13
    Bikaner $11



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

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