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

Should you visit Dharamsala or Chandigarh?

Should I visit Dharamsala or Chandigarh? 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.

Chandigarh

As India's first planned city, Chandigarh is a city very distinct from the rest of the country. Much of its architecture is very modern and sits against a backdrop of the Shivalik Hills. Some of the best known attractions of Chandigarh include its rock garden, rose garden, and Sukhna Lake.

Which city is cheaper, Chandigarh 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 Chandigarh is $39. 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 Chandigarh 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.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $34 for a double occupancy room in Chandigarh.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dharamsala $21
    Chandigarh $17
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dharamsala $42
    Chandigarh $34


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.

Food in Chandigarh costs travelers about $14 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dharamsala $7.70
    Chandigarh $14

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


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.

The average price of local transportation around Chandigarh is $10 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dharamsala $4.74
    Chandigarh $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dharamsala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dharamsala:

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chandigarh

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chandigarh:

  • Airport Transfer - Chandigarh International Airport to Hotels in Chandigarh: $8.75
  • Airport Transfer - Chandigarh Hotels to Chandigarh International Airport: $8.75
  • Affordable Chandigarh Airport Transfer: $35
  • One way transfer from Chandigarh to Delhi: $39
  • Private Transfer from Chandigarh City to Chandigarh (IXC) Airport: $42
  • Private Transfer from Chandigarh to Delhi: $44
  • One Way Private Transfer Chandigarh to Shimla: $50
  • Affordable Chandigarh to Manali Transfer: $98
  • One Way Private Transfer Chandigarh to Manali: $100


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.

Chandigarh's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dharamsala $5.13
    Chandigarh $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 Chandigarh

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

  • Free Walking Tour Chandigarh: $8.40
  • Nature Walk of Chandigarh( 2 Hours Walking Tour): $11
  • Food Walk Tour Jaipur(2 Hours Walkig Tour): $14
  • Delhi Chandigarh One Day Tour(4 Hour Tour): $16
  • Chandigarh Nightlife Tour with shopping and food tasting: $21
  • Chandigarh Museum Tour with Tuk Tuk ride: $21
  • Chandigarh Private Full-Day Tour with Pick Up: $24
  • Highlights of the Chandigarh (Guided Half Day City Tour): $49
  • Best of the Chandigarh (Guided Full Day City Tour): $84
  • Garden Trails of Chandigarh (Guided Full Day City Tour): $84
  • Private Chandigarh Sightseeing City Tour: $86
  • Professional Photography Guided Tour: $86


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.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Chandigarh may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.57 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dharamsala $5.13
    Chandigarh $7.57



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dharamsala and Chandigarh, we can see that Chandigarh 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 Chandigarh would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Chandigarh than you might in Dharamsala.

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