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

Should you visit Dharamsala or Chandigarh?

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

Should I visit Dharamsala or Chandigarh? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Dharamsala or Chandigarh?


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.


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 place 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 $36, while the average daily cost in Chandigarh is $43. 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 Dharamsala and Chandigarh in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dharamsala $23
    Chandigarh $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dharamsala $46
    Chandigarh $36
Compare Hotels in Dharamsala and Chandigarh

Looking for a hotel in Dharamsala or Chandigarh? 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 Dharamsala

Hotels in Chandigarh

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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: Dharamsala Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dharamsala $5.16
    Chandigarh $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dharamsala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dharamsala:

  • Airport to Dharamshala transfer: $50
  • Chandigarh to Dharamshala Transfer: $85
  • Dharamshala Airport Transfers : Budget Sedan and SUV Cabs: $35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chandigarh

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chandigarh:

  • Chandigarh to Chandigarh Airport Transfer: $16
  • Chandigarh Airport Transfer: $25
  • Chandigarh Airport (IXC) to Manali Resorts - Arrival Transfer: $28
  • One-Way Transfer: Chandigarh Airport to Hotel: $34
  • One-Way Transfer: Mumbai Airport to Hotel: $34
  • Private Transfer from Chandigarh City to Chandigarh (IXC) Airport: $38
  • Private Transfer from Chandigarh to Delhi: $39
  • Chandigarh Airport IXC to Manali Resorts - Round-Trip Transfer: $55
  • From Delhi: One way Private Transfer Service to Agra: $64
  • Delhi to Indira Gandhi Airport (DEL) - Departure Private Transfer: $68
  • Private Transfer to/from Chandigarh and Amritsar: $71
  • From Amritsar: Amritsar to Chandigarh Transfer: $81

Is it cheaper to fly into Dharamsala or Chandigarh?

Prices for flights to both Chandigarh and Dharamsala 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
    Dharamsala $8.40
    Chandigarh $15

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dharamsala $5.59
    Chandigarh $14

Tours and Activities in Dharamsala

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

  • The Spiritual Trails of Dharamshala(Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Dharamshala Street Food Crawl ( Guided Food Tasting Tour): $25
  • Mcleodganj Nature Trek (3 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $26
  • Guided Kora Circuit & Walking Tour Around McLeod Ganj: $37
  • Hiking Day Tour to Triund from Dharamshala: $37
  • Dharamshala Mcleodganj Tour: $48
  • Best of Dharamshala with a local Half Day Tour by a AC Car: $81
  • Private 6 hrs Mcleodganj & Dharamshala City Tour: $87
  • Historical Tour, Kangra fort &Rock cut temple from Dharmasla: $99
  • Guided Andretta Artists' VIllage Tour: $99
  • Best of Dharamshala with a local - Full Day Guided Tour: $129
  • Dharamshala Dalhousie Tour from Amritsar: $300

Tours and Activities in Chandigarh

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

  • Nature Walk of Chandigarh( 2 Hours Walking Tour): $13
  • Chandigarh Walking Tour : $14
  • Chandigarh Walking Tour (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $17
  • Nature Walk of Chandigarh( 2 Hours Walking Tour): $17
  • Chandigarh Museum Tour with Tuk Tuk ride: $25
  • Chandigarh Nightlife Tour with shopping and food tasting: $25
  • Chandigarh Museum Tour with Tuk Tuk ride: $35
  • Chandigarh Nightlife Tour with shopping and food tasting: $35
  • Private Taj Mahal and Agra Day Tour from Delhi by Superfast Train: $35
  • Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of the City: $36
  • Private Same Day Agra Tour by Luxury Car: $44
  • Chandigarh Day Tour: $45

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dharamsala $5.59
    Chandigarh $8.25

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.

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

Which is Bigger, Dharamsala or Chandigarh?

Chandigarh has a larger population, and is about 50 times larger than the population of Dharamsala. When comparing the sizes of Dharamsala and Chandigarh, 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.

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