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

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 $32, 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 $7.59 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 $7.59
    Chandigarh $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dharamsala

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

  • Local Uttrakhand Cuisine Cooking Class in Rishikesh: $9.89
  • Udaipur Food Tour: $12
  • Authentic Indian Tea Brewing and Paratha Cooking Private Online Class: $15
  • Hyderabad Street Food Tour: $16
  • Wagah Beating Retreat Border Ceremony (with Dinner) in Amritsar: $16
  • Authentic Maharashtrian Cuisine Private Virtual Cooking Class from Mumbai: $18
  • Mandovi River Dinner Cruise in Goa: $19
  • Cooking Class And Dining Experience In Varanasi: $20
  • North Kerala Culinary Food Tour in Thalassery: $24
  • Mumbai Walking Food Tour: $25
  • Cooking and Dining Experience in Agra: $27
  • Cooking Class with a Local Family in Mumbai: $36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chandigarh

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

  • Local Uttrakhand Cuisine Cooking Class in Rishikesh: $9.89
  • Udaipur Food Tour: $12
  • Authentic Indian Tea Brewing and Paratha Cooking Private Online Class: $15
  • Hyderabad Street Food Tour: $16
  • Wagah Beating Retreat Border Ceremony (with Dinner) in Amritsar: $16
  • Authentic Maharashtrian Cuisine Private Virtual Cooking Class from Mumbai: $18
  • Mandovi River Dinner Cruise in Goa: $19
  • Cooking Class And Dining Experience In Varanasi: $20
  • North Kerala Culinary Food Tour in Thalassery: $24
  • Mumbai Walking Food Tour: $25
  • Cooking and Dining Experience in Agra: $27
  • Cooking Class with a Local Family in Mumbai: $36

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Dharamsala is $4.66 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 $4.66
    Chandigarh $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dharamsala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dharamsala:

  • Taj Mahal Private Day Tour from Delhi with One Way Airport Transfer: $23
  • Affordable Dharamshala Airport Transfer: $35
  • Cochin International Airport Private Transfers (COK) for Munnar: $55
  • Dharamsala- Transfers+Hotel+Sightseeing (3 Days): $304
  • Private Amritsar International Airport Transfers (ATQ) for Amritsar : $13
  • Private Bagdogra Airport (IXB) Transfers for Gangtok: $51
  • Private Chandigarh International Airport (IXC) Transfers for Chandigarh: $15
  • Private Chennai International Airport Transfers (MAA) for Chennai: $17
  • Private Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Airport Transfers (BOM) for Mumbai: $12
  • Private City Transfers Between Kolkata and Digha, Mandarmani, Shantiniketan, or Bishnupur: $43
  • Private City Transfers between Agra and Mathura, Vrindavan, or Gwalior: $45
  • Private City Transfers between Agra and Meerut, Kanpur and Jhansi: $58

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chandigarh

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chandigarh:

  • Airport Transfer - Chandigarh Hotels to Chandigarh International Airport: $8.75
  • Airport Transfer - Chandigarh International Airport to Hotels in Chandigarh: $8.75
  • Private Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Airport Transfers (BOM) for Mumbai: $12
  • Private Amritsar International Airport Transfers (ATQ) for Amritsar : $13
  • Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport Private Transfers (SXR) for Srinagar: $14
  • Private Jaipur International Airport Transfers (JAI) for Downtown Jaipur: $14
  • Private Jaisalmer Airport Transfers (JSA) for Jaisalmer: $14
  • Private Rajkot Airport (RAJ) Transfers for Rajkot: $15
  • Private Kanpur Airport (KNU) Transfers for Kanpur: $15
  • Private Chandigarh International Airport (IXC) Transfers for Chandigarh: $15
  • Private Civil Enclave Jamnagar Airport (JGA) Transfers for Jamnagar: $15
  • Private Surat International Airport (STV) Transfers for Surat: $15

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.





Entertainment

Dharamsala's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $5.05 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 $5.05
    Chandigarh $13

Tours and Activities in Dharamsala

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

  • Shaniwar Wada Fort Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket: $0.35
  • Akbar's Tomb Entry Ticket in Agra: $0.39
  • Palace of Tipu Sultan Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket: $0.39
  • Bekal Fort Entry Ticket: $0.50
  • Daria Daulat Bagh Entry Ticket in Srirangapatna: $0.55
  • Golconda Fort Fast-Track Ticket: $0.55
  • Jantar Mantar New Delhi Entry Ticket: $0.55
  • Safdarjung Tomb Entry Ticket: $0.55
  • Purana Qila Fast-Track Ticket: $0.55
  • Gwalior Fort Entry Ticket in Madhya Pradesh: $0.55
  • Ancient Leh Palace Entry Tickets: $0.55
  • Bellary Fort Entry Ticket: $0.55

Tours and Activities in Chandigarh

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

  • Shaniwar Wada Fort Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket: $0.35
  • Palace of Tipu Sultan Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket: $0.39
  • Akbar's Tomb Entry Ticket in Agra: $0.39
  • Bekal Fort Entry Ticket: $0.50
  • Warangal Fort Entry Ticket: $0.55
  • Dindigul Fort Entry Ticket: $0.55
  • Safdarjung Tomb Entry Ticket: $0.55
  • Daria Daulat Bagh Entry Ticket in Srirangapatna: $0.55
  • Purana Qila Fast-Track Ticket: $0.55
  • Gwalior Fort Entry Ticket in Madhya Pradesh: $0.55
  • Ancient Leh Palace Entry Tickets: $0.55
  • Bellary Fort Entry Ticket: $0.55

Alcohol

The average person spends about $5.05 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 $7.45 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dharamsala $5.05
    Chandigarh $7.45

Sample the Local Flavors in Dharamsala

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

  • Pub Crawl in Delhi: $18
  • Pub Crawl in Pune: $18
  • Pub Crawl in Mumbai: $18
  • Pub Crawl in Jaipur: $18
  • Udaipur Pub Crawl: $19
  • South Mumbai Pub Crawl: $19
  • Pub Crawl In Bangalore: $19
  • Pub Crawl in Goa: $20
  • Sula Vineyards with Wine Tasting Day Tour from Mumbai: $49

Sample the Local Flavors in Chandigarh

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

  • Pub Crawl in Delhi: $18
  • Pub Crawl in Pune: $18
  • Pub Crawl in Mumbai: $18
  • Pub Crawl in Jaipur: $18
  • Udaipur Pub Crawl: $19
  • South Mumbai Pub Crawl: $19
  • Pub Crawl In Bangalore: $19
  • Pub Crawl in Goa: $20
  • Sula Vineyards with Wine Tasting Day Tour from Mumbai: $49


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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