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

Should you visit Dharamsala or Delhi?

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

Should I visit Dharamsala or Delhi? 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 Delhi?


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.


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.

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Which place is cheaper, Delhi 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 Delhi is $45. 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 Delhi in more detail.

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

Looking for a hotel in Dharamsala or Delhi? 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 Delhi

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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 and Delhi Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dharamsala $5.16
    Delhi $5.31

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

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:

  • Taj Mahal Sunrise All Inclusive Tour with Transfers : $7.00
  • New Delhi Airport to Hotel Transfer Private Shuttle Sedan & SUV: $11
  • Private Transfer Delhi Hotels To Delhi International Airport DEL Drop: $12
  • Private New Delhi Arrival Transfer Airport to Hotel/Accommodation: $12
  • Private Transfer Delhi Hotel to Airport: $14
  • Delhi hotel to Delhi Airport transfer: $15
  • New Delhi Airport to Hotel Transfer Private Shuttle Sedan & SUV: $16
  • Delhi Private Airport Transfer: $16
  • Delhi Airport to hotel private transfer: $16
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Delhi APT-HTL (DEL): $16
  • Humayun's Tomb Skip-the-Line E-tickets & guide Delhi transfers: $18
  • Private Delhi Agra and Jaipur One Way Transfer : $18

Is it cheaper to fly into Dharamsala or Delhi?

Prices for flights to both Delhi 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 $8.39
    Delhi $12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dharamsala

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

  • Flavors of Dharamshala: 2-Hour Guided Street Food Tour: $26

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: $7.80
  • Half Day Old Delhi Street Food Tour And Heritage Walking Tour: $20
  • Old Delhi Food Tour with local, A must for Indian culinary lover!: $21
  • Old Delhi Food Tour: $31
  • 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
  • Indian Cooking and Dining experience. : $37
  • Connaught Place Street shopping & food tour in Delhi: $39
  • Delhi by Evening Tour by Private Air-Condition vehicle includes Dinner. : $45
  • Chandni Chowk Old Delhi Food Tour with Spice Market: $45
  • Private Half-Day Old Delhi Traditional Food Tour : $49

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dharamsala $5.59
    Delhi $13

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
  • Walking the Spiritual Path (Guided 2-Hour Dharamshala Tour): $18
  • McLeodGanj Heritage Trails (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $18
  • Dharamshala Street Food Crawl ( Guided Food Tasting Tour): $25
  • Mcleodganj Nature Trek (3 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $26
  • Cultural tour - Dharamshala & Mcleodganj for full day: $30
  • Guided Kora Circuit & Walking Tour Around McLeod Ganj: $42
  • Hiking Day Tour to Triund from Dharamshala: $42
  • 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: $96
  • Historical Tour, Kangra fort &Rock cut temple from Dharmasla: $98

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:

  • Sunrise Taj Mahal Tour by AC Car From Delhi: $3.25
  • Private Taj Mahal Day Tour From Delhi by AC Car: $3.25
  • Taj Mahal Sunrise & Sunset Garden Tour From Delhi : $3.50
  • Private Taj Mahal Tour From Delhi by Car With Entrance Fee: $3.50
  • Sunrise Taj Mahal Tour From Delhi : $3.50
  • Taj Mahal Day Tour By Gatimaan Express Train: $3.50
  • Same Day Taj Mahal Tour From Delhi: $3.52
  • Taj Mahal Tour From Delhi by Car - All Inclusive: $3.75
  • Taj Mahal Day Tour with Mughal Experiance From Delhi: $3.75
  • From Skip-The-Line, Taj Mahal Day Tour With Entrance Fee: $3.75
  • Taj Mahal And Agra Tour From Delhi by Car- Including Lunch : $3.75
  • Sunrise Taj Mahal Tour From Delhi by Car: $3.75

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dharamsala $5.59
    Delhi $8.73

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 Delhi: $39

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dharamsala and Delhi, we can see that Delhi 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 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 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 Delhi Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Dharamsala or Delhi?

Delhi has a larger population, and is about 560 times larger than the population of Dharamsala. When comparing the sizes of Dharamsala and Delhi, 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.