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

Should you visit Dharamsala or Delhi?

Should I visit Dharamsala or Delhi? 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.

Delhi

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.

Which city 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 $32, while the average daily cost in Delhi is $40. 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 Delhi 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.

A hotel room in Delhi is about $42 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


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

Food

The average traveler spends about $7.52 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.

The average traveler spends about $10 per day in Delhi 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 Meals for one day
    Dharamsala $7.52
    Delhi $10

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

Typical Food prices in Delhi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Delhi:


  • McDonalds
    $3.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Delhi

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

  • Vegetarian : Private Cooking Class in Delhi: $55
  • Private Afternoon Food Tour in Delhi with Rickshaw Ride: $69
  • Taj Mahal Tour including Indian Cooking Class: $120
  • From Delhi - Sunrise Taj Mahal tour With cooking classes in Agra (private car ): $150
  • Instagram Photoshoot With Romantic Dinner Date - Dinner on Swing: $200

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Dharamsala is $4.62 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 Delhi is $4.92 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 $4.62
    Delhi $4.92

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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Delhi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Delhi:


  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    $0.13
  • Taxi to Airport
    $2.16
  • Subway
    $0.43
  • Uber Cab
    $1.08
  • Delhi Metro Smart Card
    $2.02
  • Auto-rickshaw
    $1.35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Delhi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Delhi:

  • Private Airport transfer from Airport to Hotel or Hotel to Airport: $17
  • Delhi to Vrindavan private transfer: $28
  • Delhi To Agra Private Transfer: $28
  • Delhi international Airport to hotel private transfer: $28
  • Delhi to Mathura private transfer: $28
  • From Private one way Transfers Cab To Agra or Jaipur drop: $35
  • Affordable transfer from Delhi to Rishikesh: $35
  • Affordable transfer from Delhi to Haridwar: $35
  • Affordable transfer from Delhi to Bareilly: $36
  • Affordable transfer from Delhi to Dehradun: $37
  • Private Transfer From Delhi To Agra: $45
  • One Way Delhi To Agra Transfer: $48

Entertainment

Dharamsala's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $5.01 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.

Delhi's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $12 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 $5.01
    Delhi $12

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

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
    $12

Tours and Activities in Delhi

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

  • Red Fort Fast-Track Entry Ticket in Delhi: $5.00
  • Old Delhi Walking Tour: $10
  • Spiritual Walk In Delhi - A Guided Experience: $13
  • Spiritual Walk Tour Delhi: $14
  • Understanding the Mahatma - Tour of Gandhi's Life and Monuments in New Delhi: $14
  • Delhi to Manali tourist bus tickets Booking: $16
  • One Day Delhi Tour By Car: $20
  • Delhi City Sightseeing Tour In a Private Car With Safe & Reliable Driver: $20
  • Delhi Full Day Sightseeing Private Tour: $24
  • Experience Spiritual Culture in Delhi with a local - A Unique 2 Hrs Walking Tour: $25
  • Join Nizamuddin Morning Cycling Tour: $28
  • Join Yamuna River Morning Cycling Tour: $28

Alcohol

The average person spends about $5.01 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 Delhi may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.82 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dharamsala $5.01
    Delhi $7.82


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.

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