A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Dharamsala vs. Kolkata (Calcutta)

Should you visit Dharamsala or Kolkata (Calcutta)?

Should I visit Dharamsala or Kolkata (Calcutta)? 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.

Kolkata (Calcutta)

Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal, India. Featuring colonial architecture, galleries, temples, and festivals, the city has flourished from its roots as an East India Company trading post in the 18th Century to a thriving metropolis. Today Kolkata is a diverse center of culture and bustling activity.

Which city is cheaper, Kolkata (Calcutta) 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 Kolkata (Calcutta) is $34. 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 Kolkata (Calcutta) 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 Kolkata (Calcutta) is about $30 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dharamsala $21
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $15
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dharamsala $42
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $30

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.

Kolkata (Calcutta) food costs typically run travelers around $14 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dharamsala $7.52
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Kolkata (Calcutta).

  • Cooking class and home cooked Bengali meal in New Town, Kolkata: $47

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 Kolkata (Calcutta) is $4.67 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
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $4.67

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 Kolkata (Calcutta)

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kolkata (Calcutta):

  • Private Transfer in Kolkata to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport: $14
  • Airport Transfer - Calcutta Airport to Hotels in Calcutta: $16
  • Airport Transfer - Calcutta Hotels to Netaji Subhash C.B. Intl. Airport,Calcutta: $16
  • Airport Transfer - Private Transfer from Kolkata Airport to Hotel: $20
  • Kolkata to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport Transfer: $21
  • Airport Transfer in Kolkata: $21
  • Airport Taxi: Round Trip Transfer Between Kolkata & Kolkata Airport CCU: $35
  • Private Guided Walking Tour in Kolkata with Transfer: $35
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Kolkata Airport to Hotel: $41
  • Private Departure Transfer from Kolkata Hotel to Airport: $41
  • The Second City of Empire: A Kolkata Heritage Walking Tour with Private Transfer: $124
  • Path of Knowledge: A Heritage Walking Tour of Kolkata with Private Transfer: $124

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.

Kolkata (Calcutta)'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 $5.01
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $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 Kolkata (Calcutta)

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Kolkata (Calcutta) are as follows:

  • Private Kolkata Textile Factory Tour: $32
  • Kolkata City Tour With Majestic Temples: $36
  • Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Kolkata: $40
  • Jewish Heritage Tour in Kolkata: $45
  • Evening Excursion: Sailing towards the Goddess Through Sunset River Cruise: $49
  • Kolkata Heritage City Tour: $51
  • Morning tour of Kolkata with Flower Market: $55
  • Kolkata Half Day Sightseeing Tour: $56
  • Guided Kolkata Sightseeing Trip by Car, Walk & Sunset Cruise Excursion Trip: $56
  • Hello Kolkata - A Half Day Guided City Tour: $56
  • Best of Kolkata (Guided Halfday Sightseeing Tour by Car): $56
  • Kolkata Special - A Half Day Guided City Tour: $56

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.

The average person spends about $7.46 on alcoholic beverages in Kolkata (Calcutta) per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dharamsala $5.01
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $7.46


When comparing the travel costs between Dharamsala and Kolkata (Calcutta), we can see that Kolkata (Calcutta) is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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