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

Should you visit Dharamsala or Mumbai?

Should I visit Dharamsala or Mumbai? 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.

Mumbai

Mumbai is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. It is still occasionally referred to as Bombay, but most people know it now as Mumbai. It's the commercial capital of the country and is a major port city. It's also famous for Bollywood, which is the movie capital of the country and famous for it's music filled Bollywood flicks that have become popular around the world. Mumbai is arguably the most cosmopolitan city in India and has some of the most liberal views of an otherwise conservative country. Many immigrants and expats live in Mumbai and it's easy to see the blend of cultures.

Which city is cheaper, Mumbai or Dharamsala?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Dharamsala is $33, while the average daily cost in Mumbai is $61. 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 Mumbai 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.

The prices for places to stay in Mumbai can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $28, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $56.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dharamsala $21
    Mumbai $28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dharamsala $42
    Mumbai $56

Food

The average traveler spends about $7.70 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.

In Mumbai travelers spend around $24 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dharamsala $7.70
    Mumbai $24

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 Mumbai

For Mumbai, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Virtual Authentic Indian Tea and Paratha Cooking Class: $14
  • Lonely Planet Experience: Mumbai's Food Tour: $20
  • Vegetarian Indian Cuisine Virtual Cooking Class Experience from Mumbai: $20
  • Mumbai Food Tour: $20
  • Small Group Authentic Mumbai Virtual Cooking Class with Dessert: $20
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Mumbai Private Food Tour: $24
  • Mumbai Half-Day Street Food Tour: $25
  • Mumbai Street Food Tour: $26
  • LIVE cooking experience from India: $28
  • Indian cusine demonstration cum hands on with Hi Tea / Dinner at a Family home: $35
  • Indian cusine demonstration cum hands on with Hi Tea / Dinner at a Family home: $35
  • Private Authentic Thali Cooking Class in Mumbai, Santacruz: $39

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Dharamsala is $4.74 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.

To get around in Mumbai, the average visitor spends $7.18 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dharamsala $4.74
    Mumbai $7.18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dharamsala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dharamsala:

  • Dharamsala- Transfers+Hotel+Sightseeing (3 Days): $304
  • Affordable Dharamshala Airport Transfer: $35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mumbai

Also for Mumbai, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Mumbai to Chhatrapati Shivaji Int. Airport (BOM): $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: Chhatrapati Shivaji Int. Airport (BOM) to Mumbai: $18
  • Mumbai City Tour With Laundry And Hotel Transfers (South Mumbai): $22
  • Dharavi Slum Tour with Laundry And Hotel Transfer (South Mumbai): $22
  • Airport Transfer - Chhatrapati Shivaji Intl. Airport, Mumbai to Mumbai Hotels: $22
  • Airport Transfer-Mumbai Hotels to Chhatrapati Shivaji Intl Airport (BOM), Mumbai: $24
  • Departure Private Transfer Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM by Sedan Car: $25
  • Mumbai Airport Transfers in PVT car: $25
  • Affordable transfer from Mumbai Airport to Pune: $28
  • Mumbai Airport Transfer in Private Vehicle: $28
  • Private Transfer from Mumbai to your Accommodation in Pune: $29
  • Departure Private Transfer Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM by SUV: $31

Entertainment

Dharamsala's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $5.13 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.

In Mumbai, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $2.46 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dharamsala $5.13
    Mumbai $2.46

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 Mumbai

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Mumbai.

  • Bandra Private Tour: $4.90
  • Audio Guided Island City Car Tour, Mumbai: $5.00
  • Elephanta Caves Audio Guided Walking Tour, Mumbai: $5.00
  • Audio Guided Tour – From the Gateway to Fountain Walk, Mumbai: $5.12
  • The Bollywood Walk Audio Guided Tour, Mumbai: $5.13
  • Audio Guided Tour – Mumbai Cricket Walk by HopOn India: $5.13
  • Audio Guided Tour of Matunga & Dadar Parsi Colony, Mumbai: $5.90
  • Half day EsselWorld Bird Park Ticket in Mumbai: $6.35
  • Dharavi Slum - 2 Hour Private Tour with Guide: $9.63
  • Colaba Walking Tour in Mumbai: $9.73
  • Old Mumbai Guided Walking Tour: $9.73
  • Small-Group Walking Tour of Dharavi Slum in Mumbai: $10

Alcohol

The average person spends about $5.13 on alcoholic beverages in Dharamsala per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Mumbai, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $3.41.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dharamsala $5.13
    Mumbai $3.41

Sample the Local Flavors in Mumbai

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Mumbai:

  • Bombay Party (Bar Crawl): $24
  • South Bombay Pub Crawl: $25
  • Pub Crawl Mumbai: $25
  • Andheri Pub Crawl: $39
  • Bar Crawl in Colaba with Hotel Pickup: $45
  • Half-Day Guided Pub Crawl Tour of Kamala Mills: $48
  • Mumbai Pub Crawl: History, Iconic Bars, Cocktail Workshop, Stories and Drinks: $71
  • Wine Tasting Tour Sula Vineyards Nashik - (Day excursion from Mumbai): $230


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dharamsala and Mumbai, we can see that Mumbai 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 Mumbai would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Mumbai than you might in Dharamsala.

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