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

Should you visit Jaisalmer or Chandigarh?

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

Should I visit Jaisalmer or Chandigarh? 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: Jaisalmer or Chandigarh?


Jaisalmer is located in western part of the Rajasthan state of India. The city is known as the "Golden City" for its Sonar Qila, or 'Golden Fort'. This fort is different than other forts in India in that it is a living fort, meaning that it contains many hotels, homes, and shops for locals and visitors. The city is very close to the Thar Desert, to which excursions can be made.


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 place is cheaper, Chandigarh or Jaisalmer?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Jaisalmer is $37, while the average daily cost in Chandigarh is $43. 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 Jaisalmer and Chandigarh in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Jaisalmer $14
    Chandigarh $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Jaisalmer $28
    Chandigarh $36
Compare Hotels in Jaisalmer and Chandigarh

Looking for a hotel in Jaisalmer or Chandigarh? 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 Jaisalmer

Hotels in Chandigarh

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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: Jaisalmer Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Jaisalmer $12
    Chandigarh $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaisalmer

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

  • Affordable Jaisalmer Airport Transfer: $15
  • From Bikaner : Private Transfer To Jaisalmer: $60
  • From Jaisalmer : Private Transfer To Bikaner: $55
  • From Jaisalmer : Private Transfer To Sam / Khuri Sand Dunes: $18
  • From Jaisalmer : Transfer To Jodhpur Via Osian Temple: $43
  • Jaipur to Jaisalmer Transfer: $170
  • Jaisalmer To Bikaner Private One Way Transfer: $64
  • One Way Jaisalmer To Jodhpur Transfer: $45
  • One Way Transfer From Jaisalmer To Jodhpur: $42
  • Pokhran Airport transfer: $28
  • Private One Way Transfer From Jaisalmer Airport To Jaisalmer Hotel: $12
  • Private One Way Transfer From Jaisalmer Hotel To Jaisalmer Airport: $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chandigarh

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chandigarh:

  • Affordable Chandigarh to Manali Transfer: $98
  • From Amritsar: Amritsar to Chandigarh Transfer: $81
  • Private Transfer to/from Chandigarh and Amritsar: $71
  • Delhi to Indira Gandhi Airport (DEL) - Departure Private Transfer: $68
  • From Delhi: One way Private Transfer Service to Agra: $64
  • Chandigarh Airport IXC to Manali Resorts - Round-Trip Transfer: $55
  • Private Transfer from Chandigarh to Delhi: $39
  • Private Transfer from Chandigarh City to Chandigarh (IXC) Airport: $38
  • One-Way Transfer: Mumbai Airport to Hotel: $34
  • One-Way Transfer: Chandigarh Airport to Hotel: $34
  • Chandigarh Airport (IXC) to Manali Resorts - Arrival Transfer: $28
  • Chandigarh Airport Transfer: $25

Is it cheaper to fly into Jaisalmer or Chandigarh?

Prices for flights to both Chandigarh and Jaisalmer 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
    Jaisalmer $14
    Chandigarh $15
Typical Food Prices in Jaisalmer

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Jaisalmer:

  • Dinner

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jaisalmer

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

  • Cooking Class With Indian family : $15
  • Half Day SunSet Tour with Dinner: $27
  • Half Day Camel Safari Sunset with Dinner Tour (Non Touristic): $30
  • Jaisalmer Heritage Cultural Walking & Street Food Tour: $30
  • Peaceful Non -Touristic Sunset Camel Safari With Dinner : $35
  • Pleasant Sunset Safari With Dinner On Dunes (From 2:00 PM to Approx. 10:00 PM): $35
  • Sunset Safari With Dinner: $37
  • Experience Camel Safari With Folk Dance & Dinner: $37
  • 8 Hours Private Tour in Thar Desert with Dinner: $42
  • Sun Set Safari with Dinner: $45
  • (Copy of) 4×4 Jeep Safari And Camel Safari With Dinner On Sand dunes: $48
  • Away from the Crowd Dinner on dunes/ In Non Touristic Desert: $50

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Jaisalmer $12
    Chandigarh $14
Typical Entertainment Prices in Jaisalmer

For Jaisalmer, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Sam Sand Dunes for Two

Tours and Activities in Jaisalmer

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

  • Temple Tour Of Jaisalmer Rajasthan: $6.18
  • Private Guided City Tour with Golden Fort Visit: $11
  • Cultural & Heritage Trails of Jaisalmer (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $11
  • private golden city heritage tour: $12
  • Explore Jaisalmer at Night (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $12
  • Colorful Markets of Jaisalmer (3 Hour Guided Tour): $12
  • Jaisalmer Walking Tour: A Stroll Through Time and Culture: $12
  • Experience Jaisalmer at Night (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Heritage & Cultural Trails of Jaisalmer- Guided Walking Tour: $13
  • Golden City Photography Guided Tour to Capture City Hues: $13
  • Vibrant Markets of Jaisalmer (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Heritage & Cultural Trails of Jaisalmer Guided Walking Tour: $13

Tours and Activities in Chandigarh

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

  • 2 Day The Hipster Chandigarh Experience: $106
  • Agra Day Tour from Delhi by Train by Shatabdi & Gateeman. : $98
  • Best of the Chandigarh (Guided Full Day City Tour): $130
  • Best of the Chandigarh (Guided Full Day City Tour): $132
  • Chandigarh Day Tour: $45
  • Chandigarh Museum Tour with Tuk Tuk ride: $25
  • Chandigarh Museum Tour with Tuk Tuk ride: $35
  • Chandigarh Nightlife Tour with shopping and food tasting: $35
  • Chandigarh Nightlife Tour with shopping and food tasting: $25
  • Chandigarh Private Full Day Tour : $65
  • Chandigarh Walking Tour : $14
  • Chandigarh Walking Tour (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $17

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Jaisalmer $9.29
    Chandigarh $8.25

When comparing the travel costs between Jaisalmer and Chandigarh, we can see that Chandigarh 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.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Jaisalmer Expensive? and Is Chandigarh Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Jaisalmer or Chandigarh?

Chandigarh has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Jaisalmer. When comparing the sizes of Jaisalmer and Chandigarh, 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.

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