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

Should you visit Jaisalmer or Dharamsala?

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

Should I visit Jaisalmer or Dharamsala? 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 Dharamsala?


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.


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.

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Which place is cheaper, Dharamsala 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 Dharamsala is $35. 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 Dharamsala in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Jaisalmer $13
    Dharamsala $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Jaisalmer $26
    Dharamsala $46
Compare Hotels in Jaisalmer and Dharamsala

Looking for a hotel in Jaisalmer or Dharamsala? 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 Dharamsala

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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 and Dharamsala Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Jaisalmer $12
    Dharamsala $5.13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaisalmer

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

  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer Hotel To Jaisalmer Airport: $10
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer Airport To Jaisalmer Hotel: $10
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer Hotel to Jaisalmer Airport: $12
  • One Way Transfer Service From Jaisalmer Hotel To Airport: $12
  • One Way Transfer Service From Jaisalmer Airport To Hotel: $12
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer Airport to Jaisalmer Hotel: $12
  • Private One Way Transfer From Jaisalmer Airport To Jaisalmer Hotel: $12
  • From Jaisalmer : Private Transfer To Sam / Khuri Sand Dunes: $18
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Khuri Sand Dunes: $19
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Sam Sand Dunes: $19
  • Private Transfer from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur: $37
  • From Jaisalmer : Transfer To Jodhpur Via Osian Temple: $43

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dharamsala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dharamsala:

  • Chandigarh to Dharamshala Transfer: $85
  • Airport to Dharamshala transfer: $50
  • Dharamshala Airport Transfers : Budget Sedan and SUV Cabs: $35

Is it cheaper to fly into Jaisalmer or Dharamsala?

Prices for flights to both Dharamsala 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 $13
    Dharamsala $8.34
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:

  • Jaisalmer Food Tour: Taste the Flavors of the Golden City!: $14
  • Jaisalmer Heritage & Cultural Walking & Street Food Tour: $23
  • Half Day SunSet Tour with Dinner: $26
  • Desert camel safari with dinner in osian hotel pick and drop: $30
  • Half Day Camel Safari Sunset with Dinner Tour (Non Touristic): $30
  • 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
  • Half Day Desert Safari with Camel ride & dinner: $42
  • Sun Set Safari with Dinner: $45
  • 4×4 Jeep Safari And Camel Safari With Dinner On Sand dunes: $48

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

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Jaisalmer $12
    Dharamsala $5.56
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: $6.13
  • heritage walking tour with offocial guide kamaljaisalmer: $11
  • Colorful Markets of Jaisalmer (3 Hour Guided Tour): $12
  • Jaisalmer Walking Tour: A Stroll Through Time and Culture: $12
  • Blissful Private Full Day Tour of Jaisalmer By Tuktuk: $12
  • Explore Jaisalmer with Professional Tour Guide: $12
  • Explore Jaisalmer at Night (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $12
  • Private Guide or City Expert Hire for Jaisalmer City Tour: $12
  • Heritage & Cultural Trails of Jaisalmer- Guided Walking Tour: $13
  • Experience Jaisalmer at Night (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Golden City Photography Guided Tour to Capture City Hues: $13
  • Vibrant Markets of Jaisalmer (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13

Tours and Activities in Dharamsala

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Dharamsala are as follows:

  • Best of Dharamshala with a local - Full Day Guided Tour: $127
  • Best of Dharamshala with a local Half Day Tour by a AC Car: $80
  • Cultural tour - Dharamshala & Mcleodganj for full day: $30
  • Dal Lake & Kangra Fort Guided Day Tour From Dharamshala: $79
  • Dharamshala Dalhousie Tour from Amritsar: $298
  • Dharamshala Mcleodganj Tour: $48
  • Dharamshala Street Food Crawl ( Guided Food Tasting Tour): $25
  • Guided Andretta Artists' VIllage Tour: $98
  • Guided Kora Circuit & Walking Tour Around McLeod Ganj: $42
  • Hiking Day Tour to Triund from Dharamshala: $42
  • Historical Tour, Kangra fort &Rock cut temple from Dharmasla: $98
  • McLeodGanj Heritage Trails (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $18

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Jaisalmer $9.23
    Dharamsala $5.56

When comparing the travel costs between Jaisalmer and Dharamsala, we can see that Jaisalmer 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 Dharamsala Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Jaisalmer or Dharamsala?

Jaisalmer has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Dharamsala. When comparing the sizes of Jaisalmer and Dharamsala, 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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