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

Should you visit Jodhpur or Dharamsala?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Jodhpur and Dharamsala can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Jodhpur or Dharamsala?


Jodhpur is a city in the Rajasthan state of India. This city is located on the outskirts of the Thar Desert and is known for having sunshine almost every day of the year. Rao Jodha, an ancient Rajput chief, founded the city in 1459 AD. Many of the houses in the city are shades of blue, hence the reason that the city is sometimes referred to as the Blue City.


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.

Which place is cheaper, Dharamsala or Jodhpur?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Jodhpur is $35, while the average daily cost in Dharamsala is $36. 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 Jodhpur and Dharamsala in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Jodhpur $15
    Dharamsala $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Jodhpur $30
    Dharamsala $46
Compare Hotels in Jodhpur and Dharamsala

Looking for a hotel in Jodhpur 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 Jodhpur

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: Jodhpur Hotel Prices and Dharamsala Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Jodhpur $6.56
    Dharamsala $5.16
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Jodhpur

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Jodhpur are as follows:

  • Tuk Tuk Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jodhpur

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

  • Jodhpur Hotel To Jodhpur Train Station Transfer: $7.00
  • Jodhpur Station To Jodhpur Hotels Transfer: $7.00
  • Private Transfer From Jodhpur Hotel To Jodhpur (JDH) Airport: $7.24
  • Private Transfer From Jodhpur Airport To Jodhpur Hotels: $7.24
  • Private Transfer From Jodhpur Airport To Jodhpur Hotels: $8.00
  • Private Transfer From Jodhpur Hotel To Jodhpur Airport: $8.00
  • Private Transfer From Jodhpur Hotel To Jodhpur (JDH) Airport: $8.00
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Jodhpur Airport (JDH) to Jodhpur Hotels: $8.00
  • Affordable Jodhpur Airport Transfer: $15
  • Private Departure Transfer from Jodhpur City to Jodhpur Airport: $20
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Jodhpur Airport to Jodhpur City: $20
  • Private Transfer From Jodhpur To Rohet Garh: $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dharamsala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dharamsala:

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Jodhpur or Dharamsala?

Prices for flights to both Dharamsala and Jodhpur 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
    Jodhpur $13
    Dharamsala $8.40

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jodhpur

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

  • Half Day Osian Village Safari Tour with Dinner: $11
  • street food tour with over 8 food tastings: $12
  • High tea and cooking class : $12
  • Jodhpur Food Tour With Pick Up & Drop Off: $15
  • Experience Jodhpur Food Tour With Pick Up & Drop Off: $15
  • Private Cooking Class In Jodhpur With Family: $18
  • Private Cooking Class in Jodhpur With Pick Up & Drop Off: $19
  • Private Cooking Class in Jodhpur With Pick Up & Drop Off: $20
  • Experience Indian Food Cooking Session At Local Family: $20
  • 3 Hours Indian Cooking Session At Local Home: $20
  • Waking Food Tour In Jodhpur: $24
  • Jodhpur Private Cooking Class With Family: $25

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Jodhpur $12
    Dharamsala $5.59
Typical Entertainment Prices in Jodhpur

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Jodhpur's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Fort Entrance for Two
  • Astrology Reading

Tours and Activities in Jodhpur

For Jodhpur, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Jodhpur city tour in private car with guide: $6.03
  • Private Tour Of Mehrangarh Fort : $6.17
  • Authentic Jodhpur Day Tour: $8.66
  • walk to bluecity heritage tour: $10
  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour in Jodhpur: $11
  • Evening Walking Tour: $11
  • Blue City Walking Tour: $11
  • jodhpur blue city walking tour with guide: $11
  • Mandore Garden Guided tour: $11
  • Blue City Heritage Private Walking Tour With Pickup and Drop-Off: $11
  • Blue City Walk (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $11

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: $129
  • Best of Dharamshala with a local Half Day Tour by a AC Car: $81
  • Dharamshala Dalhousie Tour from Amritsar: $300
  • Dharamshala Mcleodganj Tour: $48
  • Dharamshala Street Food Crawl ( Guided Food Tasting Tour): $25
  • Guided Andretta Artists' VIllage Tour: $99
  • Guided Kora Circuit & Walking Tour Around McLeod Ganj: $37
  • Hiking Day Tour to Triund from Dharamshala: $37
  • Historical Tour, Kangra fort &Rock cut temple from Dharmasla: $99
  • Mcleodganj Nature Trek (3 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $26
  • Private 6 hrs Mcleodganj & Dharamshala City Tour: $87
  • The Spiritual Trails of Dharamshala(Guided Walking Tour): $13

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Jodhpur $10
    Dharamsala $5.59

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

Which is Bigger, Jodhpur or Dharamsala?

Jodhpur has a larger population, and is about 50 times larger than the population of Dharamsala. When comparing the sizes of Jodhpur 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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