A Travel Price Comparison for India Leh vs. Haridwar for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Leh or Haridwar?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Leh and Haridwar. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Leh or Haridwar?


Leh is a small town located in the Indus river valley at a crossroads of the old trading routes from Kashgar, Tibet, and Kashmir. Today, the town is best known for its Buddhist sites and nearby trekking areas. It is situated in northern India, amidst the mountainous Himalayan range.


A spiritual journey is not complete without a trip to Haridwar as it is the lands of legends and tales cleansed by the Holy Ganga and regarded as the Holiest places for washing of sins. Haridwar is located on the foothills of the Himalayas making the place a truly memorable experience. After making a Haridwar Darshan, you will find most of your answers regarding the unknown and uncertainties. Rishikesh is very close to Haridwar, for waking the adrenaline rush in you. One can plan out so many activities to do in Haridwar for a fun filling vacation.

Which place is cheaper, Haridwar or Leh?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Leh is $39, while the average daily cost in Haridwar is $31. 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 Leh and Haridwar in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Leh $17
    Haridwar $15
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Leh $34
    Haridwar $30
Compare Hotels in Leh and Haridwar

Looking for a hotel in Leh or Haridwar? 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 Leh

Hotels in Haridwar

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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: Leh Hotel Prices and Haridwar Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Leh $7.92
    Haridwar $5.34

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Leh

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Leh:

  • Leh Airport Transfer: $33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Haridwar

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

  • Affordable Dehradun Airport Transfer.: $15
  • Affordable Dehradun airport transfer to Rishikesh: $20
  • Affordable transfer from Rishikesh to Dehradun Airport: $20
  • Private Transfer from Dehradun Airport to Rishikesh: $35
  • Affordable transfer from Haridwar to Delhi: $39
  • Affordable transfer from Dehradun to Delhi: $39
  • Affordable transfer from Rishikesh to Delhi: $39
  • Private Transfer from Haridwar to Delhi: $44
  • Private Transfer from Dehradun to Delhi: $47
  • Private Transfer from Rishikesh to Delhi: $47
  • Private Transfer from Mussoorie to Delhi: $53
  • Delhi To Haridwar Transfer: $75

Is it cheaper to fly into Leh or Haridwar?

Prices for flights to both Haridwar and Leh 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
    Leh $14
    Haridwar $10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Haridwar

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

  • Sattvic Traditional Cooking Classes, Rishikesh India: $35
  • Rishikesh Half Day Street Food Tour: $45

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Leh $14
    Haridwar $9.23

Tours and Activities in Haridwar

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

  • Sightseeing around Mussoorie: $8.14
  • Mussoorie Nature Walk Tour: $8.56
  • Mussoorie Walking Tour: $9.88
  • Guided Haunted & Mysterious Walking Tour of Mussoorie: $13
  • Nature Walk of Mussoorie (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Guided Ashram Tour in Rishikesh with a local - 2 Hours Walking Tour: $13
  • Guided Night Walking Tour in Rishikesh - Explore the best nightlife with a local: $13
  • Experience Spiritual Culture in Rishikesh with a local - A Unique Walking Tour: $14
  • Private Walking Tour in Rishikesh: $18
  • Mussoorie Walking Tour - Waverly to Clouds End: $22
  • Guided Food Crawl Tour of Mussoorie with a local: $25
  • Guided Food Walking Tour in Rishikesh with a local - Best of Culture & History : $25

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Leh $5.61
    Haridwar $6.86

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Leh and Haridwar, we can see that Leh is more expensive. And not only is Haridwar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Haridwar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Haridwar 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 Leh would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Leh than you might in Haridwar.

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

Which is Bigger, Leh or Haridwar?

Haridwar has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Leh. When comparing the sizes of Leh and Haridwar, 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.