Should you visit Lucknow or Dharamsala?
Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Lucknow and Dharamsala can help you decide which place is right for you.
Lucknow, located in the central region of Awadh, is the capital city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. With a very rich cultural and historical past, Lucknow has been at the heart of North Indian culture for many centuries. It thrives in areas of art, cuisine, dance, culture, music, and more.
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 city is cheaper, Dharamsala or Lucknow?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Lucknow is $41, while the average daily cost in Dharamsala is $32. 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 Lucknow and Dharamsala in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $34 in Lucknow For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
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 average traveler spends about $15 per day in Lucknow 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.
The average traveler spends about $7.49 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.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lucknow
For Lucknow, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Lucknow Food Tour:
Home Cooking With Meena Aunty:
Old Lucknow Walking Food Tour:
Lucknow Food Tour By Red Chillies - 7 Course tour with pickup and drop:
Heritage Walk With Curated Dinner In Lucknow:
Dinner With A Maharaja In Lucknow:
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:
Lucknow's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $12 per person, per day on transportation in Lucknow.
The average price of local transportation around Dharamsala is $4.60 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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lucknow
Also for Lucknow, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Airport Transfer -Lucknow Hotels to Chaudhary Charan Singh Intl Airport, Lucknow:
Airport Transfer-Chaudhary Charan Singh Intl. Airport, Lucknow to Lucknow Hotels:
Airport Transfers to Lucknow Hotels:
One way transfer-Lucknow to Kanpur:
Private Transfer from Lucknow to Kanpur:
Private Transfer from Chaudhary Charan Singh (LKO) Airport to Lucknow:
Private Transfer from Lucknow to Chaudhary Charan Singh (LKO) Airport:
Lucknow 3-Days Private Tour with Hotel and Transfers:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dharamsala
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dharamsala:
Dharamsala- Transfers+Hotel+Sightseeing (3 Days):
Affordable Dharamshala Airport Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Lucknow or Dharamsala?
Prices for flights to both Dharamsala and Lucknow 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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Lucknow can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $13 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Dharamsala's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $4.99 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.
Tours and Activities in Lucknow
For Lucknow, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Heritage & Cultural Walk of Lucknow (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour):
Colonial Walk of Lucknow (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour):
Night Walk Lucknow (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour):
Heritage Lucknow Photography Tour (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour):
Lucknow Food Crawl (2 Hours Guided Local Food Tasting Tour):
Lucknow Darshan Tour:
Private Cultural Hindu Tour of Naimisharanya from Lucknow:
Lucknow Shopping and Food Tasting Experience (Guided Halfday City Tour by Car):
Best of Lucknow (Guided Halfday Sightseeing Tour by Car):
Lucknow Naimisharanya Tour By Red Chillies:
8 Hour: Lucknow Full day City Sightseeing Trip:
6-Hour Lucknow Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup:
Tours and Activities in Dharamsala
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Dharamsala are as follows:
Dharamsala Half Day Sightseeing Tour:
Half-Day Private Kangra Valley Cycling Tour from Dharamshala:
Hiking Day Tour to Triund from Dharamshala:
Typically, people visiting Lucknow spend on average $6.32 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
The average person spends about $4.99 on alcoholic beverages in Dharamsala per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Sample the Local Flavors in Lucknow
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Lucknow:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Lucknow and Dharamsala, we can see that Lucknow 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 Lucknow would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lucknow than you might in Dharamsala.
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