A Travel Price Comparison for India Mysore vs. Bodh Gaya for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Mysore or Bodh Gaya?

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 Mysore and Bodh Gaya. 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: Mysore or Bodh Gaya?

Mysore

Also known as Mysuru, Mysore is the state of Karnataka's second biggest city behind Bangalore (also called Bengaluru) in southern India. Its landmark attraction is the Mysore Palace, though it also features memorable temples, markets, and a renowned annual festival in September-October.

Bodh Gaya

Located in the state of Bihar in the northeast of India, Bodh Gaya is the most respected place and pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Bodh Gaya is believed to be the site where Buddha Shakyamuni achieved enlightenment while meditating under the famous Bodhi tree.

Prince Gautama Siddartha was born in the sixth century, B.C. in what is modern-day Nepal. Siddartha lived a comfortable life of extravagance as he was born the son of King Suddhodana of the Sakya clan, but after witnessing human suffering, Siddartha decided to give up all of his possessions and embarked upon a quest to seek knowledge and the solution to such suffering. It is underneath a Pipal tree near the city of Gaya, that it is believed he began to meditate until he became enlightened. Today, a descendent of the original Bodhi Tree is located in the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in the city of Bodh Gaya.

Weather in Bodhgaya is generally warm throughout the year, with daytime highs in the 90s during summer and nighttime lows in the high 40s during winter. Because Bodhgaya is centered around religious sites, pack light layers and plan to dress modestly. Remember that you'll be expected to take shoes off at all temples, so sandals may be easier to wear and a good time-saver.

Which place is cheaper, Bodh Gaya or Mysore?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Mysore is $34, while the average daily cost in Bodh Gaya is $52. 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 Mysore and Bodh Gaya in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mysore $15
    Bodh Gaya $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mysore $30
    Bodh Gaya $44
Compare Hotels in Mysore and Bodh Gaya

Looking for a hotel in Mysore or Bodh Gaya? 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 Mysore


Hotels in Bodh Gaya


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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: Mysore Hotel Prices and Bodh Gaya Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mysore $8.04
    Bodh Gaya $23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mysore

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

  • Private Transfer from Mysore to Bangalore Airport: $39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bodh Gaya

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

  • Private Transfer from Bodhgaya Hotel to Gaya Airport: $13
  • Private Transfer from Bodhgaya Airport: $13
  • Affordable Bodh Gaya Airport Transfer: $15

Is it cheaper to fly into Mysore or Bodh Gaya?

Prices for flights to both Bodh Gaya and Mysore 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Mysore $12
    Bodh Gaya $16

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mysore $9.37
    Bodh Gaya $9.90

Tours and Activities in Mysore

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

  • 6-Hours Mysuru Cultural Tour with Guide and Transportation: $95
  • Bangalore - Full day private excursion tour to Mysore with lunch : $140
  • Best of Mysore (Guided Full Day City Sightseeing Tour by Car): $134
  • Day Trip to Bandipur National Park (Guided Sightseeing Tour by Car from Mysore): $150
  • Day Trip to Brindavan Gardens & Srirangapatna (Guided Sightseeing Tour by Car): $135
  • Day Trip to Chikmagalur (Guided Sightseeing Tour by Car from Mysore): $148
  • Day Trip to Coorg (Guided Sightseeing Tour by Car from Mysore): $152
  • Day Trip to Coorg (Guided Tour by Car from Mysore): $145
  • Day Trip to Mysore (Guided Sightseeing tour from Bangalore): $145
  • Day Trip to Srirangapatna & Shravanabelagola (Guided Sightseeing Tour by Car): $92
  • Day Trip to Wayanad (Guided Private Sightseeing Experience from Mysore): $148
  • Heritage & Cultural Walk of Mysore (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13

Tours and Activities in Bodh Gaya

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

  • Bodhgaya Day Tour (Hotel Pickup): $35
  • Bodhgaya and Gaya Pilgrimage Tour: $53
  • Exclusive Guided Tour of Bodh Gaya: $227
  • Excursion tour of Rajgir & Nalanda from Bodhgaya: $63
  • Full Day Tour in Bodhgaya Hotel pick up: $32
  • Full-Day Private Guided Bodhgaya Tour with Pick Up: $40
  • Guided Virtual Tour of Bodhgaya: $27
  • Private guided tour of Bodh Gaya over 2 days : $175

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mysore $9.60
    Bodh Gaya $5.68


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

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


Which is Bigger, Mysore or Bodh Gaya?

Mysore has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Bodh Gaya. When comparing the sizes of Mysore and Bodh Gaya, 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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