A Travel Price Comparison for India Pondicherry vs. Jaipur for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Pondicherry or Jaipur?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Pondicherry and Jaipur 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: Pondicherry or Jaipur?

Pondicherry

Located on the eastern coast of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry has a long and interesting history of trade and war as the largest French colony in India. Today the French influence in the city remains, especially in the old quarters. This being said, Pondicherry very much embodies and east-meets-west culture.

Jaipur

Jaipur, India, famously known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan and is often a highlight for many travelers to the area. Dating back to the eighteenth century, it is part of the Indian Golden Triangle which also includes Delhi and Agra. It's also a stopping off point for travelers venturing into the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. The city has a population of about 6.66 million people, making it the largest city in the state of Rajasthan and the tenth largest city in the country.

Which place is cheaper, Jaipur or Pondicherry?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Pondicherry is $34, while the average daily cost in Jaipur is $19. 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 Pondicherry and Jaipur in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Pondicherry $16
    Jaipur $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Pondicherry $32
    Jaipur $24
Compare Hotels in Pondicherry and Jaipur

Looking for a hotel in Pondicherry or Jaipur? 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 Pondicherry


Hotels in Jaipur


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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: Pondicherry Hotel Prices and Jaipur Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Pondicherry $5.70
    Jaipur $1.55

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaipur

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

  • Transfer from Jaipur to New Delhi Hotel / Accommodation: $49
  • Transfer from Jaipur to Delhi with Tajmahal sight seeing: $200
  • Transfer From Jaipur To Udaipur Via Chittorgarh Fort: $85
  • Sanganer - A Visit to an Artisan Community with Private Transfer: $122
  • Samode Town Excursion- A Visit to a Unique Rajasthan town with private transfers: $231
  • Same Day Ranthambore Safari From Jaipur With Transfer To Agra Including Tickets: $227
  • Round trip airport Transfer Between Jaipur & Jaipur Airport JAI: $19
  • Ranthambore Wildlife Safari Tour From Jaipur Including Transfers: $135
  • Ranthambore Tiger Safari Tickets With Optional Transfers: $108
  • Pushkar Sightseeing on Jaipur To Jodhpur Transfer: $87
  • Professional Tie and Dye Class in Jaipur with Private Transfers: $169
  • Private transfer: Jaipur to Udaipur enroute Trip to Chittorgarh Fort with lunch: $299

Is it cheaper to fly into Pondicherry or Jaipur?

Prices for flights to both Jaipur and Pondicherry 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
    Pondicherry $11
    Jaipur $4.78

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pondicherry

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

  • Indian Cooking Class in Pondicherry: $28
  • French-Creole Cooking Class in Pondicherry with a Local Family: $78
  • South Indian Dinner With A Local Family In Pondicherry: $153
  • Cooking class in Pondicherry (with Lunch or Dinner): $289

Typical Food Prices in Jaipur

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Jaipur:


  • Dinner
    $6.63
  • Soda
    $0.12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jaipur

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

  • Jaipur Street food tour: $4.62
  • 2 Hours Private Cooking Classes of Masala Chai Tea and Pakoras: $9.33
  • Cooking Classes in Pink City: $12
  • Culture walking and food tour with guide in Jaipur.: $14
  • Dinner With Traditional Rajput Family (Its Not Just Only A Cooking Class) : $16
  • Food Tour and Eat like Locals : $16
  • cooking class demo with dinner: $20
  • Famous Masala Chowk Food Tour: $20
  • Cooking class demo with dinner : $21
  • Jaipur Cooking Class and home cooked dinner with Indian family: $21
  • Jaipur Full Day Tour with local family dinner: $21
  • vegetarian & non vegetarian Cooking class in Jaipur: $22

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Pondicherry $11
    Jaipur $3.84

Tours and Activities in Pondicherry

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

  • Sri Arunachaleswara Temple Tour From Pondicherry: $48
  • Auroville Guided Walking Tour: $14
  • Best of the Pondicherry (Guided Full Day City Tour): $134
  • Cultural Day Tour of Pondicherry and Auroville: $262
  • Day Trip to Mahabalipuram (Curated Private Sightseeing Experience): $150
  • Guided City Tour in Pondicherry with complimentary refreshments: $47
  • Heritage & Cultural Walking Tour of Pondicherry : $15
  • Magical Pondicherry Markets Tour : $13
  • Pondicherry Art Trails (2 Hours Guided Walking Tours): $13
  • Pondicherry City Bicycle Tour: $170
  • Private Custom Tour: Pondicherry Sightseeing with Guide: $81
  • Private Walking Tour in the French Quarter of Pondicherry: $57

Typical Entertainment Prices in Jaipur

For Jaipur, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Palace Entry for Two
    $1.20

Tours and Activities in Jaipur

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

  • Day Tour from Jaipur Bird Watching in Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur): $63
  • From Jaipur : Same Day Agra Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour: $149
  • From Ranthambore Tiger Safari Private Day Tour: $130
  • Golden Triangle Tour To Delhi Agra And Jaipur 4 Days: $212
  • Guided Jaipur City Tour With Drop Off at Udaipur: $110
  • Half Day Jaipur Shopping Tour With Local Tour Guide: $35
  • Jaipur Tour by Tuk-Tuk: $6.06
  • Same Day Taj Mahal Tour from Jaipur by Car: $250
  • Taj Mahal City Tour by car or train from Jaipur: $105
  • "Discover Jaipur with Guide : A Private Day Tour": $25
  • 02 Nights - 03 Days Jaipur-Agra Weekend Tours with hotel: $260
  • 02 Nights - 03 Days Jaipur-Agra Weekend Tours without hotel: $170

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Pondicherry $6.95
    Jaipur $2.74

Sample the Local Flavors in Jaipur

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Jaipur:

  • Pub Crawl Walking Tour: $39
  • Pub Crawl Jaipur: $40


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

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


Which is Bigger, Pondicherry or Jaipur?

Jaipur has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Pondicherry. When comparing the sizes of Pondicherry and Jaipur, 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.