Should you visit Pondicherry or Jaipur?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Pondicherry and Jaipur can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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, 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 city 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 $30, while the average daily cost in Jaipur is $17. 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 Pondicherry and Jaipur in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $28 for a double occupancy room in Pondicherry If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Travelers usually pay around $20 for a double occupancy room in Jaipur If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
On average, meal and food prices in Pondicherry cost around $9.85 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $3.94.
In Jaipur travelers spend around $4.26 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pondicherry
For Pondicherry, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
South Indian Dinner With A Local Family In Pondicherry:
Cooking class in Pondicherry (with Lunch or Dinner):
Typical Food prices in Jaipur
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Jaipur:
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:
2 Hours Private Cooking Classes of Masala Chai Tea and Pakoras:
Samosa & Masala Chai Cooking Class:
Dinner With Traditional Rajput Family (Its Not Just Only A Cooking Class):
Authentic Indian Vegetarian Lunch / Dinner Buffet:
Cooking Classes in Jaipur:
Jaipur Cooking Class and home cooked dinner with Indian family:
Rajasthani Cooking Classes and Lunch/Dinner:
Cooking Class in Jaipur with all Transport & Meals.:
Food Tour in Jaipur:
Jaipur Full Day Tour with local family dinner:
3-Hour Jaipur Rajasthani Food Private Cooking Class with Meal:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Pondicherry than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $5.08 on transportation in Pondicherry on average per day.
Jaipur'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 $1.38 per person, per day on transportation in Jaipur.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pondicherry
Also for Pondicherry, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Pondicherry Village visit - Palm Wine (Toddy) Trail with Transfers:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaipur
Also for Jaipur, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
private transfer from jaipur airport to hotel drop in jaipur:
Transfer from Jaipur to Delhi with Tajmahal sight seeing:
Sanganer - A Visit to an Artisan Community with Private Transfer:
Samode Town Excursion- A Visit to a Unique Rajasthan town with private transfers:
Ranthambore Tiger Safari Tickets With Optional Transfers:
Professional Tie and Dye Class in Jaipur with Private Transfers:
Private transfer: Jaipur to Udaipur enroute Trip to Chittorgarh Fort with lunch:
Private transfer: Jaipur to Udaipur enroute Trip to Chittorgarh Fort:
Private transfer: Jaipur to Jodhpur via Ajmer:
Private transfer - Jaipur to Udaipur via Chittorgarh Fort with lunch:
Private transfer - Jaipur to Udaipur via Chittorgarh Fort:
Private transfer - Jaipur to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri with lunch:
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.
Sightseeing expenses in Pondicherry, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $10 per day, per person.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Jaipur can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $3.42 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Pondicherry
For Pondicherry, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Cultural Day Tour of Pondicherry and Auroville:
Cultural Day Tour of Pondicherry and Auroville with Lunch:
Cycling Tour along Pondicherry:
Historic Temples Tour in Pondicherry:
Pondicherry City Bicycle Tour:
Pondicherry Sightseeing with French Colony Walk:
Pondicherry city sightseeing by Private vehicle:
Private Custom Tour: Pondicherry Sightseeing with Guide:
Private Tour of Pondicherry and Auroville:
Puducherry City Tour (Pickup from Hotel):
Typical Entertainment prices in Jaipur
For Jaipur, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Palace Entry for Two
Tours and Activities in Jaipur
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Jaipur.
03 Days Private Wildlife Ranthambore Tiger Tour from Jaipur:
1 Day Jaipur Tour:
1 Day tour for Jaipur sightseeing:
1-Night Private Tour to Ranthambhore Tiger Safari from Jaipur:
1-Night Private Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Jaipur by Car:
10-Days Private Tour of Rajasthan from Jaipur:
2 D Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Abhaneri Step Well's Tour From Jaipur:
2 Day Golden Triangle Private Tour to Taj Mahal, Agra & Jaipur from Delhi by Car:
2 Day Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Delhi From Jaipur:
2 Day Jaipur Travel Package + Entry Tickets:
2 Days Agra Tour From Jaipur With Drop Off at New Delhi, Agra or Jaipur:
2 Days Bundi Privete Tour from Jaipur with Pottery and Crafts (Theekarda)Village:
Typically, people visiting Pondicherry spend on average $6.19 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Jaipur, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $2.44.
Sample the Local Flavors in Jaipur
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Jaipur:
Pub Crawl Jaipur:
Pub Crawl Jaipur:
Nightlife of Jaipur - Pub Crawl:
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.
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