A Travel Price Comparison for India Pune vs. Dharamsala for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Pune or Dharamsala?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Pune or Dharamsala, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Pune

Located in Maharashtra, Pune is the state's second largest city and cultural capital. Not only is it a hub for museums, temples, beaches, and scenic overlooks, but it also has a thriving nightlife and general atmosphere due to the student population.

Dharamsala

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 Pune?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Pune is $45, 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 Pune and Dharamsala in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Pune can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $20, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $40.

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.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Pune $20
    Dharamsala $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Pune $40
    Dharamsala $42

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Pune cost around $16 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 $6.40.

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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Pune $16
    Dharamsala $7.49

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pune

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

  • Traditional Cooking Classes & Dinner with Chef Family: $56
  • Traditional Mangalorean or Maharashtrian cooking class in Pune: $72
  • Market Visit and Cooking Class in Pune: $344

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: $74

Local Transportation

To get around in Pune, the average visitor spends $12 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Pune $12
    Dharamsala $4.60

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pune

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

  • Airport Transfer - Pune International Airport, Pune (PNQ) to Hotels in Pune: $11
  • Airport Transfer - Pune Hotels to Pune International Airport, Pune: $11
  • Private One way Transfer from Pune Airport to Pune Hotel: $12
  • Private Departure Transfer from Pune City to Pune Airport: $23
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Pune Airport to Pune City: $23
  • Affordable transfer from Pune to Mumbai Airport: $28
  • Private Transfer from Pune to your Accommodation in Mumbai: $29
  • Guided Pune Temple Tour with Private Transfers: $30
  • One way transfer- Pune to Shirdi: $35
  • One way transfer-Pune to Nashik: $40
  • Private Transfer from Pune (PNQ) Airport to Pune City: $42
  • Private Transfer from Pune City to Pune (PNQ) Airport: $42

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dharamsala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dharamsala:

  • Dharamsala- Transfers+Hotel+Sightseeing (3 Days): $304
  • Affordable Dharamshala Airport Transfer: $35

Is it cheaper to fly into Pune or Dharamsala?

Prices for flights to both Dharamsala and Pune 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.





Entertainment

In Pune, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $15 per person, per day.

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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Pune $15
    Dharamsala $4.99

Tours and Activities in Pune

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

  • Maratha History Walking Tour in Pune: $9.73
  • Night Walking Tour in Pune: $12
  • Walking Tour of Pune (2 Hours Guided Walk): $12
  • Skip the Line: Meher Retreat Day Picnic Ticket, Near Pune: $13
  • Shaniwar Wada Walking Tour: $13
  • Experience Spiritual Culture in Pune with a local - A Unique 2 Hrs Walking Tour: $15
  • Night Walk Tour Pune: $16
  • Food Walk Tour Pune (2 Hours Guided Food Tasting Walk): $19
  • Food Tasting Tour in Pune: $19
  • Guide tour of Pune City - 10 Destinations (3 Hrs walk): $20
  • Pune Walking Tour with a Punekar: $21
  • Experience the Story of Lord Ganesha in Pune with a local - Unique Walking Tour: $25

Tours and Activities in Dharamsala

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Dharamsala are as follows:

  • Dharamsala Half Day Sightseeing Tour: $50
  • Half-Day Private Kangra Valley Cycling Tour from Dharamshala: $69
  • Hiking Day Tour to Triund from Dharamshala: $72

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Pune spend on average $14 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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Pune $14
    Dharamsala $4.99

Sample the Local Flavors in Pune

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Pune:

  • Pub Crawl (3 Hours Guided Bar Hopping Tour): $25
  • Pune Pub Crawl: $28
  • Pune Pub Crawl: $40


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Pune and Dharamsala, we can see that Pune 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 Pune would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Pune than you might in Dharamsala.

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