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

Should you visit Pune or Jaisalmer?

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

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

Where Should I go: Pune or Jaisalmer?

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.

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is located in western part of the Rajasthan state of India. The city is known as the "Golden City" for its Sonar Qila, or 'Golden Fort'. This fort is different than other forts in India in that it is a living fort, meaning that it contains many hotels, homes, and shops for locals and visitors. The city is very close to the Thar Desert, to which excursions can be made.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Cultural Tours in India, The Best Food and Culinary Tours in India, The Best Photography Tours in India, and The Best Religious Tours in India.


Which place is cheaper, Jaisalmer or Pune?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Pune is $51, while the average daily cost in Jaisalmer is $37. 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 Pune and Jaisalmer in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Pune $23
    Jaisalmer $13
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Pune $46
    Jaisalmer $26
Compare Hotels in Pune and Jaisalmer

Looking for a hotel in Pune or Jaisalmer? 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 Pune


Hotels in Jaisalmer


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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: Pune Hotel Prices and Jaisalmer Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Pune $14
    Jaisalmer $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pune

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

  • Mumbai-Pune Transfer: $68
  • Simon Cabaret Show in Phuket including Return Transfer (SHA Plus): $49
  • Private Transfer from Pune to Shirdi: $42
  • Private Transfer from Pune (PNQ) Airport to Pune City: $38
  • Private Transfer from Pune City to Pune (PNQ) Airport: $38
  • Pune Airport Transfer: $30
  • Affordable transfer from Pune to Mumbai Airport: $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaisalmer

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

  • Transfer From Jaisalmer To Udaipur Via Ranakpur Jain Temple: $90
  • Private Transfers Jaisalmer To Jodhpur Drop: $123
  • Private Transfers Jaisalmer To Bikaner Drop: $123
  • Private Transfer from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur: $37
  • Private Transfer from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur: $45
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Sam Sand Dunes: $19
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Pushkar: $85
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Khuri Sand Dunes: $19
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Jaipur: $117
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Jaipur: $117
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Delhi: $197
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Bikaner : $62

Is it cheaper to fly into Pune or Jaisalmer?

Prices for flights to both Jaisalmer 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Pune $18
    Jaisalmer $13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pune

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

  • Guided Street Food Tour with Cultural Charms of Pune: $22
  • Traditional Cooking Classes & Dinner with Chef Family: $33
  • Traditional Cooking Classes & Dinner with Chef Family: $33
  • Coral Island, Promthep Cape & Sunset Dinner with Power Catamaran: $53
  • Organic Thai cooking class: $67

Typical Food Prices in Jaisalmer

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


  • Dinner
    $4.79

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jaisalmer

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

  • Half Day SunSet Tour with Dinner: $26
  • Half Day Camel Safari Sunset with Dinner Tour (Non Touristic): $30
  • Jaisalmer Heritage Cultural Walking & Street Food Tour: $30
  • Pleasant Sunset Safari With Dinner On Dunes (From 2:00 PM to Approx. 10:00 PM): $33
  • Sunset Safari With Dinner: $37
  • Half Day Desert Safari with Camel ride & dinner: $38
  • 8 Hours Private Tour in Thar Desert with Dinner: $42
  • Sun Set Safari with Dinner: $45
  • 4×4 Jeep Safari And Camel Safari With Dinner On Sand dunes: $48
  • DiNnER !N G0LdEN DE$ERT 0F jASeLMeR: $55
  • Away from the Crowd Dinner on dunes/ In Non Touristic Desert: $55
  • DiNnER iN HeVeN /aT Golden Desert of Jaisalmer: $55

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Pune $17
    Jaisalmer $12

Tours and Activities in Pune

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

  • 4-Hour Tour: Pune University Complex Cycling Private Tour: $139
  • Airport pickup-drop, Mumbai sightseeing and outstation: $40
  • All-in Phi Phi, Maiton, MayaBay, Khai, Bamboo islands Tour : $59
  • Cultural Walking Tour of Pune with Local Snacks: $23
  • Day Trip to Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani (Guided Fullday Sightseeing Tour from Pune): $150
  • Day Trip to Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani (Guided Fullday Tour): $145
  • Day Trip to Pune Curated Private Tour Experience from Mumbai: $161
  • Discovering A Half-Day Guided Tour of Best Sights: $46
  • Experience Spiritual Culture in Pune with a local - 2 Hours: $17
  • Experience Spiritual Culture in Pune with a local - A Unique 2 Hrs Walking Tour: $13
  • Food Walk Tour Pune (2 Hours Guided Food Tasting Walk): $25
  • Food Walking Tour of 7 Local Food Tastings: $24

Typical Entertainment Prices in Jaisalmer

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


  • Sam Sand Dunes for Two
    $3.59

Tours and Activities in Jaisalmer

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

  • Jaisalmer Tuk-Tuk Private Full Day Tour with Pick-up: $17
  • Private Full-Day Tour of Jaisalmer with Guide: $33
  • 1 Night Desert Experience Sleeping Under Star Near Jodhpur: $56
  • 1 night 2 day thar desert experience & village lifestyle: $38
  • 2 Days-1 Night Camel Tour: $103
  • 2 Nights 3 Days Jaisalmer Tour & Non-Touristic Camel Safari: $210
  • 3 Days Jaisalmer Private Tour: $180
  • 3 Days Jaisalmer Tour From Jodhpur: $270
  • 3 Days Private Jaisalmer Tour: $180
  • 3 days Jaisalmer Private Tour with Desert Safari, Sightseeing and Accommodation: $203
  • 3-Day Private Tour of Jaisalmer with Desert Camp Experience: $173
  • 4 - Days Jaisalmer And Jodhpur Combo Tour: $180

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Pune $15
    Jaisalmer $9.23

Sample the Local Flavors in Pune

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Pune:

  • Pub Crawl (3 Hours Guided Bar Hopping Tour): $38
  • Pub Crawl (3 Hours Guided Bar Hopping Tour): $39


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Pune and Jaisalmer, we can see that Pune is more expensive. And not only is Jaisalmer much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Jaisalmer would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Jaisalmer 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 Jaisalmer.

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


Which is Bigger, Pune or Jaisalmer?

Pune has a larger population, and is about 40 times larger than the population of Jaisalmer. When comparing the sizes of Pune and Jaisalmer, 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.