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

Should you visit Udaipur 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 Udaipur 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: Udaipur or Bodh Gaya?

Udaipur

Udaipur, also known as the "Venice of the East," is becoming increasingly popular as an Indian wedding destination as well as with travelers searching for a romantic and picturesque city, rich with history, scenic areas, and palaces.

The "City of Lakes" is located in south of Rajasthan. There are a total of ten lakes in the lake system, which are connected and sustain water for drinking, irrigation and industrial use, which contributes to another reason for Udaipur's booming tourism: alcohol.

Udaipur has ideal climate and available water to support a liquor plant while a number of other Indian states ban the consumption of liquor altogether. Many local tourists, such as those from the neighboring dry state of Gujarat on the west, visit Udaipur specifically for this reason, especially considering that Gujarati alcohol prices are much higher and liquor must be purchased through the black market. It's no wonder why Udaipur is the destination for celebrations and vacation.

Udaipur has tropical weather and three main seasons, which are summer, monsoon, and winter. Winter, which takes place between September to March, is the most pleasant time to visit for sunny and warm days and cool nights.

Udaipur was also made famous in the James Bond film Octopussy. Several local hotels show the film nightly.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in India, The Best Adventure Tours to India, The Best Sightseeing Tours in India, and The Best Cultural Tours in India.


Which place is cheaper, Bodh Gaya or Udaipur?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Udaipur 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 Udaipur and Bodh Gaya in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Udaipur $16
    Bodh Gaya $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Udaipur $32
    Bodh Gaya $44
Compare Hotels in Udaipur and Bodh Gaya

Looking for a hotel in Udaipur 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 Udaipur


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: Udaipur Hotel Prices and Bodh Gaya Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Udaipur $7.03
    Bodh Gaya $23
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Udaipur

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Udaipur:


  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    $0.48

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Udaipur

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Udaipur:

  • Private Transfer From Hotel To Airport: $11
  • Private Transfer From Airport to Hotel: $14
  • Udaipur, The City of Lakes - A Heritage Walk with private transfers: $122
  • Udaipur to jodhpur one Way Transfer: $52
  • Udaipur To Pushkar Private One Way Transfer: $60
  • Udaipur City Tour With Next Day Jodhpur Transfer: $72
  • Udaipur Airport to Hotel or Vice Versa Transfer: $24
  • Udaipur Airport Transfer: $30
  • Udaipur Airport Pick up Transfer: $12
  • Udaipur Airport : Private Transfer to/from Udaipur Hotels: $6.02
  • Udaipur / RaNaK PUR / jodhpur one Way Transfer: $55
  • Transfer From Udaipur To Jaipur Via Chittorgarh Fort: $85

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bodh Gaya

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

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Udaipur or Bodh Gaya?

Prices for flights to both Bodh Gaya and Udaipur 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
    Udaipur $11
    Bodh Gaya $16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Udaipur

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Udaipur.

  • Private Traditional Dinner with an Indian Family in Udaipur: $9.03
  • 4-Hour Indian Food Cooking Class with full Meals: $12
  • Durga Cooking Class: $17
  • mamta cooking class awarded by tripadvisor : $24
  • Taste of Udaipur (2 Hour Guided Street Food Tour Experience): $24
  • Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings: $25
  • Culinary Adventure: Make Pizza, Sip Wine At Royal Repast: $39
  • Secret Cooking Session with the bheel Tribe: $44
  • 3 Hours Indian Cooking Session at Local Home (Udaipur): $50
  • Jodhpur, Osian camel ride &Dinner At Dhani (country side): $60
  • Jodhpur to Osian camel safari / Dinner At Dhani: $60
  • Evening Cooking Session and Dinner with an Indian Family: $72

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Udaipur $10
    Bodh Gaya $9.89
Typical Entertainment Prices in Udaipur

Here are a few typical costs in Udaipur for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Palace Entrance Fee
    $1.20
  • Lake Boat Tour
    $2.41

Tours and Activities in Udaipur

Here are a few actual costs in Udaipur for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Guided Udaipur Tour With Drop Off To Jodhpur Next Day.: $135
  • 3 Days Private Udaipur City Tour With Kumbhalgarh Fort & Ranakpur Jain Temple : $125
  • 3 Days Private Udaipur Highlights Tour: $90
  • 3 Days Private Udaipur Tour: $110
  • 3 Night 4 Days Udaipur And Jodhpur Tour By Car & Driver: $181
  • 3-Days Tour of Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh & Ranakpur with Jodhpur Drop: $120
  • 4 Night 5 Days Udaipur And Jodhpur Tour: $155
  • 4 Night 5 Days Udaipur And Jodhpur Tour By Car & Driver: $163
  • 6 - Days Udaipur and Mount Abu Tour: $301
  • 7 - Days Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur Tour: $361
  • 7 - Days Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur Tour: $247
  • 7 Days Rajasthan Triangle Tour (Jaipur-Jodhpur-Udaipur): $482

Tours and Activities in Bodh Gaya

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

  • Guided Virtual Tour of Bodhgaya: $27
  • Full Day Tour in Bodhgaya Hotel pick up: $32
  • Bodhgaya Day Tour (Hotel Pickup): $35
  • Full-Day Private Guided Bodhgaya Tour with Pick Up: $39
  • Bodhgaya and Gaya Pilgrimage Tour: $53
  • Excursion tour of Rajgir & Nalanda from Bodhgaya: $63
  • From Varanasi: Private Same Day Bodhgaya Tour: $144
  • Private guided tour of Bodh Gaya over 2 days : $175
  • Exclusive Guided Tour of Bodh Gaya: $227
  • Spiritual, Bodhgaya Tour (01 Night / 02 Days): $337

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Udaipur $8.98
    Bodh Gaya $5.68

Sample the Local Flavors in Udaipur

Also in Udaipur, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Pub Crawl Uaipur (3 Hours Guided Nightlife Experience): $20
  • Pub Crawl Udaipur (3 Hours Guided Nightlife Experience): $36
  • 3-Hour Pub Crawl: $39


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

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


Which is Bigger, Udaipur or Bodh Gaya?

Udaipur has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Bodh Gaya. When comparing the sizes of Udaipur 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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