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

Should you visit Udaipur or Dharamsala?

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 Dharamsala. 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 Dharamsala?


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.


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 place is cheaper, Dharamsala 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 Dharamsala is $36. 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 Dharamsala in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Udaipur $16
    Dharamsala $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Udaipur $32
    Dharamsala $46
Compare Hotels in Udaipur and Dharamsala

Looking for a hotel in Udaipur or Dharamsala? 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 Dharamsala

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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 Dharamsala Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Udaipur $7.03
    Dharamsala $5.16
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Udaipur

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

  • Tuk Tuk Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Udaipur

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Udaipur:

  • Private Udaipur Arrival Transfer - Airport to Hotel/Accommodation: $6.18
  • Udaipur Airport : Private Transfer to/from Udaipur Hotels: $9.05
  • Private Transfer From Hotel To Airport: $11
  • Udaipur Airport Pick up Transfer: $12
  • Private Transfer From Airport to Hotel: $14
  • Private Transfer From Udaipur Hotel To Udaipur Airport: $14
  • Private Transfer From Udaipur Airport To Udaipur Hotel: $15
  • Private Transfer From Udaipur Airport To Udaipur Hotel: $16
  • Private Transfer From Udaipur Hotel To Udaipur Airport: $17
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Udaipur Airport to Udaipur City: $18
  • Private Departure Transfer from Udaipur City to Udaipur Airport: $18
  • Private Transfer Udaipur Airport UDR To Udaipur Hotels: $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dharamsala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dharamsala:

  • Airport to Dharamshala transfer: $50
  • Chandigarh to Dharamshala Transfer: $85
  • Dharamshala Airport Transfers : Budget Sedan and SUV Cabs: $35

Is it cheaper to fly into Udaipur or Dharamsala?

Prices for flights to both Dharamsala 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 Meals for one day
    Udaipur $11
    Dharamsala $8.40

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: $9.05
  • 4-Hour Indian Food Cooking Class with full Meals: $11
  • Durga Cooking Class: $17
  • Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings: $25
  • Culinary Adventure: Make Pizza, Sip Wine At Royal Repast: $33
  • 3 Hours Indian Cooking Session at Local Home (Udaipur): $34
  • Secret Cooking Session with the bheel Tribe: $45
  • Private Rajasthani Cooking Class in an Udaipur Home: $51
  • Jodhpur, Osian camel ride &Dinner At Dhani (country side): $54
  • Jodhpur to Osian camel safari / Dinner At Dhani: $54
  • Evening Cooking Session and Dinner with an Indian Family: $72
  • Night Heritage walk - " Travel with Chinmay " - Roof Top Dinner : $75

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Udaipur $10
    Dharamsala $5.59
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
  • Lake Boat Tour

Tours and Activities in Udaipur

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

  • Private Udaipur Sightseeing Tour by Tuk-Tuk or Car with Driver: $8.04
  • Delwara Handicraft Experience: $9.27
  • Eklingji Temple & Nagda Temple Tour By Tuk-Tuk Or Car: $9.27
  • Udaipur Half Day City Tour by Tuk Tuk: $9.60
  • Tuk tuk tour Udaipur: $9.89
  • Jaipur: Immerse yourself in a full day private tour by tuk-tuk: $9.89
  • Udaipur Walking Tour(2 Hours Guided Walk): $9.89
  • Udaipur Night Walk (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $9.89
  • Udaipur Heritage City and Local Market Walking tour: $10
  • Private day tours: $11
  • Private Udaipur Village Tour by Tuk-Tuk or by Car: $12
  • Udaipur Guided sightseeing Tour in Three wheeled Tuk Tuk : $12

Tours and Activities in Dharamsala

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

  • The Spiritual Trails of Dharamshala(Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Dharamshala Street Food Crawl ( Guided Food Tasting Tour): $25
  • Mcleodganj Nature Trek (3 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $26
  • Guided Kora Circuit & Walking Tour Around McLeod Ganj: $37
  • Hiking Day Tour to Triund from Dharamshala: $37
  • Dharamshala Mcleodganj Tour: $48
  • Best of Dharamshala with a local Half Day Tour by a AC Car: $81
  • Private 6 hrs Mcleodganj & Dharamshala City Tour: $87
  • Historical Tour, Kangra fort &Rock cut temple from Dharmasla: $99
  • Guided Andretta Artists' VIllage Tour: $99
  • Best of Dharamshala with a local - Full Day Guided Tour: $129
  • Dharamshala Dalhousie Tour from Amritsar: $300

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Udaipur $8.98
    Dharamsala $5.59

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
  • 3-Hour Pub Crawl: $39
  • Pub Crawl Udaipur: $40

When comparing the travel costs between Udaipur and Dharamsala, we can see that Dharamsala is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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

Which is Bigger, Udaipur or Dharamsala?

Udaipur has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Dharamsala. When comparing the sizes of Udaipur and Dharamsala, 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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