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

Should you visit Udaipur or Jaisalmer?

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 Jaisalmer. 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 Jaisalmer?

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.

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 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, Jaisalmer 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 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 Udaipur and Jaisalmer in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Udaipur $16
    Jaisalmer $14
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Udaipur $32
    Jaisalmer $28
Compare Hotels in Udaipur and Jaisalmer

Looking for a hotel in Udaipur 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 Udaipur


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: Udaipur Hotel Prices and Jaisalmer Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Udaipur $7.03
    Jaisalmer $12
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 Udaipur to Jodhpur with Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur: $213
  • Private One Way Transfer From Udaipur To Agra: $157
  • Private One Way Transfer From Udaipur To Delhi: $157
  • Jagmandir Island And Sunset Boat Ride On Lake Pichola, Udaipur Without Transfers: $146
  • One Way Transfer Service From Udaipur To Delhi: $144
  • One Way Transfer Service From Udaipur To Agra: $132
  • Udaipur, The City of Lakes - A Heritage Walk with private transfers: $122
  • From Udaipur : Private Transfer To Ranthmbore: $118
  • Dilwara Temples & Mount Abu: Private Day Trip with Transfer: $105
  • One Way Transfer Service From Udaipur To Ranthmbore: $102
  • From Udaipur Transfer To Jaisalmer Via Ranakpur Jain Temple: $101
  • One way City Transfer To/From Udaipur and Jaipur: $100

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaisalmer

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

  • From Bikaner : Private Transfer To Jaisalmer: $60
  • From Jaisalmer : Private Transfer To Bikaner: $55
  • From Jaisalmer : Private Transfer To Sam / Khuri Sand Dunes: $18
  • From Jaisalmer : Transfer To Jodhpur Via Osian Temple: $43
  • Jaipur to Jaisalmer Transfer: $170
  • One Way Jaisalmer To Jodhpur Transfer: $44
  • One Way Transfer Service From Jaisalmer Airport To Hotel: $12
  • One Way Transfer Service From Jaisalmer Hotel To Airport: $12
  • Private One Way Transfer From Jaisalmer Airport To Jaisalmer Hotel: $12
  • Private One Way Transfer From Jaisalmer Hotel To Jaisalmer Airport: $12
  • Private One Way Transfer From Jaisalmer To Pushkar: $94
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer Airport To Jaisalmer Hotel: $10

Is it cheaper to fly into Udaipur or Jaisalmer?

Prices for flights to both Jaisalmer 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
    Jaisalmer $14

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: $8.98
  • Indian Cooking Class Udaipur meals+sweets 5 dishes Full meals: $11
  • Indian Cooking Class meals+sweets 5 dishes Full meals: $12
  • Enjoyable,homely & mom 's delicious cooking classes: $16
  • 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

Typical Food Prices in Jaisalmer

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


  • Dinner
    $4.82

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jaisalmer

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

  • Jaisalmer Food Tour: Taste the Flavors of the Golden City!: $14
  • Cooking Class With Indian family : $15
  • Half Day SunSet Tour with Dinner: $26
  • Jaisalmer Heritage Cultural Walking & Street Food Tour: $28
  • Desert camel safari with dinner in osian hotel pick and drop: $30
  • Half Day Camel Safari Sunset with Dinner Tour (Non Touristic): $30
  • Peaceful Non -Touristic Sunset Camel Safari With Dinner : $35
  • Pleasant Sunset Safari With Dinner On Dunes (From 2:00 PM to Approx. 10:00 PM): $35
  • Sunset Safari With Dinner: $37
  • Experience Camel Safari With Folk Dance & Dinner: $37
  • 8 Hours Private Tour in Thar Desert with Dinner: $42
  • Half Day Desert Safari with Camel ride & dinner: $42

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Udaipur $10
    Jaisalmer $12
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:

  • Full Day Udaipur City Tour by Private Vehicle: $92
  • Local Sightseeing - Udaipur ," Travel With Chinmay ".: $80
  • 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: $180
  • 3-Days Tour of Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh & Ranakpur with Jodhpur Drop: $120
  • 4 Night 5 Days Udaipur And Jodhpur Tour By Car & Driver: $162
  • 6 - Days Udaipur and Mount Abu Tour: $299
  • 6 Night 7 Days Udaipur,Jodhpur & Jaisalmer Tour From Udaipur : $275
  • 7 - Days Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur Tour: $245
  • 7 - Days Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur Tour: $359

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
    $3.61

Tours and Activities in Jaisalmer

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

  • Temple Tour Of Jaisalmer Rajasthan: $6.14
  • heritage walking tour with offocial guide kamaljaisalmer: $11
  • Explore Jaisalmer at Night (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $12
  • Explore Jaisalmer with Professional Tour Guide: $12
  • Jaisalmer Walking Tour: A Stroll Through Time and Culture: $12
  • Colorful Markets of Jaisalmer (3 Hour Guided Tour): $12
  • Private Guide or City Expert Hire for Jaisalmer City Tour: $12
  • Heritage & Cultural Trails of Jaisalmer- Guided Walking Tour: $13
  • Experience Jaisalmer at Night (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Golden City Photography Guided Tour to Capture City Hues: $13
  • Vibrant Markets of Jaisalmer (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Heritage & Cultural Trails of Jaisalmer Guided Walking Tour: $13

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Udaipur $8.98
    Jaisalmer $9.29

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
  • Pub Crawl Udaipur: $39


When comparing the travel costs between Udaipur and Jaisalmer, we can see that Jaisalmer 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 Jaisalmer Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Udaipur or Jaisalmer?

Udaipur has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Jaisalmer. When comparing the sizes of Udaipur 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.

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