A Travel Price Comparison for India Varanasi vs. Srinagar for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Varanasi or Srinagar?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Varanasi and Srinagar can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Varanasi or Srinagar?


Known to be one of India's holiest cities, many come to Varanasi on a spiritual pilgrimage looking to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges River. Dating back to the 11th Century BC, it is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Centuries old temples make up the backdrop, as many come and come again to perform their holy rights at the edge of the historic river.


Lying on the banks of the Jhelum River, Srinagar is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is best known for its gardens, waterfronts, and houseboats as well as local traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits.

Which place is cheaper, Srinagar or Varanasi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Varanasi is $30, while the average daily cost in Srinagar is $26. 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 Varanasi and Srinagar in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Varanasi $16
    Srinagar $15
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Varanasi $32
    Srinagar $30
Compare Hotels in Varanasi and Srinagar

Looking for a hotel in Varanasi or Srinagar? 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 Varanasi

Hotels in Srinagar

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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: Varanasi Hotel Prices and Srinagar Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Varanasi $4.98
    Srinagar $2.58
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Varanasi

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Varanasi:

  • Tuk Tuk Through Town
  • Rickshaw Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Varanasi

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

  • 3-hours Temple hopping with transfers: $34
  • Delhi Private Arrival Transfer From New Delhi Airport To Hotel In Delhi: $34
  • From Agra: Agra to Varanasi One Way Transfer: $178
  • From Agra: Budget One Way Transfer Agra to Varanasi: $171
  • From Varanasi Airport Transfer: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer from Varanasi Hotel to Airport: $28
  • Private Departure Transfer to Airport from Hotel in Delhi By Car: $34
  • Private Transfer Varanasi Airport (VNS) To Varanasi Hotels Drop: $12
  • Private Transfer Varanasi to Bodhgaya - One Way: $112
  • Private Transfer from Lal Bahadur Shastri (VNS) Airport to Varanasi: $42
  • Private Transfer from Varanasi to Lal Bahadur Shastri (VNS) Airport: $42
  • Private Transfer: Varanasi Airport to Varanasi Hotel: $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Srinagar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Srinagar:

  • Srinagar- transfers+Hotel+Sightseeing: $254
  • Srinagar To Leh, Ladakh Taxi (One way Transfer): $247
  • Srinagar Airport Transfers Taxi Service: $16
  • Srinagar Airport Transfer: $28
  • Private Transfer from Srinagar to Sheikh ul-Alam (SXR) Airport: $69
  • Private Transfer from Sheikh ul-Alam (SXR) Airport to Srinagar: $69
  • Private Round-trip Transfer from Srinagar to Gulmarg: $37
  • A Private Airport Transfer in Srinagar: $27

Is it cheaper to fly into Varanasi or Srinagar?

Prices for flights to both Srinagar and Varanasi 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
    Varanasi $7.19
    Srinagar $5.21
Typical Food Prices in Varanasi

For Varanasi, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Dinner In Town

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Varanasi

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

  • Tests of Best Varanasi Local Food Tour With Tourist Guide: $18
  • Varanasi Food Tour: $30
  • Cooking Classes in Varanasi for 2 Hours: $30
  • From Street food tour with Evening Ganga Aarti: $42
  • Private Evening Rooftop Dinner: $44
  • 3-hour Shopping and Street Food Tour on a tuk-tuk ride: $46
  • Evening Dinner with Private Transfer: $50
  • Afternoon tour of Varanasi with Boat ride over Ganges & Dinner on a tuk-tuk : $59
  • Night Boat Ride, Aarati Ceremony and Dinner: $62
  • Private Evening Street Food Tour: $63
  • India: Evening Ganga Aarti With Dinner and Private Transfer: $65
  • Private Evening Handicraft Market Tour with Dinner: $71

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Varanasi $11
    Srinagar $10
Typical Entertainment Prices in Varanasi

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Varanasi's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Boat Ride

Tours and Activities in Varanasi

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

  • Audio Guided Walking Tour of Banaras Ghats, Varanasi: $6.12
  • Varanasi Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $6.81
  • Varanasi Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $6.96
  • Spiritual and Heritage Walking Tour in Varanasi: $8.64
  • Ghats of Varanasi Morning Walking Tour: $9.87
  • Varanasi's Spiritual & heritage walking tour: $11
  • Varanasi Walking Tour : $12
  • Spiritual Tour in Varanasi with a local- Experience true essence of spirituality: $12
  • Temple Walk Tour Varanasi: $12
  • Travel With Monu- Tour Guide in Varanasi: $12
  • Vibrant Markets of Varanasi (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $12
  • Heritage Kashi Photography Tour (2 Hours guided walk): $13

Tours and Activities in Srinagar

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

  • 4 Days and 3 Nights Private Tour of Kashmir: $290
  • 5 Days and 4 Nights Private Tour of Kashmir: $285
  • 5-Days Kashmir tour includes Accommodation and Private Transportation : $277
  • 6 Days Kashmir Tour with Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg: $302
  • A Private Guided Walking Tour Of Old Srinagar With Lunch: $184
  • A Private Guided Walking Tour Through Old Srinagar: $126
  • Enchanting Kashmir: A 6-Day Srinagar Adventure: $422
  • From 5-Days Kashmir Tour with Gulmarg and Pahalgam: $1,810
  • Full day tour of Srinagar with Entrance Fee & Guide: $122
  • Full day tour of Srinagar with Entrance Fee, Guide & Lunch: $205
  • Full day tour of Srinagar with Entrance Fee, Guide & Shikara ride: $150
  • Full day tour of Srinagar with Entrance Fee, Guide, Shikara ride & Lunch: $200

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Varanasi $7.91
    Srinagar $2.58

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Varanasi and Srinagar, we can see that Varanasi is more expensive. And not only is Srinagar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Srinagar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Srinagar 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 Varanasi would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Varanasi than you might in Srinagar.

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

Which is Bigger, Varanasi or Srinagar?

Varanasi has a larger population, and is about 19% larger than the population of Srinagar. When comparing the sizes of Varanasi and Srinagar, 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.