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Himachal Pradesh, India

How much does it cost to travel to Himachal Pradesh?

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Himachal Pradesh cost?

A one week trip to Himachal Pradesh usually costs around $0.00 (₨0.00) for one person and $0.00 (₨0.00) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Himachal Pradesh on average costs around $0.00 (₨0.00) for one person and $0.00 (₨0.00) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Himachal Pradesh will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Himachal Pradesh on average costs around $0.00 (₨0.00) for one person and $0.00 (₨0.00) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Himachal Pradesh has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Himachal Pradesh expensive to visit?

Himachal Pradesh is a very affordable place to visit. Located in India, which is a very affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Himachal Pradesh in depth.

Within Asia, Himachal Pradesh is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in Asia for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as Himachal Pradesh.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Himachal Pradesh Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Himachal Pradesh?

The average Himachal Pradesh trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Himachal Pradesh travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

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Himachal Pradesh on a Budget
Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh
With a name that translates to "abode of snow," Himachal Pradesh is a state in north-western India with opportunities for experiencing the Himalaya mountain range. Visitors come to the region to experience the mountain scenery, engage in Tibetan culture, and learn about the region's ancient past.
With its close proximity to the Himalayas, the state of Himachal Pradesh is not lacking in striking mountain scenery with charming hills and valleys. Dalhousie, located in the western part of the state, is a hill station famed for such a backdrop. The area actually consists of five hills called Balun, Tehra, Kathlog, Patreyn, and Bakrota - all with churches and quaint colonial architecture. Kullu Valley is also known for its scenery, situated along the banks of the Beas River. Also known as "Vally of the Gods," Kullu is home to a number of ancient temples and festivals as well as a handicraft culture of woven wool products. Spiti Valley and Lahul Valley are also very scenic with rolling foothills and temples of their own.

There is plenty to see in the urban areas of the state as well. Shimla, the state capital, is best known for Jakhu Temple which offers mountain views from its location just above town. This temple, populated by monkeys, is said to be the place in the Ramayana where the monkey god, Hanuman, rested during his journey to the Himalaya Mountains. The Ridge offers another view over the city, and is also a hub for the cultural and social scene. Another popular center of activity is The Mall, which has shops, restaurants, bars, and more.
Himachel Pradesh is generally divided into twelve districts - Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kinnaur, Kullu, Lahul and Spiti, Mandi, Sirmaur, Shimla, Solan, and Una. Its state capital is Shimla, a popular summer destination nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Other popular hubs include the small town of Bir for its Tibetan community and Buddhist monasteries, Dalhousie for its Victorian charm, Dharamsala as the home of the Dalai Lama and India's largest Tibetan communtity, and Manali as a hill station close to the mountains. Jogindernagar, Keylong, and Bilaspur are also well-visited locations in Himachel Pradesh as well as Sundernagar and Mandi.

At the base of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a popular base camp region for trekking, climbing, and skiing amidst the rugged terrain of the tallest mountains in the world. Visitors are also attracted to the region to learn about the Buddhist religion. There are many cultural and religious sites to visit, where anyone can attend worship or even classes about Buddhism. Some of the cities, like Dharamsala, offer lessons in the studies of yoga, meditation, healing practices, paragliding, cooking, and thangka painting. Many others also come to Dharamsala to meet, or at least see, the Dalai Lama. To meet "His Holiness" is a spiritual experience for Buddhists and memorable to all who respect the religion. It is not always easy to have this chance as the Dalai Lama travels frequently and private audiences are carefully chosen (applicants must supply detailed information about themselves and why they wish to see "His Holiness"). He does give scheduled public teachings, though they are often crowded.
Food and Dining
Cuisine of the Himachal Pradesh region is simple but nutritious, consisting largely of chicken and mutton with vegetables which include pumpkins, potatoes, beans, and beetroots. Some staple meals of the region include thukpa (noodle soup usually with chicken and vegetables), skyu (thumb-sized pieces of kneaded dough cooked in a kind of soup), and momos (dumplings). Other specialties comprise of khambir (a whole wheat local bread baked into a pan shape), butter tea (salty tea churned with butter), and chang (a light local brew of beer). These dishes are common throughout the mountainous regions of the Himalayas. Momos are a popular street food, served steamed or fried and stuffed with spiced potato, cabbage, spinach, radish, or carrot with chili sauce on the side. Any of the noodle dishes are also staples. Any of the popular destinations will have a variety of dining options from traditional to international flavors.

The geographical location of the state makes transportation somewhat difficult. By plane, the main airports in Himachal Pradesh include the Kangra Airport (serving Dharamsala), Shimla Airport, and Kullu-Manali Airport - all which offer flights to and from Delhi.

There is very little rail connection except for the Kalka-Shimla railway track which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bus is probably the most practical and cheapest way to enter the region with three routes coming from Delhi:

Delhi-Chandigarh-Kangra-Dharamsala or -Chamba


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.