Backpacking has long been a popular way to travel in India, but it’s only recently that the country has seen an increase in budget backpacker hostels. Gone are the days when hostels used to be an alien concept. Travellers these days like the convenience and low cost associated with backpackers’ hostels. Here are some backpackers’ hostels in India which have grown to be travellers’ favourites!
The biggest and first backpacker hostel chain in India was Zostel and they have been quickly expanding to include many hostels all over India. With their inexpensive tariff, air-conditioned dorms and hot water supply, the backpackers seem to be really loving their stay in Zostel. They have their branches in Delhi, Varanasi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Pushkar, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Vagamon, Rishikesh, Dharamshala etc. with much more in the pipeline. Our most favourite pick would be Zostel, Jaisalmer. Located inside Jaisalmer fort, Zostel Jaisalmer is arguably the cosiest backpacker hostel in the golden city! With an Open-to-Sky Lounge, that gives a breath-taking panoramic view of the Golden city, you are bound to feel like a true Royalty. Zostel not only provides a bed to sleep in, a restroom to relax in but also free WI-FI, cable connections, game rooms, tea and coffee facilities, AC for the hot places, Lockers, housekeeping, a guest kitchen for travellers who like to cook and much more. They also keep organizing interesting get-togethers, travel-talks, parties and other social events.
Woke Hostels, Goa
You will love Woke Hostel in Arpora’s very Greece-like vibe with the Santorini influences in its teal and white decor and murals on their many walls. You can choose between their rooms or dorms, both of which are air-conditioned and they serve homely meals cooked with seasonal produce. This Greece-themed hostel in Arpora has AC dorms starting at INR 499 including two private rooms that are priced between 2k and 2.9k depending on the season. We love the vibe here, the general cleanliness and pretty decor with its teal furniture, a slackline, hammocks and swings. It first started off in Arpora and the they expanded it areas like Morjim beach as well.
Backpacker Panda, Manali
After having established its first hostel in Goa, Backpacker Panda has expanded to both big and small cities across the country including Manali, Udaipur, Mumbai, Jaipur etc. This quirky hostel offers bunk beds in clean, comfortable dorms with AC, coffee machines and private bathrooms. Other facilities include free Wi-Fi, washing machines, private lockers, a cosy library, a shared kitchenette and a lounge with funky decor. You have bright yellow paint, murals on the walls, and guests in the PJs just chilling or sharing stories. The welcoming vibe makes it easier to mingle and interact with fellow travellers.
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The Madpackers Hostel, Pushkar
Crowned the ‘Best Hostel in India 2016’ by Hostelworld, Madpackers offers a cozy, relaxed stay at amazingly affordable rates. It has comfortable and trendy rooms with bunk beds, free WiFi, a fully-stocked kitchen, a fireplace, a game room, a well-stocked library and complimentary breakfast. The major attraction is the rooftop terrace covered with real grass, where you can meet fellow travellers and swap stories. It is also one of the best party hostels in India, not because it’s a super crazy all-night party kind of place, but also because they set everyone up with great events and activities throughout your stay.
The Mansion 1907, Mysore
Set in a 110-year-old mansion, The Mansion 1907 is the perfect place to check into when in Mysore. The property that boasts of beautiful columns and wood work is a mixture of Indian and British architecture. The property is now redone with a modern touch, and has a very unique ambiance that cannot be described and must be experienced first-hand. There are large common spaces and balconies surrounded by dorms and private rooms of various categories which provide the setting for a perfect hostel.
A hostel with a beach that’s just a hop, jump, and skip away. Check into one of the bunk beds or private rooms if you are coming with bae, and wake up to the sound of the sea. IT’s a charming wooden property facing the beach. It has one 10 bed dorm, one 8 bed dorm, and two 4 bed dorms. They have their own inhouse restaurant as well. There’s plenty of hammocks to chill and get some afternoon nap in too.
The Lost Hostels, Fort Kochi
The Lost Hotel is a popular chain of hostel in South India. They are very popular among tourists and their hostels are uniquely designed. Their only goal is to make you feel home away from home with their unique facilities in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. This hostel is located just a stone throw away from Kochi Beach. The lower part of the house is a common meeting ground for fellow explorers to share tales of their travels. The upper balcony gives you a view of the port across on the next island. They offer safe and clean facilities with free WIFI, en-suite Bathrooms, common places to hand out and many more.
GoStops Hostel, Varanasi
Here’s a top hostel in Varanasi that definitely ranks among the best hostels for solo travellers in India. It has a boho-chic decor, airy rooms, a movie library and a beautiful terrace with wooden benches from where once can soak up the sights of the ancient city. Other than a shared kitchen and lounge, the hostels have dormitories that come with free wi-fi and air conditioning. The hostel also organizes heritage tours and movie nights for guests. They first started off in Varanasi and have expanded to Delhi, Udaipur, Bir, Dalhousie and Udaipur.
Bunkyard Hostel, Udaipur
A charming hostel with scalloped arches, painted-glass lamps, and verdant creepers adorning the stairwell, Bunkyard captures the whimsical essence of Udaipur. The hostel offers authentic local cuisine in its restaurant and has music-themed dormitories to zing up your stay by playing a variety of genres like jazz, reggae etc. The beautifully decorated rooms come with artistic touches and en suite bathrooms. Cycling and horse-riding are available, and barbeque nights are held on the open terrace, which has gorgeous sunset and lake views.
The Hosteller, Kasol
One of the fastest growing chain pf hostels – The Hostellers have their properties at places like Pushkar, Delhi, Goa, Bir, Jibhi, McLeodganj, Kasol, Manali, etc. It is the perfect pit-stop for global as well as local travellers to relax, rejuvenate and experience India’s rich heritage while not worrying about a clean, safe and smart place to stay. In their stylish yellow-black themed hostels, they provide clean and safe housing facilities, secured lockers, well-stocked common kitchens, air conditioners, equipped libraries, exclusive female dorms, traveller’s cafes, chiller common rooms and wide-open spaces where travellers can bond over cups of lip-smacking coffee. Additionally, all their hostels are equipped with services like laundry, visa facilitation, travel desk, etc. with eagerness to help the travellers 24/7.
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