The idea of backpacking and hostels is very new to our Indian culture, but lately, it has got a lot of positive responses among the travellers in India. This not only helps the government to boost tourism but also the locals, whose only source of income is tourism are benefited tremendously.
From the beautiful Taj Mahal to the crystal clear beach of Goa, India has a diverse landscape, and the options to explore are never-ending. One can trek to the highest points of the world, ride through the dangerous passes, go for fishing in our beautiful lakes, sulk in the beaches and do water sports and so the list goes on.
To summarize, the best hostels in India are
1. Zostel, Gokarna
2. The Hosteller, Kasol
3. Hostelavie, Jodhpur
4. Old Quarter Hostel Panjim, Goa
5. The Crazy Indian Pad, Manali
Zostel is the largest chains of hostels in India. Delhi, Mumbai, Goa you name it, they have to have a hostel there.
With Goa getting overcrowded, people are starting to make Gokarna, the new Goa of India. Gokarna is a small place, and it has very few ideal stays to offer.
Zostel is one of the best places to stay in Gokarna. It is placed on a small hill, overlooking the central Gokarna Beach. It is a sea view backpacker hostel.
Gokarna Kudle Beach Road, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka
Rooms and Dorms
They have superior six dorm room and female rooms. Own shacks overlooking the sea are also available.
They have a beautiful in house cafe. All the basic amenities like towels, hot water, locker, lamps, Wi-Fi, ACs, are available.
The price of the dorm room starts from Rs 599.
The Hosteller Kasol
P.C. The hosteller Kasol
Kasol, also known as the hippie’s paradise, is filled with a lot of hostels. The Hosteller is one of the best backpackers hostels of Kasol. They provide transportation services and also organize their own treks.
The best thing about this place is the lake flowing nearby. Nestled within the Parvati Valley, this hostel has the best views and also if you take the right road, you reach the main
During monsoons and when the snow melts, a beautiful waterfall is formed right next to the hostel. You can hear the birds singing in the background. It is the best place to make new friends and also de-stress.
Near Kasol Temple, Old Kasol, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh.
Room and dorm
They have 4 Bed mix dorm rooms, deluxe rooms, and deluxe room with balcony. Unfortunately, they don’t have female-only dorms.
They have an in-house cafe, overlooking the Parvati Valley. They provide storage facilities too. This is not the place if you are expecting luxury.
The price of the dorm room starts from Rs 399.
P.C – Hostelavie Jodhpur
Jodhpur is known as the blue city is one of the famous destinations among the backpackers.
Not everyone can afford the luxury of living in a palace, but the hospitality and friendliness of the staff of Hostelavie is none the less enticing.
Being a boutique hostel at a backpackers price gives plus benefits to this fantastic hostel where you can live, learn, and immerse in the traditional Rajasthani culture.
Location: Near Sambhali Boutique, Fateh Pol Rd, Killi Khana, Jodhpur, RajasthanContact details
Room and dorm – They have 4-bed female dorm, 6-bed mixed dorm, deluxe, and standard rooms.
Basic amenities – Luggage storage facility along with free use of the kitchen is available. Wi-Fi, book exchange, TV is also there in the dorm rooms.
They own a brand of coffee called Coffavie. They have a rooftop cafe with a view of Mehrangarh fort.
Cost: They have dorm rooms with a starting price of Rs 499.
Old Quarter Hostel Panjim, Goa
The Old Quarter Hostel is one of the best hostels in Goa, to meet new people in the party hub of India. The Panjim Church is just 0.6 miles while the Miramar Beach is 1.2 miles from the hostel. You will notice a nice co-working space with free WiFi at the hostel. They offer Indian style cycles on rent. Grab a bike and Goa local map and see what Panjim has to offer.
They have a branch of their hostel at Vagator beach with a cafe, garden, and a swimming pool, what else do you need?
Location: Rua 31 de Janeiro, Fontainhas, 403201 Panaji
They have all the necessary amenities like luggage storage, hot water, AC, and a lot more. For entertainment, they have board games and puzzles. They also have a small library of their own. They also provide yoga classes, walking tours.
Rooms and Dorm – They have mixed dorms, female dorms, and deluxe rooms.
Cost: The price starts at Rs 500
The Crazy Indian Pad, Manali
As we all know, Manali is the backpacking hub of India, so there are a large number of hostels here and choosing from them is a challenging task. There are a lot of chains like Mustache, hostel, etc. that provide good hostels but I would suggest you stay at this offbeat hostel in Old Manali.
They have a beautiful garden all to themselves, and the view of the mountains from the terrace is mesmerizing. This is an amazing place to stay for people searching for peace, away from the crowd of Manali.
Location: Village Sri Lanka, Old Manali, Manali
They allow pets that’s a big benefit. They provide lockers and free Wi-Fi. Car and bike rentals are also available. They conduct many activities like fishing, massage, darts, board games, hiking, and hot spring baths. They also have a children’s playing area.
Room and dorm
They provide mixed dorm rooms, deluxe room, tents, and deluxe rooms with balcony and studio with balcony.
Cost: The price starts from Rs 200.
I hope the above information helps you to plan stays at this hostel. Feel free to comment if you feel some other hostels should be in this list. Happy backpacking!!!!
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post by – Shalini Garnaik
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