Low on budget but love travelling? Step aside, hotels from the days of yore! With crunched timelines and the high costs of hotel bookings, backpackers’ hostels in India are growing to be a very popular concept among young travellers in India. 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.
So first of all what exactly is a backpacker’s hostel?
Reading the above two lines you would have guessed that it is a decent accommodation on minimal budget particularly for people who love to travel. It generally has all basic amenities, bunk beds, community halls etc. In recent times, Wi-Fi or wireless internet has also become a required and popular feature.
These hostels are a microcosm of the global village as you often find travellers from diverse regions, nationalities, beliefs and backgrounds milling about. It is a melting pot of civilizations and hotbed for cultural exchange and sharing travel information, stories and experiences. In terms of the sheer experience and price, it beats any other form of accommodation hands down.
Lets read up about some backpackers’ hostels in India which have grown to be travellers’ favorites!
1. Zostel: Cool Backpackers Hostels to stay at in India
Zostel is a growing to be a haven for budget travellers and Backpackers in 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, etc. with many more in the offing.
Zostel provides travellers with everything they require and more, all within their budget. Yes, you heard that right! 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.
The best part about Zostel is that you can cancel your booking until one day before your stay. The price range is affordable for the amenities and awesome environment that they provide. The price range for a stay at the dormitory begins at Rs. 600 and go upto Rs. 2000 for private rooms.
For more information on Zostel kindly refer to the links given below:
2. Vedanta Wake-up! – Backpackers hostels in South India
One of the best backpackers hostels in India, travelers visiting South India seem to swear by it and rightly so. The hostel also provides WI-FI, books, games, etc. True to their name, these hostels also provide a touch of ethnicity with works of literature and musical instruments made available for the guests. It has been set up in Kanyakumari located in Tamil Nadu and five places in Kerala namely Alleppey, Kovalam, Fort Kochi, Thekkady and Varkala. The price range is between Rs.300 to Rs.1500. This hostel helps bring tourists closer as they have many fun activities such as barbeque nights, musical nights etc.
The hostels are closely located to the beach, cafes, restaurants etc making sightseeing and other needs accessible. The link provided below is the official link. If you are travelling South, I would highly recommend a stay here.
3. Youth Hostels: It started here!
This is probably where the trend of backpackers’ hostels in India kicked off. These hostels are run by the Youth Hostel Association of India. Convenient for single backpackers and especially youth, these hostels are affordable, comfortable and has warm and kind staff. These youth hostels are spread out to almost all the parts of India namely: Delhi, Manali, Ladakh, Port Blair, Goa, Darjeeling, Hyderabad and the list goes on and on. The best part is that they even organise various treks and tours to all parts of the country. Their prices range from Rs. 300 – Rs. 2000 depending on whether you want to stay in a dormitory or a room, with or without an AC. For more information, kindly refer to a blog written by one of our own bloggers and we hope it helps.
You could also refer to the official page of the Youth Hostel Association of India:
4. Mustache Hostel: A Quirky Backpacker hostel to chill out
With a quirky name and amazing ambiance, these backpackers hostels are located in Jaipur and Delhi. The place includes game rooms to play, terrace to go up to at night, garden to just sit and relax, a kitchen for those who love to cook and other basic comforts such as WI-FI, lockers, hot showers etc. It is rated quite high in security and cleanliness. There’s an Indian touch to everything, and overall its a very beautiful hostel.
The price of this hostel is normally displayed in dollars. The price of the rooms begin from $9 which in Indian rupee is almost equal to Rs. 600. People have reviewed it to be worth the price.
Their official link where you can book the hostel is:
5. Jungle Hostel:
This is one of the best hostels located in Vagator, Goa. A peaceful place amidst jungles, a place to just relax and calm the mind and body with activities such as Yoga. Once you are ready to travel there’s so much for you in store. One reason why the hostel is situated in Vagator is because of its variety in food all available in walking distance and two beaches which are inaccessible by road and requires walking so its really quiet. This is a lovely place away from all the hustle and bustle.
The hostels and rooms are walking distance away from the main building. Once a week there is a barbeque night and movies at night on the rooftop for everyone who is interested. The hostel also like any other hostel offers WI-FI, hot showers, lockers etc.
The dorms are priced at Rs. 500 while the separate rooms are priced at Rs. 1800.
The hostel’s official page is given below:
6. By the way:
Backpackers Hostels are awesome, because they even exist in amazing places like Cherrapunjee! This is the place to stay in if you travel to Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya. This hostel doesn’t ask for much, priced at Rs. 250 per night the people who have stayed here have given it quite a thumbs up. It is situated in Sohra, a very convenient place and easy to find.
Though luxury is not available here but it is still one of the cleanest and well maintained hostels with 24/7 water and hot shower. The owner Heprit (email: [email protected] | +91 9856630274) is said to be really warm and welcoming, he has made all the tourist’s stay quite memorable. So, that much for such a little price is a deal of a lifetime. Don’t miss it.
7. Stops Hostel:
A backpackers hostel in India which is slightly on the higher side in terms of price, is also one of the most awesome places to stay at. They first started off in Varanasi and have expanded to Delhi. The hostel offers WI-FI, Billiard, Tennis and other games, hot showers, lockers, library, BBQ, TV, Kitchen, AC and need I say more because I can go on and on.
The prices vary in both the places. In Varanasi, the dorm costs around Rs. 600 including Breakfast and separate room costs Rs.2000.
In Delhi, the dorm costs around Rs. 1000 and the room costs Rs.3000 including Breakfast. So, if you don’y mind paying a little extra for amazing services then this is the place for you.
Their official page where you can get more information and do the booking is given below:
8. Red Door Hostel, Goa
Planning a trip to Goa and looking for a budget but comfortable place that is somewhere close to the beach? A backpacker hostel to the rescue, Red Door hostel is just the place for you! It is located 3 minutes away from the very famous Anjuna Beach and easy to identify because of its signature ‘The Red Door’. The hostel is located in a place that is surrounded by restaurants, shops etc so you don’t have to go miles for a meal or shopping. On wednesdays the very famous ‘Flea Market’ is the main attraction of Anjuna Beach. You can expect to find clothes, slippers, instruments and also ‘Silver’ ornaments.
The hostel also provides all the necessity and luxury items including WI-FI, locker, Laundry and kitchen. There is a big lounge and garden for the people who want to just relax and sit out with a cup of coffee. It has dorms as well as private rooms. A clean environment with kind hosts and friendly company.
The prices begin at Rs. 550 for a 6 bed dorm room and increases upto Rs. 750 for a 3 bed dorm room with private rooms costing Rs.1000 – Rs.1250 depending on whether it is a basic room or a deluxe one.
9. Le Pension, Jaipur
Le Pension is a budget hostel in Jaipur with all the requirements to feel at home. It is away from the main city so if you’re looking for a quiet place to just relax and stay away from all the hustle and bustle, this is perfect. Le Pension is a French word meaning Bed and Breakfast. The hostel is clean, reasonable and pleasant to stay in. Meeting all the other travellers and making friends is one of the many aims of Le pension.
Priced at just Rs. 400 per person it offers breakfast and other amenities such as WI-FI, books, games, magazines and even a terrace that has a cafe called Cafe Machaan for people who need some alone and peaceful time just lazing around and sipping on your tea. It is considered as one of the best hostels to stay at by all the other tourists.
10. Jugaadus Eco Hostel, Amritsar
Jugaadus mean people who can make the most out of little. This hostel, situated at one of the most famous tourist places in India, teaches tourists how to maintain their budget and teach them a little about the Punjabi culture. It mainly aims at motivating people to be eco-friendly. The hostel has furniture and other items made completely from reusable items like the tables are made of reusable tyres, Bamboo dustbins and trays, reuse of plastic bags and plastic bottles etc. They are currently aiming at getting solar panels too.
They charge Rs.400 per person and have recently even made an offer of Stay for 4 nights and get the 5th one free, Stay for 10 days and get 3 nights free. So, all of you travellers who are dying to visit Punjab and learn its culture go ahead and enjoy your stay.
11. Woodlands Residency, Ooty
Nestled in the lap of the Nilgiris, Ooty is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. You will enjoy not only your stay but also the travel because there are just so many places to visit, so many places to just relax and be at peace. Woodlands Residency is one of the most awesome places to stay at in Ooty, if you’re travelling on a budget.
Woodlands residency charges Rs.1080 off season and Rs.1300 during season , a reasonable price to which you all will agree once you see the place. The place provides food, laundry, WI-FI ( chargeable), television, car and bike rental, hot water shower. It is located near the bus stop and railway station making travel more convenient and is also close to the famous Botanical and rose garden as well the Ooty lake.
For more information:
12. Natura Ashram, Pondicherry
Who does not want to travel to Pondicherry? I always have and I did last year and let me tell you it was amazing. The beautiful scenery, the buildings, the roads, is just so serene. The kind of place that sees a lot of travellers who spend long periods of time here, Pondicherry is the kind of place where backpackers hostels would be the top requirement.
If you’re looking for a place where you can find your inner peace and something cheap then this is where you should go. Natura Ashram is a non-smoking place where cleanliness is very important and other things like WI-FI and clean towels are provided and above all, it is very safe. However, it is restricted to a stay of 2 days only. The tariff rates are: Rs. 350 for a private single room and Rs. 250 for a twin room.
13. Social Rehab, Bangalore
Located in Bangalore, Social Rehab is one of the best backpacker hostels in India. The hostel is clean and safe, they offer dorms of 6 as well as private rooms. It provides free WI-FI, T.V, games, books and guides. They also have a kitchen to cook whatever you want, from 8 a.m to 11 a.m everyday. Self service complimentary breakfast is provided and the best part is they allow you to completely rest and laze around in bed on Saturdays and Sundays, as breakfast is offered till noon. They also offer discounted trips to Hampi, Goa, Kerala etc.
The tariff is as follows:
Bunk bed in female dormitory costs Rs. 700- Rs. 800 per person
A twin private room costs Rs. 2275
A bunk bed in dormitory of 6 costs Rs. 700- Rs.800 per person
14. KMVN and GMVN
Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam covers the Himalayan part of Uttar Pradesh to popular hill stations like Nainital and Almora. The KMVN provides the best accommodation to stay at in the whole of the Kumaon area. Reliable and neat, this is one of the best places for travellers to the Kumaon region. The small hill stations like Nainital has nice tourist spot and one of its most famous signature is the lake that stretches to almost 2km. It provides a Tourist Rest House in the Kumaon region some of which are: Almora, Kashipur, Nainital, Tanakpur, Binsar etc.
The price starts from Rs. 2400 for a standard room and goes upto Rs. 4000 for a deluxe one. The room offers food, room service, laundry etc.
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam formed on 31st March, 1976 offers guest houses, rest houses, tents and tourist Bungalows all over Garhwal Himalayan Region. The rooms are neat and clean, and though a little expensive are totally worth the price with a lot of peace, quiet and amazing service. Their branches of accommodation spreads over to many places some of which are: Adi Badri, Agarkhal, Badrinath, Dehradun, Gangotri, Uttar kashi etc.
The prices of the dorm rooms are Rs. 300, Economy room costs Rs. 600 and deluxe rooms cost Rs. 850 at Adi Badri.
The other guest houses depending upon the place have prices starting from Rs. 1000 that can go upto Rs. 4000.
15. Smyle Inn, Delhi
Smyle Inn located in Paharganj which offers you a look into the old Bazaar and old lanes of Delhi, a few minutes away from Connaught Place. It offers free WI-FI, In house internet cafe, Car rental, Library, Kitchen, Room service, restaurant, television and complimentary breakfast. There is even an airport and railway station pick-up and drop facility that costs Rs. 400. The rooms and bathrooms are spacious and clean, tourists who have stayed at Smyle Inn have given really good reviews and was also voted as ‘ The Best Backpacker Hostel in India’ by Hostelworld.
Standard room for a single person costs Rs. 940, two people costs Rs. 980 and three people costs Rs. 1200.
Superior room for a single person costs Rs. 1080, two people costs Rs. 1180, three people costs Rs. 1380 and family costs Rs. 1700.
16. Prison by #thehostelcrowd, Goa
And we’ve saved the best for the end! The zone of parties, Goa, has a cool location where you can go totally crazy. It is touted as the only party hostel in India, wherein the part begins as soon as you check in. It also has this awesome party shuttle, which carries you to the best parties in Goa.
Address: 940 Anjuna Flea Market Road
The tariffs start at Rs. 450 per person for a 10 bed dorm, and goes up to only Rs. 500 per person in a 4 bed dorm.
Official Smyle Inn Website
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