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11 Hostels In India That Are Every Backpacker’s Haven

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The best time of the year is arriving on a sleigh — at least I hope it is the best time and not a disappointment, like the rest of the year. With Christmas comes vacation and the opportunity to travel, at least for a few days. Whether it’s with family, friends, or solo, the last couple of weeks of December is the time to back your bags and leave. Normally, we would be on the lookout for hotels or, as is the trend now, home stays. But another really cool and viable option today, inspired by Kangana Ranaut’s backpacking trip in Queen, is hostels.

No, we’re not talking about dirty, dark, stingy dorm rooms you’re used to. These kickass places are redefining the meaning of ‘hostels’ for a lot of avid travellers. If you are a person who, like me, has never had the chance to stay at one, this is your opportunity. The perks? They are dirt cheap. Beautiful, vibrant rooms that make you feel at home. You make new friends and have the time of your life. Backpacking hostels are the new cool, and you have to be part of it.

Now that I pretty much convinced you to book one for your next trip, take a look at some of the top hostels in our country. Yes, who knew India had such hidden gems? Surprisingly, most of these properties are available in Rajasthan and New Delhi.


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1. Zostel

If there’s a hostel that most people know about, it’s Zostel. Located in 16 locations, it is majorly responsible for people willing to stay in dorm rooms during their holidays. Colourful vibes and high energy consumes you as you enter one of these properties, also the first chain of backpacking hostels in India.

Location: Agra, Bir, Goa, Delhi, Gokarna, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Khajuraho, Manali, Udaipur, Ooty, Pushkar, Rishikesh, Varanasi
Price: Rs 600 – Rs 2,000


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2. Moustache

Trendiest hostels, they are the one to tap if you want to experience the city in all its glory. TBH, the name itself is pretty catchy. Quirky interiors with a traditional touch makes each space a joy to stay in. Necessities like hot showers, lockers, and WiFi, can all be found under one roof.

Location: Agra, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur
Price: Rs 600


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3. Madpackers

Spacious rooms and a rooftop lounge awaits you at this bustling metro hostel. Cleanliness is one thing that is given high priority at Madpackers. Create stories amidst Delhi’s hectic cityscape and you will be surprised how a hostel can make life easy, even when it is not. Actually, to come to think of it, I could have just stopped at rooftop lounge.

Location: New Delhi
Price: Rs 600


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4. Roadhouse

A hit with international backpackers, the party is always on here. And why not, it has some 3 properties in Goa itself. With amazing multi-coloured décor, not one moment will be boring at the Roadhouse.

Location: Goa, Jaipur, Varanasi
Price: Rs 800


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5. Happy Campers

One of the few hostels down south, Happy Campers certainly lives up to its name. The yellow interiors and warm aura will glue you to it, maybe forever. The owners are so confident that your stay will be awesome — and if you’re disappointed, you get a day’s stay free.

Location: Kochi
Price: Rs 550


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6. The Hostelier

This one’s sure to make you dance with joy! A hostel in Kasol? Life is good again. Surrounded by hills and the forest, there is no other place you’d rather be. The walls splashed with myriad artworks will make even the dullest day brighter — if that’s even possible in the mountains.

Location: Kasol, Delhi
Price: Rs 200


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7. Crash Pad

Apart from the regular destinations, Crash Pad has found its way in Pondicherry too. It is one of the luxury hostels that fall under the category of a ‘hostotel’. Good news for those who want a quick getaway in the quaint French town. With bamboo furniture and tall bookshelves, this one is perfect for those who are up for a lazy vacation.

Location: Pondicherry, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur
Price: Rs 8,000


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8. Stops

Halt. Your search for a great hostel ends here. Time will fly when you’re cooking up a storm in the cute kitchens or chilling in the common areas at Stops. Trust me, you will leave this place feeling satisfied and fulfilled.

Location: Varanasi, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur
Price: Rs 400


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9. Le Pension

A budget hostel in Jaipur (yet again!), Le Pension will give you the illusion of staying at a hotel. Drool over the delicious food while watching the sunset from the terrace. There is no such thing as homesickness here.

Location: Jaipur
Price: Rs 350


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10. Social Rehab

No, it’s not a rehab centre, but a hostel that is sure to make your stay in Bangalore memorabl. With exclusive travel packages, Social Rehab will give you the best of the city without burning a hole in your pocket. They also have in- house jamming sessions and a DJ!

Location: Bangalore
Price: Rs 800


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11. Jungle

Another pretty looking hostel in everyone’s favourite beach town, Goa, the Jungle is maintained by The Hostel Crowd, and is perfect for those looking to relax and rejuvenate. Your day here starts with yoga sessions and ends with a glass of wine on a hammock.

Location: Goa
Price: Rs 500


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