The concept of hostels became a trend in Europe when people from all around the world had the urge to travel but they couldn’t afford expensive Europe. That’s when hostels came to the rescue of backpack travellers and they are often called the backpacker's hostels. It’s amazing how this concept of hostels has changed the whole idea of solo travelling. Not only they provide affordable accommodation to the backpackers travelling solo but also when you live in hostels you always keep on meeting new people and never really feel alone. The hostel trend has recently emerged in India and it has provided a safer and happy place to the solo travellers. Now, not only foreign backpackers Indians too love the idea of living in the hostel when they travel. Earlier, when it sounded weird to share your room with a stranger now it is an experience people fancy for.
A lot of hostels have sprung up in India lately but few of them stand out for their experience. If you are looking for it too then heads up we are about to give you some best hostels in India.
1. Zostel, Chitkul- only hostel in the last inhabited village in India
Zostel is the most popular hostel chain of India which brought the idea of backpackers hostels in India in fashion. It has several franchise all around India but this hostel remains unique for a reason. Zostel- Chitkul is the only hostel in this village and Chitkul is the last inhabited village of India. It is probably the most comfortable accommodation to stay in Chitkul. It is located with the backdrop of mighty Kailash peaks and don’t even get me started how heavenly it gets in winters. They have open cafe where you can sit, chill, talk, enjoy a bonfire and meet people from all around the world.
2. Mudhouse Experiential hostels, Jibbi, the old mud house experience
Remember the old houses in the villages made entirely from mud and cow dung? If you haven’t seen them in your life or if you have and you fancy living in one of them, Mudhouse Experiential hostel has turned them in reality. It is entirely made from mud and their location also has its own appeal to it. It is located just on the banks of a flowing river, a small waterfall and with the Himalayan mountains. They have a common space for the bonfire to mingle with the other travellers and lots of places in the vicinity to explore. It is undoubtedly one of the best hostels when it comes to its concept. Staying here brings you closer to nature and sustainability.
3. Horn Okay Please, Mumbai, the heritage hostel
Isn’t living is a posh bungalow is such a dream in the dream city? Imaging getting it at a price that is just too good for your wallet. A 100-year-old heritage building has been transformed in a hostel for the backpackers and nothing could beat the ethnicity of it. It has now been given a modern touch with dorms and private rooms as well and living here is simply a bliss.
4. Jugaadus Eco Hostels, Amritsar, The Indian jugaad concept
Indians are known for their Jugaads all around the world and this place will give you enough reasons to believe so. They have reused the waste and other reusable material to make the interiors and decor of the place. More than that, it also gives the insights of the local Punjabi culture. Their idea is to promote eco-friendly products and spread it amongst the travellers. And, don’t you come back learning a bit about sustainability from them.
5. Prison Hostel, Goa, Get locked and party!
Prison Hostel is a venture of the famous hostelcrowd chain which is known for its excellent hostels in India, especially in Goa. They claim to be India’s first and only party hostel, where you can book a dorm, stay and party non-stop during your visit. And, what’s Goa without party anyway? It is located close to Anjuna beach which is a hub of beach parties in Goa. Their hostel looks like a prison and you would die to be locked up in a prison like this! They have barbeque sessions, yoga sessions, Goa tour, bike rental all you need for a good Goa experience.
6. Bunkyard Hostel, Udaipur, the music themed rooms
It is located along the Lake Pichola which is one of the best places you can ask for in Udaipur. Bunkyard hostel is based on the concept of Rajasthani cultures and traditions and you will witness enough of it during your stay. The dorms have themes based on diferent genres of music that play in the dorms such as Jazz, Reggae, Flamenco. You can choose your favourite music dorm and enjoy the soothing music for the night. They have chai sessions in the evening where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset while sipping tea.
7. The Madpackers hostel, New Delhi, meant for the bibliophile
If you know you get along with people who read books then you will find a lot of people of your taste here. Madpackers hostel is known for its library, open terrace and hospitality. It is ranked number two as the best hostels in India and hosts people from the different corners of the world.
Madpackers hostel in Pushkar
8. Ecology Hostel,Leh, to reduce carbon footprints
After an exhausting trip where you have taken in a huge amount of pollution, the real relief would be if you could just let all of it go. Ecology hostel in Leh is run by Ladakh Ecological Development group and is aimed to reduce the carbon footprint from your body. It is located amidst the clean environment with the surrounding beauty of the Himalayas. You won’t compromise on the views for sure. They have minimal interiors and have both private and shared rooms.
9. Jungle Hostel, Goa, live in the woods
An old traditional house in Portuguese has been rebuilt into an eco-friendly space which gives you the vibes of living amidst the jungles. It is located very close to Vagator beach and you can run to the beach anytime you want. The interiors are painted to give you insights into the jungle life and surroundings give you the good green environment. They have an open terrace, yoga sessions, a hammock, and fellow travellers from all around the world.
10. Construkt, Bangalore, entrepreneur’s hostel
How good would it be if you make your business flourish while you chill and travel? Construkt in a hostel started with the idea of bringing together the like-minded entrepreneurs, startup people, and other business men and women. It is precisely meant for those who travel frequently and you can choose a hostel to crash in while you are just making connections with the business world. It is located in Indirapuram Bangalore which is the hub of workplaces in the city. Gives you another reason to choose this place?
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