A Backpacker's Guide To The Galaxy: Hostels Across India

Tansha posted on 08 August

OK, so maybe we mean India and not exactly the galaxy. But since our country has always been a sacred land for backpackers, we thought we’d magnify it! And while we love the throngs of people and beautiful chaos, we also love a clean, comfortable, safe place to stay – a priority and also the hardest thing to find. So we’re pitching in with a list featuring our picks of the best hostels in India to give fellow travellers a headstart on planning the backpacking adventure.

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Jungle Hostel, Goa

What was once a quaint Portuguese home now plays host to backpackers galore. It is walking distance from Goa’s best restaurants and bars such as Thalassa, Sakana, Bean Me Up, and, of course, Katzensuppe. You can also channel your inner yogi with morning yoga sessions on the rooftop. Facilities include wifi, AC, a kitchen, female-only dorms, security cameras, lockers, laundry service, and free breakfasts for guests. It has a spacious lounge with board games, books, eclectic wall art, and a fridge always stocked with the bare necessities – water, beer, and chocolate.

Where: 486, Vagator Beach Road, Vagator, Goa

Price: INR 350-INR 600 for a range of dorms, double rooms and single-occupancy rooms.

Contact: +91 8322273006

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486, Vagator Beach Road, Vagator, Goa

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Prison, Goa

Prison hostel checks in their guests by taking a mug shot of them, which they then put up on the wall of fame. Fortunately, that’s about as prisony as it gets. They offer double rooms and dorms at backpacker rates. Plus, a cozy dining room where travellers find respite in each others’ stories and help build a tribe of wanderers. Free wifi, free breakfast, female-only dorms, AC, linen and towels, laundry service, and lockers for each bed make it a great choice. Also, it’s walking distance from the Anjuna Flea Market!

Where: 940, Anjuna Flea Market Road, Anjuna, Goa

Price: INR450 upwards.

Contact: 0832 227 3745

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940, Flea Market Road, Anjuna, Goa

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Electric Cats Bed and Breakfast, Bangalore

Bangalore’s first international standard hostel, Electric Cats is located in Indiranagar, and is close to some of the nicest restaurants and bars in the area. Apart from lockers, book exchanges, CCTV monitoring, free brekkie and wifi, what sold it to us was The Dreamcatcher Café on the ground floor, a beautiful terrace to lounge on, and a bicycle-hire service to help explore the city.

Where: 1794, 1st Floor, 4th “E” Cross, 9th Main, HAL 3rd Stage, Indira Nagar

Price: INR 450 upwards

Contact: +91 9845290679

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The Madpacker’s Hostel, Delhi

We love it simply because they have the friendliest staff in all the land. They will help direct your cab driver at 3am and make sure you drink gallons of coconut water if you’re unwell – call it the Dilliwala love if you must! Madpacker’s offers deluxe female dorms and mixed dorms, and the usual breakfast, wi-fi, linen, lockers and…wait for it…hot showers! With the Yellow Line just a five-minute walk away, all of Delhi is simply asking to be explored.

Where:  No. S39-A, 3rd Floor, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi, Delhi

Price: INR 450 upwards

Contact: +91 9818671874

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Zostel, Udaipur

Right on the lakeside, and next to the City Palace – it really doesn’t get better than this. They offer a lakeside superior private room, a six-bed mixed dorm, a six-bed female-only dorm and an eight-bed mixed dorm, and staples such as wi-fi, lockers, laundry, TV, AC, and a 24×7 help-desk. Go right up to the terrace and let the beautiful Lake Pichola hypnotise you.

Where: 25-26, Nav Ghat, Near City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Price: INR 600 to INR 1,900 {approx.}

Contact: +91 7728897595

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25-26, Near City Palace, Nav Ghat, Udaipur, Rajasthan

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Zostel, Jaipur

The Pink City Zostel with graffiti and customer reviews on the wall is what you might be looking for. Bean bags, colourful floor cushions and a hand painted map of Rajasthan make up the lounge area, where travellers collect to strum some tunes and share their wanderlust. Zostel has six-bed mixed dorms, female-only dorms and three-bed private rooms. Head to the terrace here for a view of the dynamic city.

Where: 18 Jai Ambey Colony, Opposite ESI Hospital, Sodala Jaipur, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Price: INR 600

Contact: +91 8302083486

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85-A, 1st Floor, ICICI Bank Building, Rajamal Ka Talab Road, Opp. Tourist Police Station, Jaipur, Rajasthan

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CrashPad, Jodhpur

CrashPad calls itself a Hosthotel – a combination of a hostel and a hotel for budget travellers. They have private rooms, 4-bed dorms and 6-bed dorms all of which are air-conditioned. Each room is designed to add some quirk from the different colourful cities of Rajasthan. Facilities include lockers, 24-hour reception, daily housekeeping, washing machine, kitchen, breakfast on request, wifi, and help with travel planning.

Where: House No 32, Polo 1st | Paota, Jodhpur

Contact: +91 9001064000

Price: Dorms start at INR 350 and privates rooms at INR 1,200

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Stops, Varanasi

The city of truth and revelation is high on a traveller’s list. Stops offer private en-suite rooms, six-to-eight bed dorms as well as a 16-bed dorm. Each bed has its own charging point – a huge plus point. From November through February, Stops offers tents on the terrace with yoga sessions in the morning. They even organise a sunrise boat ride down the river Ganga every morning.

Where: No.B-20/47, A-2, Vijayanagaram Colony, Bhelupur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Price:  INR 499 upwards

Contact: +91 5422275124

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Construkt Start Up Hostel, Bangalore

In the city of start-ups, it was only time before there came to be a start-up hostel. Enter Construkt, and their hostel for what they inventively say is for hackpackers! In addition to funky white and orange bunkbeds to camp on, this is great to make contacts for your upcoming business. Who knows, you might just be roomies with your future co-founder here.

Where: 3097A, 6th A Main, 13th cross, 2nd stage Indiranagar

Price: INR 850 per bed for a night {if you’re staying for longer periods, they customise the package for you}

Contact: bookings@construkt.me

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3097-A, 6th A main, 13th cross, 2nd stage Indiranagar, Bengaluru

4.5
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