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 our picks of the best hostels in India.

Jungle Hostel, Goa

hostel for backpackers travellers at jungle in goaWhat was once a quaint Portuguese home now plays host to backpackers galore. It is walking distance from Goa’s best restaurants and bars {Thalassa, Sakana, Bean Me Up, Katzensuppe}. You can also channel your inner yogi with morning yoga sessions on the rooftop. Facilities include Wi-Fi, AC, female-only dorms, security cameras, lockers, laundry service, and free breakfast. Best of all, the fridge is 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

Find them on Facebook here and check out their website here.

Prison, Goa

dormitory for backpacking travellers at prison in goaPrison 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 cosy dining room where travellers find respite in each others’ stories. Free Wi-Fi, 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: INR 450 upwards

Contact: +91 8322273745

Find them on Facebook here and check out their website here.

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 Wi-Fi, what has us sold is 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, Indiranagar

Price: INR 450 upwards

Contact: +91 9845290679

Find them on Facebook here.

The Madpacker’s Hostel, Delhi

bunk beds in dormitories for backpacker travellers at the madpackers hostel in delhiWe 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

Price: INR 450 upwards

Contact: +91 9818671874

Find them on Facebook here.

Moustache, Delhi

This is a hostel made by backpackers, for backpackers. Around the corner from restaurants like Café Diva, Shalom and Big Chill, Moustache has a “green room” for when you’ve had a long day about town, a spectacular terrace open to Delhi skies {just, mind the pollution} and a garden for your morning cuppa!

They offer eight-bed mixed and female-only dorms, as well as double rooms. Plus, Wi-Fi, lockers, linen, dry-cleaning, and meals for an added INR 100. Moustache has an equally enticing hostel in Jaipur for those wanting to wander into the desert sands.

Where: No S-25, Greater Kailash I, New Delhi

Price: INR 550 upwards

Contact: 011 40793437

Find them on Facebook here and check out their website here.

Zostel, Udaipur

bunk beds in dormitories for backpacker travellers at zostel in udaipurRight 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 – INR 1,900 {approx.}

Contact: +91 7728897595

Find them on Facebook here and check out their website here.

Zostel, Jaipur

common room with grafitti at zostel in japur for backpacking travellersThe 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 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

Find them on Facebook here and check out their website here.

CrashPad, Jodhpur

double bed room fro backpackers travellers at CrashPad in JodhpurCrashPad 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, Wi-Fi, 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

Find them on Facebook here and check out their website here.

Stops, Varanasi

bunk beds in dormitories for backpacker travellers at the madpackers hostel in varanasiThe city of truth and revelation is high on a traveller’s list. Stops offers 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

Find them on Facebook here and check out their website here.

Featured photo courtesy: Moustache Hostel