GoStops Hostel in Udaipur is one of the brightest budget hotels in the city. Apart from it overlooking the lake, it ensures that the essentials like wifi, brekkie, a cafe and clean showers are well taken care of. Know what this means? You can be broke but also fabulous.
A sweet medium between the affordability of hostel accommodation and the quirkiness of a zany boutique hotel, we’ll pick GoStops over any other budget option.The common chilling room brings out Udaipur’s love for vibrant colours with its cushions, hanging planters and popping, neon-hued chairs. No wonder most visitors spend such a chunk of their time here. You can choose from the deluxe room or dorms. And, even the smallest dorm (the tariff starts from INR 450) doesn’t believe in squishing thrifty vacationers in a cupboard-sized room with bunk beds. It’s also safe that your laptop and other belongings are secure in wardrobes and in some rooms, you also wake up to a lake view. The two unexpected things people who’ve stayed here claim to miss the most are the views from the rooftop and the warm community feeling that pervades this hostel, thanks to so many like-minded travelers from diverse parts of the globe staying, singing and drinking coffee together.
As typical as it sounds, we at some point tend to get bored of chilling (and board games). It’s reassuring that the hostel is close to the City Palace with its history-filled alleys and airy courtyards. The area is also dotted with cafes when you’re tired of walking around, and in need of a quick cold coffee and pizza. If you want to check out sights and monuments around, there’s Jagdish Temple close by or stop by at the vintage car museum to appreciate the maharaja’s many hot wheels. Still got more time? Head to Bagori Ki Haveli by the Pichola waterfront. In fact, do whatever you will, but do save a couple of hours for the Fateh Sagar Lake. It really comes to life in the evenings.