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No Room For Normal: This Hostel Is Made Out Of Shipping Containers

What Is It?

India’s most popular chain of backpacker’s hostel, Zostel, just marked its 29th hostel in Panchgani. And it has things you can’t even imagine. Keeping the bright walls and quirk intact, the one thing that stands out in the Panchgani Zostel is that they have ditched bricks and mortar to build the entire property using re-purposed shipping containers that resembles the architecture from a sci-fi film. They literally have rooms hanging in the middle of nowhere!

How Do I Get There?

Panchgani is about 240 km from Mumbai. In case train is your default option, think again because the nearest station is Pune which is 69 km away. But the bus options are available in plenty from both Mumbai and Pune. The much popular Neeta Travels have a bunch of buses plying on this route but that takes about 5-7 hours.

The best bet, however, is to drive down to Panchgani. This way you save time and get to enjoy the scenic drive which is prettier during the monsoon.

What’s Unique About It?

The Panchgani Zostel is the most ambitious of their 29 hostels. Why? Because the entire property is built out of re-purposed shipping containers that have been decked up with wall art, each one narrating a story. The hostel has six-bed mixed container dorm (INR 699 per head per night) which has three sets of bunk beds in a spacious container. In case mixed dorm is not your scene, they also have six-bed female container dorm (INR 699 per head per night). And if you’re looking for privacy, you can book a private container room that costs INR 2,798 for two people per night.

The hostel overlooks the valley, often stuffed with clouds, has a café, in-house activities to keep you engaged, wi-fi so those Instagram updates don’t stop, and parking. While all their walls are worth a photo shoot, the one wall that you must check out is the one with the legend of Peter Baba, the guy who got strawberries to Panchgani. It’s quite a story to learn.

So, We’re Saying…

Don’t let a weekend getaway burn a hole in your pocket. Instead, get your squad together and head to this hostel that will not only give you an interesting place to lodge, but also meet other travellers making in a wholesome weekend.

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