Box It Up: Panchgani's Zostel Is Made Entirely Out Of Shipping Containers

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What Makes It Awesome

India's most popular chain of backpacker's hostels, Zostel, has a gorgeous property in Panchgani.  The Panchgani Zostel is the most ambitious of all of their hostels. Why, you ask? Because the entire property is built out of re-purposed shipping containers that have been decked up with wall art that narrate a story about Panchgani and its culture.

What's The USP: They have ditched the usual bricks-and-mortar philosophy to build the entire property using re-purposed shipping containers that resemble architecture from a sci-fi film (Expect rooms hanging in the middle of nowhere).

What They Offer: The hostel boasts of four types of living facilities: 6 Bed Mixed Container Dorms (INR 999 per night per person) which have three sets of bunk beds in a spacious container, 6 Bed Female Container Dorms, a Private Container Dorm for utmost privacy and comfort (INR 3,599 per night) and Deluxe Private Container Room with a valley view (INR 4,299 per night).

What's More: The property overlooks a gorgeous valley, and has a cafe that serves some delicious food. The in-house activities at Zostel Panchgani will keep you engaged throughout your stay. The property also boasts of high-speed WiFi, making it easy for you to document your stay on Instagram (and make your friends jealous!) You can drive down to Zostel Panchgani, because it isn't that far, and they offer parking as well. 


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! Also, don’t let a weekend getaway dream 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, thus making it a wholesome weekend.


The property is following government protocols with regards to hygiene and sanitation for Covid-19. If you are heading out we suggest you wear protective face masks, carry sanitizer and practice social distancing at all times. Please contact the property for additional queries regarding your stay.