#TakeOff – In Your City – 7 Nooks and crannies of Delhi
Every weekend there’s this struggle of what to do, where to go eat, what event to attend, what food festival to hunt for. Annoyed with this overwhelming need to do the usual I’ve spent the last few weekends snuggled in my couch watching Newsroom and Sherlock alternatively. Oh Benedict, as much as I love you, I also crave a little bit of the outside world. No more will I spend any more free time doing nothing.
With that resolve, I set out to look for the parts of Delhi that are yet to be discovered by the likes of me.It’s funny really, having lived here most my life you’d think I would know this place better. Alas, I couldn’t be more wrong!
I’ve put together a list of 7 places in the hidden nooks and crannies of Delhi that you HAVE TO VISIT! Read on to learn things you never knew existed.
A nondescript Harry Potterish entrance leads to the Stops hostel in Delhi 6. Nestled on the ground floor of an old building, you have no idea what you’re in for from the looks of it, until you walk in. Sprawled across the front lounge are 3 of the cutest dogs who are there all day should you feel like playing with them or snuggling in the comfy couches. Just as you’re done with the reception you walk into not just a Hostel, but a house full of curious ongoings in every corner. From Yoga classes to a BBQ to a planned sunrise boat tour – you can basically do anything at Stops. Oh, and they give a bed, room, & breakfast as well. Wow.
We caught up with Stops Hostel co-founders Pallavi and Pankaj who were inspired to start Stops (get it?) through the course of their travels. “We are proud of our country and want people to experience the many Indias that are there in our country.” We agree!
Stops Hostel is present in Varanasi, Delhi, & Jaipur is coming soon! You can easily get a bed for anywhere between INR 400 & 800 per night that also includes breakfast and taxes. Stops is rated 4.5 on 5 on Tripadvisor. A really nice review caught our attention – “A dream hostel in a very quiet backroad somehow hidden by the perennial horn blowing soundtrack of the Indian cities.” Stops hostel seems to be making this a bit of a tradition!
“Our communal areas- for example our Movie Room and Fully Stocked Communal kitchens are very unique. Also unique is our focus on organizing interesting walking tours and daily events which gives the travelers a great opportunity to break the ice, plan their day better and explore the city from a local’s perspective- Some examples are our pub crawls, theater club, cookout nights, bollywood dance nights, and food hopping!” – make Stops a unique pitstop for travellers on their travels in India.
Stops is the only hostel we found that conducts its own walks as well and organizes a whole host of activities. According to the founders – “Pub crawls, food hopping through state bhawans, all night movie marathons, going for Indian theatre and plays, art crawls, stand up comedy shows, zumba classes, exploring areas like Pandara Road and Connaught Place at night, walking along India gate to have ice cream, midnight snacking at Jama Masjid, Qawali at Nizammudin Dargah, light and sound Show at Old Fort ending with lovely desserts at Khan Market. The list is endless and as eclectic as our lovely city.” is just a glimpse of what all you can find in this wonderful store of goodies.
If you’re travelling to India and stopping over in Delhi, we recommend you pay Stops hostel a visit!
Arjun Singh walked from England to Australia over 3 years, Paul Hammond cycled across half the world, Edwina Laycock volunteered at orphanages like Salaam Baalak Trust, Amy Dahmen completed 300-hour yoga training courses. All of these personalities stayed at Moustache hostel during these missions. That’s saying something.
When you ask Amber Jalan, the founder of Moustache Hostel in New Delhi & Jaipur about what inspired him to setup Moustache – a very clear and concise answer emerges. “India’s accommodation landscape needed places that offered cheap accommodation that were also clean, safe, trustworthy, transparent, and fun. That’s what Moustache brings to the table and that’s the inspiration behind Moustache. 95% of what’s out there in the budget accommodation space in India is dirty, full of scams, and unsafe. We don’t do kickbacks with taxi drivers, we don’t scam people into buying more, we deliver what we promise to the best of our abilities, and we’re always looking for ways to enhance a traveller’s experience of India.”
Staying at Moustache hostel is like staying in a melting pot of cultures from across the globe. Moustache hostel hosts travellers from all over the world across all age groups, from 18 to 65. However, mostly travellers at moustache are between the ages of 20-35 and are looking to explore India in their own unique ways. “We’ve had people who’re cycling across the world, walking across the world over 3 years, hitchhiking, and what not. There is no one kind of person staying with us at any point.”
When you stay at Moustache hostel you don’t just get a room, you get an experience. According the Amber “Moustache squarely focuses on the travellers’ experiences by organising both in-house activities like chai making classes, yoga classes, and movie night and also providing opportunities to explore the cities by offering walking tours and travel desk services.”
So beyond your FREE –
Unlimited drinking water,
a travel desk
(Whew, that list is long!)
That comes with just about INR 500 to INR 750 per bed, you can roam freely in the safe neighbourhood that Moustache Hostel is based out of in Delhi.
If you’re looking to travel and make friends with people you would not believe exist, make sure you stay at a Moustache.
Conveniently located on Main Vikas Marg, 200 mt from Laxmi Nagar metro station (Blue Line), 5 km from Connaught Place (City Centre), Joey’s Hostel is #RedefiningTravel by creating a non-commercial environment where people are able relax and enjoy their travel. A fun place created for new comers to India looking for a secure and helpful venue that interacts and engages with them during their stay.
There are 3 things the folks over at Joey’s Hostel are extremely proud of:
Great lounge room
Helpful & Friendly staff
Just started a month back in New Delhi, Joey’s Hostel also provides facilities such as
2. Complimentary breakfast
3. A kitchenette
4. Hot showers
5. Lively entertainment lounge for chilling or playing board games, Xbox, TV and music.
6. There are packed food & beverages on sale.
If you’re looking to come to India and stay on a budget in a clean and comfortable environment then Joey’s Hostel is a good option for you to consider specially at the rock bottom prices for their rooms here –
8 Bed dorm: Rs. 349 per night per bed
6 Bed dorm: Rs. 449 per night per bed
4 Bed dorm: Rs. 499 per night per bed
The above prices are exclusive of all taxes and include a complimentary Continental breakfast.
Enough of the logistics, what is really great about Joey’s? The SeekSherpa team caught up with Founder – Arjun Munjral (LinkedIn) for his scoop on what inspired him to start Joey’s – ” We started Joey’s Hostel with the aim of enriching travellers experience as they discover our beautiful and frankly quite complicated country with utmost safety, maximum fun and minimum hassles. Backpacking in India is still in its nascent stage and is gaining exponential momentum with both domestic and foreign travellers growing every year. Delhi is a city which not only is the first touch point for foreign travellers, but also for anyone heading north into the Himalayas. My zest for travelling led me to leave that life behind and start something I truly love.”
What does a typical day for a traveller at Joey’s look like? According to Arjun, Joey’s is #RedefiningTravel when it creates a perfect day for a traveller that looks something like this – “A day would start with a delicious & complimentary Continental breakfast with surprise Indian delights to tingle the taste buds. We try to ensure that our guests enjoy their day getting mesmerised with the never ending history, variety, culture of Delhi & India and come back with a packet of new experiences each day. We would be happy to also organize or facilitate weekend journeys within the city, cycle tours, heritage walks etc. for the guests. At the same time, our lively lounge room is at their service 24*7 to relax, interact and play! Also, their cozy cleans beds & rooms are ready to welcome them as and when they please.”
We’re super excited to see Joey’s Hostel start and hope lots of travellers from around the world visit the beautiful place they’re setting up.