Backpacking In India? Here are 4 hostels that provide comfy, convenient, and cheap experiential accommodation to the earnest backpacker!
Delhi has always been a tad intimidating to the traveller who comes for a spiritual experience to India. Whether you’re looking to go to the ghats, or the hills, or to the dunes, Delhi will be your pitstop due to its central location and convenient access to the airport, stations, and other affiliate travel services. But if you’re looking to backpack in India and you’re really looking to get in to the scene honestly, apart from the shady hotels in Pahadganj the city has never had much to offer. Until we went out with our #RedefiningTravel team to find out how does one really backpack in India? Where do you stay? What do you do? Whom do you meet? Right now, we’re going to focus on the best places to stay at when you’re travelling via Delhi!
Disclaimer – This list is in no particular order!
A clever play on the word hostel, Zostel is attempting to recreate the european backpacking dream in India for both Indian residents as well as foreign visitors. Begun in Rajasthan, per their website the chain of hostels is present in Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Agra, Delhi, Goa, & Varanasi. Zostel receives backpackers, travel bloggers, photographers, & travel enthusiasts of both Indian and foreign origin as its primary clientele. A room costs as low as INR 499 a night. Read more here!
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 for backpackers 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.” A room costs between INR 500 and INR 750 a night. Read more here!
3. Stops Hostel
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, every backpacker’s dream! 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. You can easily get a bed for anywhere between INR 400 & 800 per night that also includes breakfast and taxes.
4. Joeys Hostel
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 backpackers in India 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 and allows them to backpack in India at ease! At INR 349 a night – Joey’s is the option yet.
What are you waiting for? Let’s get backpacking in India!