Most Beautiful Travel Hostels Across India For The Wanderer In You

Not only the upcoming travel hostels in India are super affordable, with great facilities and flexibility but also simply stunning. Here are some we absolutely love!

Published On Sep 19, 2023 | Updated On Mar 05, 2024


India in all its diversity and dynamic landscape surely allows every traveller to immerse themselves in complete wanderlust. With the backpacking culture gaining prominence, travel hostels are the new favourites. With bunk beds, dorms, lounge, indoor games, Wi-Fi, and everything that one requires, these are budget-friendly, bringing travellers together and the best possible way to explore new places. The ultimate resort for every traveller to create limitless memories while doing what they love, travel hostels are definitely the best and the most popular travel options.

7 Beautiful travel hostels in India you must check out

Zostel Panchgani is the perfect backpacking stay, located in Mahabaleshwar. Situated above the scenic beauty of the Krishna Valley, this travel hostel is ideal for all travellers and explorers. Zostel Panchgani is designed out of upcycled shipping containers, and adorned with beautiful artworks, which especially represent the Panchgani culture. This hostel is the most appropriate stay option to explore the rugged hills, thick forests and waterfalls in Panchgani. There are also strawberry plantations around the hostel, which makes one’s stay all the way more delightful. Zostel Panchgani has a private container dorm, six-bed mixed container rooms and six-bed female container rooms. The property also has all the necessary amenities that a guest requires, from free parking, an in-house cafe, an outdoor fireplace, a kitchenette, air conditioning and a game room. A quaint option for a comfortable stay, in the small town of Panchgani, Zostel Panchgani should definitely be on your list of travel hostels.

Tariff: Starting at Rs 1299 (approx.) for a night
Location: Wai-Panchgani Road, Main Road, Dandeghar, Mahabaleshwar

Located in the City of Lakes, The Hosteller Artist House in Udaipur is a unique, premium backpacker travel hostel which has recently opened. It is situated in a palace and is the perfect place to explore the Rajasthani culture and architectural wonders. Not just explorers, but it is also an ideal place for all lovers of art. The hostel has a design which is an amalgamation of industrial, traditional and Art Deco themes. With tall ceilings, majestic staircases and jewel-toned furniture, this hostel is like no other. They have a massive seating space, an enclosed restaurant and an al-fresco cafe serving lip-smacking delicacies. Surrounded by lush green plants, they also have a large pool, an event space, a club and a seminar place. There are private rooms as well as dorms available. An award-winner hostel when it comes to hospitality, the Hosteller Artist House in Udaipur is surely a fantastic place to stay.

Tariff: Dorms start at Rs 729 (approx.) per night, single rooms start at Rs 1279 (approx.) per night
Location: Dewra. 62, Moti Bhawan, Pandu Wadi, Gadiya, City Palace Road, Udaipur, Rajasthan

A luxury backpacker hostel, the Moustache Hostel in Rishikesh is a luxury travel hostel which offers a rejuvenating experience in the Yoga Capital of the World. Loaded with all forms of modern amenities, from the indoor pool, spa and sauna facilities, yoga space and a lounge equipped with games, the Moustache Hostel surely provides a soulful experience. The hostel also operates several river rafting tours and guided walks across the city. Perfect to admire the beauty of Rishikesh and immerse yourself in the spirituality of the city, the Moustache Hostel is sure to provide you with a memorable experience.

Tariff: Starting at Rs 799 (approx.) per night
Location: Badrinath Highway, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Mad Squad is a quirky travel hostel in the culture-rich city of Varanasi. Taking inspiration from the minimalist cohabiting culture, Mad Squad is a casual travel hostel and is quite a large property. They have multiple rooms, from dorms, and capsule rooms to even private rooms. With an outdoor BBQ gazebo, UVC lighting, kitchenette and balconies overlooking the beautiful garden, Mad Squad offers the ideal space for solo travellers and group travellers alike. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is only a 5-minute drive from this hostel.  Be sure to encounter like-minded individuals and develop a friendship with strangers while here. 

Tariff: Starting at Rs 1500 (approx.) for standard rooms per night
Location: D-51/20, 20A, 21R, Surajkund, Nai Sarak, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

If you are looking for an economical yet beautiful travel hostel while on a budget trip to Goa, the Old Quarter Hostel is definitely the perfect place for you. Situated in Asia’s oldest Portuguese colony in Panjim, Fontainhas, this is a colourful hostel ideal for solo travellers. With the area’s grand Portuguese architecture and influence, this is the ideal place for a relaxed vacation. The hostel is set along the Main Beach and provides scuba diving facilities and a campsite with bonfires. They have options for staying from tents to private rooms, as well as dorms. With a beautiful view of the sea, the hostel also serves a variety of delectable cuisines under a thatched-roof restaurant.

Tariff: Dorms start at Rs 450 (approx.) per night, single rooms start at Rs 800 (approx.) per night
Location: Rua 31 de Janeiro, Fontainhas (quarter), Alhinho, Panaji, Goa

La Vaca India, situated in McLeodganj is a newly opened backpackers travel hostel. With comfortable rooms and sound-inundated walls, this travel hostel is a great option for a stay while on a solo trip or group travel. The hostel has all the required amenities such as 24 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi and a garden. The property also provides a beautiful sun terrace for its guests. The hostel has a great location, and the major attractions of the area such as Bhagsunag waterfall, Kumar Pathri and Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts are only minutes away from the hostel. With friendly staff and excellent ambience, La Vaca India offers a pleasant stay.

Tariff: Starting at Rs 299 (approx.) per night
Location: Upper Bhagsu Nag Shammi Guest House, Near Vaishno Temple, McLeodganj, Dharamshala

WoodPacker Hostel in Auroville is a colourful and vibrant travel hostel. The perfect place for a countryside holiday, this hostel offers six different air-conditioned accommodations, along with private bathrooms and seating areas. The guests can choose accommodation options from 6-bed dorms, 4-bed dorms and twin rooms. They have a garden, and terrace and provide an outdoor fireplace, a shared kitchen as well as buffet-style breakfasts. They also have other amenities such as airport shuttle services, parking and Wifi. Offering themed dinner nights, cooking classes, bike tours and movie nights, you are sure to experience an enjoyable and fun stay while here.

Tariff: Starting at Rs 800 (approx.) per night
Location: No 175/10, Edayanchavadi to T.C Koot Road,  Auroville, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu 

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