Planning a budget trip? Explore these backpacker hostels in India

The concept of budget travel and living in hostels is still new to India. While places like Amsterdam and many other European countries thrive in the hostel-backpacker life culture; India is still a novice. However with many hostels popping up in India now in North India, as well as places like Goa; here’s your chance to explore the new kind of travel lifestyle. Here are some of the best hostels in India:

Zostel, Spiti

One of the most picturesque Zostels in India, Zostel Spiti is the one you should start your journey from. The Spiti valleys rests in Himachal Pradesh at 3800 metres above sea level. One has to cross the most treacherous passes in the world to reach this stunning valley. Zostel Spiti offers a basic, yet comfortable stay in Kaza. There are 6-bed mix dorms where you can mingle with adventurous travellers of the world!

Rates: Start from a humble Rs. 599 per night!

Hostel La Vie, McLeodganj

Fondly called the little Tibet, which is now home for His Holiness Dalai Lama; McLeodganj has caught the fancy of many travellers. With Himlayan snow peaks in the distance and faint Monastery bells ringing all day long; McLeodganj is a great place for a peaceful holiday. Hostel La Vie, is a deluxe category hostel is nestled in the hills of Triund.

This boutique hostel offers free self-laundry and breakfast. You even have full access to the kitchen in case you want to whip something up.  Hoste la vie offers best dormitories with elegant interiors, each bed has a reading light and a charging point, as well as private rooms with stylized bathrooms.

Rates: From just Rs. 299 per person

Astro Hostelling, Bir

This is a new concept started by Zostel called Astro-hostelling which enables you to star gaze and see shooting stars all night long! They arrange these Astro-hostelling opportunities for the most awaited events in stargazing like the Geminid meteor shower. This has been the most anticipated event in the stargazing calendar as more than 120 shooting stars per hour fill the skies with their vanishing twinkles

In these sessions, you will get Cosmic Meditation guides, Night sky Orientations, Telescope observation of stars,  Live Moon, Jupiter and Mars watching through telescope and many such astounding events to keep you entertained all night long!

Rates: Rs. 699 per person

Zostel, Coorg

Explore the coffee plantations in the serene hill station of Karnataka, Coorg. Also called “Scotland of India”, Coorg has been attracting many travellers from all over India. The winding roads and tall trees, lush green forests; are a great escape to the mundane city life. Zostel Coorg is tucked away in the greenest lands. With a variety of dormitories ranging from 4-bed to 10-bed, they have plenty of places where travellers can mingle apart from the cozy common room and the multi-cuisine cafe.

Rates: Rs. 499 per night

Plan your trip early and stay at these pocket-friendly hostels to have a wonderful trip, without having to worry about your travel expenses.

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