Backpacking is usually the term attached to people who like to travel on a budget. As adventurous and ambitious as it sounds, the travelers who stay on the road for more time than they spend time at home have to ration their resources and travel accordingly. It is always seen that however money you save for traveling for 2-3 months, it comes out less as there are many unplanned spending that leave the budget in tatters. However, India is a relatively cheaper for people coming from Europe and America but still the backpackers try and find the accommodation that could help them save money for future. If you are traveling on a budget of less than $20 or Rs 1000 a day then don’t worry here are some hostels for you. Here you will not only make good friends but also memories for a lifetime.
Clearly one of the best Hostels in India, Zostel in Manali takes the cake for its awesome location and a staff that will make you feel like home. What makes the hostel even cooler is the naming of the rooms which goes like Rohtang, Hemkund, Kheerganga and Khardungla. Not only this, the hostel is located at the end of the earth overlooking great Himalayas and snow clad mountains. If you are lucky you can also witness the musical nights organised by the managers which are absolutely free and mind numbing. Last but not the least, don’t forget to play with the puppies named Frodo and Drogo while there.
Price Range: Rs 449- Rs 549
Vedanta Wake Up, Coorg
Situated in Madikeri, a little town in Coorg, the hostel is a backpackers haven with cheap rooms and clean beddings. A colorful hostel, it has an awesome shack on the terrace with tons of playing options which include darts, carrom board, and a set of badminton racquets. The location is prime as every tourist location including the bus stand is in close proximity from the hostel. The managers are friendly and the crowd is quite passionate about traveling, so rest assured that you will make a a lot friends while there. There’s a small cafe in the shack that serves awesome cheese omelette and coffee.
Price: Rs 598
Jungle Hostel Goa
Located in Vagator, Jungle Hostel is one of the funkiest and relaxing hotels in India. Come here to relax and chill amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. The hostel is surrounded by forests and the best part is that you will have access to two beaches that can not be visited by roads but you can reach there in 10 minutes from here walking. Here you can enjoy movie and barbecue nights once in a week and trust me they are awesome. The crowd here is mostly hippie and backpackers who are in India for a long duration. If you hate the concept of time, then this is the best place for you to have a stress- free time here.
Price Range: Rs 250 – Rs 450
You can guess from the name of the hostel about how different it would be from others. One of the most famous hostels in India, Moustache Jaipur is famous for its magnificent interiors that are done to symbolize everything that is Indian. In Spite of that, the comfort is given the utmost priority with clean linens and fluffy pillows. The common room in the hostel is the best part with board games for the travelers who like to chill with new friends. The hostel is especially prevalent with foreigners as you can see on their website with prices displayed in dollars. Don’t forget to have a chat with the manager of this hostel who has quite a lot of interesting stories to share.
Price range: Rs 300-400
Jugaadus Hostel, Amritsar
A great place to stay and learn about the culture of Punjab, the hostel is unique in the way it employs reusable things as the furniture. The hostel promotes the eco- friendly way of living as you find the tires turned into tables, bamboo dustbins and solar panel powered electricity. Situated in close proximity to Golden Temple, the hostel has best of locker facilities, fast wi-fi and awesome staff that is ready to answer your queries anytime. Not only that you also get a night’s stay free if you stay here for 4 days and 3 night’s stay if you stay here for 10 days. So, come here and learn about the history of Punjab.
Price Range: Rs 400-500
These hostels not only offer you a clean place to sleep but all the modern facilities like free wi-fi, lockers and itineraries that you can explore on your own without paying anything extra. Try these and you will never want stay in the hotels again.