Who doesn’t want a fancy hotel stay with the best of everything—views, comfort, and more. We all do, but not all of us have deep pockets. So what’s the best option for when you are travelling on a budget?
From a list of things to look up and plan that come to mind when we hear the word ‘travel’, the most important is the stay. We like hostels for obvious reasons—they are cheap and they are everywhere (well, almost).
These days, many young travelers are out to explore places far and offbeat, and sometimes finding a decent place to stay can be a difficult task, especially on a tight budget.
Independent hostels present in most cities and towns, no matter how remote, provide us budget travellers with a place to rest.
Here are five hostels we found and liked.
Bombay Backpackers in Mumbai, Maharashtra
The name gave it away, right? Yes, a little haven for backpackers travelling to Mumbai, this hostel is great fun. The theme that they follow here is that of Mumbai’s transportation modes—autos, taxis, buses and trains. The stay will cost you around Rs500 per night and it includes a typical Mumbai breakfast. Bonus points for the funky artworks. The living space is a fun space where you can meet other travellers over a drink, a plate of food, or an interesting TV show. If you have a few days to spare in Mumbai before you head out to your next destination, try their planned itinerary of activities like night city tour, pub hopping and other local attractions. For more information, head to Bombay Backpackers.
goSTOPS in Delhi
Staying for a few days in Delhi? Or perhaps the city is on your way to another destination? Whatever it is, when you are here, try goSTOPS. At present, goSTOPS has branches in Delhi, Agra, Amritsar, Bir, Dalhousie, Udaipur, Varanasi and Rishikesh. A dorm bed with attached bathroom will cost you around Rs400-1,200 per night. If you are interested, you can even do heritage and food tours with them. Staycation and long vacation packages are also available. Check goSTOPS for more information.
Zostel Spiti in Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
So you find yourself in Spiti wondering what your best stay options are. Zostel’s got you covered. Yes, even at this altitude. Zostel Spiti, or Asia’s highest backpackers’ hostel, is just the right place for a dose of comfort you look for when travelling to these tough altitudes where rest becomes important.
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The Moustache Hostel, Jaipur
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Possibly one of the best backpackers and youth hostels in the pink city, The Moustache lets you socialise with your fellow travellers in their spacious common rooms loaded with music systems, buzzy board games and binge worthy web shows and movies. The rooftop has amazing views to offer. When done lolling around in your dorm, go out and explore the multiple eateries and established joints of the town in the hostel’s vicinity. What sets the hostel apart is the way they have played around with mirrors, puppets and colours keeping in mind the glorious architecture of Jaipur. Head here for more info.
The Madpackers Hostel
The Madpackers Hostel manages six properties including two in Delhi and one each in Manali, Agra, Pushkar and Jaipur. Their fare starts from as low as Rs199 per day. Right now they are offering great packages for working professionals and digital nomads who are looking forward to workations and staycations. The #KeepStaying at Madpackers campaign aims at welcoming digital nomads for long-term stays, who could make their hostels their workspaces. The best part? The longer a person stays for, the more the discount. Then there’s the #TravelToWork campaign, where the company is making remote working truly remote. They have remote travel packages where guests can change a destination every two weeks. The hostels are well sanitised to safeguard you against the pandemic. Check here for more info.