Best Places for Backpackers in India.

Enjoy backpacking around India without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in India.

Top 50 hostels in India.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in India.

AgraAhmedabadAjanta CavesAjmerAlappuzhaAlleppeyAmritsarAnjunaAurangabadBandhavgarhBangaloreBhopalBikanerBirBodhgayaBundiChandigarhChennaiChikmagalurChitkulCochinCoonoorCoorgDalhousieDarjeelingDehradunDharamshalaDindigulErnakulamFaridabadFatehpur SikriFort CochinGangtokGoaGokarnaGovind Pashu Vihar National Park and SanctuaryGurgaonHampiHaridwarHimachal PradeshHyderabadIndoreJaipurJaisalmerJalandharJammuJamshedpurJibhiJim Corbett National ParkJodhpurKanadukathanKanthalloorKanyakumariKasolKhajurahoKodaikanalKolkataKollamKovalamKumarakomLehMaduraiMahabaleshwarMahabalipuramManaliMangaloreMararikulamMumbaiMunnarMussoorieMysoreNabadwipNainitalNew DelhiOotyPachmarhiPalakkadPellingPondicherryPunePuriPushkarRanakpurRishikeshSawai MadhopurShimlaSrinagarTiruchirapalliTirupatiTrivandrumUdaipurVaranasiVarkalaWayanad
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The Dorm Factory

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The Dorm Factory

The Drom Factory is a pocket-friendly hostel is 4.4 km away from Bombay Exhibition Center. It consists of a terrace with an incredible view from the top, free WiFi, and free parking space. It is equipped with laundry facilities and the best of front desk service (available 24*7) to make your stay mu...
The Dorm Factory is a hostel in Mumbai. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Connect

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Connect

Connect offers camping in comfortable canvas tents, surrounded by pine trees, and sky filled with paragliders seasonally and stars. Our campground is forested, quiet, close to many outdoor activities – and is ideal for someone visiting the place to enjoy the tranquility of nature. Keeping in min...
Connect is a campsite in Bir. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hotel Poonam

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Hotel Poonam

Hotel Poonam Pushkar offers 14 rooms; including 4 Economy Rooms, 4 Standard Rooms, & 6 Deluxe Rooms. In Rooms Facilities are: Attached Nice & Clean Bathroom, Towel, Tea Table And Chair, Room Service, Free WIFI Access and well decor rooms within your budget. Well Trained Staff to make your stay m...
Hotel Poonam is a hotel in Pushkar. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Blue Lotus

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Blue Lotus

Blue Lotus is a hostel where you can have a relaxing time, feeling home, with the singing of birds in the morning, the breeze from the nearby beach caressing your face, and the shade of the trees protecting you from the sunshine. A place where attending one of our daily Yoga classes, or one of our v...
Blue Lotus is a hostel in Pondicherry. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Prem BaBa Guest House

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Prem BaBa Guest House

Prem BaBa Guest House is run by a small family who are friendly, trustworthy and eager to help their guests. We have a homely and safe atmosphere in an Indian style budget guesthouse, with delicious home -cooked Indian specialties.We provide a comfortable environment where travelers can relax after...
Prem BaBa Guest House is a guesthouse in Jaisalmer. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Dazzle Dew

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Dazzle Dew

Dazzle dew Heritage holiday resort has two traditional Kerala house (Tharavadu) offering four bed rooms and all amenities. Houses mostly brick and wooden built with antique doors and furniture. Each cottage has two air-conditioned rooms with a verandha accommodate 2 adults We have also Deluxe...
Dazzle Dew is a guesthouse in Alleppey. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Bhandari Homestay

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Bhandari Homestay

We are a humble apple farmer family. Our house is situated in the apple orchard where we harvest the best apples of himachal. come experience the fresh mountain air and the beautiful scenery of the Sangla valley, the place we call home. Come be a part of our culture. (About Sangla Valley) Sangla...
Bhandari Homestay is a guesthouse in Himachal Pradesh. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Somit Paying Guest House

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Somit Paying Guest House

Welcome Everyone in Somit Paying Guest House , It is one modern , friendly and safe accommodation for travelers. Our accommodation is situated center of city all the important places are in walking distance , Our location is situated Near Chausatthi Ghat ( from the dasaswamedh ghat south direction )...
Somit Paying Guest House is a guesthouse in Varanasi. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Optimum Sheela Inn

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Optimum Sheela Inn

Hotel Sheela Inn is located in Agra. It is 800 m from the UNESCO World Heritage of Taj Mahal and 300 m from Taj Nature Walk. The property offers free parking. Rooms here will provide you with a seating area and cable channels. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with free toiletries....
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Venice Castle

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Venice Castle

The homestay of your dreams Venice Castle is located in the heart of the town, yet it is cut off from the din & bustle of the town by wooded surroundings that lets an ambience of the countryside.Set in large of lush green plants landscaped premises & a well mowed lawn with garden lights. Peace &...
Venice Castle is a hostel in Alappuzha. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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The Golkonda Hotel

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The Golkonda Hotel

The Golkonda Hotel Hyderabad, Refreshingly all new four star business chic hotel in a prestigious and convenient location at the foot of Banjara Hills, Masab Tank and only moments away from the city’s main commercial, IT, shopping and entertainment hubs. Beautifully furnished in contemporary sty...
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Hotel View Point Ajanta Caves

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Hotel View Point Ajanta Caves

Hotel View Point offers accommodation in Ajanta. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms include a TV. Certain units have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Each room includes a private bathroom equipped with a shower. There is a...
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The Hosteller Manali

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The Hosteller Manali

The Hosteller Manali aims to create authentic memories for every traveller looking for a bit more than just a vacation. Manali, a gateway to Spiti and Lahaul, is an idealistic place for adventure seekers, peace lovers, young backpackers or travellers looking to get away from busy city lives. Once in...
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The Mystic Soul Hostel

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The Mystic Soul Hostel

Welcome to The Mystic Soul Hostel! We are a small, relaxing, and home welcoming hostel where you can find your home away from home! Relaxing and laid back. A small community with a small number of people in a little cute living room will make it easy to meet and make friends with other travell...
The Mystic Soul Hostel is a hostel in New Delhi. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Villa Camelot

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Villa Camelot

Villa Camelot is a family run Bed & Breakfast. The Inn Keeper, Yamini ,strongly believes in the motto, 'Love Bounds All', and enjoys sharing the warmth with the guests. We have Six well appointed rooms, each with it's own theme, inspired by the myriad states of India, to make your stay pleasant...
Villa Camelot is a guesthouse in Bangalore. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Student Of The Year Hostel

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Student Of The Year Hostel

Being the first backpacking hostel in Mumbai, Student Of The Year Hostel is more than just a place to rest when you want to escape Mumbai's enticing chaos.... It's an ensemble for friendship, adventures, stories and community... We have everything a backpacker would dream off - Comfy beds, free laun...
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Wow Backpackers Hostel

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Wow Backpackers Hostel

Wow Backpackers is unique concept for staying in Amritsar. We are just near Golden Temple, maybe max 5 min walk. We are in the main city. Where all food market and grocery market are just on few steps. this is new property for staying near golden temple, Amritsar. book us and stay with us . Free Wif...
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Stayinn

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Stayinn

Our place is quite contemporary, with loads of design elements, we have state of art Cloud beds, original Grohe rain Shower system, Jaquar fitted bathroom, two Plunge pools, we love being Eco friendly so we have solar water heating system. Below us we have Chai#34 the Tea cafe where you can reli...
Stayinn is a guesthouse in Bhopal. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Harsh Vilas Guest House

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Harsh Vilas Guest House

Harsh Vilas is situated near the famous Lake pichola & two minutes walk from the City Palace. There is an excellent view of Lake Pichola & Aravali mountain range from the rooftop. It is 20 meter inside from the main road that makes the place quiet from vehicle noises.. We have Seven Good, Clean,...
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Sithara Homestay

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Sithara Homestay

Sithara Homestay is situated in the heart of Fort Cochin and is walking distance from all major sights. You can visit Chinese nets, Vasco Da Gama church, Jew Town, the synagogue and the Dutch Palace etc. Sithara Homestay offers a wide range of rooms. Starting from Luxury family apartment with bal...
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Hariyali Resort And Restro

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Hariyali Resort And Restro

Hariyali Resort is near about Kumbhalgrah fort and Ranakpur Temple Both most popular places of Rajasthan . India. Have you seen bunk Bed and Swiss Tents in the midst of Arawvali Hilly Area of Rajasthan? you are supposed to be here with all your Friends & Family so that they can also enjoy the l...
Hariyali Resort And Restro is a hostel in Ranakpur. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Tsetan Guest House

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Tsetan Guest House

For getting most out of a tourist place you need to find an accommodation that enlightens your adventurous tour to the very limit. Tsetan Guest House is one of the best places for tourist accommodation. The Guest house has the ambience of retreat tucked away from the hustle & bustle of the crowded c...
Tsetan Guest House is a hostel in Leh. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hotel Sandcastle

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Hotel Sandcastle

Hotel Sandcastle is a traditional Indian style hotel. Our hotel has 10 rooms ranging from standard non-ac to deluxe ac. We are within walking distance of the fort and local markets. We offer 24 hour service and strive to cater for all our guest needs. Our hotel has a rooftop restaurant offering cont...
Hotel Sandcastle is a guesthouse in Jaisalmer. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hotel Kalyan

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Hotel Kalyan

FREE UNLIMITED WiFi,Free Train station and bus stand Pickup,Beautiful MISTED Rooftop Restaurant with a 360 degree view of city.We are a TRAVELLERS CHOICE AWARD WINNER 2016 HOTEL BY TRIPADVISOR. Hotel Kalyan is a 2 Star hotel Approved by the MINISTRY OF TOURISM,GOVT. OF INDIA,NEW DELHI.It is a...
Hotel Kalyan is a hotel in Jaipur. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Gaji Hotel

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Gaji Hotel

We are a unique hotel based in the desert city of Jaisalmer in the heart of the Thar Desert. we offer 12 Rajasthani Style decorated rooms with ensuite bathrooms to suite all travelers budgets. We offer pristine, comfortable and delightfully decorates rooms in a relaxed atmosphere and are dedicated i...
Gaji Hotel is a hotel in Jaisalmer. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hotel Unistar

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Hotel Unistar

Welcome to Hotel Unistar, an epitome of top notch hospitality, that has always remained a favorite accommodation of people visiting New Delhi. Nestled in the heart of Karol Bagh, Hotel Unistar offers convenience blended with luxury and affordability. We are well-equipped with every facility to give...
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OM = MC2

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OM = MC2

OM = MC2 is a guest house with rooms having private baths, private balconies with amazing view if snow clad mountains, it also has a dormitory with attached bath. There is an in house dining & a common area for recreational activities & dining. Common area is equipped with a home theater where...
OM = MC2 is a hostel in Manali. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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The Wanderlust Hostel &Guest House

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The Wanderlust Hostel &Guest House

Welcome to The Wanderlust, your hook-up for an amazing time in Jaisalmer and India. The idea behind The Wanderlust Hostel is having a rocking time at rock bottom prices and having a local experience of the destination without breaking the bank. The Wanderlust is NOT located in the touristy and ba...
The Wanderlust Hostel &Guest House is a guesthouse in Jaisalmer. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Bonjour Hostel

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Bonjour Hostel

Welcome to Bhagmati(Hyderabad), the city of love. Welcome to Bonjour Hostel to experience the warmth and the unique culture of Hyderabad. We are not just a hostel but a family, a home. We are packed with all the facilities to make your stay comfortable. We take care of your stay, but please do b...
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Friends Home Stay Agra

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Friends Home Stay Agra

Welcome to Friends Home Stay Agra. If you've been searching for affordable accommodation in Agra then look no further. We offer a great budget alternative, with clean, comfortable privates rooms and all this is only 2.00 km from the Taj Mahal ticket office eastern gate. We have 3 floors in this...
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Hide-In Hostel Delhi

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Hide-In Hostel Delhi

Hide-In Hostel Delhi is a social gathering place for all the travelers around the world. People from different cities and countries stay together and share their experience of traveling with other people. Well decorated common area and a very soothing terrace, where people can sit and discuss th...
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Jaisalmer Hostel Crowd

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Jaisalmer Hostel Crowd

Jaisalmer Hostel Crowd is a place where backpackers from all over the world can find a home and a community of friends. We love travelers because we believe that those are the ones that come with an open heart willing to get to know our people and embrace the true and genuine local culture. At Ja...
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HosteLaVie Leh

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HosteLaVie Leh

We've always believed the one thing in common between man and a place is that both have indulgent souls. HosteLaVie wants nothing more than to bring these together in a room, cause when that happens, there is not another place to be right there and then. HosteLaVie is India’s first chain of boutique...
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The Midas Guesthouse

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The Midas Guesthouse

JOYOUS & PEACEFUL: The Midas- Your Travelling Home is a calm Joyous guest house in the peaceful residential area of Jaipur overlooking a delightful tropical garden where cold breeze is sighing and birds are chirping. Guests are welcomed in a traditional Rajasthani Style with an inner feeling that Gu...
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Credo Jungle Resort - Agonda

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Credo Jungle Resort - Agonda

Cradled among the lush green hills of Agonda and surrounded by an abundance of flora and fauna, Credo is a sanctuary for both, people and animals. Along with horses and a variety of butterflies, we are also often visited by the resident wildlife, like deer, peacock and monkeys, to name a few. Fa...
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Hammock Hostels

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Hammock Hostels

Hammock hostels Mysore is situated at the foothills of the famous Chamundi hills with lush green surroundings. India’s most favorite Mysore Zoo, Mysore race club & Karanji Lake are at the walkable distance from the hostel. The hostel campus has a lot of open space with trees and a lot of shade...
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Locul.Uptown

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Locul.Uptown

Situated in a upscale part of city center, guests will get a chance to explore the city on foot. Creating an atmosphere at the property to tell our guests what Bangalore was and, what today's Bengaluru is. -Included in the price is free breakfast (Yes, every single day!). Also a a larger menu i...
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Elysium Inn Hostel

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Elysium Inn Hostel

Elysium Inn Hostel is a perfect choice for solo travelers as the owner himself is a backpacker, so he totally understands the need of the solo backpackers. Elysium Inn Hostel is located in Hyderabad, half a kilometer from city center mall and one kilometer from Ravindra Bharathi. There is a coff...
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Nomadia Hostel By Anara Homes & Villa

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Nomadia Hostel By Anara Homes & Villa

Nomadia Hostel is more than just a place to rest when you want to escape Delhi's enticing chaos. It's a place for community, friendships and stories. We have an obsessive affair with travel and a soft spot for everything that moves with a backpack. Come on over, let us show you some love! As loc...
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House Boat Royal Lodge

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House Boat Royal Lodge

In my houseboat Royal Lodge I have four rooms.. with attach bathroom . Dinning hall and siting room. We have free WI/FI also we make healthy Breakfast and delicious lunch dinner. we arrange Trekking Fishing and sightseeing of all places of Mughal gardens, like NISHAT garden ,Shalimar Garden CHESHM...
House Boat Royal Lodge is a guesthouse in Srinagar. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Gajanand Guest House

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Gajanand Guest House

Namaste! welcome to the Gajanand guest house , centrally located in mainpura street near gandhi chowk in the heart of jaisalmer. our guest house is perfectly located in walking distance to all of the major attractions in jaisalmer. we are a small guest house with cozy clean rooms. All rooms are e...
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Vrindavanam Heritage Home

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Vrindavanam Heritage Home

“The dream house of priceless memory” Heaven of Alleppey Rich, mystical cultural heritage that spans back through the ages: Alleppey opens its secrets to those who wish to leave behind the stresses and worries of everyday life. Situated close to the beach, Vrindavanam Heritage Home epitomize...
Vrindavanam Heritage Home is a guesthouse in Alappuzha. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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The Little Blue Window Hostel

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The Little Blue Window Hostel

Comfort & Fun clubbed with Hygienic Standards, colorful rooms welcoming members that would bring a smile on each individuals face. Rooms leading to a terrace for you to unwind. -Unlimited WI-FI access -Fully Functional Kitchen -Housekeeping services -Clean linen and comfortable beds -Hot wate...
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Capsule POD Boutique Hotel

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Capsule POD Boutique Hotel

Capsule POD Boutique Hotel We would like to introduce as a modern hostel in Jamshedpur, the 1st POD boutique hostel of India. It is not only an affordable hostel, but has been built for a new generation global travelers, who wants to see and explore, with all the world class facilities at a very...
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Ekanaa Cottages

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Ekanaa Cottages

Ekanaa Cottages offers accommodation in Chennai. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. US Embassy is 1.7 km from Ekanaa Cottages, while Spencer Plaza Mall is 2.6 km away. Chennai International Airport...
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Hotel Coramandal Pondicherry

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Hotel Coramandal Pondicherry

Hotel Coramandal heritage is a tyoical Tamil Brahmin house which is 150 years old heritage building furnished with grand rose wood pillars and wooden furnitures of colonial style. the walls at the living hall were decorated with antique paintings and mordern art with a mixed style of Indo-Europe...
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Fort Muziris

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Fort Muziris

Fort Muziris is a three story building with 6 air conditioned rooms with all modern facilities such as free WiFi. There is common living room in each floor and there are two common balconies. There is a cafe and restaurant serve authentic Indian and Keralan food with seafood specialties. The...
Fort Muziris is a guesthouse in Fort Cochin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Ecology Hostel

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Ecology Hostel

Rebook in our language means inside the mountain. The hostel is located at a foot hill with a clear view of the Shanti Stupa on one side and snow capped Greater Himalayas on the other. The beautiful Leh palace on the top of a hill makes the view from the courtyard picturesque. Breakfast and...
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Hotel Vacation

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Hotel Vacation

‘Hotel Vacation’ is the most popular & suitable choice for its valuable guests, who are willing for a comfortable, hygienic, economic & safe stay at Pink city. Its all rooms are well furnished with attached toilets, all the beds are of king size, deluxe rooms are equipped with eight inch thick spri...
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Countryside Inn

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Countryside Inn

Countryside Inn is featured with free WiFi. Countryside Inn offers pet-friendly accommodations in Tiruvankod, just 40.2 km from Kovalam. Certain rooms include a sitting area to relax in after a busy day.There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Bike rental is available at Countryside Inn and...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in India.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in India.

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Bhuj to Kutch - White Desert , Colorful Culture and more!

Kutch Kutch, located in western Gujarat, is the largest district in India. Kutch means something which becomes intermittently wet and dry – and that’s what the Great Rann of Kutch is all about. Major part of Rann of Kutch is submerged in water during monsoon rains. It later dries up resulting in the formation of marshy salt pans known as White Desert or The Great Rann of Kutch. Interestingly, in Sanskrit tortoise is also called ‘kachchh’. The airport nearest to Kutch is Bhuj. Apart from the White Desert, both Bhuj and Kutch have many spectacular places to visit that should not be given a miss. We tried to cover a few during our Gujarat road trip and are glad that we had them in our itinerary of Mumbai-Gujarat road trip! Sunset views are naturally divine. But at Kutch, with its immensely stretched skyline, sunset has much more to offer. Imagine the sight of rising moon, shining bright over the desert, as the sun sets! A half of the desert, where sun sets, looks bright orange and the other half shines like silver as the moon and salt of the desert complement each other. The beauty of full moon alongside the setting sun is something one cannot describe in words. The idea of witnessing this moment made us plan our Itinerary such that we could reach Bhuj a day before the full moon night. A night’s stay at a cute little Kutchi style hut in Bhuj, followed by exploration of Bhuj and Kutch completed our Kutch visit in true sense. Where to Stay: While ‘Rann of Kutch’ is the name we all know, searching for it on maps would indicate a location that’s in the middle of a water body. Hence, for travelers relying on google maps, Dhordo is the place to look for. Dhordo is a small village in Kutch which connects to Rann of Kutch. Tent City in Dhordo is indeed a great attraction during the Rann Utsav of Kutch and lets you stay right in the heart of the desert. You can choose from various options available on Gujarat tourism’s website that offers flexible stay packages along with transportation from Bhuj. However, this is not the only option for staying at White Desert. One can also stay in Bhuj and drive to Dhordo. Bhuj has a huge range of accommodation options and a few of them offer Kutchi style huts. We opted for one such resort ‘City – The village Resort’ and it was indeed a delightful stay. About the resort: ‘City – The village Resort’ is worth mentioning as the place was not only beautiful, but also very well-maintained.It was clear that a lot of thought was put into designing the resort. This “authentically traditional luxury hotel”, as they describe it to be, is indeed one of a kind experience.Air conditioned, yet maintaining its traditional feel, these Kutchi cottages display intricate art work on every single piece of furniture and accessory provided in the rooms.The doors, windows, curtains, roof, floorings – all have a traditional touch and remind you of being in Kutch!

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Fatehpur

The Goenka haveli, Dundlod also has showcased the traditional haveli lifestyle by life- size sculptures and display of a huge variety of articles of daily use. The Nadine Le Prince cultural center in Fatehpur is a beautiful 1802 haveli that was purchased and painstakingly restored by a French artist Nadine le Prince. This one is a must visit stop on any Shekhawati itinerary as it is well maintained and also offer guided tours for a small entry fee. The tour is offered by young art enthusiasts who come from all around the world for their art internships. Their passion for art and love for India is both inspiring and mesmerizing. More information about the cultural center is available on their website and you can also read about the artist here.

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Mandvi beach – The blissful serenity of beaches:

My next day ride was in the highlands of Gujarat, with hills bordering the highway and I was able to feel the serenity during the early morning drive. Roads were amazing and with rare jerks I never realized that I was riding a bike, but floating with an invariable speed. After a ride of 180 km, I reached Kandla. Once I reached the port town of Kandla, I had security issues with entering the port. As it was Saturday the officials were on their weekend offs. But there was a colonel on security in charge that day and my IIM tag showed its importance to me. Though I was not given permission to enter the port I was given permission to climb the top floor of the security building and have a view of the port operations from there. With a part of me contented on behalf of the port visit, I continued my journey to Mandvi, which was 110 kms away. It houses one among the worthy beaches in India.

Pradeep Chandru

WHERE TO STAY AND DINE

There are a lot of places to stay and dine in the city ranging from mid budget to 4 star group hotels. The best hotels are in the Bukit Bintang area like the Dorsett Residency,Ritz Carlton etc. The best part about staying here is the hospitality in these hotels and there proximity to the main shopping area with the best malls just a five minute walk away. Also some of the best places to dine in are located in this area. With everyone’s favourite KFC,McDonald’s,Pizza Hut, the area also has many Chinese and Continental restaurants serving mouth watering sea food and other non-vegetarian dishes. Though,if you are a vegetarian like me you don’t have much options at hand, the only ones being a south indian restaurant and few items in The Loaf in The Pavilion. Also if you are looking for some snack items or for some ready to eat instant food and beverages, you can try 7-Eleven that is open 24/7. Also there is Mini India which is 20 minutes away via local train. If you are looking so some good kebabs, there are also many Pakistani and Afghani restaurants is the area offering good,authentic food at affordable prices.

manika-bisht

The yoga capital of the world!

When I arrived in Rishikesh, India, I felt like I already knew the place. I instantly felt a connection to the gravity of its peacefulness, and from the moment I arrived, I took in the serenity of the Ganges. Known for its location at the foothills of the Himalayas, it is also widely popular globally for its endless amount of Yoga Teacher Training Schools. It was the reason I had also come to this ancient land of Hindu worship. I was not disappointed by my selection of yoga school, as I had chosen it for the style of yoga I preferred. In Rishikesh, there really is a matter of choice on what you want to expand your knowledge of yoga with. All yoga schools do however, have a similar routine of waking up for 6am meditation and mantras, followed by yoga classes, with Anatomy & Philosophy being taught in the middle of the day. Generally, a couple of hours plus for lunch break, which will predominantly be your study time, followed by late afternoon yoga, and evening meditation. The average 200-hour course runs 6 days a week for 1 month like this. Its intense, but if yoga was what brought you to Rishikesh, you will power through, and return home with a new bunch of life-long yoga buddies.

Sun Ithilwen

Places to Visit

And if you plan to visit India anytime, plan a couple of nights to relax at Mandarmani while in Kolkata.

Sulagna Ganguly

Shilpgram Fair (Craftmen’s Village)

Shilpgram Crafts Fair is famous for its handicrafts, artwork and culture of different states of India and is held once in a year. It is also famous for the beautiful terracotta work and wood carved show pieces and furnitures. I added some very beautiful paintings, show pieces and jewellery to my collection.

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Rishikesh: Rafting on the Himalayan Foothills

Rishikesh, the beautiful city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand is a destination for all- the adventure seekers or the nature lovers, for the religious devotees or backpackers, for families or couples. It offers beauty, thrill, and peace. The holy Ganga or Ganges with its pristine water carrying a turquoise tint runs along the city giving it life and soul.

Meera Krishnadas

Top 5 Things to Do and Places to See, When in Delhi

Delhi or fondly called as ‘Dilli‘, is a great merger of antiquity, culture, tradition and novelty. Without doubt, it can easily be named as a traveler’s paradise. Delhi is one of the many metropolitan cities of India, apart from being the National Capital Territory. Going back in time, it has been the Mughal capital for several years of history. There are beautiful historical monuments, proudly-standing modern buildings, the Delhi metro, crowded markets and then there’s Delhi’s scrumptious food, that can escape no travel bucket list. So, when in Delhi, you should be ready to see the Mughal and modern influences on the city to please your eyes and to treat your taste buds with the best of street food.

Priysha

Hampi: The beautiful town of ruins and stories

The south Indian town of Hampi situated near the town of Hospet, in the Bellary district of northern Karnataka boasts of being one of the most visited places in Karnataka, especially for those who are looking for an adventure in the midst of beauty and timeless ruins. Steeped in history, Hampi’s existence can be traced way back in time to ancient India. Hampi is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is situated amidst the ruins of the world famous Vijayanagar dynasty.

Mihika Chaudhuri

Delhi - The Heart of India

Delhi is not just the capital of India, it is the heart of India. It is an ancient and amazing city that has a charm of its own. Delhi along with its growth has also preserved its heritage. In Delhi,  you can see wide roads, large buildings, modern equipment and at the same time you can see monuments from very ancient times. It has a large number of tourist attractions which makes it really popular among tourists.  And getting there is really easy, as  it is connected to all parts of the world.

Sakshi

The 10 Must Sees of Bhopal, India

Today I’m gonna provide some info about the city where I grew up, Bhopal, also called the city of lakes in Central India. The city is a really cool destination for backpackers and travelers as the city, being the capital of Madhya Pradesh is greatly looked after by the government in terms of tourism. Its a green city, lushly green, with around 7-8 lakes, which are officially counted, otherwise the number goes to around 15. The city is accessible through road and air, having an international airport. Now lets talk about the places of Bhopal that only a local would know about.

Inika Singh

What to Do

Jhandidara is one of the quietest places in India I have ever been to. It is perfect for those who want to do absolutely nothing and just chill for a few days. Wake up to see the sunrise over the majestic Kanchenjunga Peaks, try the delectable dishes in the resort, take an afternoon stroll through the village or walk down to the waterfall that falls on the road or just listen to the absolute silence of the night here. The nature lovers will get ample opportunities to explore the forest and its rich flora and fauna.

Tias Basu

Would I visit India again?

The colours were absolutely beautiful; and with the aid of a water gun, not a single person was spared. Would I visit India again? Definitely. It’s being four months since I left there and I really miss it. I miss my friends. The food. The bazaars where clothes were being sold at extra cheap prices. The house caretaker’s son, Samir, who was an absolute joy. The sites. And most of all, the diversity in culture. I went there basically for work and I came back to Kenya with much more than the addition of ‘experience’ into my CV. I will definitely go back there in the future.

Douglas Langat

The Insider’s Guide

Comprising on 572 islands, the Andamans look like little specks on the world map. Don’t be misled by the size, for an abundant sanctuary of pristine beaches, soulful people and the incredible world of underwater coral life awaits your every step. Being secluded from the ‘mainland’ (a term locally used to describe the Indian subcontinent), they provide the perfect getaway for those willing to take a break from the rat race that city life has become and take a moment to introspect and reconnect with nature.

Ashwini Narayanan

Retreat at Murud, India

Murud is a small town with large things to offer. My visit was a short and sweet one. A bunch of my friends suddenly decided to pack up and leave for the long weekend. We were all in Mumbai then. Nearest clean beach destination – Murud. Retreat at Murud, India We took our time to take on the long drive feeling. The road was fun. Sometimes slow depending on traffic. Many food joints on the way to keep you motivated though. After a fairly long drive. The weather told us that we were close. The air felt pure, the scenery changed to green and the smell of sand. Yummy. We found a hotel right next to the beach. The view was beautiful, the company interesting and the beer cold. Songs of adventure, self-realisation and nature hit us. Beach time is always special. The water at my feet, the moist sand in my hands. That’s the moment I fell in love with Murud. The evening went by faster than we thought.

vaishnavi-inamdar

Land of Mountains - Leh

India : Land of Mountains – Leh, Jammu and Kashmir Location: In the midst of the beautiful Himalayas lies a small town, Leh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Surrounded by mountains on all sides Leh is a beautiful town. As soon as you land you are greeted by these mountains.  If you visit Leh in the months of March-April you can see snow-capped mountains.  Since Leh is at an altitude of 11,500 feet from sea level, it is advisable to let yourself acclimatise for the first 24-48 hours by avoiding any physical exertion and getting some rest, after all you’re on a holiday ;). Also stock up on some Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) to keep yourself hydrated.

Kavisa Shah

5 Awesome Things To Do In New Delhi

New Delhi is the capital city of India. Founded in 1911 by George V, Emperor of India, the city was designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. Since then, it has continuously evolved and now, the modern city of Delhi is a blend of historical forts, colonial-era buildings, colorful markets, street food, convenient transportation system and well-architectured religious places.

Juhi Chibber

How to get to McLeod Ganj

Well before reaching McLeod gang you need to get to Dharamshala.  Dharamshala is accessible through air, buses, and cars .The nearest airport available is Gaggal Airport which is 13 Km away from Dharamshala. You will need to hire a taxi to McLeod Ganj from Gaggal.  Though the air services for Dharamshala may not be available from all cities in India, but you can get one from New Delhi. Volvo Buses are available till McLeod Ganj.   You can book them online through Make My trip / Red Bus. In case there is no direct bus to Mcleod Ganj from your area. You can book a bus to Dharamshala and then you can hire a taxi or local buses are also available. We  planned a road trip from Chandigarh to McLeod Ganj and  went all the way exploring  Kangra Fort, Dharamshala Cricket  Stadium  and  paying homage to  Chintpurni Mata , Brijeshwari Mata  temple on the way back .

Arpit Singh Khoda

A monument of tribute from a Queen for her demised King

“Have you seen those intricate carvings on the temples in Thiruvananthapuram? They are so beautiful. I wish we had something like that in Gujarat.” I am recently married to a man who himself is an undeclared traveler with avid interest in the rich heritage and culture of the Indian sub-continent. It was a weekend and he enthusiastically expressed, “Let’s go. Let me surprise you with awe today.” I had no clue where he was planning to take me, but intuitively knew that I won’t be disappointed.

Aarohi Abhishikt Chauhan

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