Best Places for Backpackers in Dharamshala, India.

Enjoy backpacking around Dharamshala, 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 Dharamshala, India.

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Top 25 hostels in Dharamshala, India.

These are the 25 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Dharamshala, India.

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Surbhi Guest House

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Surbhi Guest House

The Guest House is located in the heart of the city. Key Features - * Free WiFi and Breakfast * 6 KM to Mcloadganj. * 1 KM from Bus stand. * Quiet but still close enough to Market. * Clean and Budget rooms. * 24 hours Hot water and safe parking available. An elegant, tasteful hotel, it boasts of...
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La Vaca India McLeod Ganj

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La Vaca India McLeod Ganj

La Vaca India Hostel McLeodganj is offering accommodations in McLeod Ganj. With a garden, the property also has a shared lounge. The property provides evening entertainment and free WiFi. At the hostel, all rooms have a terrace. La Vaca India Hostel McLeodganj has certain accommodations with moun...
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Hobo Hostel

97 /100

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Hobo Hostel

Hobo, the traveler's hostel, is a one stop destination for the travelers, nomads, digital nomads, and hobos of the world. Hobo Hostel is located in the lap of the Himalayas with the local river called khad flowing less than 100 metres away, a casual walk away through the flora and fauna of the regio...
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Mcleod Backpackers

94 /100

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Mcleod Backpackers

Place is easy approachable by Guest! Near to Bhagsunag Temple, Water fall, Dalai lamba Temple, Church! Best place to stay for backpackers because of approachable and comfort! Place is having open terrace with mountains and oak tree views! We arrange local walks for near by places and himachal h...
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Triangle Folks Mcleodganj

93 /100

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Triangle Folks Mcleodganj

What happens when friends get together and envision something symbolising their cherished bond together? Triangle Folks happens! Triangle Folks is not mere a hostel, its an apogee of years of planning to build something which can become a space of refuge, a space of solace for everyone who stays...
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Flügler Hostel Dharamkot - Mcleodganj

90 /100

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Flügler Hostel Dharamkot - Mcleodganj

Situated at a height of 6.920 feet above sea level (2109 m), Flügler Dharamkot is a luxury Victorian based backpackers hostel made of rock and wood in the very heart of Himalayas – just 2.5 km's on the crest of a hill above McLeodGanj. We offer a comfortable and affordable luxury with room type- Fem...
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Worlds Hostel Mcleodganj

89 /100

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Worlds Hostel Mcleodganj

One the best Hostel not only in the locality but best in the city. Our hostel is located at the center point of all attractions with outstanding interiors and super comfy custom-made beds. Its well connected with the city and you can walk to the main city. This is the only hostel in Mcleodganj that...
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Shalom Backpackers Mcleodganj

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Shalom Backpackers Mcleodganj

We are glad you are here and we are more than ready to bring you in to our newly opened hostel! We are a young brand and we are here to make you feel younger and cooler than you already are through our travel experience. Our idea is to create an experience which is exclusive and cool for every indi...
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Hotel Forest Hill

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Hotel Forest Hill

A deluxe hotel in Mcleodganj, situated in the hills of Dharamsala.Hotel Forest Hill offers best hotel rooms with elegant interiors and best room services will make your stay a memorable one. McLeodganj at Dharamsala is the most sought after tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh, India. It has an a...
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10
International Youth Club Mcleodganj

84 /100

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International Youth Club Mcleodganj

International Youth Club is located on the Dhramkot Road next to TIPA - Tibetan Istitute of Performing Arts. . It is 200m. from McLeod Ganj main square n 1.5 km from H. H. DalaiLama Temple. International Youth Club offers amazing view of Bhagsu Valley n Himalayan Mountain. Private Room and Dorms...
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Orange Guest House

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Orange Guest House

Orange guest house is a peaceful place surrounded by the greenery, natural beauty and the mountains, where you can enjoy the beauty of nature. The guest house situated in upper Dharamkot, a tiny hill station in the district of Kangra. The location is away from the city, no crowd, where you can f...
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Backpackers Inn Mcleodganj

83 /100

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Backpackers Inn Mcleodganj

OUR PLACE 500 MTR FROM CITY CENTER MCLEOD AND BUS STOP AND 10 MINUTEST WALK TO DALAI LAMA TEMPLE AND TIBETAN MARKET.. McLeodGanj at Dharamsala is the most sought after tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh, India. It has an average elevation of 2,082 meters (6,831 feet). Also known for the seat...
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Misty Woods

81 /100

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Misty Woods

Hotel Misty Woods is located in the picturesque and tourist town of Mcleodganj near Dharamsala in the lap of snow clad Dhauladhar ranges at Himalayan Kangra valley. Mcleodganj is also home to H.H. Dalai Lama, a spiritual leader of Tibetan community. The hotel offers beautiful and luxurious room /...
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The Bunker Backpackers Hostel

80 /100

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The Bunker Backpackers Hostel

Away from the hustle bustle of the maddening crowds, located amidst the serene foothills of the Himalayan Dhauladhars at 6,900ft (2,100m) is the Bunker Backpackers Hostel, a quaint and cozy hostel that many backpackers have come to call home. We provide six bed mixed dorms, four bed mixed dorms and...
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Jagatram Niwas Guest House

71 /100

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Jagatram Niwas Guest House

Jagatram Niwas is a family-run homestay guest house in the ancient village of Heini, in the foothills of the Himalayan Dhauladhar range. The guesthouse is situated above Dharamsala and McLeodganj - the home of the Dalai Lama - and is an ideal base for trekking, excursions, and exploring the local...
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Zostel Dharamkot

69 /100

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Zostel Dharamkot

Zostel Mcleod, our cosy backpacker hostel is tucked in a scenic, peaceful corner of Dharamkot with stunning mountain views & a great cafe. In Dharamkot, Zostel is about 3 Km from the Mclow Square. Majestic views of the valley would be an understatement!...
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HosteLaVie McLeodGanj

64 /100

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HosteLaVie McLeodGanj

HosteLaVie is India’s first chain of boutique hostels at backpackers' prices! We know that Hostels are more than just cheap dorms, free Wi-Fi and hot water. Stay at HosteLaVie Mcleodganj for the chance to immerse yourself in mountain life. Artistic masterpieces and triune hills makes Mcleodganj one...
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18
Sky Pie Guest House

54 /100

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Sky Pie Guest House

Our Guest House is pleased to tell you that we have incorporated up-to-date facilities at our premises. All the latest facilities available with us provide you the most comfortable experience while traveling. Each room is a perfectly made according to modern theme, along with ample windows offer...
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Hotel Moon Walk Residency

26 /100

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Hotel Moon Walk Residency

A deluxe category hotel in Mcleodganj, situated in the hills of Dharamsala. Hotel Moonwalk residency offers best hotel rooms with elegant interiors and best room services will make your stay a memorable one. McLeodGanj at Dharamsala is the most sought after tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh, I...
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Snow Crest Inn

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Snow Crest Inn

Snow Crest Inn Pvt Ltd, a newly built hotel is situated at the most beautiful Naddi, 10 km's from Dharamsala. Surrounded by the mighty Dhauladhar range, this place is an amazing holiday destination and loved by many tourists. Snow Crest Inn Pvt Ltd caters to your every need and provides a comfortab...
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Hill Town

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Hill Town

Hill Town is located in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh state, India, home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile with a large and vibrant Tibetan community. Hill Town means we are located in foots of almighty Dhauladhar's Mountains. The is spread in the ambianc...
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Him World

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Him World

Himworld provide neat and clean accommodation with peaceful environment. Himworld is located at a beautiful village called Naddi (7152 ft above sea level). Naddi village is famous for trekking and it's panoramic mountain beauty. Since it’s situated away from the hustle and bustle of the busy stre...
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Snow Villa Guest House

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Snow Villa Guest House

A visit to Dharamsala or Mcleodganj can be the best vacation experience you could ever have imagined. And your experience will become even more memorable if you select the best hotel in Dharamsala as your preferred accommodation option - Snow Villa Guest House. Just a few minutes drive away from...
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Utsang Guest House

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Utsang Guest House

Utsang Guest House is located in McLeod Ganj. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. At the guesthouse, the rooms include a desk and a flat-screen TV. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, while some have a mountain view. At Utsang Guest Ho...
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McLeodGanj Homestay at The Flourishing Flora

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McLeodGanj Homestay at The Flourishing Flora

McLeodganj Homestay is located at The Flourishing Flora. It is a Unique 'homestay' in the Mcleodganj ,Dharamsala area because it is not a routine hotel, a guesthouse or a backpacker. If you are being tired of spending your holidays always at a regular, boring hotel, resort or guest house, then Mc...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Dharamshala, India.

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WHERE TO STAY 

I had my stay in state-run GMVN rest house (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) which offers a comfortable accommodation with basic amenities. Forest Rest House (FRH), Dharamshala and many private hotels are also available. Nature’s Treat Resort is also a good option to stay.

Madhurima Maiti

Where to eat?

As we walked ahead, those huts were actually cafes where we could eat and stay at Rs 150 per person. There were mattresses and blankets, for around 30 people in one hut. Also, there is a Dharamshala at the top, which has 6-7 very small rooms (about the size of a double bed) which I highly recommend, and they charge you just Rs. 300 per room with dinner included. Isn’t it really cheap? This is a real paradise for a backpacker- a cheap accommodation, cheap food, a place at the top of the mountain- peaceful and cold, a lot of friendly locals to talk to, what else can one need? Below is a picture from inside of such a hut.

Sourav Ravish

Getting to Khajjiar

the bears we found on our way to Dharamshala

anwesha

Weekend Getaway to Little Lhasa

 Little Lhasa is a small town located in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.  It is generally referred to as McLeod Ganj.  It is   known as Little Lhasa because   its major population consists of Tibetan People. McLeod Gang is the official residence of   Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama . Owing to   its beautiful landscapes and Tibetan Monasteries it   attracts tourist from all across the world. It’s the most preferred getaway after Shimla for people in Punjab and Delhi.

Arpit Singh Khoda

Mcleodganj: Transforming tourists into travellers

Situated in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh just about 15 km from Dharamshala at the height of 2082 metres (6831 feet), Mcleodganj is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in India. Owing to the large population of Tibetans, Mcleodganj is also known as “Little Lhasa”. The most prominent and exceptional feature of Mcleodganj that you wouldn’t find in any other Indian hill station is the cleanliness despite being popular amongst tourists and pretty densely populated. Having Kangra Airport at about an hour’s distance that provides the town with air connectivity to only Delhi and Chandigarh (March 2018 onwards) and the Pathankot Railway Station as the nearest broad gauge railway station which is about two and a half hour from Mcleodganj makes the roadway the best means of conveyance. No matter where you are coming from, the bus journey remains the most convenient option as it saves time, effort, money and possible nausea. Both State transport buses and private luxury buses regularly run between Mcleodganj and other major Indian cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, Karnal, Ambala etc. However, if you don’t have an itinerary to stick to and are looking forward to getting off the trail and making your trip more about the journey than the destination, then take a car.

Devashish Mathur

India: Little Tibet in the Lanes of New Delhi

The Tibetan refugee colony had started to build in this area of Delhi around the 1900s but most people left Tibet and sought asylum in India after the Dalai Lama went into exile to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh during the period of the 1962 Sino-Indian War. Till this date, this refugee colony remains unauthorized. Also known as Samyeling, Majnu ka Tilla presently accommodates second generation Tibetan refugees.

Avantika Chaturvedi

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