Best Places for Backpackers in Varanasi, India.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Varanasi, India.

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Top 38 hostels in Varanasi, India.

These are the 38 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Varanasi, India.

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Ganpati Guest House

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Ganpati Guest House

The Ganpati Guest House is a small place with great character, situated on Meer Ghat on the banks of the River Ganges, offering superb panoramic views, from east where the sunrises to the west. It is in an ideal position for seeing the main sites of Varanasi, for example a stairway leads to the...
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Ram Bhawan Residency

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Ram Bhawan Residency

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ARE INCLUDED (except on Sunday, when we only serve breakfast) --- PLEASE READ THE WHOLE CONTENT (incl. membership rules and fee) The Ram Bhawan Residency is a cultural centre that hosts a home-stay and the offices of two NGOs: the Varanasi Heritage Foundation that protec...
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Shiva Kashi Guest House

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Shiva Kashi Guest House

Shiva Kashi Guest House has altogether 16 rooms in a peaceful and calm atmosphere which have been categories into two namely Executive rooms and Standard rooms with s common bathroom. It is a unit of a Palace on River ( Rashmi Guest House ) & Sursangam Varanasi .. I is totally controlled by Mr A...
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Azure Family Paying Guest House

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Azure Family Paying Guest House

Promotion- We offer you a comfortable stay for budget travelers with all basic needs like hot water, free wifi etc. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available on demand. Hindi and Cookery courses are also offered . You get more than what you are paying. Rooms are big, clean and spacious w...
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Kedar Guest House

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Kedar Guest House

We have 16 lovely rooms with 5 Air conditioning and 11 wih fans. All include 24 hour Free Wi-Fi. All rooms have good quality mattresses and mosquito nets to ensure you sleep well. For those without laptops we have a computer for use on the ground floor. We have a lovely spacious roof top which i...
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Monu Family Guest House

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Monu Family Guest House

Namaste !! Welcome to Monu Family Guest House in Varanasi, in your service since 2004. Renovated from top to the bottom in the year 2017. Our guest house is a family run business, located right in the epicenter of the old part of Varanasi, 5 minutes of walk from the main Ghat, the famous Dashash...
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International Travellers’ Hostel

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International Travellers’ Hostel

International Travellers’ Hostel is situated in close proximity to the Varanasi Junction Train Station and the Bus Station. The river Ganges (4 km), Kashi Vishwanath Temple (3.5 km) and other popular attractions are within minutes' reach by tuk-tuk/just a short tuk-tuk ride away. The Buddhist pilgri...
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Good Vibes Hostel

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Good Vibes Hostel

The hostel is located in the hippie lane of old Varanasi in a beautiful and peaceful surrounding, away from the city madness. We are very close to the Ganges, ancient temples, tiny shops, cafes, cows, mad monkeys, street foods, boats, silk weaving, bang lassi, ghats, river beach, river life, baba...
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Suraj Guest House

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Suraj Guest House

Hostel The Suraj is one of the best in varanasi Budget hotel providing all the basic facilities for backpackers,,The Suraj is situated in a quiet alley of right inside the heart of varanasi, ...Within 2 minutes from the holy ganga river..Within 5 to 10 minutes from the main road and auto stand..feel...
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Shiva Guest House Varanasi

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Shiva Guest House Varanasi

Shiva Guest House is located in the main city where is within walking distance to the city main river Ganga. The main market is within walking distance from the property as well. There are lots of nice local restaurants & cafe along with shops, selling books & Indian handicrafts. The guest House...
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Stay Banaras

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Stay Banaras

Stay Banaras is a one-of-a-kind boutique bed and breakfast in Varanasi, the holy city of India. ‘STAY’ is our labour of love, a heritage home designed to be your one stop BNB in Banaras. It is your perfect place to unwind on a weekend or a short trip. Our modern depiction of the facade retains a...
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Zostel Varanasi

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Zostel Varanasi

Zostel Varanasi is a top-rated, rustic but exuberant backpacker hostel - perfectly mirroring the spirit and essence of the old, hallowed city of Banaras. Located right in the heart of the city and yet not far from the Ghats, Zostel Varanasi provides the right comforts one looks for. A place to r...
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Moustache Hostel Varanasi

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Moustache Hostel Varanasi

Located less than 300 mts from the prestigious Assi Ghat, Moustache Varanasi is your abode for nurturing all your interests and preferences, giving you a soul cleansing panoramic view of the Majestic River Ganges from the rooftop terrace. Moustache Hostel Varanasi is located in Varanasi’s city c...
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The Neela By Bunkedup

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The Neela By Bunkedup

Located in the Old quarter in labyrinth of the vibrant alleyways , The Neela is the third chapter in the Bunkedup story , located a 1 minute walk away from the banks of the river Ganga next to an array of cafes and the historical temples and the Dasashwamegh ghat. The Hostel features all standard...
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La Vaca India

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La Vaca India

La Vaca Hostel is all about a whole new dimension of new invention, social travel accommodation and public spaces for all the age group. Our vision is to lead the way in a new generation of hostels. Our hostel design and event driven hostels which is stylish, contemporary, central, social, and safe....
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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 )...
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goStops Varanasi (Stops Hostel Varanasi)

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goStops Varanasi (Stops Hostel Varanasi)

Stops is a pit-stop like none other on your Indian adventure. It is the first ever social and exploration oriented chain of travelers hostels in India. Stops is where you refuel and equip yourself on your journey through India! Its a space where you get to meet fellow travelers eager to discov...
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Wander Station Varanasi

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Wander Station Varanasi

Wander Station Hostels is your home away from home. We started our operation from 1st Sep 2018. This home is for wanderers but not only limited to them, but it is also for every being who explores. One step further in building a community, the hostel is all about upgrading your stay experience! T...
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Hostale

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Hostale

'Travelling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.' Ibn Battuta Hostale is a place full of storytellers and their stories in every corner. We, at Hostale, believe in making your stay memorable and helping you create the stories that you can tell your children and grandc...
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HOG Hostel Varanasi

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HOG Hostel Varanasi

The House of Gypsy (HOG) offers a soulful and spectacular immersion into the spirit of Varanasi. We do our best to provide quality accommodation and all the necessary vibes in a city that can be eccentrically addictive. Be it the effervescent narrow streets that zig-zag behind the ghats, the rus...
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Sagar Guest House

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Sagar Guest House

The way of the heart.... A verdant area of calm in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the holy City. It 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...
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Bunkedup Hostel Varanasi

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Bunkedup Hostel Varanasi

Bunkedup Hostel Varanasi is housed in a 200 year refurbished old mansion next to a 1000 year old temple in the tourist centre and less than a 1 minute walk from the river Ganges, and all popular cultural attractions. The hostel is perfectly located for those wanting to discover the fascinating ne...
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Varanasi by Roadhouse Hostels

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Varanasi by Roadhouse Hostels

Roadhouse Hostels Varanasi is located near Assi Ghat. Situated at the confluence of Ganga and Asi rivers, Assi Ghat is the southernmost Ghat in Varanasi, where pilgrims bathe before paying their homage to Lord Shiva. Assi Ghat also constitutes the southern end of conventional city. Assi Ghat is popu...
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Chatter Box Hostel

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Chatter Box Hostel

There is some reason to stay at a small hostel rather than big ones. The place is not big. We have just 20 beds. So if you like business like or chain big accommodation, you wouldn’t like us. However, if you are looking for a cozy and friendly hostel, yes we are the one! In the morning you wil...
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Ganga Fuji Hostel

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Ganga Fuji Hostel

Located just 2 minutes walk from the new corridors of Golden temple and the river Ganges, the Ganga Fuji Hostel provides you the best area to stay for easy access to tourist sites. The roof top terrace and the restaurant gives you the divine view of the famous Kashi Vishvanath temple (The Golden...
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Stay Inn

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Stay Inn

Stay in a unique hostel stay facility is created by 3 guys who love traveling and have great experiences in organising tours and travels throughout India. The motive is to provide a safe and hygienic Stay to the guests from around the world. That is why the 'Stay Inn' is formed in the most anc...
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Baba Guest House

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Baba Guest House

Renovated in 2011, the Baba Guest House guarantees guests a pleasant stay in Varanasi for business or sightseeing. The excitement of the city center is only 0.5 km away. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as A...
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Hotel Ganesha

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Hotel Ganesha

This Is a Very New Hotel with The Main Aim Of giving our guests cleaner & peaceful environment. With center of all important tourist location and The Beautiful 'assi ghat'. our property has 13 rooms with all rooms Attached bathroom , telephones, Cable T.V, Hot Shower, clean & Spacious than others...
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Maa Vaishno Guest House

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Maa Vaishno Guest House

A friendly family run guest house that centrally located in the heart of Ganges River. With room views of the Ganges, its a comfortable 2 minute stroll to the river and Mother Teresa Missionary of Charity House. Walking distance to the Golden Temple, Durga Temple, Monkey Temple and burning ghats....
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Hotel Hari Vilaas

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Hotel Hari Vilaas

Hotel Hari Vilaas have 22 well furnished room and two restaurant. Hotel is situated at middle of the city. 1.5 km from Ganga ghat (main Ghat) and vishwnath temple. we have 3 types of room Executive room, superior Room, and Family (triple Bed) room. We are offering free WI-FI . Hotel Faciliti...
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Royal Guesthouse

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Royal Guesthouse

Situated in Varanasi, 3km from Godowlia, Royal Guesthouse features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Boasting a private bathroom, each room includes a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Royal Guesthouse also provides free WiFi throughout the property. You will find a 24-hour fro...
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Radiant YMCA Tourist Hostel

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Radiant YMCA Tourist Hostel

Our Hostel is located in Varanasi which is one of the oldest living city in the world. It is open to all men, women, members, and non-members. The Hostel is situated close to Varanasi Railway Station, to make it an ideal base for your traellings around our city. Ganges Bank is just 2 kms from Hoste...
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Purple Lotus Homestay

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Purple Lotus Homestay

Our dream was to create a space where travellers and student from all over the world could feel just like at home and finally our lotus has blossomed. Our lovely hone is strategically located in the peacefully neighborhood of nagwa, less than a 1km from Assi Ghat and 500M from Lanka, we offer co...
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Mohit Paying Guest House

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Mohit Paying Guest House

Sarnath is a place located 10 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Ko...
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Rahul Guest House

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Rahul Guest House

Welcome to: Rahul Guest House Rahul Guest House is a walking distance from Assi ghat, Monky Temple, Durga Temple, Manas Mandir Temple and Banaras Hindu University. Guest House located on the Bank Of The River Ganga. Rahul guesthouse offers budget-minded travelers a range of clean, comfortable...
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Shree Hare Ram Hare Krishna Guest house

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Shree Hare Ram Hare Krishna Guest house

Hare Rama Hare Krishna Guest house is a clean and comfortable guesthouse, who want to relax in a quiet, convenient area with easy access to the tourist centre. It is centrally located in a Varanasi just few kilometers from the main railway station, bus stand, City, & 200 mts from Holy River Ganges....
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Hotel Heritage Inn

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Hotel Heritage Inn

Hotel Heritage Inn is located on Shivala Ghat, very near to Ganga River (at the heart of the city). The guests can conveniently find ATM machine, shopping mall and hospital in walking distance. There are two categories of room: 1- Heritage Room 2- Deluxe Room All rooms are with different inte...
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Elvis Guest House

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Elvis Guest House

The Elvis Guest House is situated in a peaceful, eco friendly area. Locality of Shivala Road which is Nearest to the Assi ghat., 1minute walking Distance to the Holy River Ganges. Temples(Shiva temple, Monkey temple, Duga temple, Mother india temple & Muslem Silk quarter) & other Tourist Activitie...
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Varanasi, the holy city of death Side! Side! Dead body coming!This is the phrase you will for sure hear several times walking down the narrow, dirty streets of the old part of Varanasi, sometimes also called the city of death.It has been already said a lot about Varanasi by travelers and explorers. However, it is still one of those places on the Earth where everyone will definitely come through his own, unique, exceptional experience, as Varanasi is not about the long list of must-see places and attractions for tourists; it is more about the energy of the place and people living there.

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