Backpacking is fast catching up in India. Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, into the arms of Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a popular destination for the backpackers to wander through nature’s abode. And in this journey people are constantly ditching the luxury resorts and holiday homes for budget-friendly hostels that offer an adventurous stay.
With a mighty view of the mountains, comfortable stay, affluent services, and a homely feel, the backpacker’s hostel in the Himalayas offer a stay away from the nestled cities and give a glimpse of life at the mountains. With opportunities to meet like-minded travelers, and a spectacular view from the dorm windows, these hostels are truly backpacker’s paradise. Here are some of the best budget-friendly hostels in Himachal you wouldn’t want to check out of!
Zostel at Bir, Manali, Mcleodganj, and Spiti
Zostel is one of the largest branded hostel chains in India. Located at some of the prime locations of the tourist destinations Bir, Manali, Mcleodganj, and Spiti, the hostel offers an enthralling stay with majestic mountain views. While the Zostel Bir is nestled in Kangra Valley with a stunning view of the Dhauladhar range, at Mcleodganj (Dharamkot) the cozy stay is a peaceful retreat at Mclow Square.
Zostel at Spiti is a wonderful gateway with a stunning view of the Kaza. With male and female dorm rooms, in-house food and common room to connect to travelers and share stories – Zostel is one of the safest stays at Himachal to enjoy the warmth of Himachal in the coldest of temperatures.
On the Upper Bhagsu Nag region of McLeodganj, HostaLavie is a luxurious hostel offering a stunning view of the Himalayas amidst the greenery and scenic Mcloeddganj landscape. Located just near to the Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu Waterfall, and Tsechokling Gompa, this hostel connects you to the shades of green and view of the holy land of Dharamshala. If you want an adventurous yet comfortable stay in the Himachal, you can check tour packages offered by India Tourism Guide.
The dorms/rooms are designed with a mix of blue and white and are glorified by the paintings and art made by the travelers here. The three-storeyed hostel is a short hike in the mountain with a lively café on the terrace that serves scrumptious food under the open sky.
With multicolored Tibetan flags, monasteries, Kangra Fort, Dalai Lama Temple, tea gardens, waterfalls and trekking trails around, HostaLavie is one of the comfiest stays for the travelers to explore the region. The trek to Triund begins close to the hostel too.
The Lost Tribe Hostel, Jagatsukh
A few kilometers from the main town of Manali the stunning village of Jagatsukh offers an exemplary stay at the Lost Tribe Hostel. It is a stunning hostel that is close to the Beas River, Hidimba Devi Temple, Van Vihar National Park, and Pandoh dam.
The hostel is a paradise for the trekkers and adventurers to dive into nature’s goodness and wander freely across the region. The dorms are designed with the essence of Himalayan living and have a common room for travelers to share their tales.
At the lost tribe, one can indulge in games, art, painting and more while cherishing the beauty of the mountains. The hostel is known to host some art festivals and events too. Moreover, Jagatsukh also experiences heavy snowfall during December to February making it a sight to behold!
Nomads Hostel Kasol
The Israel of India or Kasol is a village on the route to the holy town of Manikaran that is cradled in the Parvati Valley. With a view of the cascading river Parvati, Nomads hostel is a clean, safe and spacious hostel connecting trekkers and travelers to the KheerGanga trek.
With hot water springs, majestic views of the mountains and cozy rooms and dorms of the hostel, the trip to Himachal truly becomes a revering experience. At budget-friendly prices, it is one of the most popular hostels in Himachal to explore walking in the wild, seeping into nature and finding solace in the mountains.
Dreamland Hostel Kasauli
Offering some time of solace from the buzz of city life, Kasauli happens to be one of the perfect getaways in Himachal. The Dreamland hostel in Kasauli is a luxurious hostel offering a quality stay, easy accessibility and safe lodging to the adventure seekers.
The dorm with its cozy environment, homely food, and a stunning view is a perfect location to unleash after a hard day of trekking through the mountain trails. With close accessibility to Pinjore Gardens, Kali Mata Temple, Rock Gardens, and the gorgeous sunset point, Dreamland Hostel is a true dreamland with its simplistic hosting style and luxurious stay.
YOLO backpacker’s hostel Manali
600 meters from Manu Temple in Manali is a quite homely and luxurious YOLO backpacker’s hostel in all its grandeur. With an eclectic beauty and vintage style décor, the hostel is a perfect place to unleash in Himachal. The gorgeous rooms and dorms are designed to extend comfort and relaxation to travelers with a spectacular view of the mountains.
With quick access to the Solang Valley, Kullu, Manali Bird Sanctuary, Vashisht Temple and baths, etc the hostel is an exciting place to indulge into trekking, hiking, jungle explorations, and river rafting. Bringing you close to nature, the hostel gives a truly immersive experience of life at Himachal.
Vardaan Home Stay Shimla
In the stunning landscape of Shoghi in Shimla, this artisan Vardaan Home Stay is a vintage house style hostel near Raja Niwas at Railway Station road. Nestled amidst nature, the homestay turns into a glorious experience during the winter months as the whole region stays covered in snow.
Cozy bedrooms and dorms adored with lush decorative and vintage pieces entice the travelers. With proximity to Pabbar Valley, Hanuman Temple, Mall Road, Christ Church, and Scandal Point, a hostel is a perfect place to lounge in Shimla. And with the beautiful mountain view from the windows, one might just relax into comfort and cozy aura of the hostel.
Hostelling in Himachal is a budget-friendly but luxurious endeavor with these truly stunning hostels. To truly have a refreshing experience of Himachal, a stay at these hostels is a rewarding experience!