So you thought only Europe hostels were cool? Just wait till you check out these super funky hostels by Zostel in India. Known for their lively vibe, fun in-house events, and top-notch facilities, Zostel hostels have become the perfect home for backpackers, who’re keen on exploring a place the local way and meeting new people. Not to forget, these hostels are super-affordable!

Although there are several hostels across Indian cities, we totally heart these Zostel hostels!

Zostel Kodaikanal


Give in to the breath-taking beauty of Kodaikanal by staying away from the hustle and bustle at Zostel Kodaikanal. Tucked away in one of the most scenic locations in Kodaikanal, this hostel offers spectacular views of the natural landscape that’s full of green mountains and beautiful trails waiting to be explored. The best part – you get to enjoy all of this right from the hostel. Right from waking up to the sound of chirping birds to watching some of the most surreal sunsets in Kodaikanal, experience it all at this hostel.

This hostel features:

  • Lush green lawns, which are perfect for long walks
  • A common lounge area, where you can interact with fellow travellers
  • Numerous indoor games, which can be enjoyed during your free-time
  • Exciting events are held from time-to-time

Zostel Panchgani


A hostel designed out of shipping containers? Yes, you read it right! Say hello to Zostel Panchgani, a unique hostel nestled above the Krishna Valley in Panchgani. This marvelous piece of architecture was built using re-purposed shipping containers! How cool is that?

Located just 9 km away from Sydney Point and 6 km away from Parsi Point, Zostel Panchgani is the perfect abode surrounded by beautiful hills and forests. Enjoy the lively hostel vibe, meet interesting people, and enjoy the stunning views of Panchgani right from here.

This hostel features:

  • An on-site coffee house and a restaurant
  • Shared lounge and a terrace
  • They also have a billiards table!

Make sure you don’t miss out on their awesome continental or English breakfast!

Zostel Spiti

If Spiti Valley on your travel bucket-list, we’ve found the perfect spot for you to uncover the magnificence of this valley.  Set in a perfect location in Kaza, Zostel Spiti is the best kept secret of this region! Surrounded by the mystic views of the tall mountains and just a short walk away from the Spiti River, this hostel is a true paradise for backpackers and mountain lovers.


Whether you’re an extrovert, who loves socializing with other travellers or a private person, pick an accommodation of your choice. Zostel Spiti offers both dorms, private rooms, and tents. No wonder, this hostel is the first choice of most solo travellers and couples while visiting the valley.

Need help exploring the valley? The hostel staff will be more than happy to share some local tips and guidance with you. They will also arrange taxis for local sight-seeing. But if you don’t want to do the typical touristy stuff, what can be better than just unplugging yourself from the gadget world and sleeping under the starry night sky in Spiti?

This hostel features:

  • An on-site café and a restaurant
  • Bonfire facilities
  • Fun events are organized by this hostel

Zostel Dalhousie


Looking for a laid-back experience and lose track of time amidst the Himalayan views? Just check-into Zostel Dalhousie! Situated at a distance of 3 km from the main Gandhi Chowk of Dalhousie, this hostel is known for its stunning views, super-friendly staff and chilled out vibe that brings fellow travellers together. If you want to tune out of the digital life and give in to nature, Zostel Dalhousie is highly recommended for you as it’s located away from the noisy main streets. During your stay, just enjoy the mesmerizing views of snow-clad mountains and catching up with fellow backpackers to exchange travel stories.

This hostel organizes several daily activities like exploration treks and village walks, movie nights and bonfire evenings for its guests.

This hostel features:

  • Sun terrace, where you can soak in some sunshine as you’re surrounded by stunning mountain views
  • A restaurant is available at this hostel to take care of all your meals
  • A library, where you can pick from a collection of great books
  • Common rooms and play area, where you can socialize with fellow travellers.

Zostel Leh

If you’ve been making forever plans to visit the charming Leh, it’s time to make your Leh dreams come alive. ‘Coz panoramic views await you at Zostel Leh!


Just a 10 minute walk away from Leh Palace and the main market, Zostel Leh offers alluring views of the mountains and the city. The hostel offers dorm rooms as well as private rooms, so you can pick one as per your preference. With its cozy rooms, awesome rooftop café and warm hospitality, Zostel Leh has won over the hearts of thousands of travellers visiting Leh. So much that most women travellers and solo travellers , visiting Leh prefer to stay at this hostel.

This hostel offers:

  • Paid pickups and drops by bus
  • A lovely rooftop café and restaurant
  • Hosts fun events every now and then


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