The Hosteller Delhi
This cheery, on-the-ball backpacker base makes the most of its South Delhi location, with a convenient metro (Ashram). The fun here is the lively social scene – from pub crawls to live-music nights and tips from the chatty team to guided tours of the 17th-century Mughal Red Fort, Old Delhi’s Jama Masjid (mosque) and more. The punchy-coloured, contemporary dorms sleep four to 10 (including female-only rooms), with individual lockers, curtains, charging points and lights; plus, there are private en-suite rooms, too. Leafy courtyards and a café are among the buzzy communal spaces.