India’s capital city is full of historic monuments and unique cultural experiences, which is why it’s one of the most visited destinations in the country. To cater to a wide range of travellers, Delhi has accommodations to suit every style and budget. If it’s a clean, safe and affordable hostel that you’re looking for, then here’s a list to help you find the perfect place to stay in the city.
LetsBunk Poshtel, New Delhi
LetsBunk Poshtel | Courtesy of LetsBunk Poshtel, New Delhi
An ideal combination of a boutique hotel and a laid-back hostel, LetsBunk Poshtel is where you can enjoy the best of both worlds — luxurious comfort at pocket-friendly prices. You couldn’t have asked for a better spot as this place is located in Delhi’s liveliest neighbourhood, Hauz Khas Village. LetsBunk Poshtel has a clean, modern and minimal decor and a pretty deck overlooking the forest. They’ve made an attempt to modernize hostels and have done a pretty good job at it.
An After Story offers two types of accommodations, a dormitory and an en-suite private room. They also have an all-girls dormitory for female travellers who don’t want to stay in a mixed dorm room. Other amenities include a self-help kitchen and an entertainment zone, which has televisions and game consoles. The hostel takes the safety of its guests seriously, which is why they have round-the-clock security guards and CCTV cameras are installed on the premises as well.
Boribista Hostel is located in the heart of South Delhi and all major attractions in the city are easily accessible from here. They have both co-ed and female dormitories as well as a private room with a queen size bed. There’s a shared kitchen in the hostel but you can also request for special diet meals from the restaurant. Boribista has a terrace and barbecue facilities and a small barbecue party might give you a good opportunity to get to know the fellow travellers staying at the hostel.
Backpacker Panda is a renowned chain of hostels with establishments in cities like Mumbai, Jaipur, Goa, Manali and Pune, among others. Their Delhi outpost is located in the hippie neighbourhood of Paharganj in Central Delhi. The hostel has private guestrooms, dormitories, a lounge area with colourful graffiti and a spacious terrace. Their dormitories, however, are a bit compact. Attractions like the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid in Old Delhi are about five kilometres from here and so is the shopping district of Connaught Place.
Being a popular backpacker haunt, Paharganj probably has the highest number of hostels in Delhi. Zostel, another chain of hostels, also has its establishment in the same neighbourhood. They have an eight-bed and two six-bed dormitories, including one reserved for female guests. If you want privacy, then Zostel also offers a deluxe room with two single beds. Their most expensive accommodation, however, is the spacious designer suite, which is similar to a hotel room.
Joey’s Hostel is a fairly new establishment that opened in 2015. They have 10-bed, eight-bed, six-bed and four-bed dormitories, each priced differently. Apart from accommodation, Joey’s Hostel also organizes tours around the city. The Heritage Walk tour takes you to the historic by-lanes of Old Delhi while their Food Walk tour takes you on a fun street-food tour of the capital.
This backpacker’s hostel in Delhi is located in Daryaganj in the bustling neighbourhood of Old Delhi. They have a lot of fun activities that guests can get themselves involved in. For instance, their cooking session is where you’re encouraged to try your hand at some of Delhi’s most-loved dishes. goStops also provides various fun tours around Chandni Chowk. If you want to relax after a tiring day of travelling around the city, the hostel has the perfect solution — an in-house movie theatre.
Situated at Connaught Place, the location of YMCA Tourist Hostel is a major plus. The attractions of Old Delhi are all within a five kilometre radius, India Gate, too, is just four kilometres away from here and another historic monument, Jantar Mantar, is just a 10-minute walk from the hostel. They have different dormitories for men and women and even private rooms. If you get a membership, you’ll be able to have access to all YMCA hostels around the globe.
AmigosIndia is a popular hostel choice for backpackers in the city. The place is very cozy and guests are made to feel like family. They have an in-house restaurant, which serves delicious food and a common area they fondly like to call ‘Amigo Station’. The decor is quite vibrant and quirky but without going overboard. If you want to dine out while staying in the hostel, try the restaurants at the Garden of Five Senses.
In 2016, Madpackers was adjudged the Best Hostel in India by Hostelworld, so you can rest assured that you’ll receive nothing but top-notch services here. They have both co-ed and female-only air-conditioned dormitories and they are located in one of the safest and cleanest neighbourhoods in Delhi. They have a well-equipped kitchen, a game room, a well-stocked library, a terrace, barbecue facilities, a tour desk and 24-hour security. The famous Qutub Minar is just over three kilometres from here and Humayun’s Tomb is about seven kilometres.