Rajasthan, the ‘Land of kings’ is one of the most sought after touristic destinations for local and international tourists. Almost one-third of all the tourists coming to India visit Rajasthan to see the grand heritage and experience the royalty. The palaces of Jaipur, lakes of Udaipur, desert forts of Jodhpur & Bikaner, tigers at Ranthambore National park, and grand Desert in Jaisalmer are few of amazing things to visit. If you are a backpacker, you might be searching for a comfortable, fun, relaxing, safe hostel which omphs with the culture of the region. In past 2 years, many budget hostels have come up in Rajasthan. They have made a big mark with their hospitality and the fun environment they provide to their guests. I list here some great hostels of Rajasthan which you should consider whenever you make your next trip to the royal land.
Bunkstop is one of the newbies of the Hostel world, but it has already got many great reviews for its service. It was started in 2015 as a youth-centric hostel for backpackers and adventure tourists. They give the option of mixed dormitories, female dormitories (called Fashion Bunky!) and private rooms. Tariffs start here from 350 INR for dorms and 1200 INR for private rooms.
It has already seen a lot of footfalls from foreign tourists in a short time. It has most of the European hostel facilities of communal kitchen, personal lockers, free wifi and multiple common areas with the variety of games and books to enjoy. To savour the views of the Pink City in the evenings and mornings, their terrace seems to be a perfect place. They also have tied up with bike rental company, where you can hire a vehicle starting with a bicycle to a Harley Davidson for a day.
CrashPad is neither a hostel nor a hotel, it is a combination of both – it’s a Hostotel. It claims to be India’s first chain of hostotel, an offering clean as a hotel and cheerful as a hostel. They found quite unique and interesting way to brand them. So 10 points for creative marketing to them.
It started in late 2014 and has its hostotels in Jaipur and Jodhpur as of now with plans to expand to Udaipur, Pushkar, Agra, Goa and beyond India as well. More than 70% of the visitors coming to Crashpad are foreign tourists, making it a perfect hostotel for solo international travellers.
Crashpad has all the amenities of a fun hostel and a comfortable hotel. Free wifi, community kitchen, board games and library are part of this hostotel. Their Jodhpur Hostotel also offers Village Safaris, taking guests on a village tour, showcasing life and culture of villagers of Rajasthan.
Le Pension Jaipur
Le Pension is also a recent entrant in the hospitality industry. Started in 2014 in Jaipur it has set an aim for itself to provide travellers a place that they can call a second home. Being located in modern residential colony of Jaipur, it does give feeling of being at home. With such location, the safety factor for solo girl travellers also increases. Their roof top café Machaan always becomes a popular hangout place for their guests because of the cool ambience of the café.
With tariff for dorms starting at 350 INR with complementary breakfast it does provide value for money for solo travellers. It has most of the facilities for any hostel like free wifi, community kitchen, common room with games and books, and an open terrace.
Moustache Hostel Jaipur
They have 2 branches, one in Delhi and another one in Jaipur. The dorm prices start from 700 INR for Delhi hostel, and from 450 INR for Jaipur Hostel. These hostels are very well located in the heart of the city in posh areas. They have game rooms to play, gardens to relax, a community kitchen for the guests who love to cook along with the basic requirements of high-speed Wi-Fi, hot shower, lockers etc. They also provide a travel planner in case you are not decided where to go and what to visit.
Bunkyard Hostel Udaipur
Would you like to stay in a hostel with a lot of character? Like having speakers in washroom connected with Bluetooth to make you sing and dance while taking a shower? Then Bunkyard is a hostel for you. Another thing I would like to say about this hostel is that they have got beautiful wall art in every nook and corner of the hostel. Even if you don’t get a bunk here, do drop by to appreciate the artistry. They have got one of the best reviews from almost all the guests who have stayed there. Tariff for their dorms start at 450 INR and they also offer private rooms. They have al the fun things for a hostel – common rooms, community kitchen, café, free & fast wifi, and most of all quirky graffiti all around. Also the location of the hostel is quite amazing, with the view of the lake.
Backpacker Panda Hostels Udaipur & Jaipur
Backpacker Panda is a new hostel brand making its mark in Rajasthan. They already have their hostels up and running in Udaipur & Jaipur, and have plans of launching in Jodhpur as well. Beyond Rajasthan, they have a pretty famous hostel in Goa as well.
They have European-style hostels, with 24-hour reception, large common areas, game room and a community kitchen. Dorms start @299 INR, which is very reasonable, especially for a solo traveler. They also have a nice rule for a group booking with maximum 6 people. This gives a possibility to a solo traveler to gain a community feeling in a hostel because big groups generally take the entire common room to their ransom. They also provide cycles on rent in Udaipur for riding around the lakes and slowly imbibing the beauty of nature.
Last but not the least, Zostel is here. It is not only in Rajasthan but in all of India and has recently gone international. In Rajasthan, it has got the deepest penetration with hostels in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Pushkar. Though competition is coming up in Jaipur and Jodhpur, it is the first choice for Jaisalmer and Pushkar if travelling alone.
Credit for bringing hostel culture to India has to go to Zostel. Since coming of Zostel, the trust of backpackers has increased in hostels in India. The tariff for dorms is also reasonable starting @ 350 INR in some of the hostels.
What about you? Where do you prefer to stay while travelling?