Some call it the Venice of the East, while others consider it to be a glorious example of Rajasthan’s valour. Udaipur can mean a lot of things to a lot of people but in the end, it is just a city with a mysterious and infectious charm that stays with you long after you’ve left. And there's no surprise that hostels in Udaipur hold the same charismatic vibe as the city.
With a huge influx of local as well as foreign nationals, Udaipur has been a hot tourist destination attracting family travellers, nature lovers as well as backpackers. Winding lanes filled with rooftop cafes and hotels, peace and calm in the air, tourist-friendly environment and a pristine lake that effortlessly binds an entire city together. Ask any backpacker what dreams are made of and I’m pretty sure this is the answer you’ll get.
Being a backpacker’s paradise, Udaipur hostels are some of the best that you can rest in. The sudden upsurge in hostels that have become the best way to explore the city’s character, regardless of whether you’re travelling on a budget or not.
Here are the best Udaipur hostels you should be putting up in on your next backpacking trip to the city. Here’s to a ton of stories, experiences and memories!
Where: Chand Pole, Opposite Karoli Haveli
Made for: Travellers looking for easy access to the best tourist attractions in the heart of Udaipur
What’s so special: Situated in the heart of Chand Pole on the banks of the majestic Lake Pichola, Backpacker Panda is the go-to option for backpackers looking for hostels in Udaipur. A local favourite, the hostel boasts of sparkling clean dorms and private rooms, common areas that are always buzzing with activity and a rooftop that offers a view to die for! The dorms/rooms come equipped will all basic amenities such as air-conditioning and Wi-Fi which make for a cheap yet comfortable stay.
Accommodates: Visitors have plenty of accommodation choices to pick from as the hotel offers eight,six and four-bed mix dorms, six-bed dorms for female travellers, private rooms and superior private rooms.
Price: Starts at ₹279 per bed in a eight-bed mix dorm and can go up to ₹1,500 per night for a supreme private room for two. The prices are solely for the stay and no meals are included in the same.
What’s nearby: Shop at Chand Pole Market; go cafe hopping in the lanes of Chand Pole and watch the sunset from Gangaur Ghat.
Where: Purohit Ji Ka Khurra, Chandpole
Made for: Travellers looking to meet new people and interact with people from different cultures while exploring a new city
What's so special: Unarguably the biggest hostel chain in India, Zostel is a name that is synonymous with quality and the group's picture-perfect Udaipur property justifies the same and how! Situated atop a hill in the Chandpole area, the property enjoys one of the best locations in the city as a result of which the views from the dorms, private rooms and the roof top restaurants are a delight to witness! The property also has an uber cool common area that makes for a perfect place to meet people from all around the world, indulge in endless conversation and form new friendships that are bound to last a lifetime!
Accommodates: Zostel offers clean and well-maintained eight and six-bed mixed dorms, four bed female dorms, four bed mixed non-AC dorms and private double rooms as well as private deluxe rooms.
Price: Starts at ₹399 for a bed in the non-AC mix dorm and goes up to ₹2,700 for a lake-view twin private room. These fares are solely for accommodation and do not include any meals.
What’s nearby: Drive down to the Sajjangarh Biological Park; offer prayers at the Eklingji & Nagda temples and spend an evening by the Lake Pichola.
Where: Jagdish Temple road, Chand Pole
Made for: Travellers looking for amazing food without paying a bomb, along with great accommodation
What’s so special: No trip is ever complete without good food and if you happen to be staying in Udaipur’s Banjara Hostel, you can get to experience the choicest local delicacies as well as the most exotic of cuisines right in your hostel premises! Apart from cosy dorms and rooms, Banjara also houses the most popular rooftop cafe in the area, the Sun and Moon Restaurant. The multi-cuisine eatery has been done up so well that you’ll want to spend your entire day sipping on mojitos and hogging all you can. On the other hand, if you’re on the lookout for something on the go, the hostel’s Tript Cafe serves freshly ground coffee, burgers, sandwiches, bakery items amongst other delicacies. Best of both worlds indeed!
Accommodates: Banjara hostel offers four-bed mix AC and non-AC dorms, four-bed female AC dorms and private AC rooms with personal balconies.
Price: Starts at ₹349 per bed in a 4-bed mix non-AC dorm and can go up to ₹2,500 for the private AC rooms which can accommodate two guests. While the fares for the private room includes breakfast, dorm guests can have breakfast by paying ₹200 extra.
What’s nearby: Pay a visit to the Jagdish Temple; head to Lal ghat for a boating experience of Lake Pichola and visit the Jag Mandir.
Where: Panduwari, Gadiya Devra, Near Jagdish Chowk
Made for: Those looking for a true Rajasthani cultural experience
What’s so special: With properties in various parts of the country, the Moustache Group aims at preserving the rich culture and heritage of India while offering pocket-friendly stays and the Udaipur property does the same, only with much aplomb! Right from the exterior to the decor of the hostel, everything here is done up in a traditional Rajasthani manner. The well-informed and well-read staff is always more than eager to strike a conversation about the history of the city while activities such as yoga sessions, cooking classes and walking tours will keep your hands full for the entire duration of your trip.
Accommodates: Moustache offers eight, six and four-bed mix dorms, six and four-bed female dorms, as well as private rooms.
Price: Starts at ₹300 per bed in the eight-bed dorms and go up to ₹1,200 per night for the private room, which has a maximum capacity of two guests. Price for meals is not included in this rate.
What’s nearby: Visit the iconic City Palace; travel back in time at the Vintage and Classic Car Museum and shop for traditional Rajasthani souvenirs at Hathi Pol Bazaar.
The Hostel Crawl
Where: Hotel Lake Pichola Road, Cheerwa, Ambamata
Made for: Travellers looking for the best view from the rooms or rooftop
What’s so special: Located at a stone throw’s away from the popular tourist destination Bagore Ki Haveli, Hostel Crawl is the ideal spot for peace-seekers who want to disconnect and experience the serenity of Udaipur. The property also has an in-house shared kitchen, a peaceful rooftop restaurant and an in-house bar, apart from basic amenities such as clean and spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi and an extremely helpful staff that keeps it all in place!
Accommodates: Hostel Crawl offers six and four-bed mix dorms, six-bed female dorms and private double rooms with scintillating lake views.
Price: Starts at ₹299 for a bed in the 6-bed dorm and goes up to ₹2,000 for a private double room (no meals included).
What’s nearby: Visit the picturesque Bagore Ki Haveli; marvel at the beauty of Fateh Sagar Lake and drive down to the legendary Monsoon Palace for the best view of the city.
Where: Opposite Udai Kothi, Hanuman Ghat
Made for: Travellers seeking ease of access around the city while staying at one place
What’s so special: A favourite amongst Udaipur’s solo travellers, goStops offers a simple, almost home-like experience. The central location makes it easily accessible and the simple yet comfortable accommodation set-up appeals to tourists from around the world.
Accommodates: Visitors can choose from 8-bed standard mix dorms, 8-bed mix dorms with deluxe beds and private rooms with private bathrooms.
Price: Starts at ₹399 for a bed in the 8-bed standard mix room (₹99 additional for breakfast) while the private room will cost you around ₹1,200 (₹99 additional per person for breakfast).
What’s nearby: Shop in the local bazaars of Udaipur (Bara Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar); get a taste of the Rajasthani life at Shilpgram and watch the sunset at Ambrai Ghat.
Where: Residency Road, Opposite American Hospital
Where: Lal Ghat, Silawatwari
Made for: Travellers who wish to live in the middle of the old town and enjoy stunning views of the Lake Pichola.
What's so special: Bunkyard boasts a barbecue and terrace and an amazing on-site restaurants that guests can enjoy. They provide bike and car hires and also arrange for various activities like cycling and horse riding around the city. The rooms are large and have private bathrooms. All visitors are provided with fresh linens and towels. Since it is located in one of the prime locations of Udaipur, almost everything to see is a stone's throw away and you can easily walk to all major attractions.
Accommodates: Visitors can choose from 8-bed and 6-bed standard mix dorms, 6-bed female dorms and private rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Price: Starts at ₹350 for a bed in the 8-bed mixed dorm and goes up to ₹4,120 for a private deluxe double room with lake view (no meals included).
What's nearby: Bunkyard hostel is in the middle of the old city and just 100 meters from Bagore Ki Haveli. Lake Pichola, Bagore Ki Haveli, Gangaur Ghat, City Palace and Jagdish Mandir, all are within walking distance from the hostel.
Where: Naoghat Marg, Silawatwari
Made for: Travellers who wish to live amidst the hustle of the city and enjoy the views of Lake Pichola from a private terrace.
What's so special: Set on the banks of Lake Pichola, Gypsy Child Lake Hostel is a boutique space done in the reflection of the City Palace. Neighbouring the 400-year-old City Palace, the hostel is a 100 metres walk away from the Palace entry gate, and serves as an ideal starting point for a traveller to explore Udaipur. And once you are done with touring the city on foot, come back to the hostel and chill on the terrace with a book and beer, while the sun sets on Lake Pichola for the day.
Accommodates: There are 8-bed and 6-bed standard mix dorms, 6-bed female dorms and private double rooms.
Price: Starts at ₹699 for a bed in the 8-bed mixed dorm and goes up to ₹1,999 for a private deluxe double room. All prices include a continental breakfast.
What's nearby: Situated at the edge of Lake Pichola, the old city is right next door. You can visit the City Palace, vintage care museum, Bagore Ki Haveli, and other landmarks on foot.
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