10 Best Hostels In India For Female Solo Travellers

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"All by yourself?"

"But India is not safe for women"

"Why alone? Won't you get bored?"

When you're a woman and make the mistake of declaring your desire to travel solo in India, chances are, you'll have to face such backlash. But we can't entirely blame our family and friends. When mornings begin with news about outrageous crimes against women, it's hard not to label the whole country as unsafe.

Truth is, no place is completely safe. There are places in India you would feel safe at, places you'd feel unsafe at. It mostly always depends on the kind of people you're around and ultimately how responsible you are. That said, convincing Indian parents can still be an ordeal. That's where the great concept of female-only dormitories might prove to be helpful. To make your parents understand that there are other women like you, travelling on their own seems like a great achievement. So, here's a list of hostels in India that solo women travellers swear by and you can too:

Photo of Moustache Hostel Rishikesh, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Ishvani Hans

The centrally located hostel is liked for its cleanliness and rooftop views. Guests love the staff's hospitality and the relaxing vibes the hostel gives.

Where: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Cost: ₹399

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Photo of Worlds Hostel Mcleodganj, Bhagsu Nag, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ishvani Hans

Clean, cosy and neat, the four-bed dormitory comes with a private entrance and a shared bathroom. The property features a terrace and guests swear by the great views of mountains.

Where: McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

Cost: ₹649 (including breakfast)

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Photo of WOKE HOSTELS, Arpora, Goa, India by Ishvani Hans

This quaint hostel is green, spacious and has a Greek decor. The hostel offers an outdoor pool and lies in close proximity to the bustling Baga Night Market.

Where: Arpora, Goa

Cost: ₹399 (add ₹80 for breakfast)

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Photo of HosteLaVie Varanasi, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ishvani Hans

Just a stone throw's away from Assi Ghat, the charming hostel houses a garden, terrace and dorms that come with a kitchen and fridge. Guests swear by the location and the peaceful ambience.

Where: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Cost: ₹499 (included breakfast)

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Photo of MICASA HOSTELS PONDICHERRY, Mahatma Gandhi Road, MG Road Area, Puducherry, India by Ishvani Hans

The hostel is beautifully designed, has clean rooms and is located centrally, with the nearest beach just a walk away. 'Mi Casa' is Spanish for my home and guests can vouch for the homely vibes this place has.

Where: Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

Cost: ₹599

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Photo of Beehive Mysuru - Backpackers and Travelers Commune, JP Nagar, Mysore, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans

Surrounded by trees and with a view of hills, the bungalow-turned hostel is located in a beautiful, quiet neighbourhood. Guests can enjoy cycling, trekking to the nearby Chamundi Hills and permaculture work exchange.

Where: Mysore, Karnataka

Cost: ₹522

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Photo of One Light Hostel, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India by Ishvani Hans

This vibrant hostel is admired for its rooftop views, peaceful location and cleanliness. The spacious common area is equipped with mattresses where one relax to great music or strike up a conversation with the amiable founders.

Where: Pushkar, Rajasthan

Cost: ₹499

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Photo of Hibernest Chembra, Kunnampetta, Kerala, India by Ishvani Hans

Lush greenery surrounds the clean, well-maintained hostel. The property is away from the city hustle-bustle and is a perfect retreat for someone seeking peace.

Where: Wayanad, Kerala

Cost: ₹700

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Photo of HosteLaVie-Gokarna, Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans

The secluded hostel is located on a cliff overlooking the sea. The nearest beach is just a 5-minute walk from the place. Guests love the food and hospitality here.

Where: Gokarna, Karnataka

Cost: ₹449

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Photo of Raybo Hostel, Leh by Ishvani Hans

The hostel lies in close proximity to the town's main attractions and has a garden and lovely interiors. Guests vouch for the hospitality and cleanliness.

Where: Leh, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

Cost: ₹449

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