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Starting At Rs 250, These Hostels In Udaipur Are Perfect For Every Backpacker

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.

With a huge influx of local as well as foreign nationals, Udaipur has recently emerged as 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, the city has seen a sudden upsurge in hostels that have become the best way to explore Udaipur’s character regardless of whether you’re travelling on a budget or not.

Here are the best hostels you should be putting up in on your next backpacking trip to Udaipur. Here’s to a ton of stories, experiences and memories!

Photos of Backpacker Panda, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India 1/1 by Adete Dahiya

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 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.

Accommodation options: 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.

Photos of Zostel Udaipur, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India 1/1 by Adete Dahiya

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!

Accommodation options: 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.

Photos of Banjara Hostel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India 1/1 by Adete Dahiya

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!

Accommodation options: 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.

Photos of Moustache Hostel Udaipur, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India 1/1 by Adete Dahiya

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.

Accommodation options: 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

Photos of  1/1 by Adete Dahiya

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.

goStops Udaipur

Photos of  1/1 by Adete Dahiya

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.

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