We know you yogis and meditators have been fantasizing about a contemplative retreat to Rishikesh for a long time! Rishikesh, located on the banks of the Ganges River, is only rivaled in importance by Varanasi. But even Varanasi cannot compete with Rishikesh’s hiking and natural beauty!
Do you want to open your third eye and allow your chakras to flow? Maybe you’re just passing through and want to look at the hippie commune.
Depending on why you’re in Rishikesh, you’re probably looking for a hostel that can meet your needs.
Skyward Youth Hostel
Rishikesh is a small town in the Himalayan foothills on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. While traveling through this contemplative and religious city, you can expect to get completely trashed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t party! Skyward Hostel provides backpackers with live music, stunning city views, and even a cafe overlooking the river!
Skyward Hostel is your home base for all you adrenaline junkies out there after you’ve had your fill of moving to the music or swinging from a hammock! Every day will be a perfect mix of relaxation and adrenaline-pumping action with rafting, bungee jumping, and trekking!
Shiv Shakti is one of those India backpackers hostels that you’ll recommend to other travelers you meet while traveling in India. It may not have all of the bells and whistles that make this one of the best places to stay in Rishikesh, but it is by far one of the most relaxing. (Imagine a place in Rishikesh that is chill; it will be extremely chill.)
Shiv Shakti is all about soaking in the relaxing atmosphere of the mystic Ganges, with a rooftop lounge where you can sip that piping hot cup of milk tea and even nightly yoga classes so you can feel zen before hitting the hay!
Rishikesh Bunk Stay
While traveling through India, it may be difficult to find a consistent wi-fi connection to publish the most recent post. Bunk Stay Rishikesh offers not only some of the best internet connections in town but also plenty of space to spread out and get to work! With indoor and outdoor lounges, as well as a rooftop terrace, finding the ideal spot to get down to business is a breeze!
When you shut down your laptop, the real fun begins! Bunk Stay will have you cross-legged in a yoga studio or rafting down the Ganges in no time!
Every morning, wake up to beautiful views of the surrounding nature and a free steaming cup of chai in hand! Not only will you be in touch with the mountains and rivers while staying at Moustache, but this backpackers hostel is also all about kicking back, relaxing, and meeting other backpackers!
There is more than one place to hang out and break the ice, from the spacious lounges to the rooftop patio! Moustache’s yoga classes, group treks, and even rafting will have you making memories both inside and outside of its doors!
Into the uncharted
Traveling on a budget in India is not difficult, but if you want to stretch those last few rupees in Rishikesh, Into The Unknown will hook you up with some of the cheapest beds in (dare I say it?) the country!
Apart from being a place where you can travel on a shoestring, Into The Unknown will introduce you to Rishikesh. With group hikes and city tours only scratching the surface of Rishikesh’s adventures, you’ll have the time of your life!
Zostel is another one of those hostels with an indescribable vibe that keeps you coming back night after night! The lounges are the hostel’s beating heart. It is here that you will meet other backpackers, share stories, and spend the entire night listening to great music!
Looking to get the party started outside of the hostel? Zostel can arrange tours and treks to all of the most beautiful places in and around Rishikesh for you and your fellow travelers!
Hostel for the free living
Need to get away from all those stinky backpackers and hippies? Spend a couple of nights in the private rooms at Live Free Hostel! With some of the most affordable beds in town, you’ll be feeling refreshed and back out socializing before you know it! Not only can you get some alone time in the single rooms, but the dorm beds also have their privacy curtains!
Just because you want some peace at night doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself! Live Free Hostel also offers yoga classes and tours that will take you through every nook and cranny of Rishikesh!