ZOSTEL HOMES - NOW IN SHANGARH!
We have an offbeat new homestay in Himachal Pradesh, in a dreamy town full of lush meadows, exotic birds, giant mountains, hidden waterfalls, and pure Nature. Book a dorm bed or private room now!
SACH PASS: A SELF-DRIVE EXPEDITION
Calling out all motor-adventure enthusiasts for a hardcore 7-day self-drive expedition in Himachal! Get ready to go off-roading, camp impromptu, and explore some of the most offbeat routes and towns between Manali & Dalhousie.
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Tucked away in the between mountains decorated with apple orchards, oaks, deodars, and pines, ZostelX Mashobra offers the perfect blend of a laid-back escape and an adventurous holiday. You’ll be welcomed to our pleasant abode with a garden and a sprawling front yard, the ideal spaces for spending leisure time reading, sipping tea, or stargazing. On one end lies a glimmering stone-and-wood cottage that serves as the hang-out area and teems with the games of billiards and table tennis. Embracing the breezes and sunshine are the rooms, that come with personal balconies so that you always have a piece of the mountainous landscape to yourself. Adding to the comfort of fluffy beds and utterly warm blankets are the home-cooked meals here, which are delicious, filling, and everything you’d love to have up North. The house is hosted by the Sood family, who have been a part of Himachal Pradesh since forever.
A view of the serene Aravalli Hills, a pool to chill in, and tantalizing Rajasthani food all commingle to make Zostel Homes Pushkar the flavourful delight it is. With tents for private rooms, utterly rural milieus made up of fields and faraway hills, and a rustic vibe, the luxury retreat lies at the outskirts of Pushkar city, away from the bustle and still conveniently accessible. A pilgrimage for some, a hippie land for others, Pushkar is an odd and interesting amalgamation of all things travellers and residents want it to be. Known for its peaceful ghats, hike-able hills, and niche market, Pushkar city hails with a breezy vibe. While it gets filled up to the brim during the Pushkar Camel Fair and one week of Holi, the town certainly has a charm that’ll make you stay for longer than you’d expect to whenever you pay it a visit.
A town that seems to have paused its reels in the ‘60s, Rumsu is an ode to the simpler times with its archaic vibe. People here still live in fragile wooden houses that appear to be almost made by hand for a fairy tale set. The food here is also just as simple, but manifold hearty and delicious. And as you can expect from a gravely offbeat village of Himachal Pradesh, Rumsu has pure & utterly charming views of the green Himalayas of the Kullu Valley. Our almost antediluvian and mostly wooden home in Rumsu sits on a small ridge, with green hills and the snow-capped Himalayas right across from it. The rooms here treat you with velvety beds and delectable views, private balconies and ample space to unwind. Come here for a simple, leisurely holiday focused at spending time with your loved ones or self and artistic exploration, for there’s little to do here but a lot to take in.
Hosted by the most loving Lahauli family, you’ll love Zostel Homes Dobhi for its unique cultural and homely vibes. The home is circled by apple orchards and the majestic cherry blossoms, gleefully bustling with the sounds of the nearby Fojal stream. It sits at the beginning of the stunning Fojal Valley and has everything you need for a relaxing vacation. A meditation room to reconnect with spirituality, a front yard full of flower and fruit trees, and rooms that look out at the great Himalayan skyline. With activities like paragliding from one of the highest points in Himachal, Buddhist monasteries to explore, and ample opportunities for hiking, Dobhi fits the definition of the perfect unexplored cultural town.
Located at the edge of the forest on a hilltop, this outlandish home has everything you need to unwind. A treasury of little pleasures like waking up to the chirping of birds, Zostel Homes Laida invites you to explore the beauty that lies in countryside stillness. It is a traditional anti-earthquake house made up entirely of logs and mud and makes for a great place for artists to work, ponder, and inspire.
Zostel Homes Kotgarh is your gateway to experience thrill and calm under one roof. Enjoy skiing at the famous alpine slopes of Narkanda, raft in the River Satluj or just sit back and relax in your balcony sipping hot tea while gazing at the beautiful panorama.
A barbeque by the river, hikes and cookouts, off-roading and biking, fruit-picking and breadmaking, and exclusive cooking sessions with the chef— how does that sound for a holiday? Zostel Homes Shuru is a collection of many such experiences, coated by the bliss of luxury and a majestic landscape! With a lively bar and a picturesque common area, umpteen balconies that tag along with the rooms, a colourful courtyard, and the comfiest of beds, the chalet is the perfect blend of rustic and fancy. Although, the highlight of your stay would be all the extraordinary meals you’ll end up having here. Hosted by the Gurungs who have been into hospitality for decades, the home is nothing short of a food-paradise. Rati aunty is known around the area for her unique pickles and jams, whereas Anubhav, her son and a chef, woos the guests with a fine-dining experience featuring Indian, American, and Continental cuisines. With curated cultural, adventurous, and leisure experiences, the Gurungs really have the finest and most unique escape in store for you.
Looking out at a valley blooming with pines, green fields, and small dots for houses, our abode in Kotkhai reflects the lavish Himachali lifestyle from the olden times. Here, the balconies glimmer under the Sun and the glass windows open up to the hills galore. The smell of fresh home-cooked meals takes up the air along with the chuckles of kids who host you with the most loving heart. With a basketball court in the front yard, apple orchards all around, and a sunrise worth waking up early for, this home has many little wonders in store for you. Nestled in Padara, a small town just 13km from Kotkhai, the house is easy to reach by road. It sits hidden from the popular tourist destination of Shimla, which is 65km away.
Overlooking a valley bursting with Deodars, Zostel Homes Theog is a woodhouse on a quaint little ridge in Bhalech. A perfect holiday here would be filled with soaking in the serenity of the wilderness, amusing yourself with a game of pool or reading a book at leisure, only to end the day on a magical note with a cosy bonfire in the veranda. The mornings come with mesmerising sunrises, whereas the sun sets to make way for a sky full of stars. Brimming with flower and fruit orchards, Theog is generous in offering panoramic views of the Himalayas. Often overshadowed by popular places like Shimla and Kufri, it is a small treasure with significant wonders.
Seated amidst lush apple orchards, Zostel Homes Cheog is every bit magical. The village teems with the traditional lifestyle of Himachal, giving itself a distinct flavour altogether. With this getaway, enjoy blissful landscapes and savour local delicacies prepared by the host as you take a rejuvenating break from the hullabaloo of the city life.
An outlandish bloom of Pink Olga blossoms sprawls out on its fields just after the rains, winters come with snowfall and an enchanting silence, and summers here can be described in two words: festive and green. This is Rakchham, a small town slightly North of Chitkul and very much at the heart of the Sangla Valley of Himachal Pradesh. In this very hamlet, endowed with gorgeous sunsets, sits Zostel Homes Rakchham, a dot of brown and teal in the middle of endless greenery. A curvy mud path cuts through it and leads to the steps of the front yard, which lays adorned with apple trees and flamboyant flowers. The rooms here are submerged in nature, enjoying all the majestic sunrises, sunsets, furtive rainbows, and misty mountains. The food here is hot and the nights pleasantly breezy, making for two traits of a very dreamy holiday.
The sun shines brightly on the wheat fields, desert mountains, and mud houses, making their browns glow gold with the dawn. Time here moves slowly as kids make their way to the only school in the town, grannies milk the many cows, and the monks continue with their everyday chores in the world’s oldest monastery. This is life here in Tabo, a miniscule village in the Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Its lakes and waterfalls freeze in the winters, whereas summers bring the entire landscape to life. And in both, there is equal beauty, meant to be savoured separately. Zostel Homes Tabo is a quaint little home just off the highway, holding apricots in its front yard and views of the gorgeous rainbow mountains from its balconies and windows.
Turning into nothing less than the fantastical town of Narnia in winters and adorning a rich palette of dusty browns in summers, Kibber takes you back in time with its tranquillity and traditional lifestyle. The days here ring with Tibetan prayer chants and the chuckles of the gleeful villagers, whereas the nights bring thousands of stars into play up above. In the heart of this small town lies Zostel Homes Kibber, with its windows and front yard faced to the clustered toy-like white and brown mud houses of the hamlet. The town further looks at the dark brown mountains, and they, in turn, look up at shinier, snow-clad ones. Away from the bustle of Kaza and still close enough to surreal adventures like those of visiting the prominent landmarks or spotting Snow Leopards, Kibber is an experience in itself.
Rich and vibrant meadows are not all that common for the Himalayas, which makes our Zostel Home in Shangarh all the more special. Standing alone amidst a wide expanse of forested mountains, the Home is dipped thoroughly in scenic beauty and a meditative quiet air. From its windows all across, sunrises and sunsets are easy to catch, and so are the sounds of melodious birds and little kids playing nearby. A vast common area invites you to play games with your gang or spend hours gazing out of the hammock. And the bonfire area in the garden helps you end your evening on the perfect note. Stay options include comfy dorm rooms and awe-inspiring private rooms. Both come with great views and a cozy night’s sleep. Giving that final fulfilling touch to your holiday are the ravishing in-house meals, the kind that keeps both your belly and the heart full.
The staff was very friendly - always willing to help and swap a story or two if one is willing to chat.They had a small patch in the garden where they grew vegetables and most of our meals were cooked from those farm fresh veggies.They are well connected with the villagers around.
It's such a great, clean, safe, haven to chill & relax in such a crazy intense city. The food is delicious & common areas always had friendly people hanging out,this place is killer.I'll always look for a zostel wherever I am traveling.
I guess everyone who loves to travel and meet new people should and must stay at zostel here.Loved the time spent here. Especially for an Indian, this place is like a whole new world right in the middle of a busy street.Thank you so very much for having me here.
Zostel was clean and well maintained with excellent location. But what really makes this place amazing is the people who work here! They are super helpful, kind, happy, interesting and interested.What can I say, I am zostel addicted now.
The rooms are clean and comfortable, and food is hygienic and homely. It is usually full of backpackers, trekkers and cyclists from around the world,large and inviting front lawn and dorms,we had a very memorable stay..
Highly recommend! Staff was excellent, extremely friendly and helpful. The location was excellent. Close walk to the city palace ~15 min walk.The best part was by far the rooftop! From breakfast to dinner, it was our favorite spot to dine and enjoy sitting on top of the city!
Staff... workers n visitors....all have given me the memories to cherish.thank u.
In a place with classical rhythms, resonating through unparalleled scales of mighty Ganges, Zostel is a highly anticipated crescendo of this epic ‘ode to joy’ i.e. Kashi. I encourage you to savor the flavors of experience as you ‘LIVE IT NOW’ at Zostel Varanasi.Dear Zostel, stay beautiful, stay wild.
The best Zostel I have visited till date. Spacious floors and dorms. Clean and hygienic washrooms. Super cool wall painting depicting the story of the town of Pushkar. Staff is impressive, super friendly and amazing hospitality. Cheers and keep up the good work.
Away from the chaos of ooty, In between beautiful village, wonderful view and very friendly and helpful staff, clean washrooms, most friendly dogs, and night bonfire is icing on the cake.Highly recommended