HIT THE ROAD THIS OCTOBER
A himalayan weekend roadtrip from 17 to 20th October. Are you onboard yet?
A MUSICAL RETREAT
We have two fabulous music artists, Ankur Tewari and Osho Jain performing for the very first time across multiple Zostels.
EXPERIENCE HIMACHAL LIKE NEVER BEFORE
From spotting Snow Leopards to barbecuing by the river or walking in pink fields, we have fresh and unique experiences in store for you with 4 new ZostelX homes in 3 different valleys of Himachal Pradesh.
Imagine this. You’re sitting by the window in a bucolic room made of a century-old wood, watching as the sun pierces through the sky. Under it, a string of green hills is complemented with a river that gushes down swiftly, merely a few feet away. That’s life here at ZostelX Dharamshala in Passu, a small village lodged on the periphery of Dharamshala. The house is made sustainably with the help of bamboos, clay tiles and wood, slates from local slate mines and a natural water filtering system. Conveniently located away from the tourist crowds and yet near to the scenic attractions, this home offers a balanced getaway between solitude and experiences. The common area is more like a wooden cabin with glass windows, offering mesmerizing views of the greenery. With litchi orchards and an in-house polytunnel in the backyard, a feet-dipping pool, and a garden springing with peculiar plants and flowers, the home is nothing short of organic magic. A small garden behind the house with all the fruit and flower bearing trees is a frequent haunt for birds such as the Russet sparrows, Sibias, Rose Finches, Magpies, Bulbuls, Asian barbets, Tyrant flycatchers, Redstarts and many more. You may also spot Himalayan Griffons, Lammergeiers and Kites catching warmth on the terrace in the cold winters.
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.
ZostelX Rumsu is your gateway to experience the distinct culture of Himachal and a rural lifestyle. From sipping hot tea in bliss to exploring stories, traditions, norms, and landscapes, this home has it all. And since it is settled amongst the thick forests, it is your perfect retreat to the Himalayas.
Overlooking a valley bursting with Deodars, ZostelX 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.
Hosted by the most loving Lahauli family, you’ll love ZostelX 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, ZostelX 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.
Remember that dream house from your childhood drawings? The one in the mountains, by the river, with the sun shining brightly on it? That’s ZostelX Pah Nala for you. Wake up to the melodious chirping of birds, walk through pomegranate farms, and head to the stream for a refreshing bath. Come back to enjoy a warm breakfast, as you gaze at the splendid mountains all around. With activities like trekking, cycling, and fishing, you’re looking at a day full of adventure. And when the vibrant sun goes down, indulge in a delicious home-cooked meal. End the day on a perfect note with bonfire as you have your slice of stargazing.
Seated amidst lush apple orchards, ZostelX 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.
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? ZostelX 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.
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. ZostelX 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 ZostelX 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.
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 ZostelX 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.
ZostelX 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.
Ideal for solo travellers as well as a group of friends.Amazing terrace to sit and chilled out common room has a pool table ;)Like every zostel there are boardgames too.And yes, a swimming pool.Also the staff is very friendly here.
Location at hill top with majestic view of gokarna beach,Air conditioned dorm, clean washrooms, good cafe, good food, common hangout area, all perfect.No complaint.You wont get better than this.
Amazing! Hostel was clean and modern.Amazing staff they had cleared all my query inspite of i had bombarded with questions, a Beautiful place with beautiful people running it.
We came at a very hot time but the guys made sure that we had a good time. Clean comfortable room with air con and walking distance to market and temples. Will come back here in high season and I know it will rock!
Staff were so friendly! The rooftop was an amazing place to hang out where I met some really cool people to explore the city with.The pool is refreshing, the vibe is chill, the food from the cafe is great and the people were fun.
Great experience ! Clean rooms, Great staff, Great Location,Clean washrooms with hot showers after a long trek.Best rooftop for chill and baggage storage available.The best part is Good vibes only.
If you are alone Zostel manali is a Must for your stay.Met such wonderful people.Zostel is away from the crowd of manali tucked into a small village, a walk of 30 mins from Manali Town, the Location makes you forget all the difficulties in reaching this place! It's hard to say Good Bye!Will stay again soon!
Brand new hostel, Clean and comfy, Cool vibes, staff was really helpful and friendly.It should have more price in comparison to services they are giving. Definitely coming back.
What makes zostel pushkar even more special is the amazing staff. There are hordes of activities available, co guests are awesome, good food, well maintained swimming pool.Shout out to this wonderful place. Looking forward to visiting again.
Staff were very helpful and interactive. They organised campfires for the guest which made it easy for the guests to interact among themselves. The common area was nicely decorated.