Hostels in Himachal Pradesh Hostels in Himachal Pradesh

You are looking for hostels in Himachal Pradesh? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Himachal Pradesh hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Himachal Pradesh.

All Cities in Himachal Pradesh

We list every single hostel in Himachal Pradesh and the world. In total, we have 10 cities in Himachal Pradesh for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Himachal Pradesh hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Himachal Pradesh. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Himachal Pradesh

The state of Himachal Pradesh can be found in the north of India, and is one of the few states in India where the quality of life is similar to more Westernised countries. With high levels of hygiene, public health, and transport links, the region is mostly rural, with only a small percent of the area urbanised. This gives it a blissful, warm feel, and many tourists come here for its holiday like ambience.

Backpackers flock to Himachal Pradesh, as it is popular for its natural beauty, found in the frosty peaks of the surrounding Himalayas. As such, the region is filled with hostels and cheaper group accommodation. Hill stations like Shimla, Manali and Dharamsala, to name just a few, are particularly popular with both national and international visitors.

These hostels are safe havens for any traveller seeking relaxing places to stay that keep the traditions of the region in mind. In particular, coworking and unity is a strong theme throughout these hostels, making them safe and trustworthy places.

Himachal Pradesh has strong transport links to Delhi and Chandigarh, which makes it an easily accessible haven. The railway is also a quaint but efficient way to travel through the valleys and hills. The Dalai Lama is a regular visitor, but this is not just for the beauty or friendliness of the mountainous region. There is also an abundance of temples and villages with ancient Buddhist traditions still deeply ingrained in society.

This is why hostels are such an effective way to stay in this region. Many take pilgrimages to Himachal Pradesh. It is often referred to as “abode of the gods”, as it is mentioned in many religious texts, and this explains the huge amount of holy buildings placed on higher parts of the mountains, like the Jakhoo Temple, which can be found at the top of Shimla, a fantastic 8,000 feet above sea level.

The best time to visit is between March and June, in the summer; make sure you are careful to avoid the monsoon season. Even if temples are not your style, you will be sure to have an amazing adventure in Himachal Pradesh. Staying with like minded backpackers in hostels that bring you together, you can do anything from paragliding in Bir-billing to skiing in Manali. The many villages of the region are sure to offer something to tempt you, as well as somewhere comfortable to stay.

expert for Himachal Pradesh hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Himachal Pradesh hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Himachal Pradesh - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Himachal Pradesh. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Himachal Pradesh. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Himachal Pradesh

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Himachal Pradesh?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Himachal Pradesh here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Himachal Pradesh safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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