Hostels in Jammu and Kashmir Hostels in Jammu and Kashmir

You are looking for hostels in Jammu and Kashmir? Good news, you have come to the right place.

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

All Cities in Jammu and Kashmir

We list every single hostel in Jammu and Kashmir and the world. In total, we have 2 cities in Jammu and Kashmir 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 Jammu and Kashmir 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 Jammu and Kashmir. 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 Jammu and Kashmir

Often named as "Heaven on Earth," Jammu and Kashmir, India, is a northern Indian state including the three regions, Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. However, due to terrorist activities, it is only advised to travel to Jammu, certain parts of the Kashmir Valley, and Ladakh. Jammu is known as the winter capital; Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir region, is named as the summer capital.

Thanks to its stunning green vistas, the snowclad Himalayas, and picturesque lakes, thousands of tourists flock to Srinagar, especially during the summer months. In spring, a visit to the tulip gardens -- featured in a number of Bollywood movies -- becomes a must-do activity. Many tourists stay in a houseboat in Dal Lake, however, most of them come with a hefty price tag. For budget travelers, it's better to stay in a guesthouse-like hostel in Jammu and Kashmir, India, and rent yourself a Shikara (a small boat) to go around the lake. With less than two hours' journey from Srinagar, you can reach Gulmarg, one of the most famous skiing spots in the world.

While Jammu is famous for its impeccable shrines and temples, the scenery changes as you head to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, along the Leh-Srinagar Highway. The journey normally takes two days with an overnight stop at Kargil. Due to its high altitude, travelers are likely to suffer from altitude sickness in Leh; it's advised to take precautions and carry an emergency oxygen cylinder with you. Ladakh is home to breathtaking natural beauty and a welcoming Buddhist culture. It's the ultimate adventure travel destination in India. Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake are two popular attractions among visitors to the region. It's important to keep in mind that Ladakh is only accessible by road during the months of May through September. Unlike in Srinagar, there are now many Jammu and Kashmir, India hostels in Leh, including eco-hostels.

While you can find quality accommodation for reasonable prices, Jammu and Kashmir is relatively expensive compared to rest of India. Hiring an individual taxi can cost you a lot of money, too. Hence, many budget travelers and locals prefer sharing taxis and buses. If you are traveling during the summer, and flying to Srinagar, Jammu, or Leh, make sure you book your flights well in advance to avoid high prices. During your first two days in Leh, avoid trekking or walking, and take plenty of rest to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude.

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Travel Tips for Jammu and Kashmir - 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 Jammu and Kashmir. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Jammu and Kashmir. 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 Jammu and Kashmir

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 Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. 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 Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

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

How much are hostels in Jammu and Kashmir?

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 Jammu and Kashmir here on Hostelz.com. 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.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Jammu and Kashmir 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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