Hostels in Kashmir Hostels in Kashmir

You are looking for hostels in Kashmir? 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 Kashmir 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 Kashmir.

All Cities in Kashmir

We list every single hostel in Kashmir and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in 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 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 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 Kashmir

Kashmir is the northernmost portion of South Asia. Due to a dispute, it is divided by three countries. Pakistan and the Republic of China control the northwest and northeast areas, respectively. India has control of the central and southern region referred to as the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The state is located within the Himalayan mountains.

The best place to find Jammu and Kashmir hostels is in the state’s summer capital of Srinagar (the winter capital is Jammu). In this city, you will find numerous hostels, although most do not contain the word “hostel” in their names. Among them you can surely find a hostel to your liking, with clean rooms and beautiful grounds. Many accommodations are located near tourist attractions such as the Tulip Garden and lakes Dal and Nigeen. You may wish to settle into a hostel first or you might prefer to find the perfect option while sightseeing.

If you are visiting during the month of April, one particularly breathtaking point of interest to consider is the Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden. The government imports tulip bulbs of many different colors straight from Holland to this garden. Here you can see the most gorgeous rainbow of blooming tulips. Situated on the banks of Lake Dal, the entire view surrounding the garden is spectacular.

If you make your way over to Dal Lake, you will discover a whole new world: a town on water. From houseboats to floating shops and hotels, life in this town is centered around the lake. You can shop for souvenirs as well as admire the intricate furnishings of the houseboats. If you have not made reservations yet, this would be a great place to find a hostel. For an entertaining way to take in the whole view, you can opt to take a Shikara ride on one of the ornately decorated boats.

If you prefer to experience the town-on-water phenomenon, but in a quieter atmosphere, then you should head over to Lake Nigeen. It is the calm, clean version with a garden alongside where you can take a relaxing stroll.

For a fun day trip, keep your belongings in your Srinagar hostel and take a 35-mile drive to Gulmarg (where accommodations are limited). Once you arrive, purchase your ticket for the Gulmarg Gondola. Earlier reservations are also possible and preferable. The Gondola ride takes you up to two levels of Mount Apharwat, at about 8,500 miles and 13,000 feet high. There are many activities to enjoy, including horseback riding and snow boarding. Once you have enjoyed the fresh air and breathtaking view, your taxi ride back to your hostel in Srinagar will be the perfect way to wind down before bedtime.

expert for Kashmir hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Kashmir hostels Jakob Lombardi

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