Welcome to your detailed guide for Dharamsala hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Dharamsala, India. Compare prices for Dharamsala hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Dharamsala, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Dharamsala? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Dharamsala alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Dharamsala. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Dharamsala. To help you make friends with Dharamsala before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Guess what? Dharamsala is also named and spelled Dharmshala - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
Dharamshala is the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh, a state within India. Previously known as Bhagsu, and alternately spelled Dharamsala, this city is world-renowned as the residence of the Dalai Lama. Situated within the upper Kangra Valley, Dharamshala is overshadowed by the Dhauladhar mountains and covered in thick forests.
In Hindi, Dharamshala is a type of sanctuary. In actuality, the city is a sanctuary for thousands of Tibetan exiles who collectively have recreated a miniature of the Tibetan capital Lhasa within their sanctuary, lovingly referred to as “Dhasa.” Many tourists travel to the city to study its Tibetan community by visiting the Tibetan Museum as well as Tibet World. The latter is a center where monks and Tibetans get to interact with visiting foreigners, exchanging language classes for yoga sessions, among other activities. The center also offers hostel accommodations.
The budget traveler is fortunate because there are several hostels within Dharamshala. Besides the Tibetan establishment, there are family-owned hostels scattered around the city. Whether you wish to walk along trails through the lush woods, shop within the commercial area, or be close to public transportation for onward travels, you can find an optimally situated hostel in Dharamshala. Look for titles such as “homestay,” “house,” and “backpackers” in order to locate as many hostels as possible. You likely will enjoy amenities such as complimentary meals as well as blankets, heating, and warm showers.
Once you have stowed your belongings safely within your hostel, you can easily walk or take a bus or train to your sightseeing destinations. Be sure to visit the Dalai Lama Center if you are a fan. Bhagsu Waterfall is a beautiful photo opportunity for nature lovers. Adventurers will enjoy spending a day hiking Triund Hill. For an afternoon of souvenir hunting, visit lower Dharamshala’s Kotwali Bazar, markets, and malls.
For travel between Dharamshala and just about anywhere else, Dharamshala Gaggal Airport, buses, and trains provide easy connections.
Written by local enthusiast for Dharamsala hostels Jakob Lombardi
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Dharamsala. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Dharamsala. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Dharamsala costs on average $4 for a dorm. A hostel in Dharamsala with private rooms costs on average $16.
Hostelz.com shows all 15 Hostels in Dharamsala. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Worlds Hostel Mcleodganj is the best hostel in Dharamsala for families.
Flügler Hostels Dharamkot (Mcleodganj) is the best rated hostel in Dharamsala for female solo travellers.
Hostelz.com compares prices for 15 hostels in Dharamsala, India.
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Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Dharamsala and India.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.