Hostels in Manali, India

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Get to know Manali (no more "I wish I knew this before")

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 Manali. To help you make friends with Manali before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India, is an incredibly peaceful town tucked into the Indian Himalayan mountain range. The best Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India hostels are located in the Manali Old Town; some are advertised as being in this area, but can actually be up to an hour's walk away uphill from the Old Town center, so be sure to check the location of your Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India hostel before booking. Many hostels in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India, are members of national backpacker hostel chains that are well accredited and have many positive reviews from travelers. Manali is a beautiful place where you could easily spend a week enjoying nature and healthy eats, but the town can be thoroughly explored in three days if you have limited time.

Manali is a haven for nature lovers, with many day treks into the surrounding Himalayas; waterfalls to be discovered; and white water rafting, parasailing, and bungee jumping available. Adventure seekers are sure to get their adrenaline fix here and the staff at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India hostels will help you arrange the experiences you’d like to have during your stay. Those who are more zen will enjoy yoga classes, sound baths, and reiki sessions.

In Old Manali there are many healthy eateries, international cafes, Italian-style coffee shops, and music venues. Rain often falls for a short period of time throughout the year, so discover your local favorite shop to pass the wet moments with a lassi or steaming cup of chai. Most Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India hostels also offer food at cafes on their property, so you can comfortably have breakfast at your accommodation before heading out to explore for the day.

While in Manali, make sure to also explore the surrounding villages and visit the many temples to get a feel for the unique lifestyle here that sets apart the mountain town from the rest of India. You’ll likely come across some massive yaks (be sure to try their incredible cheese) and local women dressed in traditional costumes carrying massive white bunnies and asking you to take a photo -- for a price, of course.

Written by local enthusiast for Manali hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Manali hostels Lola

FAQ about Manali Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Manali. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Manali. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Manali costs on average $7 for a dorm. A hostel in Manali with private rooms costs on average $26. shows all 54 Hostels in Manali. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Alt Life - Manali is the best hostel in Manali for families. compares prices for 54 hostels in Manali, India. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Manali such as
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Yolo Backpackers Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Manali.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Manali

Your Packing List for Manali

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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.

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Manali Hostel Cheatsheet

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 Manali, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
54 Total number of hostels
$7 Average dorm price
$26 Average private room price
$4 Cheapest hostel in Manali
TimeTrael is the cheapest
7 Party hostels in Manali
Yolo Backpackers Hostel is the best rated
Most Manali hostels are located in
Left bank
5.7 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Naggar (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Malana (23 Km / 14 mi.)
Kasol (30 Km / 19 mi.)
Tosh (38 Km / 23 mi.)
Kalgha (39 Km / 24 mi.)
Himachal Pradesh (39 Km / 24 mi.)
Bir (50 Km / 31 mi.)

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