Delhi isn’t just the capital town of India, but the most populated and the craziest Indian city too!
Most tourists who come to India land either in Delhi or Mumbai. And it’s from these two cities that they build their first impression of the country. Unfortunately, Delhi does not always make a good first impression.
For most first-timers, Delhi feels chaotic, crowded and too overwhelming to handle – offering too many surprises in too little time.
Out of all metro cities in India, Delhi also has the biggest land area – almost twice the land size that of Mumbai, and thrice that of Bangalore. Delhi has a fairly good public transport, with a well-connected metro system, but travelling inside the city still remains a challenging task. Having said that, location does play the most important role while booking a hotel or a hostel.
Delhi is big. In fact, massive. And your hostel/hotel location plays a big role in shaping your entire Delhi experience.
And with so many places showing up in your search results, how do you know which are the best hostels in Delhi? I mean, dozens are “top-rated” on HostelWorld, right?
According to my research, here are the top four factors to consider when picking a hostel for you in Delhi:
- Location: Though Delhi metro goes everywhere around the city, it can still take some time to get around. Pick a place that is central to the tourist sites and airport/bus/train station. All the hostels listed here are in central locations.
- Price: In Delhi, you get only what you pay for. Rent a cheap place and you won’t get anything beyond a stinking bed and stained-walls, located right inside of a shady neighborhood.
- Amenities: Almost all backpacker hostels in Delhi offer free Wifi. But if you want more than just free Wifi, be sure you do your research to find the best hostel that matches your needs.
- Staff: The hostels included in this list have friendly staff and are knowledgeable about the city. A welcoming staff is just as much needed to have a good ambiance in a hostel as fellow-travellers.
Even if you don’t stay at one of the places listed below, be sure to look up reviews while booking a hostel online. This ensures you end up at a place where the staff is helpful, the amnesties are good and the price of the bed is value for money! Your hostel can make or spoil your experience. And to help you with a few names, here are some top hostels in Delhi, supported by the reason why I recommend them.
Related Read: 2-Day Delhi Travel Guide
Best Hostels To Stay at In Delhi
LetsBunk is a luxe hostel located in the funkiest yet calm neighbourhood of Hauz Khas Village – known for its range of restaurants and bars. Hauz Khas is also considered as one of the posh areas of Delhi. It is a 10-minute subway ride to the city centre and 20 minutes to Old Delhi. The hostel has a cafe-bar onsite, communal kitchen, laundry service, and transportation services as a facility available for the guests.
LetsBunk Poshtel at a glance:
- Central & posh location
- Scandi Boho on-site café
- Scandi designed dorms and private rooms
- Common rooftop to mingle and enjoy drinks
- BBQ parties on the rooftop to ease people socialize
Beds from INR 550.
Located in South Delhi, one can call Hide-In Hostel the greenest hostel in Delhi, because its rooftop – that also offers beautiful views of Qutub Minar – is decorated with more than a hundred plants. The hostel is located about 45 minutes from the international airport. The nearest metro station is only a few meters away. Other than the common rooftop, the hostel comes with a small kitchen that serves home-cooked meals inside the hostel.
Hide-In at a glance:
- Convenient location – only a few metres away from Saket Metro station
- Beautiful rooftop offering a view of Qutub Minar
- Free walking tour and yoga sessions every day
- Inhouse food available
- Female friendly hostel
Beds from INR 350.
With four-set of dormitories and two private rooms spread over three floors of the building, Joey’s Hostel is located in the student-friendly area of Laxmi Nagar. Given its location, the hostel will give you a feel of local life in Delhi. The hostel organises walking tours every day exploring different sides of Delhi covering history, culture, food, and heritage – covering folktales and stories that have been a part of Delhi’s life and tradition over the past few centuries.
Joey’s hostel at a glance:
- Different walking tours & events every day
- Party rooftop with open patio
- 24-hour helpdesk
Beds from INR 450, including breakfast.
Have you stayed in any of these hostels in Delhi that were mentioned above? Please share your experience below!