Perched along Beas River’s west banks is the picturesque hill station Manali, offering a myriad of fun attractions ranging from scenic walks and treks to historic temples and sites. Although direct connectivity is only via roadways, this charming town attracts plenty of tourist footfall. Multi-day treks, skiing, and whitewater rafting are possibly the top adrenaline-pumping experiences you can have in Manali, but trips to one of the Tibetan monasteries or Hindu temples are equally worth it. Manali is best explored on foot, so remember to pack your most comfortable pair of shoes and embark on your exploration of this enchanting Indian destination. Staying in Manali doesn’t have to break the bank as there are many budget-friendly accommodations in the area. Read on to learn more about the top backpacker hostels in Manali, India.
Located in Old Manali, an area famed for its many hiking routes, The Culture Nation Hostel is an excellent adults-only budget accommodation. The hostel features mixed dormitory-style lodging as well as private rooms. They also offer a selection of private rooms with access to a private balcony. In terms of the shared facilities, guests have access to a terrace, picnic area, garden, and on-site cafe. Several a-la-carte wellness facilities can be arranged for guests at an additional charge. The Culture Nation Hostel also has a concierge desk that can help with car hires, local tour planning, and any other assistance required. Private parking can also be arranged here at an extra charge.
Some 2.6 km (1.6 mi) away from Hidimba Devi Temple, Alt Life - Manali offers mixed and females-only dormitory accommodation as well as private rooms that can comfortably sleep up to 3 (2 adults and 1 child). For a wholly amazing experience, you can opt for the hostel’s mountain and river-view rooms. Additionally, guests have access to an on-site restaurant, shared lounge, garden, and terrace. Alt Life - Manali offers front desk assistance as well. Private parking is possible on-site, and the staff can assist with car hires for local tours. The hostel’s vicinity is popular for hiking and mountain biking. The facility of airport pick-up and drop-off is also offered to Alt Life - Manali’s guests.
Offering well-appointed mixed dormitories as well as private rooms, goSTOPS Manali is another great option to consider. They have a selection of family rooms too that can comfortably accommodate up to four guests. Extra bedding is also possible in certain private rooms at an additional charge. Buffet breakfast is offered to guests staying here, plus there’s an on-site eatery as well. Location-wise, Hidimba Devi Temple is an easy 10-minute walking distance from this property. Hiking and windsurfing are popular activities in the vicinity. Also, bike and car hires can be arranged for guests to venture out farther. Pets are allowed at goSTOPS Manali, so guests can get in touch with the hostel directly for the pet policy and additional charges.
The adults-only Zostel Manali offers mixed and females-only dormitory accommodations as well as private rooms, each of which boasts stunning mountain views. Extra bedding is also possible in some rooms here at an extra charge. There is a shared garden and terrace, plus the hostel boasts an on-site restaurant as well. The use of laundry (at an additional charge) is offered to guests too. A 24-hour front desk, tour desk, daily housekeeping, complimentary Wi-Fi, and access to the communal lounge are some of the other great facilities offered here. Location-wise, Manu Temple is about 300 m (985 ft) away, while Hidimba Devi Temple is a distance of approximately 1 km (0.62 mi) from Zostel Manali.
Keekoo Manali offers some superb private rooms as well as (mixed) dormitory accommodation, plus extra bedding is also possible at an additional charge. The hostel has a selection of family rooms that can easily sleep up to four. Room service is offered to guests here, plus the place features an on-site restaurant, shared lounge, indoor play area, 24-hour front desk, business centre, and ATM. Evening entertainment is arranged for guests here, and barbecue can also be enjoyed at an extra charge. To venture out, Hidimba Devi and Manu temples are both less than 500 m (1,640 ft) away.
Offering a range of private rooms, some with garden and/or mountain views, and mixed dormitory lodging is the superb YOLO Backpackers - Manali. Pets are allowed on request here at an additional charge. This hostel boasts several shared facilities that include access to a terrace, garden, shared kitchen, on-site eatery, and parking for guests with private vehicles. The tour desk here can help arrange local trips, ski equipment rentals, car hires, and more. Additionally, guests can always get in touch with the 24-hour front desk for further assistance. However, it would be worthy to note that only children above 12 years of age are permitted here.
Boasting double as well as quadruple-occupancy private rooms and mixed dormitories is the adults-only The Hosteller Manali. Extra bedding is possible in certain rooms at an additional charge. Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered here as well. There is also on-site parking possible here for guests with private vehicles. Location-wise, Hidimba Devi and Manu temples as well as several local eateries are less than 1 km (0.62 mi) from this property.
FARM Hostel and Camps offers only mixed dormitory lodging. Additionally, pets are allowed here at no extra cost. The place features an outdoor fireplace, terrace, garden, else guests can make use of the hostel’s barbecue facilities at an additional charge. Remember that this property does not offer Wi-Fi access, so carry necessary personal devices as needed. As for FARM Hostel and Camps’ location, Manu and Hidimba Devi temples, Tibetan Monastery, and the Circuit House are all a convenient distance away.
Address: Clubhouse Road
969 meters (0.7 mi) from Hadimba Devi Temple
Offering dormitory-style lodging as well as private rooms, Backpackers Headquarter Manali is worth considering, too. It has a selection of females-only dormitories as well, plus a few private rooms that boast mountain views. Some rooms have access to a private balcony. There is a 24-hour front desk here, plus a tour desk that can assist with planning local trips. Guests staying here have access to a communal lounge, indoor play area, terrace, outdoor fireplace, and games room too. Continental breakfast is provided at the hostel. Also, there is an on-site restaurant as well. However, do note that Backpackers Headquarter Manali is an adults-only property.
About 1 km (0.62 mi) from Vashisht Hot Water Springs is Dwellers Manali, offering mountain-view as well as standard private rooms. All accommodations here are provisioned with standard essentials that include en-suite tea/coffee-makers, television, and study desk. Additionally, guests have access to a shared terrace, communal kitchen, outdoor fireplace, and garden too. The hostel’s barbecue facilities can also be used at an additional charge. There is a 24-hour front desk and a tour desk for guests’ assistance. Dwellers Manali is a pet-friendly hostel, but extra charges apply.
Address: Dwellers Manali, Village Koshla, Near Bada Patthar Vashisht Temple Road, Manali
1.45 km (0.9 mi) from Hadimba Devi Temple
The magical hill station
April to mid-June is the summer season in Manali, so the weather is largely travel-friendly and lots of activities are open for travellers. However, regardless of “summers,” Manali is a hill station, so the weather can get a bit chilly at times. Avoid heading here from July to November, since those are the monsoon months, and car travel may get a little risky due to landslides and slippery roads. Rest assured, you will enjoy yourselves tons.
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