Spending a night on the mountain under the stars can mesmerize anyone. The refreshing breeze and scenic views of the mountains completely account for a soulful getaway. A place like Dharamshala is an ideal destination to have that perfect vacation. Dharamshala is a beautiful place in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh that is surrounded by the breathtaking mountain range and cedar forests.

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Home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile, the place is known for its spiritual espionage like the Tibetan Temple, Buddhist monasteries, and the Dalai Lama Temple. Dharamshala is one of the favorite places among the travel lovers. Visiting this place is highly inspiring.

To make your stay in Dharamshala more amazing and comfortable, here is a list of the 8 best hostels for the backpackers. Because a great stay makes your trip memorable.

Hostel LaVie-McLeodGanj

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People often get confused between McLeodGanj and Dharamshala. The upper Dharamshala is known as McLeodGanj. The place is known for its sun terrace that showcases the astonishing Mountain View. The property is situated at one of the top-rated locations in Dharamshala where guests can enjoy the on-site rooftop restaurants that serve amazing food and you get to drink the best coffee. They have their own brewed coffee brand ‘Coffavie’ named after the hostel.

You can also enjoy indoor activities in the big shared lounge area. Hostel LaVie-McLeodGanj offers 6 and 4-bed mix dorms and female dorms, 8 beds of mixed dorms, and double private rooms with balcony, bathroom, and other basic facilities. The rooms also have bed reading lights and lockers in each bed.

Hostel LaVie-McLeodGanj is the first chain of Boutique hostels in India at backpackers’ prices. Staying at this place make you immerse in the mountain life and you’ll find the place cozy and relaxing. You find many awesome cafes around the place and a local market full of arty-crafts. They also provide free yoga and walking tours.

Flügler Hostels

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The best on the list, Flugler Dharamkot Hostel is a stunner and provides both luxurious and affordable stay. It is a luxurious Victorian interior-inspired hostel made of wood and rock with all the facilities to make your stay comfortable. The hostel is situated on the crest of a hill above McLeodGanj (Dharamshala) and on the high slopes that are covered with Deodar trees that gives a perfect view of the beautiful Dhauladhar Himalayan ranges. Staying at this place gives a startling experience of being surrounded by nature. With the chirping of the mountain birds and the smell of the herbs, the place is wondrously sense-awakening.

Flugler offers female dorms, private rooms, and mixed dorms, and also have a private cafe/restaurant that serves mouth-watering food that you can enjoy sitting on the lush terrace enjoying the panoramic view of the breathtaking mountains. It also provides free Wi-Fi, parking for bikes, and all the basic amenities to make your stay worth remembering.

Backpackers Inn Mcleodganj

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Another amazing place to stay in when traveling to Dharamshala that offers clean and airy rooms with a vibrant interior and also provides the best facilities and room service. You can enjoy the Mountain View while having mouth-watering food at the rooftop Indian restaurant. The common seating area provides great opportunity to interact with the people from different culture and places. The place provides facilities like free Wi-Fi, parking, free airport transfer, etc.

McLeod Backpackers

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Another loved place by the backpackers is the McLeod Backpackers hostel that is easily approachable by the travelers and provides all the comforting amenities. The place is situated at a wonderful location where the Bhagsunag Temple, Dalai Lama Temple, Waterfall, and Church are nearby. The place has an open terrace to give you a beautiful view of the mountains with the oak trees. They also arrange local walks to nearby tourist places. Visit the Himachal Heritage villages and one-day Triund Trek or night camping at Triund.

The place is very particular about the cleanliness and hygiene and offers beautiful airy dorms with private bathrooms, common room, and an area for playing indoor games and reading books. Along with all the basic facilities, they have a wonderful and helping staff.

Hobo Hostel

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Hobo Hostel offers a comfy and affordable stay in Dharamshala covering the basic needs including free Wi-Fi, private parking, and private bathroom. The location of the property is amazing. It is situated in the posh area of Dharamshala that lures you to visit this place again and again. The airport is just 11 km away and also provides cabs-on-demand.

The hostel offers both dorms and private rooms and also female-only dorms for the security of the female solo travelers. Each room or dorm has a balcony. You can also enjoy scenic views and with additional charges, you can indulge in activities like hiking and fishing. And the unique thing about this hostel is that it is pet-friendly.

International Youth Club

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About 9 km away from the nearest airport, the hostel is situated in McLeodGanj and provides facilities like free Wi-Fi, private parking, airport shuttle, breakfast, etc. The accommodation is quite flexible as you can choose between private rooms, or four-bed dorms, male, female and mixed, and all of them have attached bathrooms and balcony. The place also provides activities like hiking, baggage storage at additional charges. The hostel is pet-friendly. Just inform in prior and spend a wonderful trip with your furry friend.  

Tibet World

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As the name suggests, Tibet World lets you experience the Tibetan culture. A place that is rated one of the best properties of the place has an open terrace that gives a mesmerizing view of the mountains. Tibet World offers airport shuttle facility, non-smoking rooms, private bathrooms, library, and wellness activities like yoga classes. There is a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and gifts for your family and friends and can also engage in the evening entertainment activities. You can select the accommodation from twin rooms- budget, standard, or mountain view.

Jagatram Niwas Guest House

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A hostel-cum-guest house that is run by a local family offers wider amenities and services to its guests. With the stylish and comfortable furnishing in their rooms, the atmosphere of the place is welcoming and secure. The rooms are clean and have attached bathrooms. Breakfast is included with your stay and you get to eat delectable home-cooked Himachali food. They also arrange activities like yoga-meditation classes and trekking. The place provides you best and peaceful holidays at Dharamshala.

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And with these backpackers’ hostels, you can have an affordable stay at Dharamshala. These hostels are best for all those who love to travel and exploring new places on a budget. So plan your next trip to Dharamshala and enjoy the Summer Sun at this beautiful place.


Author Bio: Bipin Baloni is a Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.