Is Breakfast included in the price?
Only if you book the breakfast inclusive price. We serve freshly prepared breakfast, to-order, from our à la carte menu.
Do you offer city tours?
Yes, since October 2019 we do it in affiliation with Walkie-Talkie Mates. You can check out their tour packages by navigating to Tours in the main navigation. Notwithstanding the introduction of guided tours, we still strongly encourage independent exploration and cultural immersion. Isn’t that what backpacking is all about after all?
Is there a communal kitchen?
Yes. Our kitchen can also be used by all guests to cook their own meals. Nevertheless, we only allow vegetarian foods in the premises, and that would be excluding egg.
Is ITH a vegan hostel?
ITH is a vegan-friendly, vegetarian hostel. We do not allow any kind of meat or egg on the property.
Do you sell bottled water?
Yes. Although we do also offer free purified drinking water and discourage the use of plastic bottles in order to save our environment.
Are the rooms non-smoking?
Yes. You can smoke in the garden or the terrace.
Are alcoholic beverages allowed?
Yes, you can buy your own drinks and consume them responsibly on our premises. We don’t sell any though.
Are drugs allowed?
We will allow them as soon as they are legalized. Until then unfortunately not.
Is the tent really a tent?
Yes. When you arrive, it will be handed over to you for pitching in the garden. We offer ‘yoga mats’ for sleeping. Bedding can be availed for a small extra fee.
Are toilet paper and towels included in the price?
Yes, and no. When you stay in our Cottage or Superior and Standard Bedrooms, it is included. Otherwise towels and toilet paper are available for a small extra fee.
How can I get from the airport to your hostel?
The best way to get to our hostel from Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport is by taxi. It would take roughly 30 minutes and cost around Rs.800. Check out our detailed ‘Directions to the Hostel’ page for more info.
Do you offer a pick-up service?
We do offer airport transfer against a fee, but Varanasi Junction (the city’s main train station) is so close that it will turn out to be extremely expensive to offer any pick-up/drop. We recommend walking to our hostel – it only takes a few minutes! It is however possible to arrange for transfers from/to Manduadih and Mughal Sarai Railway Stations.
How far is the river Ganga/old city from ITH?
Our hostel is located about 3.5 km/15 min drive away from the city centre (Godowlia), and 4 km from the riverside (Dashashwamedh Ghat).
Are unmarried couples allowed?
Of course! Everything legal is allowed at our hostel. Unmarried couples (of legal age) in India are completely legal entities.
What does 'Shared Full Bathroom' mean?
It’s a bathroom complete with shower, sink and toilet which is shared amongst the guests.