Our Team

International Travellers' Hostel Team – Dada


Guest Assistant

Popular among guests for his funny disposition and wealth of knowledge about Varanasi, his hometown Kolkata, and India in general makes him one of the most valued members of ITH.

International Travellers' Hostel Team – Mom


CEO, Chef

Believer of the Brahma, a devout and bona fide meditator, Shubha, Ashish’s mother, is a lovely woman. She cooks some of the finger-lickingly delicious foods served at the hostel. She also co-manages another business. And she is a charm among the travellers.

She makes International Travellers’ Hostel as awesome as it is today. She is a Superwoman!

Cristiane König – Ashish's Wife



Cristiane checked into International Travellers’ Hostel when she visited Varanasi for her volunteering programme as a student of Political Science. The following six weeks spent at the hostel changed her life forever.

Today Cristiane, a Political Scientist and an Indologist, lives together with Ashish and their son in Germany.

Read the story of their love in Ashish’s words on The Yellow Tuk-Tuk.

International Travellers' Hostel Team – Ashish


Director, Designer

International Travellers’ Hostel was conceptualized by Ashish back in 2010 when he had recently moved back to Varanasi after resigning from his well paid job as a Graphic Designer in Gurgaon. The dream finally came true in November of 2012, upon getting approval from the department of tourism. A month and a half later, on January 1, 2013, the hostel finally opened doors for world travellers.

Ashish, a professional designer, also runs a creative agency called Ether. He is a graduate in Advertising & Graphic Design from Wigan & Leigh College, UK. Before jumping into entrepreneurship, Ashish worked as a Graphic Designer with renowned companies, including the famous Zee News TV channel.

Today Ashish lives with his wife and son in Germany. He manages International Travellers’ Hostel with the help of technology. Apart from creating policies and maintaining order, he also manages the hostel’s website, The Yellow Tuk-Tuk, social media pages, and other design related jobs.

What many peers don’t know is that Ashish enjoys cooking & serving others. Before moving base to Germany he cooked most of the foreign foods listed on ITH Bistro’s food & drinks menu.

You may follow Ashish’s personal blog here: Herr König