The Hostel Story
Namastē & Welcome!
International Travellers’ Hostel, Varanasi, featuring a small in-house bistro, is tucked in a silent alleyway of what is also known as one of the world’s oldest living city. ITH has been thoughtfully tailored for Travellers from all across the world – both traditional Backpackers and contemporary Flashpackers. Ranging from a basic Tent to air-conditioned Dorms to a gorgeous Luxury Double Bedroom – there’s something for everyone! Our homely accommodation and unmatched hospitality offers you experiences that are priceless. We are working continuously to provide you with a value for money, safe, clean, peaceful and friendly accommodation – a perfect place to come back to after a long & tiring day out in the intense old city of Varanasi.
We call it Business from the Heart.
Our family-run hostel is located in our historical house owned by our family for over 5 generations. Once serving as the summer house of the Queen of Nepal, it later fell under British reign, to be eventually auctioned off to one of our great grandfathers. Today this multicultural home is a modern youth hostel offering you a beautiful relaxing space and an opportunity to meet other travellers.
Watch the Hostel Promo
Our hostel promo film was produced by one of our work exchange volunteers, Mehdi Khadouj. Do check out the awesomeness Mehdi has created!
A Hostel Designed for Independent Backpackers
Our hostel in Varanasi and its services are designed for the independent backpackers. So if you want to experience the true essence of backpacking, this is where you have to be. We offer you a more personal, genial and distinct hosteling experience. For instance, we do not believe in offering city tours to our guests. A traveller, we feel, has to find his own path through a new place. And of course we like to draw the fine line between tourists and travellers visiting our city.
For a special city like Varanasi we’d highly recommend walking or riding a cycle-rickshaw through the streets for the best and most authentic India adventure. Our printed-out map in the Common Room of the hostel also has recommended walks from ITH to the old city outlined. There is really only one way to discover a place – go out and see it for yourself. Be on your own, soak up the experiences – first-hand and unbiased.
Hostel Accommodation & Common Spaces
We offer a cottage-style Luxury Double Bedroom with en-suite bathroom facilities and garden view, spacious air-conditioned Deluxe Mixed & Female Dorms featuring single beds, a Standard Mixed Dorm with bunk beds and a Tent for 2 Persons which includes mats for sleeping (bedding can be rented).
To offer you a comfortable stay we provide a whole array of facilities, like free Wi-Fi (on all floors), unlimited supply of free purified drinking water, a fully equipped modern kitchen (vegetarian only), bathrooms with 24×7 hot & cold showers, lockers, a cozy common room with TV, DVDs, iPod dock, books, card & board games, a desktop computer and elegant Bistro seating areas to chill & enjoy your meals. A washing machine is there for your convenience at a nominal surcharge of Rs.50 per use. There is also a beautiful green garden with outdoor furniture and a swing, as well as a huge rooftop to enjoy our peaceful location.
For the love of your taste buds we also offer a healthy and diverse ITH Bistro menu – ranging from traditional Indian Masala Chai and Dal-Roti to authentically brewed Italian Espresso and Pasta. Our kitchen is open from early morning till late at night. We prepare almost everything fresh with ingredients from the local market. Our recipes are toned-down to meet the “non-Indian” taste buds, but of course we can spice things up for your real India adventure 😉 Our latest addition is the Müsli Bar – eat a bowlful or as much as you can of your favourite cereals & fruits.
Our aim is to facilitate your time in India by offering you the little things that make all the big differences on a trip. We want to offer you something that lasts longer than a mere journey – we want you to have everlasting experiences!
We are looking forward to welcome you in the world’s oldest living city!
Our hostel is located outside of the mainstream Varanasi backpackers area, yet is central with all the major attractions situated within a 3-5 km radius. Varanasi Junction Railway Station (BSB), which is Varanasi’s main train station, is only about 5-7 minute walking distance away. The Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport (VNS) is situated fairly outside of Varanasi city. This 22 km drive from our hostel can be covered in about 45-60 minutes. The famous Buddhist pilgrimage spot, Sarnath, is just over 9 km north-east from us.
Points to Note:
Check-in: 12:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
– Free booking modification and cancellation
– Up to 3 hours early check-in and late check-out at any time for free
– Early check-in and late check-out not applicable on Luxury Double En-suite
– Only vegetarian food & drinks allowed within our premises
– Smoking allowed outdoors only
– Alcoholic beverages allowed in the common room and outdoors only
– Plastic bottles brought into the hostel will have to be carried out (we provide free purified drinking water!)