• Our Story

    How we Made a Hostel for Travellers

The Story of International Travellers' Hostel

Namastē & Welcome!

International Travellers’ Hostel (ITH Varanasi) was made by a traveller for other travellers. The inspiration: Growing up with travelling parents; a college exchange programme ending with a backpacking trip through Scotland & England (2007), then a summer-long Euro Trip (2010) a few years later. Eventually we opened doors to travellers near Varanasi’s main train station on January 1, 2013, becoming the first backpackers’ hostel in northern India. ITH, featuring a small in-house vegetarian & vegan bistro, is tucked in a quaint residential neighbourhood of what is dubbed as the ‘World’s Oldest Living City’. The hostel has been thoughtfully tailored for travellers – both traditional backpackers and contemporary flashpackers.

This family-run hostel is located in our historical house owned by our family for over 5 generations. Once serving as the summer house for 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 backpackers’ hostel offering you beautiful relaxing spaces and an opportunity to meet with other like-minded travellers.

At our hostel in Varanasi you can be sure to find something to suit your needs. Our comfortable accommodations and unmatched hospitality make for a priceless hostelling experience. We are continuously striving to provide you with an ever-improving, value-for-money, safe, clean, peaceful and friendly place to stay. We have built for you a perfect spot to come back to after a long & tiring day out in the intense old city of Varanasi.

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Our hostel promo film was produced by one of our work exchange volunteers, Mehdi Khadouj. Do check out the awesomeness Mehdi has created!

Hostel Designed for Independent Backpackers

Our custom guide will get you started with exploring Varanasi

Backpackers' Hostel in Varanasi, Truly

International Travellers’ Hostel and its services are designed for the independent backpacker. 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 hostelling experience. We fervently believe that there is a fine line between ‘tourists’ and ‘travellers’. That fine line is prominently defined at our hostel.

For a special city like Varanasi we highly recommend taking a walk or riding a cycle-rickshaw through its streets that resemble a real life video game for a boatload of thrillingly authentic India adventures. Our print 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!

A true wanderer has to find his or her own path through a new place.

Rooms & Common Spaces

What Our Hostel Has to Offer You in Varanasi

Private Rooms

At ITH we offer a fully-equipped Family Cottage featuring a private garden; a cottage-style air-conditioned Superior Double Bedroom with en-suite bathroom facilities and garden view; an air-conditioned Standard Double Bedroom with a cozy low profile bed and en-suite facilities; and a Triple Room (with shared bathroom) overlooking our beautiful green garden.

Dormitories

We have a spacious air-conditioned Superior Mixed Dorm with bunk beds featuring personal reading lights, power sockets and curtains (on lower bunks) for that extra bit of privacy; the air-conditioned Superior Female Dorm is bright & spacious and features single beds. The Standard Mixed Dorm comes with bunk beds equipped with reading lights, power sockets and is fan-cooled.

Tent

A Tent for 2 Persons which includes mats for sleeping (bedding can be rented). You can also pitch your own tent if you're carrying one!

Common Spaces

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 24x7 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 for a nominal fee (the Cottage comes with a private washing machine). There is also a beautiful green garden with outdoor furniture and a swing, as well as a first-floor terrace to enjoy our peaceful location.

Backpackers' Hostels in Varanasi

For the love of your taste buds we also offer a healthy and diverse food & drinks menu. It ranges 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 aim is to facilitate your time in India. We offer 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 that you can take home and cherish. We look forward to welcoming you in our ancient & mystical city. Namastē! Tip: Namastē can be used both to say hello and goodbye.

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Location

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 55 minutes. The famous Buddhist pilgrimage spot, Sarnath, is just over 9 km north-east from us.

Things to Note

Check in: 12:00 pm Check out: 11:00 am - Quiet hours: 22:00 - 06:00 - Only vegetarian food & drinks allowed - Smoking allowed outdoors only - Alcoholic beverages allowed in the common room and outdoors only - No drugs - Plastic bottles brought into the hostel will have to be carried out (we provide free purified drinking water!) - Keep it clean