• The Story of ITH

Namastē & Welcome!

International Travellers’ Hostel, Varanasi, featuring a small in-house bistro, is tucked in a silent alleyway of what is also known as the ‘World’s Oldest Living City’. The hostel has been thoughtfully tailored for travellers from all across the world – both accustomed backpackers and contemporary flashpackers. ITH offers lodging starting from a Tent to air-conditioned Dorms to a gorgeous Family Cottage. You can be sure to find something to suit your needs. Our homely accommodation and unmatched hospitality makes for a priceless hostelling experience. We are continuously striving to provide you with an ever-improving, value for money, safe, clean, peaceful and friendly accommodation. We have built for you a perfect place to come back to after a long & tiring day out in the intense old city of Varanasi.

Our 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 a beautiful relaxing space and an opportunity to meet other travellers.

Promo Video

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 custom guide will get you started with exploring Varanasi

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. There is a fine line between ‘tourists’ and ‘travellers’. That fine line is the basis of our existence.

For a special city like Varanasi, we 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. A true wanderer has to find his own path through a new place.

Accommodation & Common Spaces

Private Lodging

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.


There is a spacious air-conditioned Superior Mixed Dorm with bunk beds featuring personal reading lights, power sockets and curtains for that extra bit of privacy; the air-conditioned Superior Female Dorm is bright & spacious and features single beds; our Basic Mixed Dorm is equipped with bunk beds and is fan-cooled.


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.

For the love of your taste buds we also offer a healthy and diverse food & drinks 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 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 look forward to welcoming you in our ancient & mystical city! Namastē!

Ensure you have a bed before arriving in Varanasi.

Our 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 - Early check-in and late check-out not applicable on Private Lodging - 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!)