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ITH Hostel Varanasi

C-32/4, Vidyapeeth Road
Varanasi 221002
Uttar Pradesh, India

Landmark: The alley opposite to Gate #2 of Vidyapeeth University

FAQ

We’ve compiled a list of answers to common questions

How far is "the temple" from ITH?
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is about 3.5 kms from our hostel. Rickshaws and tuk-tuks are readily available out on the street.
How far is the River Ganges/old city?
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).
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?
No. We still strongly encourage independent exploration and cultural immersion. Isn’t that what backpacking is all about after all?
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.
How far is your hostel from the train station?
From Varanasi Junction: Conveniently close – about 700 m/10 min walking distance. Other stations are a short tuk-tuk ride away.
How far is the airport from your hostel?
Varanasi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport is about 22 kms/30 min away from ITH
How can I get from the airport to your hostel?
The best way to get to our hostel from the 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.
Are unmarried couples allowed?
Of course! Everything legal is allowed at our hostel. Unmarried couples (of legal age) in India are completely legal entities.
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.
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.
What does 'Shared Full Bathroom' mean?
It’s a bathroom complete with shower, sink and toilet which is shared amongst the guests.