The ITH Team

Ashish Verma

Founder & Director, Designer
Ashish founded International Travellers’ Hostel in November 2012 out of his sheer love for travel. He worked as a Graphic Designer with renowned companies before starting ITH in Varanasi. Today Ashish lives with his wife and son in Germany. He remotely manages International Travellers’ Hostel with the help of technology. Apart from creating policies and maintaining order, he also manages everything web-related.

Cristiane König

Co-owner, Editor
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.


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, lip-smackingly 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!


Homestay Hoste, BDM – India
Vishal joined us in 2019 as the director & host of our homestay in Varanasi. Since then he has also moved on to assume the role of Business Development Manager for pan India.


Business Analyst, BDM – SE Asia
Based in Bangkok, Thailand, Avneesh brings in his perspicacious Business Analyst skills into the ITH mix. He has now also undertaken the role of the Business Development Manager for South-East Asia.


Hostel Manager
Sunil takes wonderful care of our hostel property in Varanasi. With his above & beyond approach to being a host, he is there to ensure that everything with your stay is in order.


Cook, General Maintenance
Rajesh is the man! Father of three, Rajesh has been a key member of our family for over 10 years. He’s there to take all-round care of the hostel and our guests. Beware: His smile is contagious!


Cook, Kitchen Help
Susheela and her family have been with us for over three decades now. She takes care of our kitchen and also cooks some lip-smacking Indo-Italia fusion pasta from time-to-time!


Jeetu is the man on the streets of Varanasi! A very patient driver, he has been with us for almost 5 years already. He will most likely be the chauffeur for your airport transfer.