Story of ITH
The Story of Our Hostel in Varanasi
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 ‘The Hostel in Varanasi’ opened its doors to travellers near Varanasi’s main train station.
Starting on January 1, 2013, ITH became the first backpackers’ hostel in northern India. The hostel, 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’. ITH 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 to 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 continually striving to provide you with an ever-improving, value-for-money, safe, clean, peaceful and friendly place to stay. It is the perfect spot to come back to after a long & tiring day out in the intense old city of Kashi.
Hostel Designed for Independent Backpackers
For the Ones Born to Be Independent
International Travellers’ Hostel and its services are designed for the independent backpacker. 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.
Things to Note
Check-in Time: 12:00 pm
Check-out Time: 11:00 am
- Shoes must ideally be removed before entering bedrooms
- Quiet hours: 22:00 – 06:00
- Only vegetarian food & drinks allowed
- Smoking allowed outdoors only
- Alcoholic beverages allowed in private rooms, the common room and outdoors only
- Keep it clean
- Please refrain from accumulating plastic trash
- Drugs and theft prohibited