A Hostel Stay!
Amongst the charms of travelling, one of the uppermost is the excitement of the place that we will be staying at. Whether it is a luxurious up-scale resort , a tented room for two, a cozy little homestay, the travel becomes that much more exciting with our stay arrangements. To this list of options, take the hostelling route.
Hostelling is not just about the stay or the food. It is an experience that unites travellers with unique experiences, supports local communities and protects the planet. With this intent, Hostelling International provides well-contained living spaces. In India, YHAI operates four such hostels.
The first one was setup in Delhi. A spacious 120-bed Youth Hostel complex in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi , inaugurated by the former President of India, Shri Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy today also hosts the national office of YHAI. Set near the Diplomatic Enclave, this hostel recently served as a quarantine center. The health workers of Ram Manohar Lohia hospital stayed at the International Youth Hostel Delhi, without any charge to the government.
Well-managed dining area at IYH – Delhi
I remember, returning from the Sarpass trek, and relishing the warmth of a hot meal and a refreshing shower at IYH, Delhi!
Well-rested, happy trekkers – Delhi IYH
Down south, Mysuru boasts of another hostel. Well-equipped with ample parking space, this has the largest strength in terms of number of beds, which is 135. An ideal space for large groups, especially for students, the Mysuru Youth Hostel can be your base location for a lovely trip to South India.
IYH – Mysore
At 6700 ft, the Darjeeling Youth Hostel is also the base camp for the Sandakphu Gurdum Winter Trek. Beautifully situated, this location is a stone’s throw from the Bose Institute, the car shed of the Toy train and some other tourist spots. Plan your Sandakphu trek and also enjoy the stay at the hostel.
Flag-off at Darjeeling Base Camp for Sandakphu-Gurdum trek
Trekkers at IYH – Darjeeling, base camp
One of the most pleasant sights, as narrated by a fellow trekker is the view of the regal Kanchenjunga from the Darjeeling hostel. Resplendently captured with just the right amount of sunlight, this shows just how near you are to this majestic mountain and silently bow your head in obeisance.
View of Mt. Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling IYH
The cozy 75-bedded Leh hostel is situated near Zorawar Fort. You can also enjoy your stay with a tented option.
Leh Youth Hostel
The Leh Youth Hostel is the base camp for the Leh Family Camping program. A family vacation-style program, over six days, it is designed to explore the famous sites around Leh. Nubra valley, Diskit Monastery, Pangong Lake, Thiksay, etc can all be visited in this program. The two high altitude passes, namely Khardungla Pass and Changla Pass are also included in this itinerary.
What I have described is just a small gist of the hostels of YHAI. One has to experience it oneself and savour the delights hostelling offers. This- being a member of a larger family- is one of the best collaterals of being a YHAian and definitely that special something that sets up apart from the other trek operators.
Come, join us for a lifetime of adventure and fun!
By Sonia Kuncalienker