There is a hostel in Uttarakhand, and you won’t believe it is getting some serious love! Those bitten by the travel bug pay less attention to ‘accommodation’ and more to potential exploration. Hostels naturally tend to become the crash-pad of choice given their economic nature, in particular for those on a shoestring budget.
A very bright Hostel
Here’s what is very interesting about this hostel:
HOTs or Heart of Travellers was founded by a group of enlightened hoteliers and is India’s very first hiking hostel with fares as low as Rs. 339 per night!
The hostel is located in Nainital’s Patwa Dunga region. To reach the hiker’s haven, one would have to traverse tricky terrain to find the hostel located inside a 150-year-old colonial era building. With so much scenery to reinvigorate one’s soul, no one seems to mind the trek either.
According to an interview with The Better India, Harshit Kandpal, the happy co-founder said: “It’s been only 2-3 months since we started, but we are completely booked out for weeks together”. Harshit previously worked with the Oberoi Group; he came up with the idea of providing cost effective accommodation solutions for travellers. He then partnered with Devendra Singh Digari, owner of the hostel property in Uttarakhand, and HOTs then came into being a few months after.
Relaxing in fresh air
“It is not just about providing backpackers with really cheap accommodation. Many people opt for places like Manali and Kasol because they can find more budget-friendly options there. So I wanted to start this as a first in Uttarakhand”, Harshit told The Better India.
Not only is it an attractive destination for the explorers of Uttarakhand, but HOTs is also employing the natives of the region. With a burgeoning venture such as this, the need to move out of the city in search for jobs becomes unnecessary.
In the lap of mother nature
Traveling enthusiasts flock to Uttarakhand to witness nature in its pristine form. Be it the Lakes of Nainital for serenity, or trekking to the breathtaking Valley of Flowers.
Besides the traditional ‘bed and breakfast’ offering, HOTs provides its guests with wide open spaces where they can unwind and relax with fellow backpackers. From a ‘jam sesh’ to losing yourself in meditation, you can do what your traveller heart truly desires!
A Midnight Jam
Travelers from all over India as well from other countries flock here through the hiking season.
So if you needed an excuse to visit Uttarakhand, you have one now; and if you’re not into hiking, now may be a good time to start!