Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Soul Haven has all bases covered, whether you’re a social butterfly or a lone wolf. It’s a great place for breathing space from crazy Rishikesh, and our top hostel choice!
When you step inside you may be surprised at just how modern and westernised this place is.
It’s a really nice transition for travellers new to hostels and those that like a balance between visiting somewhere new but with added home comforts.
Let’s see some of the highlights:
24-hour front desk
Outdoor courtyard w/ hammock
Honestly, in our opinion it’s the rooms that are the real highlight.
The beds are huge, the linen seriously fluffy and there is so much extra space in the dorm rooms for hanging out!
As for private rooms, these are some of the best we’ve come across in Rishikesh.
Various social activities are always happening here, too. Every few days you can join in on movie nights and outdoor bonfires with music and food.
Speak with staff about booking bike rentals, bungee jumping and river rafting in the area if you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie.
Check in is between 1pm to midnight which is super handy if you have an awkward flight/bus.
Location: An easy 6-minute walk from Patanjali International Yoga Foundation in Tapovan. This area of Rishikesh is less busy than the main area so it’s a good choice if you want to chill from the crowds.
Definitely Laxman Jhula if you want to be close to the backpacker area with great eateries and yoga events.
Tapovan offers a quieter vibe and is more “local”. It’s on the other side of the Ganges.
We couldn’t recommend staying in the city centre as this is not well adjusted to travellers.
Is Rishikesh safe for couples?
Absolutely! Many of the hostels offer private rooms and we travelled to Rishikesh as a couple. In some ways you could say it’s even better to travel as a couple as it can be a little overwhelming if it’s your first stop in India.
Where can I stay in Rishikesh for free?
There are many Ashrams in Rishikesh which offer very cheap accommodation that includes food and sometimes yoga classes. When we say cheap we’re talking around 3-5 EUROS a night.
If you are a devotee it is possible to stay for free at what is called a Gita Bhawan. These house around 1000 rooms which are basic and there is usually access to food for a small fee.
What are the best activities in Rishikesh?
Two of the top activities in Rishikesh are yoga (classes and training) and rafting down the Ganges. Once you’ve ticked these off your list then we suggest spend your days wandering the streets, people watching and filling up on amazing Indian food!
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