May 13, 2015

Varanasi, India | Stops Hostel.

The holy city of Varanasi was our second stop in India. Quite an interesting place, but I'll write about it one of these days. Right now, I'd like to tell you about the pretty little hostel that served as our home while we were in this remarkable city.

Marky and I stayed at Stops Hostel, a house converted into a backpackers hostel. Homey, clean, and tastefully decorated, I instantly knew we'd love this place. The service was awesome, too! The owners and staff were wonderful -- they answered all our questions, gave us travel/food tips, and helped us with our Jaipur itinerary. I loved the service, the breakfast, and the charming little nooks. Our original plan was to stay overnight in Varanasi, but because we loved this hostel so much, we extended our stay.

After being a bit stressed out about the cleanliness (the lack of it, that is) of our hostel in Kolkata (haha), staying here was a welcome treat.

Many hostels and hotels in Varanasi are located along the riverbank/ghats (where all the activities are), but I totally love that Stops Hostel is located away from all the crowd and noise. Their location is just perfect -- it is in a quiet community, away from the crowd, but it's just about 5 minutes away by rickshaw to the Assi Ghat.


Stops Hostel. The facade.


The stairs leading to the rooms, dining area, living area.
The walls are filled with frames where tourists could sign or leave a short message.


The living area.


The dining area. There's a huge television here.


Just outside the dining area is this lovely space on the terrace.
The weather was beautiful when we were in Varanasi, so I had my breakfast here every morning.
A lot of travelers also hang out here to talk or work.


One of the charming little nooks.


This is our room. It could fit in 8 people. Has AC and en-suite bath.
Each bed has a fan and electric outlet for charging gadgets.

Stops also has rooms for two with en-suite bath.
The biggest dorm could fit 16 people (no AC but with individual fan, shared toilet & bath).


Oh, I miss this room!
FACILITIES
  • 24-Hour Reception & Security
  • Free High Speed Internet Access/ WiFi
  • Loads of Daily Tours & Activities
  • English-Speaking Staff
  • Lockers
  • Linen Included
  • Breakfast Included
  • Hot Showers
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Personal Fans
  • Air Conditioning
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage Storage
  • Airport Transfers
  • Cable TV
  • DVD's
  • BBQ
  • Free Parking
  • Board games
  • Library / Book Exchange
  • Common Room
  • Free City Maps
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Towels for hire
  • Tuck Shop
  • Communal Sit out in each dorm
ACTIVITIES
  • Sunrise Boat Tour of the Ganges everyday​
  • Rooftop Yoga every morning
  • Free Communal Breakfast every morning​
  • Several Tours through the day to chose from including Temple Tour, Markets Tour, Ghats Tour, Food Tour etc.
  • Spa for relaxation after a fulfilling day exploring the city
  • Indian Cooking Class to cook and eat together
  • Free Chai every evening​
  • Several evening activities to just chill (movies, games, etc.)
(grabbed from their website)

Marky writing a message.


Quick photo with Pallavi, Stops Hostel's owner.
She was so nice and gracious and charming!

. . . . .

These photos were taken a little more than a year ago. Since then, Stops has redecorated and added a lot of beautiful things. They also recently opened Stops Delhi.

My favorite things about Stops --
  • The service. They're very helpful.
  • Simple but really delicious breakfast. 
  • Free WIFI!
  • Charming little nooks.
  • Clean toilet and bath.
  • Comfortable beds.
  • The location. 
  • Laundry facilities! Brought few clothes for my 25-day journey, so I needed to wash my clothes.
It was difficult to leave Stops, but there were more places to see. And if I ever find myself in Varanasi in the future, I'll surely pick this hostel again. And maybe, stay a little longer.

. . . . .

STOPS HOSTEL VARANASI
B 20/47 A-2
Vijayanagaram Colony
Bhelupur, Varanasi,
Uttar Pradesh
India
Pin - 221010

email: info@stopshostels.com
tel: +91 542 227 5124
+91 8800490227
+91 9871360382

STOPS HOSTEL DELHI
4/23-B, Asaf Ali Road,
Daryaganj,
New Delhi - 110002
India

email: info@stopshostels.com
tel: +91 11 41056226
+91 11 41056227
+91 8800490227
+91 9871360382

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How to apply for tourist visa to India, click HERE.

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