Hostels are the love of backpackers from a budget-friendly to a crazy environment. Today I will be sharing my experience in Shiv Shakti Hostel in Rishikesh near Laxman Jhula.
This Hostel is about 290 m away from Laxman Jhula and about 2km away from Ram Jhula. Direction as it, folks coming from Laxman Jhula will find it on the left-hand side in a lane and opposite for the folks coming from Ram Jhula side.
I mostly travel at night. That is because road trips are the best therapy in my case.
But before going, take a look at some travel mistakes and try to avoid them as much as possible.
Check-in between 12 p.m.-1 p.m. is probably the ideal time. So I reached Rishikesh around 7 a.m. instead of taking a tuk-tuk which would cost me 150R.s.
I believe in saving money while traveling, and if you are a person who strongly believes in these points, then you are going to enjoy the fullest.
From Rishikesh, ISBT bus stands the Shiv Shakti hostel is almost 5k.m. away and believe me, morning walk with a backpack on your shoulders will be a moment of immense joy as you walk in the streets capture great stills.
After some time walking, I can hear the blissful sound of the river Ganga.
As I crossed the Ram Jhula, the distance remained 2k.m.
Step by Step, and there you go, my destination has arrived. Unfortunately, I was very early to arrive at the Hostel.
Shiv Shakti Hostel
So, I kept my bag there, explored some cafés, and had breakfast. If you had visited Rishikesh and hadn’t been to these cafés, please think again-
Cafes in Rishikesh near Laxman Jhula
1. Chatsang Café
The morning I arrived in this city, the first café’ I had my breakfast was Chatsang Café.’ The melodious music in the background and yummy breakfast plate in front of me made the morning lovely and happening.
The food is quite impressive, especially the variety it offers, like Pimento and Cheese (Served with chips and salad), Tomato olives, and Basil cheese toast. I don’t know how many of you have heard these items, but for me, it is like, damn, what’s that
2. Little Buddha Café
Little Buddha café is just the straight from Chatsang café. It’s on the first floor as you climb up the stairs.
Another café and lots of varieties to offer. Get ready for some confusion about what to choose. I had tried to hear Indian food, and it was mind-blowing in terms of quantity and taste.
But I wouldn’t say I liked the strawberry shake at all, and it’s my honest opinion; everyone has their tastes, so I told you it’s entirely my opinion. So take a seat close to the river Ganga side to enjoy the delicious food with a view.
I missed taking the side seat because it was very crowded at the time of lunch. So, go in the morning time or after lunch.
3. Spiritual Reserve
Let me share something –
My friend and I checked what to eat. She advised me to eat falafel. And I didn’t know what that was. So, I thought, let’s give it a try. So when the food arrived, and after a few bites, I was like my stomach was almost complete with a few bites, and it was very heavy. Like really heavy. But on a delicious note, it was yum.
Advice – Don’t eat falafel if you are not that hungry (last eaten anything about 4-5hrs).
I especially like to point out the ambiance here as it is an open room, and at night it was a dream place to be.
You can ask the hostel counter to provide you with a map. It includes the place to visit and the best cafes to eat, and if you take the map along, you’ll get a 10% discount on the restaurants. I know 10% is not so much, but still.
Spiritual Reserve doesn’t count in the discounts.
The Hostel includes some daily activities in the condition that most people are interested in; otherwise, booking rafting and bungee jumping is always an option for you at the Hostel.
The Hostel is in a good locality which is almost close to Bazar. It has beautiful interiors with a matching color combination in the standard room at the entrance.
Pradeep, Raj, and Anu will never let you feel alone in the Hostel with their craziness.
Also Read, My previous visit to Rishikesh and find out what I did and which Hostel in Rishikesh I stayed in.
Finally, I got a dorm bed ready with proper bedding and checked in.
6 bed mixed dorm will cost you about 349R.s. and 10 Bed mixed dorm will cost 299R.s. for 1 day. You can check out more information on Hostelworld.
*Note – Prices may be changed; please check before booking.
You can also look for alternatives to the Hostelworld itself.
Probably, I wanted to stay near Laxman Jhula, so I had searched Hostel in Rishikesh near Laxman Jhula, and I pretty much liked Shiv Shakti Hostel on the online instance itself.
I had started using these lines because I can relate them to me –
From crossing the bridges,
To find new roads.
From climbing the mountains
To meet new folks.
And If you love meeting new people, then any Hostel will never disappoint you.
From sharing sweet travel memories to accompanying each other on the city tour.
Where else you can find this bond made quickly with the people from across the countries. The Hostel is the place I look for in every city.
Let me share a sweet moment –
- I met a girl from Serbia, and the very first thing she told me was that you looked like my best friend in Serbia. So she showed me his photo, and I looked a little bit.
I meant to say, where else can you share these moments.
Na, not my place to be.
And the bond was made, I made her try some delicious Indian food and taught her some words of Hindi, and I learned a bit of the Serbian language Zdravo (Hello) as well.
The Hostel is very close to some fantastic cafés and yoga centers to look for.
The Poster on Stairs of Hostel
They have another property named “Blue Jay” in Tapovan in Rishikesh.
The dorm beds are spacious with a curtain to maintain privacy and a charging point at your corner with a locker. I always like the upper dorm beds, not for any specific reason, but I like them very much. And I got an upper bed in this one.
There is no food facility inside the Hostel for travelers until you are a staff member. However, all three staff members are very friendly, and I remember one has told me that he is very Uttarkashi.
The last night I couldn’t sleep on the bus because it was a seater, and the night at the hostels was so peaceful that I slept as soon as I was fallen over.
I checked out in the morning, kept my bag in the standard room, and went on to explore with my hostel friend as I knew I would be arriving back at the Hostel at night because my bus was late at night.
What I think is Hostels are the best gift to travelers.
And Hostel in Rishikesh, a place much talked about among people from all over the world, is a treat to live and enjoy every moment.
Note– All the shops and Café in Rishikesh close before 9.m., so if you are looking for a late-night dinner, be ready to stay hungry. I was kidding, though.
But Yes, shops close before 9 p.m. but there are still a few places open, very few where you can have your dinner.
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