Wanderers Nest was the exact respite and welcoming community we needed after a confusing and frustrating first few hours in India.
After a super chaotic first day in India, we weren’t sure we were cut out for international traveling. The first couple hours after landing in Delhi were rifled with challenges: language barriers, attempted scams, traffic jams and more. When we arrived to our hotel late at night, it was more of the same.
We knew this wasn’t the case everywhere in India, and fortunately we had an early morning train heading to Jaipur. We were hoping for greener pastures in the Pink City.
We had plans to stay at a different hostel in Jaipur, but our friend, who stayed at the Wanderers Nest Hostel the night before, basically demanded we cancel our plans and join her there. Since we were willing to take any good recommendations after a rough first day, we took her word for it.
Immediately after checking in, we felt a great sense of comfort and relief. There really was something special about Wanderers Nest.
The first thing that made us feel at home (while very far away from home!) was the incredible staff. They were genuinely kind and helpful getting us checked in and showing us around. The hostel itself is charming, and the owner makes sure to keep environmental sustainability and community at the forefront. The hostel offers soap nuts as an environmentally-friendly alternative to laundry soap, and a water refill station in lieu of bottled beverages.
In the main lobby there’s many helpful resources and lists of recommended places to eat, activities to do and sites to see. There are a few 8-person and 6-person bunk bed rooms as well as a couple private rooms. We all stayed in a comfortable 8-person room with big lockers and our own shower.
In the backyard is a small but expanding garden. The staff uses these veggies in their cooking classes, hosted almost every evening. They taught us hostel-stayers how to make a few traditional Indian dishes and we shared them family-style afterward.
Upstairs, the hostel has covered lounge area perfect for getting to know other travelers or enjoying a meal. Farther up to the rooftop is where they hang dry laundry and bedding, and have summer gatherings. In the front yard is a ping pong table and a driveway area that is the gathering space for fireside chai every evening.
Downstairs is another lounge area with a tv and large bookshelf. The other half of the room is used as a yoga studio, and the hostel offers classes throughout the week.
The hostel also put out an adorable Christmas tree those who celebrate and were far away from home over the Holiday season.
All in all, Wanderers Nest never felt like a business, but more like a family and community. We highly recommend staying here during your travels through Jaipur and hope you also have an unforgettable experience. Be sure to check out our other recommend lodging options around the world.
Wanderers Nest Hostel • 13 Gaurav Nagar,, Hawa Sadak, Civil lines, Opposite Shizukesa, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302006, India • +91 90245 33326