We wanted to travel. And we had many questions. When we didn’t find the answers, we decided to start a place where all travelers would.
And looking for the answers, you’ve found your way to the right place.
AAO Hostels is built upon a simple idea – on the love for backpacking. And what better place to start than our very own India? No matter if it is culture, architecture, cuisine, terrain or people, this country in it’s vastness and diversity never fails to disappoint. A complete package in itself, the cherry on the cake would be that a lot of it is undocumented and less explored.
AAO Hostels has been funded and mentored by the Startup Cell, Govt of Karnataka and supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of Karnataka to promote backpacking and hosteling culture in the country. With 100+ hostels in 35+ backpacking destinations across India, AAO Hostels intends to motivate the backpacker in you!
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The last few years have seen a rapid increase in backpacking culture in the country with more and more people willing to step out of their comfort zone to embrace the road. While love for traveling is common, that larger part of the population still hesitate to travel because of very legitimate concerns but navigable like finance and safety.
It is true that traveling comes at a price and that is where AAO steps in – to make the price worth the experience you have had. Our mission is to educate people to travel responsibly and sustainably and definitely more often; expand the scope for more hostels in the country, and create a platform for the community of backpackers to connect with each other.
Hostel cultures are crucial to backpacking and allow you to maximize your takeaways by reducing your cost. How? Well, no matter how luxurious the many facilities in a fancy hotel sound, the charm of living in a hostel is unbeaten. A sociable accommodation where travelers rent bunkers or beds in dormitories for much cheaper – while sharing a bathroom, lounge, and often a kitchen, hostels are the place to be if you are looking forward to creating raw and authentic experiences. Hostels ensure that travelers are able to find themselves at home no matter where they go and belong to a diverse community of like-minded people. Whether it be holing up in a corner to read a book with a cup of steaming hot coffee, or spending the night playing board games with newfound friends who were strangers until then, or help cleaning or cooking for the community, or come together and listen to or play the most spontaneous music with a bunch of strangers you might never meet again, the experiences of living in a hostel is just as priceless as is the experience of being on the road.
We, at AAO Hostels, want to be a part of your joyous hostelling experience and be the flag-bearers of hostelling and backpacking culture in India. If you are planning a trip and looking for hostels in India, you can be rest assured that you will find an ideal one on our website. Furthermore, we not only connect travelers to the different hostels in the country, but also support and mentor business owners to jump on the entrepreneurial bandwagon to create more hostels.
The one-stop shop for every backpacking need – from hostel listings across the country, to a list of travel facilities, to itineraries for different places to personal anecdotes, the website is committed to breathe life into the traveler in you.
Whether you’re the curious backpacker waiting for a sign to hit the road or the industrious entrepreneur looking for a sign to kick-start your own backpacking hostel, this is your sign. Come join us in our endeavor to develop a fulfilling backpacking ecosystem in India.