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About Live Free Varanasi

Varanasi, also known as Kashi or Banaras, is one of the oldest and holiest cities in India. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. It is a hub of many travelers and explorers due to its rich cultural heritage, spiritual significance, and vibrant atmosphere. According to the belief, it is a place where both life and death coexist and a visit to Varanasi offers a unique transformative experience.

Immerse yourself in vibrant colors, spiritual aura, and timeless traditions by visiting the spiritual capital of India, where pilgrims and seekers from all corners of the world come to find solace and enlightenment. 

Established in 2020 near Assi Ghat, Live Free Varanasi offers prime locations with a charming garden cafe, terrace overlooking the Ganga, and interesting common spaces. Since its inception, it has hosted guests from diverse countries, organizing Tuesday communal dinners, musical gigs, fun gatherings, and festival celebrations. Additionally, the hostel arranges boat rides on the Ganga and guided historic ghats walks and nearby tours, enriching guests with the cultural vibrancy of Varanasi.


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Why Choose Us

Prime Location

Live Free Varanasi is located within walking distance from Assi Ghat, one of the important ghats in Banaras where you can witness the Subah-ae-Banaras ritual every morning and Ganga Aarti every evening. You can also go on boat rides from here to enjoy the beautiful view of Banaras ghats from the Ganga

Cozy common spaces and garden cafe

To ensure that our guests have a social & comfortable stay, Live Free Varanasi has various indoor & outdoor corners of common spaces along with a beautiful outdoor garden café

Ganga view rooftop space

As Live Free Varanasi is located near to Assi Ghat, the view of the river Ganga from the rooftop is absolutely stunning. Guests can undoubtedly spend their leisure time on the rooftop by enjoying the coolest views from the property

Hostel Directions
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Once you reach Varanasi, if you are coming from Assi ghat or Lanka follow the Nagwa Road, we are just 250 meters from Sant Ravidas Park on the road. You can also follow the signs painted on the walls on your way to reach us.

Via Air

The closest airport is Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport which lies around 28 km from Live Free Hostel Varanasi. Either book an uber/ola or call the reception of the hostel to pre-book cab service for pick/drop

Via Railways:

Varanasi Junction railway station (BSB) which is 8.6km away and Banaras railway station (BSBS) which is 6.4 km away are two nearby railway stations located in Varanasi which are nearby to Live Free hostel. You can hire a tuk-tuk either from ola/uber/direct from the railway station which ideally costs 200-300 to reach the hostel

Via Road:

There are a couple of nearby cities from which you can come by bus/car to Varanasi. Distance of those places from Varanasi are: Delhi (830 km), Prayagraj (67 km), Lucknow (310 km), Kanpur (330 km), Mirzapur (64 km), Gaya (242 km), Ayodhya (217 km). These buses will drop you at Lahartara Road or Sudhir petrol pump. It’s around 10 km from the hostel. You can take a tuk-tuk or hire OLA/ Uber for approx. INR 200 to reach us.



What is the location of Live Free Varanasi?

Live Free Varanasi is located within walking distance from Assi Ghat on Nagwa-Lanka Road.

Which is the nearest airport, railway station, and bus station to the hostel?

Nearest airport: Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, Varanasi
Nearest railway station: Banaras Railway station (BSBS), Varanasi Junction Railway Station (BSB)
Nearest bus station: Varanasi Central Bus Station

What is the best time to visit Varanasi?

October – March are the best times to visit Varanasi

Does Live FreeVaranasi have a café?

Yes, there is an in-house cafe at the hostel.

Is the hostel pet-friendly?

Yes, pets are allowed in the hostel. However, pets are allowed in the private rooms only and not the dorms.

Is smoking allowed inside the hostel?

Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking areas and on Room Balcony. Smoking inside any Room/Dorm or indoor common areas is strictly prohibited.

Does the hostel have parking?

Yes, we have a parking facility which can be utilized as per availability.

Does the hostel have Wi-Fi?

We have good WI-FI which is suitable for workcation

Do the rooms have an attached washroom?

All the rooms have attached washrooms in our property.

Are there lockers in the dorms?

We provide lockers in the dorms. Each bed has a locker for guests to keep their valuables. It is advised that you carry a lock for the locker if needed. However, availing a padlock from the reception will be subject to availability and at an additional cost.

Is outside food allowed at the property?

Guests can order and consume outside food in the designated dining areas and private rooms only.

Is outside food allowed at the property?

Yes, power backup is available.

Does the hostel have AC in the rooms?

No, we don’t have AC anywhere in the property as Mcleodganj weather is cold for almost whole year.

Is there any age limit in the property or dorm?

There is no age limit in Live Free. However, we prefer kids to stay in the private rooms only.

What are some things to do in Mcleodganj ?

• Visiting the main monastery of Dalai Lama and attending his teachings in the Tsuglagkhang Complex
• Visiting other main monasteries and Buddhist temples such as Namgyal Monastery, Kalachakra Temple and others
• Long hikes to St. John’s Church, Dharamkot, Bhagsunag waterfalls and trek to Triund
• Exploring Tibetan culture by visiting monasteries, markets, streets, and cuisines
• Attending workshops on meditation, yoga, cooking, pottery and many others