Offbeat Tourism

Zostel: Passion for travel, on a budget


When seven management and engineering graduates team up to pursue an idea, the result is expected to have a resonance. But Zostel, a budget backpackers’ hostel chain, proved to be an instant hit—primarily because the concept it is based on was waiting to be explored in this country for a while. On Independence Day 2013, seven men, aged 23-26 and good friends, launched what is India’s first chain of budget backpackers’ hostels.

Dharamveer Singh Chouhan, Paavan Nanda, Akhil Malik and Tarun Tiwari from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, Chetan Singh Chauhan and Abhishek Bhutra from the Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi, and Siddharth Janghu from the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, who did a stint with JPMorgan, were figuring out possible start-up ventures while working at their day jobs (mostly in the information technology sector or as business consultants) when they came up with the plan for Zostel.

Read more at Mint 


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