The Plan for constructing youth hostels by YHAI was taken up and the first Youth Hostel built with its own resources on a donated piece of land, was a small 35-bed youth hostel at Jagjit Nagar near Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India. An international camp of volunteers helped to construct its foundation. Gopalpur-on-Sea, Ganjam, Orissa was the next Youth Hostel, built by YHAI in 1961. YHAI initiated conducting the adventure activity programs on the National Level in 1970, with the Solang Nallah Trek in Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
YHAI is an associate member and part of the world’s largest youth accommodation network- Hostelling International, U. K. since 1952, which has a boundless network in 90 countries, and more than 4000 youth hostels spanning the planet. The members of YHAI are eligible to stay in any youth hostel, in any of the associate country.