My Hostel might seem rundown and not very inviting at first sight. In fact, it is badly in need of some redecoration. However, from the moment you step inside, the friendly owners will make sure that you feel welcome and have an unforgettable time. Their motto is that the only rule is that you should do whatever makes you feel at home and they really stick to it. From the welcome chai to the personalised travel advising, you can even wake them at 3 a.m. and they will assist you with a smile.
The hostel is located on the touristy East Gate Road and it is one of the closest hostels to Taj Mahal. However, it is just off the main street in a tiny side alley, so you won't have herds of tourists passing in front of your door. Taj Mahal can be reached in about fifteen minutes on foot while the Nature Trail is less than ten minutes and the Taj Mahal viewpoint is around twenty minutes from here. You can also opt to walk to Agra Fort from here as the area is safe and pretty easy to walk on but it will take you around an hour. If you prefer not to walk though, there is a free shuttle to Taj Mahal passing in front of the hostel as well as many keen tuk tuk drivers. There is also a night bazaar and an area with restaurants around, even if these are rather expensive given the touristy location.
Rooms and Bathrooms
My Hostel offers only four rooms, all of which are dorms. The fact that there are not too many guests gives the place a cosy and familiar atmosphere. The dorms are small and are equipped with nothing else but the bunks, but at least there are electric sockets with every bed. Also, the little windows have strong blinds on them meaning that you won't be woken up by the sunlight in the morning. Mind you, a lot of people around you will be waking up at 5 to be the first ones to get to Taj Mahal. The rooms are en suite, but the hot water is not even warm and the bathroom is rather basic.
The common area is located on the rooftop. It is basically an area with a few sitting beds placed in a circle. When you look at it during the day, it looks quite shabby, but at night it turns into a very atmospheric place with a bonfire and chill music.
All in all, different people might evaluate My Hostel very differently. If you are looking for something spotlessly clean and in perfect condition, don't pick this place. However, do come here if you want to feel at home and make friends quickly, as this hostel is the ideal place for that.
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