For some strange reason, this hostel has three names: Nirvana Hostel, Hotel Rakesh, and Flying Elephant Hostel. All are the same hotel. Having so many names makes me think this place is shady.
Staff is somewhat friendly but very busy and therefore does not want to help guests. Unlike the Delhi location of Nirvana Hostel, the front desk does not help guests arrange cabs or train tickets. One man, however, did print out a train schedule for me to help me decide how to get to my next destination.
I booked a double room with a friend. There was large window, but it only gave us a view of the dark hallway. The bed was hard and uncomfortable, but I was tired and didn't care. I was happy that the wifi worked in the room. I was grateful for the hot water in the shower, though the water smelled strange. In fact, the bathroom smelled awful too, due to poor ventilation.
The cafe food is bland and simple but affordable. The cafe is also good place to bring your laptop out and sit outside. I did enjoy the chai and lassi.
You can see the Taj from the roof of this hotel/hostel, if the smog and pollution isn't too bad.
My friend and I went on an evening walk but found nothing particularly interesting in the streets surrounding this hotel.
A word of warning: the stairs in this hostel are VERY steep. I nearly fell a few times because I wasn't being careful. If you have trouble climbing steep stairs, I recommend you stay somewhere else.