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Come IPL time, several of India's major cities get a concentrated dose of cricket, glamour and entertainment. From Kolkata to Jaipur, while the game remains the same, the backdrop changes like a kaleidoscope. Outside of cricket, palaces, forts, street food, beaches, Bollywood, bad traffic, hill stations and cricket maidans wait to be explored
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  • Handi

    Handi is extremely popular with the locals for its marinated mutton and chicken dishes cooked in earthen pots.

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    Budget

    Thali House

    Thali House, near the bus station, serves tasty Rajasthani and Punjabi thalis.

    Dasaprakash

    For south Indian food, head to Dasaprakash on MI Road.

    Surya Mahal and Rawat Mishtan Bhandar

    For north Indian vegetarian food, you could try Surya Mahal on MI Road or Rawat Mishtan Bhandar, on Station Road, famous for its kachoris and north Indian meals.

    Midrange

    Niros

    Niros is one of the oldest fine-dining restaurants in Jaipur, and serves mouth-watering butter chicken and amazing ice cream.

    Copper Chimney

    Try the pineapple raita at Copper Chimney, which serves north Indian delicacies.

    Handi

    Handi is extremely popular with the locals for its marinated mutton and chicken dishes cooked in earthen pots.

    Spice Court

    Try the minced meat dishes and bati and soyta (Rajasthani dishes) at Spice Court on Jacob Road.

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    Suvarna Mahal

    You can try the regal Suvarna Mahal in Rambagh Palace, famous for traditional delicacies like kebabs marinated in yoghurt and saffron, or lal maas (a lamb delicacy of Rajasthan).

    Bukhara

    For Peshawari cuisine, head to Bukhara at ITC Rajputana Sheraton. Try the Dal Bukhara and Mutton Burrah.

    The Kebab Shop

    The Kebab Shop at Raj Palace serves traditional rural delicacies.

    Baluchi

    Have the Mughlai cuisine of Baluchi at LaLit. The Hindustaan rotiyaan are their signature dish, though you ought to try the Paan Kulfi too.

    Dragon House

    Dragon House at Country Inns and Suites is popular for its Chinese, Thai and seafood.

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    Rambagh Palace

    Rambagh Palace (from Rs 40,000), a former royal guest house and hunting lodge, is today one of the most luxurious palace hotels, run by the Taj Group. It is right opposite the Sawai Man Singh Stadium.

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    Arya Niwas and Jai Niwas

    Arya Niwas (from Rs 1400) is a spic and span self-service budget hotel that's very popular with foreign tourists. Its sister concern, Jai Niwas, priced the same, has a nice garden in front and is located just off the busy Mirza Ismail Road.

    Rawla Mrignayani

    Rawla Mrignayani (from Rs 1200 ), a beautiful small heritage property in the walled city run by a simple, charming family.

    Santha Bagh

    Santha Bagh (from Rs 2500), another family-run hotel, has sprawling gardens.

    Fort Chandragupt and Umaid Bhawan

    Fort Chandragupt (from Rs 1500) is located near the bus station, and Umaid Bhawan (from Rs 1600) is another hotel in Bani Park.

    Midrange

    Mandawa Haveli

    Heritage hotel Mandawa Haveli (from Rs 3500) has unique motif work and rooms decorated in Shekhawati style.

    Naila Bagh

    Naila Bagh (from Rs 3000), a beautiful heritage property more than 100 years old, is run by a family of art lovers.

    Diggi Palace

    Diggi Palace (from Rs 4000) is now famous for hosting the Jaipur Literature festival every year.

    Park Inn, Shahpura House, Madhuban and Royal Orchid Hotel

    Park Inn, a commercial business hotel, Shahpura House, Madhuban - all in Bani Park - and Royal Orchid Hotel have rooms priced at about Rs 4500 each.

    Narain Niwas Palace

    Narain Niwas Palace (from Rs 5000) is close to Rambagh Palace and the stadium.

    Guest houses

    You could also try one of these family-run guest houses: Barwara Kothi (from Rs 4000) - which has seven beautiful rooms and huge gardens, Dera Rawatsar (from Rs 2500) and Loharu House (from Rs 4000) - a regal home run by the erstwhile royal family of Loharu.

    Luxury

    Rambagh Palace

    Rambagh Palace (from Rs 40,000), a former royal guest house and hunting lodge, is today one of the most luxurious palace hotels, run by the Taj Group. It is right opposite the Sawai Man Singh Stadium.

    Oberoi Raj Vilas

    Rated among the leading resorts in the world the Oberoi Raj Vilas has rooms from Rs 40,000.

    Jai Mahal Palace

    Jai Mahal Palace (from Rs 17,000) was the former residence of the prime minister of Jaipur.

    Trident Jaipur

    The Trident Jaipur (from Rs 13,000), located on the Amer route, has the perfect setting, across from the Jal Mahal.

    Le Meridien

    Le Meridien (from Rs 10,000) is located about 30km outside the city, on the highway.

    Chokhi Dhani

    Chokhi Dhani (from Rs 12,000) - about 12km outside the city, on Tonk Road - is famous for its traditional theme dinners, and has an interesting resort in a village setting, but with all the amenities.

    Rajputana Sheraton

    Rajputana Sheraton (from Rs 11,000) is conveniently located near the station.

    Samode Haveli

    For a traditional Rajasthani experience, try the centrally located Samode Haveli (from Rs 14,000).

    Raj Palace

    If you're looking for serious opulence, spend a night at what is said to be the most expensive accommodation in India - Raj Palace, where a suite will cost you about Rs 82,500, though there are rooms available from Rs 30,000 too.

    Tree House Resort

    Tree House Resort (from Rs 13,000) is an eco-friendly resort about 40km outside Jaipur, with tree houses perched atop Keekar trees, and boasting five-star amenities.

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    Back to Basics

    Back to Basics, in Country Inns and Suites, is a favourite with travellers and locals alike for an evening of dancing.

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    Chokhi Dhani

    Chokhi Dhani, the theme village, is popular with Indian tourists for parties.

    Midrange

    Back to Basics

    Back to Basics, in Country Inns and Suites, is a favourite with travellers and locals alike for an evening of dancing.

    Luxury

    Orca

    Orca, on Tonk Road, has a large selection of wine, beer, and eclectic music.

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    Café Mondegar

    Mondegar's nightly traveller-based crowd is as 'colourful' as the wall caricatures by a famous Goan artist, but that could be our beer-goggle glasses talking. Expect to shout your draught beer (around Rs85) orders over the popular, non-stop CD jukebox.

    Indulge in some street food

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    Getting around Kolkata

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