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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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  • Zaranj

    At standalone Zaranj, you can sample excellent north Indian cuisine.

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    Budget

    Arsalan

    Arsalan is a tiny hole in the wall serving some of the best biryani in Kolkata.

    Eau Chew

    Eau Chew (Tel 91-33-22378260) is a New York Times-reviewed restaurant serving superb Chinese food out of a home.

    Bijoli Grill Food

    Bijoli Grill Food World is a true son of the soil, serving fresh, hot fast food.

    Midrange

    Mocambo

    Mocambo, off Park Street (Tel 91-33-22172934) is a culinary throwback to the 1960s, with prawn cocktails and sizzlers on the menu.

    Oh! Calcutta

    Oh! Calcutta at Forum Mall has a choice of Anglo-Indian and Bengali food.

    Kewpie's

    Visit Kewpie's, at 2, Elgin Lane (Tel 91-33-24759880), for authentic home-style Bengali food.

    luxury

    La Terrasse

    The Sunday brunch buffet at La Terrasse, the Oberoi Grand, is to die for.

    Pan-Asian

    Pan-Asian at the ITC Sonar has the city's best line-up of Asian dishes.

    Zaranj

    At standalone Zaranj, you can sample excellent north Indian cuisine.

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    Best Inn

    Try Best Inn, a Bed&Breakfast on the Metro route.

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    34, Allenby Road

    Try the Bed&Breakfast 34, Allenby Road (arayccu@gmail.com; Tel 91-33-24861854/91-9830041781; Rs 2400), which offers air-conditioned rooms and breakfast.

    Best Inn

    Try Best Inn, a Bed&Breakfast on the Metro route.

    Sunflower Guest House

    The Sunflower Guest House (Rs 1000), which offers a convenient location and decent rooms.

    Hotel Rose Valley

    Try Hotel Rose Valley (from Rs 2800), which offers air-conditioned rooms and breakfast.

    Hotel Aston

    Hotel Aston is a good bet for business travellers (from Rs 1600).

    Midrange

    Astor

    The three-star Astor (from Rs 6000) boasts one of the best kebab restaurants in town in Kebab-e-que.

    The Floatel

    The Floatel (Rs 4200) is a unique floating hotel on the Hooghly, stationed very close to Eden Gardens, with great discounts for internet bookings.

    Peerless Inn

    Peerless Inn (from Rs 6300) is also excellently located for the stadium.

    Luxury

    Oberoi Grand

    The centrally located Oberoi Grand (from Rs 9600), housed in a magnificent colonial structure.

    Park Hotel

    The Park Hotel (from Rs 7000) is a boutique five-star hotel on Park Street, the nightlife headquarters.

    ITC Sonar

    The teams will be housed in the ITC Sonar, rather far away, especially when you don't have a police escort clearing your way through traffic.

    Taj Bengal

    The Taj Bengal (from Rs 10,800) is a modern luxury hotel with all the trappings

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    Roxy and Tantra

    Roxy and Tantra, both at the Park Hotel, are the city's glitziest party places.

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    Park Street bars

    Most of the many bars dotting Park Street will offer you a tipple and a snack at prices that will not pinch.

    Midrange

    Sheesha

    Sheesha, located atop a shopping mall on Camac Street, is a bar, lounge and outdoor deck rolled into one.

    Luxury

    Roxy and Tantra

    Roxy and Tantra, both at the Park Hotel, are the city's glitziest party places.

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    Getting around Chennai

    Public transport services are aplenty, with buses, autorickshaws, call taxis, suburban trains and the MRTS (Mass Rapid Transport System) plying till midnight. The suburban railway network is connected to 35 stations across the city, while the MRTS starts at the ...

    Weather in Chennai

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    If one could find fault with Chennai, it has to be its weather. The summer months are probably the most oppressive as temperatures shoot up to the 40s. Humidity too is at an all-time high so drink lots of water. Chennai is a bit more conservative than Delhi and Mumbai, so for women, it is best to avoid wearing very revealing clothing.

    Tips for Travellers
    Jaipur - You're expected to! So bargain hard when buying handicrafts, clothes, shoes or when visiting any flea market in Jaipur.
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    Jaipur - If you're an enthusiastic photographer and like to capture street scenes, you must remember that if you take photographs of people, some of them may expect payment for modelling for ...
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    Jaipur - Ask your tour guide for his certification or ask your hotel to recommend a guide to you.
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