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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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  • Ohri’s Serengeti

    The interiors of Ohri's Serengeti (Banjara Hills) have been designed to resemble a jungle but the food is not African. They serve Peshawari and Lucknowi cuisine, and have a good wine list as well.

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    Budget

    Pragati Gully

    For breakfast, head to Pragati Gully in the alleys of Sultan Bazaar (Koti area).

    Madina Hotel

    For a perfect Nizam-style biryani lunch, try Madina Hotel (in Patterghatti).

    Bawarchi

    Have the biryani at Bawarchi (near RTC crossroads)

    Midrange

    Angeethi

    Designed like a dhaba Angeethi (Banjara Hills), also has a paan (betel leaf with spices) shop, a well, and a "quack" selling herbal remedies for "marital problems". Give the medicines a pass and try the Indian food instead.

    Ohri’s Serengeti

    The interiors of Ohri's Serengeti (Banjara Hills) have been designed to resemble a jungle but the food is not African. They serve Peshawari and Lucknowi cuisine, and have a good wine list as well.

    Malgudi

    Malgudi (Begumpet) serves food from the four south Indian states, including some dishes that can't be found in any other restaurant.

    luxury

    Khaan Saab

    Khaan Saab serves excellent Indian non-vegetarian food. Try their tundey kebabs and burani paratha.

    Peperoncino

    Peperoncino is an Italian restaurant with an open terrace and spacious inner seating.

    Zafraan Exotica

    Zafraan Exotica, serving Indian food, has great ambience, with woodwork, an artificial waterfall with pebbles, and candle-lit tables.

    Urban Asia

    Try Urban Asia (serving Thai and Chinese cuisines) in Jubilee Hills.

    Via Milano

    For good Italian food, go to Via Milano (Italian) in Jubilee Hills.

    So

    So, in Jubilee Hills, is a pretty restaurant with open rooftop terrace seating - perfect for a romantic dinner.

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    Leonia Holistic Destination Hotel

    The Leonia Holistic Destination Hotel (Rs 6000, 14.5km), situated very close to the Hussain Sagar Lake, has pools, playing courts, auditoriums, and is almost like a city in itself.

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    Budget

    Justa The Residence Hotel

    The Justa The Residence Hotel (Rs 2600 approx, 15km from the stadium) is located close to the Hussain Sagar Lake. Its rooftop restaurant offers an expansive view of the water.

    Ohris Banjara Hotel

    The Ohris Banjara Hotel (Rs 3350, 15km) is in the centre of the city, has clean rooms, good service, and highly recommended food.

    Katriya Hotels and Towers Hotel

    Katriya Hotel and Towers (Rs 2300, 15km) is a value-for-money hotel.

    Re:gen:ta One Hyderabad Hotel

    Re:gen:ta One Hyderabad Hotel (Rs 4200, 29km) is far from the stadium but has spacious rooms and a nice bar called Salsa.

    Midrange

    Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel

    The Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel (Rs 6050, 10km), as the name suggests, is fairly close to the airport, so if you want to stay far from the madding crowd, this is probably the best option.

    Westin Hyderabad Mindspace

    The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace Hotel (Rs 8400, 25km) is a fabulous hotel in the business district, has spacious walkways, manicured lawns, a well-equipped gym and spa, and one of the best pool bars in the city.

    Leonia Holistic Destination Hotel

    The Leonia Holistic Destination Hotel (Rs 6000, 14.5km), situated very close to the Hussain Sagar Lake, has pools, playing courts, auditoriums, and is almost like a city in itself.

    Luxury

    Taj Faluknama Palace

    There is no better hotel in Hyderabad than the Taj Faluknama Palace (Rs 21,000, 15km from the stadium). If you want to experience how Mughal royalty lived, this is a good place to start.

    Park Hyatt

    The Park Hyatt (Rs 10,500, 17km) has lavish buffets and a good selection of wine.

    ITC Kakatiya

    The ITC Kakatiya (Rs 9500, 14.5km) is centrally located, and is a great property with a spa. Their biryanis and kebabs have been voted among the best in the country.

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    Sparks, Torque, H20, Fashion and Hydrate

    There are a number of bars and pubs in Hyderabad that won't burn a hole in your pocket. The better ones among these are Sparks and Torque in Begumpet, H20 in Amrutha Castle Hotel, Fashion - a hip lounge bar in Banjara Hills, and Hydrate - a chic bar in Hampshire Plaza.

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    Sparks, Torque, H20, Fashion and Hydrate

    There are a number of bars and pubs in Hyderabad that won't burn a hole in your pocket. The better ones among these are Sparks and Torque in Begumpet, H20 in Amrutha Castle Hotel, Fashion - a hip lounge bar in Banjara Hills, and Hydrate - a chic bar in Hampshire Plaza.

    Midrange

    Xtreme Sports Bar

    Xtreme Sports Bar is the undoubtedly the best of its kind in Hyderabad, with outlets in Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills. They have large screens to watch the match on, and on match days the bar is packed. Try the flavoured martinis, the Elvis Lamb, the Xtreme Chilli Corn Pepper and the Buffalo Wings while you are there. For beer lovers, a pint here costs only Rs 99.

    Mix Pub

    Mix Pub (Himayat Nagar) has neon lighting, discs suspended from the ceiling, and snazzy interiors - all giving it a futuristic spaceship look.

    Rush Sports Cafe and Bar

    Rush Sports Cafe and Bar (Hitech City) has a bowling alley, X Box consoles and pool tables, and good music.

    Luxury

    Bottles and Chimney

    Bottles and Chimney, in Begumpet, is one of the oldest pubs in the city and one of the most popular. What stands out here is the outstanding food and the huge space, especially at the bar.

    Rain

    If you are a house music lover, head for Banjara Hills' Rain on the seventh floor of Shangri La Towers.

    Kismet

    Park Hotel's Kismet is arguably the most happening club in the city. Centrally located, it has a colourful entrance and foot-tapping music. The alcohol is moderately priced (Rs 185 for a pint of beer), so it is not surprising that the place is always bustling with people.

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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.

    Take a walk

    The promenade on Marine Drive, Mumbai I might be a bit partial towards south Mumbai, or town as it is called, because I have lived there, but do take a walk around the area. It is where the Wankhede Stadium is. Either side of the stadium makes for a lovely walk. As you head north is ...More details

    Eat fish

    Visit a maidan

    Bargain hunt in Chor Bazaar

    Take the local train

    Getting around Mumbai

    The black-and-yellow cabs are the most convenient option. You need to merely flag them down and specify the destination. Insist on paying by the meter always. The fare from Colaba (where many hotels and street shops are) to Churchgate (where ...

    Weather in Mumbai

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    The months of April and May are hot and very humid in Mumbai. Temperatures go up to 40 °C, and it is best to be dressed in cottons. Bring comfortable shoes, a hat or cap, and high SPF sunscreen. Drink lots of water if you plan to visit the city in these months.

    Tips for Travellers
    Chennai - The underrated MRTS overhead trains are extremely useful, especially for getting to the Chepauk stadium. The station is right next to the stadium.
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