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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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  • Carrying items into the stadium

    Due to security concerns, spectators in India are allowed to take practically nothing into the stadium. Even water bottles are discouraged. So are cameras. A friend was once told in Mohali that he couldn't carry a pen inside! So be prepared.

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    Noor

    Try Noor at Hotel Pankaj (Tel 91-172-2709891) for a reliable multi-cuisine spread.

    Sagar Ratna

    Sagar Ratna (Tel 91-172-2707710), part of the Swagath family, offers great South Indian dishes at bargain prices in a clean environment.

    Midrange

    Copper Chimney

    Try Copper Chimney (Tel 91-172-5087373) for great Indian food.

    luxury

    Hotel Pankaj

    Hotel Pankaj (from Rs 1090) is centrally located and offers decent accommodation.

    Carrying items into the stadium

    Due to security concerns, spectators in India are allowed to take practically nothing into the stadium. Even water bottles are discouraged. So are cameras. A friend was once told in Mohali that he couldn't carry a pen inside! So be prepared.

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    Mountview

    Hotel Mountview (from Rs Rs 8300), run by the Chandigarh Administration, has elegant rooms and pleasant views, as well as what they claim is the best bar in the region.

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    Parkview

    Parkview (from Rs 1900), run by the Chandigarh Administration, has a few rooms in this category.

    Hotel White Palace

    Hotel White Palace (from Rs 1700) promises all the basic facilities and is not too far away from the stadium.

    Midrange

    Shivalikview

    The other government-run hotel, Shivalikview (from Rs 5500), promises good facilities and a location in the heart of the city.

    Hometel

    Hometel (from Rs 3500) is a new hotel with good rooms and excellent dining options, about 8km from the stadium.

    Luxury

    Taj Chandigarh

    The best hotel here is undoubtedly the Taj Chandigarh (from Rs Rs 8400), and highly recommended despite being some distance away from the stadium.

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    Ghazal

    Ghazal (Tel 91-172-2704448), in the shopping and entertainment hub of Sector 17, is a long-standing favourite for its dal makhni.

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    Aerizzona

    Chandigarh's oldest dance club, Aerizzona (Tel 91-172-2740622), is still going strong in Sector 17.

    Wild West Pub

    While they could certainly do with more women customers, Wild West Pub (Tel 91-9815159686) at Khyber restaurant in Sector 35 has enough character to guarantee a good time.

    Midrange

    Zinc

    Zinc (Tel 91-9914449022), with its subdued lighting and retro/lounge/trance music, is a great place to put your feet up.

    Luxury

    Dhabas

    Among dhabas, you won't go wrong with Pal Dhaba or Sher-e-Punjab dhaba (Tel 91-172-2660222).

    Orchid Lounge

    The Orchid Lounge (Tel 91-172-2624990) has live entertainment in a superb atmosphere.

    Ghazal

    Ghazal (Tel 91-172-2704448), in the shopping and entertainment hub of Sector 17, is a long-standing favourite for its dal makhni.

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    MustDo Mumbai

    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

    Haze 28 °C | Haze

    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
    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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