India
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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  • Arsalan

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

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    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.

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    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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    Taj Bengal

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

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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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    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.

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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.

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    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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    MustDo Bengaluru

    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.

    Drive around in Bangalore

    Commuters drive past a partially completed section of an under-construction elevated corridor of the Bangalore Metro Rail Project, Bangalore, March 29, 2010 Whenever I have to make any important decision, I go for a drive in the city. At nights. Around Ring Road, the Mysore highway, on that beautiful stretch on Cubbon Road or the new airport road. Bangalore is beautiful at nights and driving helps me clears my mind and think. ...More details

    Relax at Cafe Mocha on Lavelle Road

    Watch a play at the Rangashankara theatre

    Eat Corner House ice-creams

    Order dessert at Cafe Fresco's

    Getting around Bengaluru

    The common man's mode of conveyance is either the bus or the auto-rickshaw. However, buses are not advised if you aren't familiar with the local language. Auto-rickshaws are tricky: drivers are known to fleece their passengers - if they agree ...

    Weather in Bengaluru

    Mostly Cloudy 24 °C | Mostly Cloudy

    While north India heats like a cauldron in summer, Bangalore, which probably has the best climate of all the metropolitan Indian cities, is still tolerable. Temperatures usually hover between 30°C and 35°C during the day and evenings are pleasant.

    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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