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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  • Lodhi

    If you're in the mood for some Spanish, you won't go wrong with Lodhi at Aman Resorts.

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    Budget

    Nirulas

    Nirula's is a Delhi institution, the first place to offer fast food in the city. Their hot-chocolate fudge is recommended for anyone with a sweet tooth.

    Wenger's

    Wenger's is great for lunches and desserts on the go: their shammi kebabs are a must-have.

    Saravana Bhavan

    Saravana Bhavan offers excellent South Indian staples and thalis.

    Midrange

    United Coffee House

    If in Connaught Place, United Coffee House is recommended for basic Indian fare in a retro environment.

    Khan Market cafes and restaurants

    Be prepared to be spoilt for choice at Khan Market, an upmarket assemblage of boutique restaurants and shops. Try Amici, Latitude, Mamagoto, Blanco, Market Café, Big Chill.

    luxury

    Lodhi

    If you're in the mood for some Spanish, you won't go wrong with Lodhi at Aman Resorts.

    Varq

    Varq (at the Hotel Taj Mansingh) does excellent kebabs and breads, often with a nouvelle-cuisine twist.

    Bukhara

    Bukhara at the Hotel Maurya is where presidents and popstars go to dine. Totally worth the hype, especially the restaurant's special kaali dal.

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    Jukaso Inn

    Some 8km straight down the road from the stadium, in Sunder Nagar, Jukaso Inn (Rs 4200) is highly recommended.

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    Budget

    Paharganj hotels

    Backpacker haven Paharganj near the New Delhi railway station has some fairly decent accommodation: try Hotel Grand Godwin (Rs 2700) and Prince Polonia (Rs 1500).

    Ginger

    Ginger (from Rs 2700) is an excellent no-frills option close to the stadium.

    Midrange

    Jukaso Inn

    Some 8km straight down the road from the stadium, in Sunder Nagar, Jukaso Inn (Rs 4200) is highly recommended.

    27 Jorbagh

    In Jorbagh, in the heart of New Delhi, 27 Jorbagh (from Rs 5100) is a small, exclusive guest house.

    Hotel Broadway

    Hotel Broadway (from Rs 4000) is in a not-so-fashionable part of Delhi, but is very close to the stadium and offers excellent value for money.

    Luxury

    The Park

    The Park (from Rs 9000) is excellently located, close to the city centre.

    Le Meridien

    Le Meridien (from Rs 9400) is the hotel closest to the cricket ground. Located in the city centre, it has all the trappings of its category.

    The Oberoi

    The Oberoi (from Rs 11,100) is further away, but presses all the decadence buttons.

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    Lap

    Lap at Hotel Samrat, a cross between a nightclub and a lounge bar, attracts the city's hippest.

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    Budget

    Urban Pind in Greater Kailash I has a lounge with a sky roof, and a restaurant that serves Indian food.

    Turquoise Cottage

    One of the funkiest places in town is Turquoise Cottage, offering great music, good drinks and a young crowd.

    Midrange

    Smoke House Grill

    Smoke House Grill has super food and a super party atmosphere.

    Shalom

    Shalom, with two locations in South Delhi is a highly rated lounge bar plus Mediterranean restaurant.

    @Live

    @Live, in Connaught Place, has live music every night, and a great vibe.

    Luxury

    Lure

    Lure (Tel: 011-29523333) is tucked away in a southern corner of the city, but promises some of the best live music around.

    Agni

    Agni has celeb DJs and a young, happening crowd.

    Lap

    Lap at Hotel Samrat, a cross between a nightclub and a lounge bar, attracts the city's hippest.

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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

    Smoke 31 °C | Smoke

    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
    Pune - Traffic can be pretty chaotic in Pune, so if you're visiting for a few days, depend on auto-rickshaws or taxis. Avoid the headache of driving through traffic jams on your ...

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