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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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  • Cafe Churchill

    Café Churchill is an institution, well-loved for its Italian fare.

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    Cafe Churchill

    Café Churchill is an institution, well-loved for its Italian fare.

    Theobroma

    Pop into this tiny cafe that dishes out superb desserts and snacks.

    CST cafes

    The dosas at Kamat's (Tel 022-22874734) and the vada-pao at Araam (opposite CST station and next to Capitol cinema) are highly recommended.

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    Khyber

    In the Kala Ghoda precinct, just north of Colaba, Khyber is good for north Indian fare, especially meat.

    Trishna

    Trishna (Tel 91-22-22703214‎) is a prime seafood destination, especially rated for its crab.

    Joss

    This restaurant offers the best value-for-money sushi in South Mumbai.

    Cafe Basilico

    For casual continental dining, with a Mediterranean touch, try this restaurant in Colaba.

    Moshe's

    Moshe's, has three cafes and a restaurant in South Mumbai, serving cuisine from the Mediterranean rim and fine desserts from all over.

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    Olive

    Olive Bar & Kitchen at the Mahalaxmi Race Course may primarily be seen as a watering hole, but the food is not bad either.

    The Thai Pavilion

    The best Thai is at the Thai Pavilion at the Taj President in Cuffe Parade.

    Indigo

    If you're seeking superlative European fare, visit the standalone Indigo, in Colaba.

    Ziya

    Ziya at the Oberoi has some authentic North-West frontier and Indian food.

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    The Sea Green Hotel

    There's also the Sea Green Hotel on Marine Drive (from Rs 4000).

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    The YMCA

    The YMCA, also in Colaba (from Rs 1500) is a good option, but needs to be booked at least a month or two in advance.

    Bentley's Hotel

    Bentley's Hotel (from Rs 1830) in touristy Colaba is basic but clean.

    Midrange

    The Sea Green Hotel

    There's also the Sea Green Hotel on Marine Drive (from Rs 4000).

    The Chateau Windsor

    The Chateau Windsor (from Rs 4500) is also very close to the stadium

    The Ritz

    In the Churchgate area, where the stadium is, try the Ritz (from Rs 4500; Tel 91-22-22850500)

    Luxury

    The InterContinental and Marine Plaza

    The InterContinental (from Rs 10,000) and Marine Plaza (from Rs 9000) also enjoy a superb sea-facing location and are just five minutes' walk from the stadium.

    The Taj Mahal Palace

    The legendary Taj Mahal Palace and Tower (from Rs 12,000), newly reopened, is a Mumbai institution.

    The Oberoi and the Trident

    The Oberoi (from Rs 11,000) and The Trident (from Rs 9000) next to it boast the most stunning ocean views.

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    Shiro

    Shiro is a sophisticated lounge, except on Fridays, when it grooves to retro music.

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    Bay View

    Bay View (Tel 022-22821089) is great for beer and wine on an open terrace overlooking the Gateway of India.

    Cafe Mondegar

    Café Mondegar has an easy vibe and a CD jukebox and is usually full of tourists and locals alike.

    Ivy

    The Ivy Wine Café & Bistro in Worli, a 20-odd-minute drive north out of downtown, offers some super discounts on Indian wines.

    Midrange

    Hard Rock Café

    Hard Rock Café has live music some days.

    The Blue Frog

    The Blue Frog is a cutting-edge midtown live music venue.

    Shiro

    Shiro is a sophisticated lounge, except on Fridays, when it grooves to retro music.

    Polly Esther's

    Polly Esther's in the Gordon House Hotel is a nightclub with a great vibe and a decent dance floor.

    Manchester United Café Bar

    Sports buffs will enjoy having a drink at the Manchester United Café Bar in the Palladium Mall at High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel.

    Luxury

    Aer

    Aer at the Four Seasons hotel is a rooftop bar 34 floors up that offers a panoramic view of south Mumbai and happy-hour offers on champagne cocktails.

    Dome

    Dome at the InterContinental offers a great view over the Arabian Sea. Perfect for a sundowner or two.

    Wink

    Wink at the Taj President has a stylish vibe, sushi and a mean wasabi martini.

    Tote

    Tote at the race course is a great place for drinks and dinner.

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    Getting around Jaipur

    While tuk-tuks are very common in the outer areas, in the old city you can take cycle-rickshaws, which give you the ease of parking outside and avoiding long walks. Taxis are available on hire from every hotel, or you can ...

    Weather in Jaipur

    Haze 26 °C | Haze

    Jaipur has dry arid climate both in summer and winters with a short spell of monsoon rains in July and August. In April-May the temperature can even go up to 47°C. Wear cotton and pray for relief.

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