Don't Limit Yourself To The Matches! There's More To the Game!

2016 has just sunk in and already we are done with a Sri Lanka-India series and the Asia Cup T20. With the T20 World Cup going on and IPL just around the corner, cricket frenzy is at an all time high right now! Chants of ‘bleed blue’ and ‘Dhoni-Dhoni’ can be easily heard around hostels, office canteens and basically any restaurant with a TV. Fans are ready to travel to all parts of the country to just catch a glimpse of their favourite players in action.

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Now catching a sight of some other attractions on your way just sounds logical when you are going all the way to these amazing stadiums. After all the beauty of a T20 match, apart from all the sixes and fours lies in its duration, which leaves you with ample time to explore the nearby treasures of the city. So here’s a list of all the match locations and why you should spend more than a day over in the cities:

Eden Gardens: Cricket’s Answer to the Colosseum - Kolkata

Image Source: Photo by Chandrangshu Sengupta

Just like the ancient gladiators, cricketers from various countries have been fighting in the Eden Gardens since years for glory and adulation. India’s largest stadium is gigantic in proportions and has housed 120000 enthusiastic fans in the past. Being in Kolkata the possibilities are endless for an avid traveler, both before and after the match.

Fun Fact: In 1999 a match between India and Pakistan was played in front of an empty stadium! Sachin Tendulkar was run out in the match after colliding with Shoaib Akhtar. The crowd started rioting and the stadium had to be evacuated.

Nearby Places: Fort Williams, Tagore’s House, Marble Palace, Boro Bazaar

Want to visit and see more of Kolkata? Here is a list of  things to do in Kolkata.

Chinnaswamy Stadium: The Bowlers’ Paradise - Bangalore

Photo by Ashwin Kumar

Located in the very heart of Bangalore, lies the Chinnaswamy Stadium, famous for its bouncy pitches and home of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The stadium has an electrifying atmosphere and a dazzling night view. And to top it all, Bangalore is easily one of the coolest cities in India to hang out and enjoy a pre/post match party.

Fun Fact: To commemorate Rahul Dravid’s feat of crossing 10,000 runs, a wall was erected in front of the stadium that has exactly 10,000 bricks!

Nearby Places: Cubbon Park, The Entertainment Store, St. Patrick’s Church, UB City, Commercial Street

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Wankhede Stadium: Where History was Made - Mumbai

(L-R): Photo1 (WoodysWorldTV) ; Photo2 (G Patkar)

A match in Wankhede is a fine example of how dear the game of cricket is to an Indian. The playground which gave us some of the most exceptional players in cricketing history is like a mecca of sorts for fans around the world. Also being in Mumbai the stadium is surrounded with attractions that are sure to keep fans and tourists occupied for hours and hours.

Fun Fact: Ravi Shastri hit 6 sixes in an over in 1985 against Baroda in the stadium!

Nearby Places: Colaba Causeway, Colaba Market, Britannia & Co. Restaurant

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HPCA Stadium: Where Cricket Meets Spirituality - Dharamsala

(L-R): Photo1 ; Photo2 (Jms1241)

Set against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, the HPCA stadium is a unique sporting venue that is situated at a height of 4780 feet. A relatively young venue, the stadium has only recently started getting International matches to host. But being in Dharamshala, the home of Dalai Lama, the city has much much more to offer than just cricket.

Fun Fact: Pakistan was the first international team to play a match in Dharamshala in 2005! Sounds ironic after the recent India-Pakistan match controversy.

Nearby Places: Dharamshala War Memorial, Chamunda Devi, Baba Baroh Temple

Intrigued by the holy city? Get to know about all things to do in Dharamshala.

Feroz Shah Kotla: A Spinner's Dream Come True - New Delhi

(L-R): Photo1 (Larry Johnson) ; Photo2 (Vineetmbbs)

India’s second oldest cricket stadium still in use definitely is second to none in matters of grandeur or pomp. The stadium has witnessed some incredibly remarkable moments throughout its history. Currently it is the home of Delhi Daredevils and hosts a variety of matches. Nothing more needs to be said about the city it is located in. India’s capital New Delhi is a marvel in itself and a treat which needs to be explored thoroughly.

Fun Fact: The Indian cricket team has been undefeated for more than 28 years in Test matches and over 10 years in ODI matches at the venue. Also this is the very ground Anil Kumble got all 10 wickets in an innings against Pakistan!

Nearby Places: Feroz Shah Kotla Fort, Raj Ghat, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk

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PCA IS Bindra Stadium: Courtyard of the Kings - Mohali

(L-R): Photo1 (Shahnoor Habib Munmun) ; Photo2 (DeepArjunSingh)

It is popularly called as Mohali Stadium and is one of the best cricket grounds of India. The ground and pitch are designed in a way that it is beneficial to both the batsmen and the bowlers. The green pitches allow fast bowlers to bowl fast and the pitch becomes slow eventually to become a batting paradise. It is also home of the Kings XI Punjab of IPL. Mohali is located quite close to the very beautiful and planned city of Chandigarh.

Fun Fact: Instead of the usual 4 or 6 light pillars, Mohali has 16!

Nearby Places: Silvi Park, Amb Sahib Gurudwara, Shri Vaishno Mata Mandir, Mataur Lake

VCA Stadium: India's Very Own Lords - Nagpur

(L-R): Photo1 (Anurag.peshne) ; Photo2 (Ashwinikalantri)

One of the youngest stadiums built in India, the VCA is a top class venue which has been praised by the high and the mighty. The facilities are unparalleled, changing rooms luxurious and the ground extremely large. Viewing a match in the VCA is said to be a pleasure which should be enjoyed by each and every cricket fan. Add to it the beauty and tranquil charm of Nagpur city and you have a complete package.

Fun Fact: Shane Warne famously credited his IPL win over Deccan Chargers by 2 runs to the vast size of the stadium!

Nearby Places: Maharaj Baug, Markanda, Ambazari Lake

Explore more exciting things to do in Nagpur while catching a sizzling match in the Orange city.

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Little by little, one travels far... - J. R. R. Tolkien | | These magical words brought out the traveler within me, and prompted this 'Engineer by mistake', 'Fauji Brat by birth' and 'Ninja by fantasy', to start compiling all of those miles traveled into beautiful words!

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