The land of Sachin Tendulkar, probably the most recognisable face in world cricket at the moment, is a country rich in culture and tradition. One of the most popular travel destinations because of the diversity it offers - India can be a place to lose yourself, or find yourself. Cricket's big centres - Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata Bangalore and Chennai are all easily accessible and can form the hubs from which short trips to places like the Taj Mahal or the beaches of Goa can be undertaken. An open mind and an adventurous spirit are all you need to make a trip to India memorable.
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India has some of the most famous and varied grounds in the world, although modernisation is slowly robbing them of their uniqueness. The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is considered the Indian equivalent of the imposing MCG and presents an awesome sight when filled to its capacity of 100,000. Mohali is probably India’s most fan-friendly stadium with comfortable seating facilities and organised ticket distribution.
Limited-overs matches are usually sold out well in advance - especially if Sachin Tendulkar is playing - but tickets are not expensive and can readily be bought outside grounds. unlike some other countries, tickets normally go on sale days before the game rather than months, and itineraries have a habit of changing, often at the last minute, by the odd day.
India is fast shedding its reputation as a conservative bastion. All the major cities have a cosmopolitan air to them, and a wide range of foods, from traditional Indian to Oriental or Western can be had at eateries that range from road-side and economical to swank and expensive. Nightclubs and bars packed with noisy revellers dot most big hotels.
Whether it's for cricket, or for the soul, there are few destinations to beat India, and away from the cricket, few countries can boast such a diversity of things to do.