One of the richest and most exciting sporting leagues in the world, the Indian Premium League is back and cricket enthusiasts cannot wait to travel to India to indulge in its thrills. While the electrifying on-field action is a wonderful experience in itself, you can add to your travel diaries by exploring the cities/destinations where the IPL teams are based.
Take a look at all the IPL teams and learn about some of the most prominent tourist spots you can explore around their respective home venues.
Close to the Wankhede stadium, the key IPL venue in Mumbai, are a number of world-renowned tourist attractions no travel enthusiast should miss. Take a stroll down Marine Drive to enjoy a stunning view of the Arabian Sea and hang out by the Gateway of India to witness the rich history of Mumbai. You can also spend some time in Mahabaleshwar to revel in the true bliss of the nature.
Rajasthan reflects the true royalty and the colourful culture of India. Merge the thrill of IPL with the rich experiences of Indian traditions during your visit to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. Explore some of the most famed tourist destinations here such as Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amber Fort and Chokhi Dhani. If you can spend a long holiday in Rajasthan, cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur can be visited.
The capital city of India, Delhi is blessed with many tourist spots attracting travellers from all over the world. Once you are done with the cricket matches at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, explore places like India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar for a glimpse into the city’s rich architecture and history. Also, make a visit to the buzzing Chandni Chowk to enjoy the city’s best street food.
Hyderabad is a city known for its heritage monuments, gardens and lakes. Do not miss to make your way to the Ramoji Film City, one of the largest and glamorous film studios in the world. Charminar, Chowmahalla Palace and Snow World are some other places to explore here. Additionally, it is a wonderful city to try authentic Andhra delicacies at restaurants like Palamuru Grill, Dakshin and Simply South.
Kings XI Punjab
The city of Mohali hosts exciting IPL matches at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium and also impresses tourists with its range of tourist attractions. Gurudwara Angitha Sahib, Gurudwara Amb Sahib, Gurudwara Nabha Sahib and Gurudwara Puddha Sahib are some of the most beautiful Gurudwaras (Sikh temple) to visit here. You can opt for an extended holiday in Punjab to explore major tourist attractions like Golden Temple and Jallianwala in Amritsar.
Kolkata Knight Riders
During a visit to Kolkata to enjoy the IPL matches, you should not miss out the chance of exploring the architectural and historical wonders of the city. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the famous marble building, Victoria Memorial, which is billed as the pride of Kolkata. You can also visit places like Fort William, Howrah Bridge and Tagore’s House here.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Bangalore, the Garden City of India, is an ideal place to witness the striking Victoria-era architecture. Along with enjoying the exciting IPL matches at the huge M Chinnaswamy Stadium, explore Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park and ISKCON Temple. You can also enjoy the best of nightlife at places like Big Brewsky, Toil and Vapour and indulge in shopping at Chickpet and Commercial Street.
Drawing in huge crowds for IPL matches held at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat also ensures a wonderful holiday to the sightseer in you. Head to Sabarmati Ashram and learn about Mahatma Gandhi and his works. Other major tourist spots here include Auto World Vintage Car Museum and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial.