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In India, cricket is played everywhere, from cricket clubs to the grassy spaces of New Delhi and in the streets. The national side is followed with a loyalty that's almost fanatic. India is a consistently strong team, skillfully battling its mighty Antipodean, UK and South African rivals.

Test Matches are played at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium, in Dehli, on Bahadur Shah Zhafar Marg, between September and March. Attending a test match here is very exhilarating, but not for the faint-hearted.

Additional popular Indian games include kabbadi, a team sport mixing the characteristics of rugby, wrestling, and kho kho, an evolved game of catch and hockey, in which the Indians consistently produce sides that challenge the finest in the world. There are also facilities in Delhi catering to the elite, for a good selection of sports, including gyms, golf, tennis, and swimming.

Bowling

Like many Asians, Indians seem to enjoy bowling. There's is a popular bowling alley at the Qutb Hotel, off Sri Aurobindo Marg (telephone: (011) 652- 1234).

Fitness centers

In Delhi, fitness centers signify status and the well-groomed keep fit at Arya Vaidya Sala, South Extension (tel: (011) 462-1790), and Nelson Health Club, Hotel Samrat, Chanakyapuri (tel: (011) 611-0606). Several 5-star hotels also provide fitness facilities for their guests.

Golf

Delhi’s most popular golf course is the Delhi Golf and Country Club, Dr Zakir Hussein Marg (tel: (011) 436-2768). It boasts a 9-hole and an 18-hole course, both are dotted with Mughal mausolea. The timid should be advised that cobras reportedly lurk in the rough.

The 18-hole course is open to everyone on weekdays but restricted to members and their guests at weekends. The 9-hole course is open to all throughout the entire week. Green fees are Rs 1950 (US $40) and golf clubs can be rented for Rs20. Ball-spotters and caddies are available.

Horse racing

Delhi Racecourse, off Safdarjang Road (telephone: (011) 301-2943), has regular meetings during the racing season (October to April). The racecourse is an informal, almost provincial course, in noticeable contrast to Mumbai’s grand stands and sprawling lawns. There is a large covered shed, which contains the bookies’ pitches. Cost for Admission to the Members’ Enclosure is Rs50.

Horseriding and polo

The Delhi Riding Club, Safdarjung Road (telephone: (011) 301-1891), and the Polo Club, Cavalry Cariappa Marg, both provide equestrian sporting facilities. The polo season is from October through March.

Swimming

The safest swimming is at hotel pools, including Hotel Imperial, Janpath (telephone: (011) 334-1234), Ashok Hotel, Chanakyapuri (telephone: (011) 611-0101), Hotel Samrat, Chanakyapuri (telephone: (011) 611- 0606), Hotels usually charge non-residents for entry.

Public swimming baths are located at NDMC Pools, Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, Talkatora Pool, Talkatora Road, and
National Stadium Complex, opposite India Gate.

Tennis

Tennis is another sport said to have originated in India. There are tennis courts at Delhi Lawn Tennis Association, Africa Avenue; Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Bhishama Pitamah Road, and the National Sports Club of India, Mathura Road (telephone: (011) 338-5564).

Water sports

Water sports at Bhaleswa Lake, and other adventure activities – local and further a field – are at one's disposal through Delhi Tourism’s Adventure Tourism Division (telephone: (011) 336-3607).

Yoga

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Center, Community Centre, East of Kailash (telephone: (011) 648-0869) offers yoga instruction..