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Travel: The XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi

If you're checking out the Games in New Delhi, here's what you need to know and what you'll want to see.

The Queen’s Baton Relay for the XIX Commonwealth Games started at Buckingham Palace last fall and ended on Oct. 3 in New Delhi, host of the 2010 edition of the games. Despite some negative publicity, India’s capital city is hoping to reap the full economic impact the Commonwealth Games brings, estimated to be $5 billion. With athletes representing 71 nations participating in 17 different sports, the stakes are high. When awarded the games, the country quickly launched the Business Club of India, with a mandate to market the games and to promote Indian business interests internationally. The BCI not only followed the baton relay, organizing business road shows at key destinations, but is also hosting business forums and sports trade shows in New Delhi to coincide with the games, which run until Oct. 14.

Central Bank of India

Founded in 1911, the Central Bank of India is the games’ official banking partner. $1=43.82 rupees

The Atrium

To experience a bit of British Raj, have teatime in the airy, sunlight atrium of the Imperial Hotel. Morning tea comes with a variety of patisserie, and afternoon tea is served in the English tradition. The Imperial, Janpath Road

Indian Railways

The state-owned railway company presides over one the world’s largest rail systems (7,030 stations over 64,015 kilometres), and is the games’ lead sponsor. The New Delhi Railways Station is the main stop in the capital city. New Delhi Railway Station, Connaught Place

Le Meridien New Delhi

Normally, one could expect to see inflated hotel rates during an event of this calibre, but publicity of the games has been less than glowing — good news for guests of Le Meridien, where prices have been cut by 20%. Windsor Place, Janpath Road

Main Media Centre

The largest press centre in the history of the games, it is capable of accommodating 600 journalists and was completed on time and on budget. Through the centre, New Delhi will be the first Indian city to broadcast in high definition. Pragati Maidan, Connaught Place

Games Village

Capable of housing 8,000 athletes during the event, the Games Village spreads out over 63.5 hectares along the east bank of the Yamuna River. The US$40-million price tag was underwritten entirely by the Indian government. Noida Link Road

Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex

The 60,000-seat multipurpose sports arena is the site of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the venue for the athletics (track and field), lawn bowls and weightlifting competitions. Pragati Vihar

Chor Bizarre

“Chor bazaar” translates to “thieves’ market,” and, true to its name, the traditional restaurant serves dishes made fresh from the day’s local market produce. The set menu highlights authentic Kashmiri dishes alongside other common fare like chaat. 4/15A Asaf, Ali Road