Dharamsala plans 'home stay' for IPL fans

May 17, 2012, 08:24 IST | IANS

With fewer hotel rooms to accommodate thousands of Indian Premier League (IPL) fans, Himachalis will play good hosts by throwing their doors open for visitors for the two IPL-V matches scheduled here today and Saturday.

The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium, located at an altitude of 4,000 feet with the mighty snow-clad Dhauladhar range forming the backdrop, will host Kings XI Punjab’s two home matches — expected to be watched by over 20,000 cricket fans, most of them from outside the state.

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“Since this town is facing a shortage of hotels and we are expecting a good rush, we have asked the locals to throw open their doors to the visitors,” HPCA president Anurag Thakur said.

He said a few locals, mostly settled on the outskirts of the town, have volunteered to extend hospitality to the visiting fans by providing them board and lodging in their houses. The town has 56 registered hotels and guest houses with a total bed capacity of 1,100. 

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