Thirty-six days. Fifty-nine fixtures. Eight teams. And around $1 million (around Rs5 crore) up for grabs. The DLF Indian Premier League 2009 gets under way today and if you’ve got over the disappointment of not being able to cheer your local team at the city stadium, it’s time to snag one of the many packages on offer from various travel groups and zoom off faster than you can say Lalit Modi.
•SOTC Sport Abroad
Far from home: Fly to South Africa for a ringside view of IPL 2. PTI
SOTC Sport Abroad has 14 packages on offer, covering every leg of the tournament, from three nights in Johannesburg (1-3 May; Rs44,900 per person plus $65) to six nights in Durban (20-25 April; Rs65,900 per person plus $155). All packages are inclusive of ex-Mumbai return economy class airfare, processing charges for single-entry South African visa, Mediclaim insurance, tickets for at least two and up to five matches, three-star accommodation, airport and match venue transfers. A couple of packages also throw in a night at Sun City. For the full list of itineraries and prices, log on to www.sotc.in. For bookings, call 09920089555/09920089666.
•Kingfisher and Thomas Cook India
Thomas Cook India which, like SOTC, has a tie-up with IPL’s official airline Kingfisher, has five special packages in two price brackets (Rs49,900 and Rs55,100), covering return economy airfare, transfers, accommodation, travel insurance and at least two match tickets. For the full itinerary and inclusions, visit www.thomascook.in
•SKH Global Travels
SKH Global Travels has a single package, covering the last leg of the IPL
(two semi-finals and the final, 21-25 May). Per person, for Rs43,850 (airfare including taxes, ex-Delhi) and Rs32,020 (airfare including taxes, ex-Mumbai) and around Rs26,500 (4,820 ZAR) on the ground in South Africa, it includes five days accommodation on a twin-sharing basis, breakfasts, airport and matchvenue transfers, and match tickets. To book, call Anil on 011-42388888 or Veer Vikram Singh on 022-67414444/5.