Cricket is the definitive summer sport and this year’s cricket calendar includes a particularly significant event. This week the ICC World Twenty20 burst to life in India; the proud host of the sport’s biggest event of the year.
Cricket is something of a cultural phenomenon and national obsession in India. India’s love affair with cricket dates back to the time of the Empire, with the oldest recorded match taking place in 1721 when a group of sailors gathered to play on a Western Indian shore. Since then the sport has become India’s most popular and India’s international cricketers are amongst society’s most famous celebrities.
In hosting this year’s World Cup event, built on their successful signature IPL competition, India has combined the best aspects of Bollywood entertainment with sporting drama. Stadiums are set to host tens of thousands of avid, impassioned fans with dancers, fireworks and music enhancing the carnival atmosphere to full effect.
India’s colourful culture and welcoming nature is world renowned; from the mystical mosaics of temple floors to the stimulating vibrancy of the market’s spice stores. Swathes of bright fabric create beautifully decadent sarees and the endless array of exotic food creates a rich backdrop for a luxury holiday steeped in soulful experiences for all five senses.
India also experiences favourable temperatures at this time of year which makes it a perfect destination for a spring escape, but the addition of the Cricket T20 World Cup makes any luxury holiday India at this time of year especially exciting! Eighteen teams from all across the world have descended upon the subcontinent for a month-long sporting spectacle which promises to be one of cricket’s most captivating events. England’s first fixture takes place on Wednesday 16th March against the West Indies in Mumbai. England’s crucial group games will be played in Delhi on Wednesday 23rd March and Saturday 26th March.
Elegant Resorts features two luxury hotels in Delhi. The Imperial boasts decedent style and a tranquil location, set back from the main hub of central Delhi. Meanwhile, The Leela Palace is a beautiful contemporary hotel with stylish design and a superior status as India’s first environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient hotel. Each hotel offers world-class service, luxury accommodation, inspired cuisine and sumptuous spa treatments to enhance your stay.
As all eyes turn to India for one of the year’s greatest sporting events, there is no better time to indulge in some inspiring Indian hospitality and old-world opulence. To discuss your ideal Indian holiday, or for further information on our featured hotels, resorts and palaces, please call one of our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 555.