League-style sports championships are among the most happening events in India presently. Many of these tournaments consist of teams or franchisees, made up of players from India and around the world. Such a team formation gives fans the opportunity to see their favourite stars in action together or against each other, accounting for the excitement factor of these events. Three such high-octane events to attend during a holiday India are the Hockey India League (HIL), Indian Super League (ISL) and Indian Premier League (IPL).
The launching of the HIL in 2013 has significantly boosted the popularity of hockey, the national game. HIL currently consists of six teams, namely Dabang Mumbai, Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Kalinga Lancers, Ranchi Rays and Uttar Pradesh Wizards. The championship has a double round-robin format, wherein each team faces the other five twice: once at home and once away. To attend the HIL matches, travellers can avail all India tour packages between January and February, and come to Delhi, Mumbai, Mohali, Lucknow, Ranchi and Bhubaneswar.
ISL was founded in 2013, considering the growing popularity of football or soccer in the nation. It is one of the leagues, where the franchisees feature players from countries other than India as well. The eight teams that competed in the inaugural 2014 championship were Chennaiyin FC, Atletico de Kolkata, Delhi Dynamos FC, FC Pune City, FC Goa, Kerala Blasters FC, Northeast United FC and Mumbai City FC. A holiday India can be planned to visit Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Margao, Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, Guwahati and Pune to attend the matches. This tournament also has a double round-robin format, where each teams plays the others twice: once each at home and away.
The Indian Premier League is a Twenty20 championship, where cricketers from across the globe come together to form teams. Eight franchisees play the others twice: once away and at the other at home, in a double round-robin format. Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals are its competing franchisees. All India tour packages can be availed between April and June to watch these exciting matches around the country as most big cities and towns host them.
A holiday India may be planned almost throughout the year to attend the matches of these three popular sport championships.