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India 2023

 

Australian Test Cricket Tour To India 2023

Hotel Tours: 8 Nights Per Test
Where: 17 Possible Test Venue
When: Feb - Mar, 2023
Matches: 4 Tests | 3 ODI's
Per Test: A$1800pp - Twin (TBC)
Per Test: A$2300pp - Single (TBC)
Deposit: £5 (A$10)
Book: NOW
Visit: Incredible India

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Introduction To Cricket In India

After what feels like an eterninty, it is time again for Test Cricket in Incredible India. Australia's last Test Cricket Tour to India was Feb 2017 when we smashed India in the 1st Test in Pune by 333 runs. The joy was brief. Australia lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to India 2-1, but that was not the only time we have seen Australia on the wrong side of the scoreboard in India. Win or lose, we love touring India.

India is captivating, inspiring, and colourful, stadiums frenzied cauldrons of passion and patriotism. Even losing in India can leave you happy because of the mind-blowing, breathtaking experiences, which until recently have been often.

We had a great run watching Test Cricket in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2017. Now with 6 years since our last tour, we're all the more excited to return to the remarkable country that is India.

India is a world of sights, sounds, scents, & wonders and why we've travelled to India 18 times. We love India and want to share our next Australian Cricket Tour to India with you, with straight-forward and affordable Tours, that include the tour game, 4 Test matches, 3 ODI's, side trips, and Indian Railways.

Our Australian Cricket Tour to India 2023 will be our 20th visit to India.

Elaborately Painted And Decorated Elephant At Jaipur Elephant Festival | Jaipur | Rajasthan | India | Australian Cricket Tours

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  • Australian Cricket Tours In India

    We have toured India since Australia didn't win the Cricket World Cup 1996, and we were the first to host an Australian Cricket Tour to India, in 2001; the famous 'follow-on' Test of Kolkata. Though heartbreaking, it created a change in touring attitudes. 3 years later in 2004, other groups decided to brave India and they've been following our suit ever since.

    What separates ACT from others is the passion we have for watching Australia play cricket overseas. We are going to the Cricket in India in 2023 whether you join us or not. We love the game, and what we do is about making it easier for you to do the same. Second, is our preparation.

    We have been to every test cricket nation Australia has competed many times yet always re-visit to refresh our knowledge. Hotels change. Prices change. Transport changes. Communications change. Areas change. Stadiums change. Very little stays the same, especially in India, and why it is important for us to know the change, for your benefit.

    We tour each city well-before the first ball so we know where you are going, to get a feel of street life around the hotel & ground, what is about, and where to go.

    Even if you have been to India, we may be playing in new venues so our learning about each city before we go can only make your time in this crazy country far better. Imagine if you've never been?

    And just as things in India change, so do we. We always like to do different things, and do the same things differently on each tour; albeit choosing a different hotel.

    When we first hosted an India tour in 2001 we stayed in rudimentary hotels close to the cricket grounds, and did little else. Now we stay in 4 or 5 star hotels, include airport transfers, 1st Class Indian Railways, dinner parties, and side-trips.

    India Flags At Attari Border | India Pakistan Flag Lowering Ceremony | India | Australian Cricket Tours

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  • India Cricket Tour 2023

    When you join our Australian Cricket Tour of India our goal is to make your brief time in this vast country, as hassle-free and straight-forward as possible. In India, hassles are normal but tempered when enjoyed with great people.

    Though capable of 'doing it themselves', many join us tour after tour not because they need their hand held, but because they love watching cricket with the guys & girls that tour with us, year after year. We focus on bringing people together at the game, safely and comfortably.

    We create city-by-city hotel tours, that start when you arrive in India. We don't include flights to India as people join us from all over the world, on their preferred airlines at different times. It's up to you to travel to and from India to suit your time with us.

    You can do all four tests, perhaps only the 2nd & 3rd. Do the 1st Test, go away, and come back for the 4th. Maybe you can only see the 4th Test. It's all up to you. In 2017 there was 4 days between Tests 1 & 2, and 3 & 4, and 7 days between Tests 2 & 3.

    Each Test is an 8 night tour. Until we know match dates, and how much time we have between Tests, the 8-nights usually include 2 nights before the Test and 1 night after the Test. If you are travelling with us on Indian Railways between Tests, your 8th night could be overnight on the train.

    We are always flexible, and you will be able to book match-by-match, or multiple Tests, including any side-trip and train travel.

    Aside our hotel packages, appreciating not everyone wants 4 star or 5 star comfort (we didn't when we started!), we also have a Match Ticket Package, making it easier for you to remain independent yet still enjoy Australian Cricket in India.

    Mahatma Gandhi Statue | Marina Beach | Chennai | India | Australian Cricket Tours

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  • When Is India 2023

    The tour should start mid-Feb and play until the end of March. Indian Premier League 2023 will start April 2 so we must be done by then.

    Australia Tour of India 2017 schedule:

    • Tour Game Mumbai Feb 17-19
    • 1st Test Pune Feb 23-27
    • 2nd Test Bengaluru March 4-8
    • 3rd Test Ranchi March 16-20
    • 4th Test Dharamsala March 25-29

    Use the above as a guide to the format of the tour, so you can plan how much time you need. With 3 ODI's after the Tests, before IPL 2023, we suggest the above would start one week earlier. The Indian Cricket Team will not overlap the IPL.

    As with every Australian Cricket Tour to India, we won't know the confirmed schedule until much closer to the time, and even then the dates remain fluid.

    There has not been an Australian Cricket Tour to India that the 'confirmed schedule' has not changed so keep that in mind. If it does, we will feverishly rework everything for you ASAP.

    Due to temperatures, 2023 should start south in Chennai / Bengaluru, and play north via Hyderabad / Mumbai / Nagpur / Kolkata and finish in New Delhi / Mohali / Dharamsala. Should! There are 17 active Test venues in India with many factors determining the final schedule.

    We endeavour to learn as much about the schedule and changes before they happen but do know that Indian cricket schedules change without warning. We can't help these changes, so please, like some have before, do not blame us for the inner-workings of the BCCI.

    Entrance To New Delhi Railway Station | Pahar Ganj | New Delhi | India | Australian Cricket Tours

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  • Hotels In India

    Where available we are staying in 4 or 5 star hotels across the tour, enjoying tireless Indian hospitality and guest services. Very rarely, and for good reason, we may choose a 3 Star Hotel*.

    The difference between a 4 star and 5 star hotel is the level of guest service and size of the entrance fountain, and not so much the bed-sheet thread count.

    Some 4 star hotels charge more than 5 star hotels, purely for location, whereas some 5 Star hotels charge the national debt of a small African nation.

    Thus when we stay '4 star', it may not be a step down, it is just better for the cricket. If we choose a 5 Star hotel it's because it is a better price than 4 star.

    We choose hotels with pools, but once the schedule is confirmed our preferred hotel may not have availability. Thus we may not have a pool nor a roof-top lounge which is our favourite place 'apres-play'!

    Hotels are usually a short distance from the venue, leaving you to travel to and from each day's play by rickshaw when you like. In Pune, Lucknow, Hyderabad, or Mohali, where grounds are 10km+ away we include match day transfers.

    Our choice hotel is the accessibility to the ground. There is no point staying on Juhu Beach if it takes an hour in traffic to reach Wankhede Stadium in South Mumbai. Conversely, hotels near Wankhede are a lot more expensive, but you can walk to the ground, so you 'pay for convenience'.

    We consider many factors when choosing a hotel and we ask you to trust us in that decision. We post links to the hotels that we are staying for you to research or even book for yourself, but know we are in India for the cricket, not the quality of chocolates on the pillow.

    *Dharamsala only has 3 star hotels as the best available.

    Baby Taj Mahal | Agra | India | Australian Cricket Tours

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  • Tour Inclusions

    If you blow in for one test only:

    Included (TBC) In Your 1 Test Hotel Tour:

  • Two-Way Airport To Hotel Transfers
  • 8 Nights 4 or 5 Star Hotel Per Test
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • Dinner Party With Drinks On Day 0
  • Tickets To All 5-Days Of Each Test
  • Match Day Transfers If Required
  • Commemorative Apparel
  • Dinner Party With Drinks On Day 5
  • Nightly Entertainment Options
  • Day Trip If The Test Ends Early
  • Our 27 Years Touring Service
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    If you are coming for the Tour Game as an add-on to your 1st Test:

  • Airport Pick Up (incl. in Test Tour)
  • 6 Nights 4 or 5 Star Hotel
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Match Tickets
  • Dinner Party With Drinks
  • Indian Railways To The 1st Test

    If you are one of many that come for 2, 3, or 4 tests, tour game, and side-trips:

    Included (TBC) In Your 2, 3, or 4 Test Hotel Tour

  • Two-Way Airport to Hotel Transfer, or
  • Hotel to Railway Station Transfer
  • 8* Nights 4 or 5 Star Hotel Per Test
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • Dinner Party With Drinks On Day 0
  • Tickets To All 5-Days Of Each Test
  • Match Day Transfers (if req.)
  • First (1A / 2A) Class Indian Railways^
  • Commemorative Apparel
  • Dinner Party With Drinks On Day 5
  • Nightly Entertainment Options
  • Opt. Day Trip If The Test Ends Early
  • 27 Years Cricket Tour Service

  • *Your 8th Night May Be On The Rails

    Included (TBC) In Your 3 ODI Hotel Tour:

    This is an add-on to you Test Tour

  • Indian Railways from 4th Test City
  • 4 or 5 Star Hotel Per ODI
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • 1 Dinner Party With Drinks
  • Match Tickets To Each ODI
  • Match Day Transfers If Required
  • Indian Railways Between Cities
  • Farewell Dinner Party With Drinks

    If you wish to book your own hotel and only want match tickets:

  • Included In Your Match Ticket Package:

  • Tickets To All 5-Days Of Each Test
  • Pre-Test Match Drinks Party
  • 1 - 'Australia in India 2023' Shirt

  • Match Tickets To Each ODI

  • Inside Red Fort | Agra | India | Australian Cricket Tours

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  • Cricket Tickets In India 2023

    The great experience of cricket in India is immersing in the noise and atmosphere, and enjoying stadium 'street food'. You get none of that when in an AC Box. We love being part of the enthusiasm of Indian cricket crowds and encourage you to do the same.

    When you join us in India we will buy from each venue on your behalf match tickets to all 5 days of each test. We will not buy day-by-day tickets, so please do not ask. If you only want to come for 2 or 3 days, buy our Match Ticket Package and then donate any unwanted tickets to kids, or your taxi driver, or hotel staff, etc... .

    Match tickets will be in covered stands and (as best we can) shaded for much if not all the day. Many grounds in India have little to no roof, if not very high rooves that can let in a lot of sun. Even when shaded, early morning or late afternoon sun may peek under the roof in some venues.

    Test Cricket starts at 0930am so 'early morning' sun is just that. If we can't sit straight up and down the wicket, we sit at 'fine-leg/third man' on the western side (so the sun goes behind us).

    Crowd Gathering At The India Pakistan Border Gates | Attari | India | Australian Cricket Tours

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  • Side Trips In India 2023

    India is an amazing country with sights, sounds, festivals, and fanfare in most cities and regions, most of the time. India is huge and it is impossible to see everything, especially with cricket in the way.

    This is why we don't include day-trips except in Mohali when we visit the 'cannot be missed' Golden Temple in Amritsar and the India Pakistan border closing. We otherwise let you decide how to spend your day before or after each Test.

    We are still there to advise and guide and even book your preferred sightseeing, if you need help.

    With much spare time during the test series, we will have a variety of optional side-trips. These may include forts and palaces of Rajasthan By Rail, Kerala backwaters, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, UNESCO Heritage toy-trains to Simla, Darjeeling or Ooty, or an epic railway journey on the Vivek Express.

    Indian Railways' longest route departs Dibrugarh in Assam (far north-east) at 1935pm and arrives 4273km and 3 nights later in Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu (southern most tip of India!) at 2200pm (give or take 5-mins).

    You are welcome to go where you like. We do not lock you into spending any more time with us than you want. With many ways to invest time in India, we quietly wait for the schedule before confirming all awesome side-trips.

    The Golden Temple | Amritsar | India | Australian Cricket Tours
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  • Taj Mahal In India 2023

    On every Australian Cricket Tour to India, we have visited the Taj Mahal.

    In 2023 we won't.

    No matter how often we visit this stunning monument, I doubt anyone would not want to see it again if given the chance. Though remarkable, we've not included ‘the Taj’ in our Australian Cricket Tour To India 2023 itinerary for four reasons.

    1 – Many that will tour India with us have seen ‘the Taj’ many times and may prefer something different

    2 – The new Gatimaan Express between New Delhi and Agra only takes 100mins. You can leave your Delhi hotel at 8am and be back by 8pm. This is the easiest way to see The Taj, provided you're in New Delhi!

    3 – If Australia Vs India 2023 does not include New Delhi, you can fly to & from Agra from many cities on the same day, allowing you to dart in, visit Taj Mahal, and dart back with no fuss... and no luggage.

    4 – We stop in Agra on our 12 night Indian Railways Rajasthan Tour to see the Taj so join this epic tour if you want to enjoy this remarkable monument!

    We're not exactly ‘excluding’ the Taj in its entirety, we're just not including her in our Australia India Test Series itinerary. Instead of visiting Agra, our time between 2nd & 3rd Tests in 2023 will be invested somewhere new for everyone.

    Luke Gillian Looking At Taj Mahal From Banks Of Yamuna River | Agra | India | Australian Cricket Tours

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  • Indian Railways

    Forget what you think you know about Indian Railways if you've never travelled on this giant life-line of India. It's not trains with 000's of people sitting on the roof, hanging out of doors & windows. It's not. From high-speed luxury first class, to slow long-distance mail trains, the spectrum is broad, fascinating, and a very safe way to traverse India.

    Training across India is brilliant, thus India 2023 sees us on the rails between Tests and side-trips, on journeys included in multiple hotel tours, if time suits.

    In 2001 we had 272 epic hours on the rails between 3 Tour Games, 3 Tests, & 5 ODI's from Feb 17 to April 6 ending in Goa; an incredible place to finish a tour!

    If you buy our Match Ticket Package and want to travel with us between cities, we can book your tickets.

    Trains are optional* and overnight pending the schedule; Bengaluru to Chennai is 6-hour by day, whereas Chennai to Delhi is 35 hours. If the journey takes 2 nights such as Chennai / Bengaluru to New Delhi, we will likely fly. It's not that we can't but it takes too much of our limited time.

    Unlike 2001 when we slummed in mass-market Sleeper Class with a sleeping bag and one eye open, 2023 will be in First Class Air-Con (1A or 2A) with bedding, entertainment, and meals included.

    *If you prefer to fly, you'll have 8 nights in the hotel and you need to book your own flight. If you take the train, you will have 7 nights in the hotel and 1 night on the train. Train travel is not for everyone, but it is an eye-opening and unique way of seeing Incredible India.

    Indian Railways Approaching Chandigarh Railway Station | Chandigarh | Punjab | India | Australian Cricket Tours

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  • Booking India 2023

    You can Book Our Australian Cricket Tour To India 2023 for just £5 / A$10 per person per test match and stay ahead of the rest. If we limit numbers, booking puts you on our priority list, especially for Dharamsala, with very-limited hotel choices.

    Use the links below to get a great idea of what we will do if we play in those cities, with more cities coming.

    India is an outstanding country to travel and watch cricket and we will be thrilled to help you experience this amazing tour for the first time or even again.

    If you have queries about our Australian Cricket Tour To India 2023, please ask!

    Many thanks!

    Australian Cricket Tour Guests At Agra Railway Station | Agra | India | Australian Cricket Tours

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