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    Trade your comfy couch for the real deal this year, and head off to catch your favourite sporting action ringside

    Cheer your favourite team on and soak in the high octane excitement at the best live sporting events this year. From the Tour De France kick-off in the Netherlands to the ultimate in rugby across the UK, we help you globe trot with top athletes in 2015. Text: Aakanksha Devi

    0901Getaway2cFull speed
    Part of the longest ever Formula One calendar, Mexico returns to the list after nearly 25 years. Before or after the race weekend at the AutA?dromo Hermanos RodrA�guez in Mexico City on November 1, the capital city beckons with the culture vulture. It has a grand palace, Palacio de Bellas Artes where murals by world-famous Mexican artists dominate the floors of the white-marble palace and the shrine of Frida Kahlo. Her Casa Azul (Blue House), is the museum and is a must-see for artists for inspiration and perhaps a handbag too! You could also just hit the white-sand beaches of the Mayan Riviera for some Ra�?na��R. Race tickets on f1.com. Package tours that take you to the gorgeous Cancun, Uxmal, Chichen Itza and Mexico City for historical, culinary and cultural experiences start at `2.5 lakh on thomascook.in

    Over and out
    Australia and New Zealand host the ICC
    World Cup with matches across cities like Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch, Canberra, Brisbane and Wellington. The finals are in Melbourne on March 29, so head there for the best of the tournament at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Apart from that, on our list is the Eureka Skydeck a�� the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere, a�?The Edgea�?, literally sets you at the very edge of the building in a glass box, St Paula��s Cathedral and the Queen Victoria Market. Cox And Kings offers a great tour of Australia and New Zealand and hits almost every city hosting a game, so we suggest you plan the games to go with the Spirit Of Australia and New Zealand tour they
    offer. `3 lakh per person including airfare on coxand
    kings.com. Match tickets on icc-cricket.com

    Footy fun
    0901Getaway2aFootball fans head off to Berlin
    for the final of the UEFA Champions League. While it is still unknown who is playing the final, reigning champions Real Madrid will hope to defend their title. Do opt for a quick picnic at Grunewald, Berlina��s largest forested area before walking The Wall by Spree with its paintings and graffiti. History buffs also visit Museum Island, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site in Spree, home to five of Berlina��s most important museums. The Big East West Tour costing a��39 takes you around all of these in a Volkswagen Beetle to add to the thrill. Tickets for the match will be available on uefa.com. A Berlin and Potsdam Palace of Sanssouci tour for four nights with airfares start at `75,000. Details: hitours.in

    Going green
    The British Open (theopen.com), July 12-19, is always a highly anticipated golf event. But when it returns to the most famous golf course in the world for the 144th edition at the Old Course St Andrews, it is that much more special. Make sure to explore university grounds, St Andrews castle, the cathedral and the Blackfriars monument, also ruined by a fire. No golf lover should miss a trip to the Golf Museum on the evolution of the game. Carry on with the Bonnie Scotland ($1,900 per person + `69,000 air fare) tour by Globusjourneys.in for the best of Scotland with stops at Glasgow, Aberfoyle, Fort William, Stirling, Loch Lymond and Edinburgh among others.


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