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Leela Palace Udaipur is the best hotel in the country

Leela Palace, Udaipur
Leela Palace, Udaipur

Rajasthan seems to have developed a penchant for exquisite and exclusive hotels. No doubt, most of these hotels are a different class altogether which make them loved ones among those who are looking for something elite. As per TripAdvisor Travellers’s Choice survey for 2017 among the top 25 hotels in India, 9 are in Rajasthan and all the top three are from state with two among them from Udaipur. Actually City of Lakes Udaipur along with Pink City Jaipur have three hotels each in the list which is maximum for any Indian city. And interestingly, in this list there is also a mini competition among the big hotel chains that quite explains the Indian hotel industry scenario. Among the top 25 hotels eight belong to the Oberoi Group of Hotels and seven to Taj Group of Hotels. That leaves only ten of top 25 out of the fold and among these ten two are from Orange County, one from Leela Group and One from ITC’s Fortune group. Rest six are independent boutique hotels or resorts.

Lake Palace, Udaipur
Lake Palace, Udaipur

Owing to its history, most of the top hotels in Rajasthan are either heritage hotels or the modern hotels with heritage look and feel. Numero uno hotel in India as per 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’s Choice is the Leela Palace at Udaipur. In a tough competition within the lake city, Leela Palace has established itself at the top notch. It was also voted most favourite leisure hotel of the country couple of years back by Conde Nast Traveller India readers. Umaid Bhawan Palace at Jodhpur is the second which was India’s top heritage hotel in 2014 in TripAdvisor travellers’s choice. At 3rd position in the list is arguably one of the most beautiful lake hotels in the world- Taj Lake Palace, again at Udaipur. Of the two Orange counties in the list, Orange county Coorg is at the fourth place. At 5th place is another city from Rajasthan- Jaipur through Oberoi Rajvilas. Oberoi has another property at 6th place, this time Oberoi Amar Vilas from Agra.

Orange Country Resorts, Kabini
Orange Country Resorts, Kabini

At no 7 is another of Orange county resort at Kabini, located in Nagarhole National Park which has been already included in National Geographic’s list of 25 best ecolodges in the world. On 8th is Wildflower Hall at Mashobra near Shimla which was sometime back, India’s best hill station hotel in TripAdvisor Travellers’s Choice. 9th is third entrant from Oberoi bouquet in the top 10- The Oberoi, Bangalore. Completing top 10 among all these biggies is Namah at Dhikuli in the Jim Corbett National Park region.

Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur. In foreground is the lake Pichola.
Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur. In foreground is the lake Pichola.

At 11th is the third hotel from Udaipur- Oberoi Udaivilas, which for long has been touted as the costliest hotel in India. Next one is also from Oberoi, its flagship hotel in Gurgaon. 13th is second entrant from the Jim Corbett National Park- Aahana, the Corbett Wilderness. 14th in the list is a comparatively new entrant from Rajasthan- Suryagarh near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Built in a fort style on way to Sam dunes, this hotel is quickly rising up the ranks. 15th is Aveda Kumarakom in Kerala and next is a beautiful heritage property in Jaipur owned by, Oberoi again- Rambagh Palace. Then comes another Oberoi property- Oberoi Cecil in Shimla, a heritage hotel part of Shimla’s rich colonial history. The iconic Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai has been ranked 18th and at 19th is third property from Jaipur in the list- Jai Mahal Palace. Only property from Goa in the list- Taj Exotica Goa at Benaulim is on the 20th position.

Amanbagh at Ajabgarh
Amanbagh at Ajabgarh

Among the last five, at 21st is the only ITC property in the list Fortune, The Savoy at Mussoorie. The Tamara Coorg at Yavakapadi Village is on 22nd position. There is no Delhi hotel in the list but Gurgaon has second hotel- Trident at 23rd. On 24th is Vivanta by Taj at Madikeri. Completing the list is Amanbagh at most unlikely of the places- Ajabgarh in Alwar, Rajasthan.

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Taj Mahal is 3rd among top 25 landmarks

Panoramic view of the Taj Mahal from Mahtab Bagh
Panoramic view of the Taj Mahal from Mahtab Bagh

Simply the greatest architectural achievement on earth, not to mention a testament to love- Taj Mahal is among the Travellers’ Choice Top 25 Landmarks in the World for 2015, selected by TripAdvisor users around the globe. For its sheer beauty made out of white marble, Taj Mahal has always been considered as one of the wonders of the world. It is indeed among the most recognisable buildings on this globe.

angkor-watNot surprisingly though, the top place in the list goes to Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia’s Siem Reap. Another of man-made wonders Machu-Picchu in South American country of Peru is at 2nd position. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre at Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates is at 4th position and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Spanish city of Barcelona completes the top five landmarks.

corcovado-cristo-redentorNext two positions are held by two other cathedrals in Italy, St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City and Milan Cathedral (Duomo) at Milan. Alcatraz in San Franciso, California is 8th, Corcovado – Cristo Redentor at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is 9th and another of San Francisco’s landmark- Golden Gate Bridge is at 10th. Two of world’s most famous landmarks are surprisingly out of top 10- Eiffel Tower in Paris is at 11th and Church of the Savior on Blood at St. Petersburg in Russia at 12th. Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is at 13th and The Alhambra at Granada in Spain is at 14th. Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) at Istanbul in Turkey completes the top 15 list.

charles-bridge-karluvContinuing human fascination for bridges Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) at Prague, Czech Republic has earned 16th position. Very surprisingly, one of the landmarks that we study about since our childhoods- The Great Wall of China is only at 17th spot. Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool at Washington DC, District of Columbia in USA is 18th. Next two are probably the most newest structures in the list- Burj Khalifa at Dubai is at 19th and The National September 11 Memorial & Museum New York City, New York at 20th. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) at Bangkok, Thailand is 21st and Chichen Itza at Mexico is at 22nd position. Sydney Opera House at Sydney is Australia’s only entry to the list. Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur are at 24th and the 100-year old crossroad for world commerce and a feat of human ingenuity- Panama Canal at Panama City completes the most fascinating list.

Providenciales is the top island in world

Tropical Paradise
Providenciales island, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales island in the Turks and Caicos which lies southeast of Bahamas has been named as the top island in the world by TripAdvisor™, the world’s largest travel site in its its Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Islands. This year’s awards honour more than 100 islands worldwide including lists for Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, the U.K., and the U.S. The annual awards are based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers across the globe. Actually, the Grace Bay in Providenciales, was last month named second in the list of top 25 beaches in the world by TripAdvisor.

Koh Tao , Photo: news.thaivisa.com
Koh Tao , Photo: news.thaivisa.com

All of the top 10 islands in Asia are located within the Southeast Asia region, with Ko Tao named the number one island in Asia, ahead of Bali and Phuket. Five of Thailand’s islands have once again been featured within the top 10 islands in Asia for the 2015 Travellers’ Choice awards. Ko Tao and Bali were also amongst the top ten islands in the world, placing 5th and 7th respectively. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions on islands worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

Boracay, Philippines
Boracay, Philippines

“Our well-travelled community has uncovered the best islands around the world for that perfect island escape whether you want to lie on the beach or seek adventure,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “To help travellers book their trips to these remarkable destinations, TripAdvisor has surfaced amazing island hotels to accommodate a range of travel budgets.” “From the budget seekers to the luxury travellers, visitors will find that there no shortage of possibilities for travellers of every type,” said Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism & Sport for Thailand.

Here is the look at the list-

Maui-Hawaii
Maui-Hawaii

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Islands World

  1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  2. Maui, Hawaii
  3. Roatan, Honduras
  4. Santorini, Greece
  5. Ko Tao, Thailand
  6. Madeira, Portugal
  7. Bali, Indonesia
  8. Mauritius, Africa
  9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Palawan, Philippines
Palawan, Philippines

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Islands Asia

  1. Ko Tao, Thailand
  2. Bali, Indonesia
  3. Phuket, Thailand
  4. Ko Samui, Thailand
  5. Lombok, Indonesia
  6. Ko Lanta, Thailand
  7. Ko Phangan, Thailand
  8. Boracay, Philippines
  9. Palawan, Philippines
  10. Langkawi, Malaysia

For travellers planning an escape to a Travellers’ Choice Islands in Asia, TripAdvisor has also identified the 2015 average hotel rate and highly-rated value, mid-range and high-end hotels with availability to book on TripAdvisor.