TripAdvisor lists choice landmarks in India

Published on : Wednesday, May 18, 2016

tripadvisorTripAdvisor®the travel planning and booking site,  announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Landmarks. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.
Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Landmarks – India

1. Taj_Mahal – Agra, Uttar Pradesh
2. Amber_Fort – Jaipur, Rajasthan
3. Harmandir_Sahib(Golden Temple) – Amritsar, Punjab
4. Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Mumbai
5. Swaminarayan_Akshardham – New Delhi, National Capital Territory of India
6. Agra_Fort – Agra, Uttar Pradesh
7. Qutab_Minar– New Delhi, National Capital Territory of India
8. Shree Siddhivinayak, Mumbai
9. Mehrangarh_Fort – Jodhpur, Rajasthan
10. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib – New Delhi
“India has a richcultural historywhich is often reflected in the architectural landmarks that we’ve built and any recognition on the world stage is truly well deserved.History buffs who wish to learn more about these icons can immerse themselves in unique experiences that they can book on TripAdvisor”said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.
For those planning to visit a winning landmark this year, TripAdvisor has also identified the average bookable accommodation rates for summer in each destination, as well as top-rated tours bookable on TripAdvisor.

Explore the Top 5 Travellers’ Choice Landmarks in India:

1. Taj Mahal – Agra, India
Average summer bookable rates in Agra1- INR 2203/July: INR 2303/August: INR 2280

Considered one of the most iconic wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal sees an increase in visitor arrivals from all over the world each year. A TripAdvisor traveller described it as “the world’s largest monument to love”.

Did you know? The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.

Discover this historic landmarkbygoing on a private tour from Delhi to Agra­ to learn about the Mughal culture with an expert guide.

2. Amber Fort – Jaipur, India
Average summer bookable rates in Jaipur – June: INR 2618/July: INR 2726/August: INR 2777
Known for its combination of Mughal and Rajput architecture, Amber fort is one of the major tourist attractions in Jaipur. The most fascinating state room inside the fort is the Sheesh Mahal, also known as the mirror palace, adorned with thousands of mirror tiles which supposedly can be fully lit just by a single candle. “Amazing place – unlike anywhere else I’ve seen in the world” is how a TripAdvisor traveller described his visit.

Did you know? This fort along with Jaigarh Fort, is located immediately above on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) and connected by a subterranean passage. This passage was meant as an escape route in times of war to enable the royal family members to shift to Jaigarh Fort.

Discover this historic landmark through a full-day private sightseeing tour of Jaipur that includes discovering the architectural masterpieces of Amber Fort.
3. Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) – Amritsar, Punjab
Average summer bookable rates in Amritsar – June: INR 2442/July: INR 2460/August: INR 2585

The magnificent Harimandir Sahibis the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism.Surrounded by the Sarovar, a large lake fed by the Ravi River; its construction was completed in 1604. A TripAdvisor traveller says “Stunningly beautiful in daylight, the Golden Temple is heart-stoppingly exquisite at night”.

Did you know? One of the largest free kitchens in the world is run by Harmandir Sahib which serves an average of 100,000 people daily.

Discover this historic landmark by taking a day tourthatbegins with authentic Punjabi breakfast followed by a visit to the Golden Temple as well as the Jalliawala Bagh.

4. Bandra-Worli Sea Link– Mumbai, India
Average summer bookable rates in Mumbai – June: INR 4931/July: INR 5008/August: INR 5089

The Bandra-Worli Sea Link (officially known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea link) connects Bandra,located in the western suburbs of Mumbai to Worli in South Mumbai. This 5.6km structure across the Arabian Sea is an architectural marvel and considered to be one of the biggest cable-stayed bridges in the world. “A majestic, artistic and impressive piece of engineering” is how a TripAdvisor traveller describes it.

Did You Know? The sea link significantly reduces the travel time to less than half between the two parts of the city.

Discover this landmark with a tourthat also includes a visit to the iconic Shree Siddhivinayak temple.

5. Swaminarayan Akshardham – New Delhi, India
Average summer bookable rates in New Delhi – June: INR 3032/July: INR 3090/August: INR 3089

Swaminarayan Akshardham is an architectural wonder that stands on a sprawling 100 acre campus beaming with spirituality and culture. Built on the banks of River Yamuna, the temple showcases architectural styles from all over India. A TripAdvisor traveller commented that “it’s the most beautiful temple I have ever been to”.

Did You Know? Akshardham has been awarded the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple by the Guinness World Records.

Discover this historic landmarkwitha private tourthat takes you on a journey through the marvelous monument and watch the exceptional musical fountain show.

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Landmarks – World
Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Landmarks – Asia
1. Angkor Wat– Siem Reap, Cambodia
2. Taj Mahal– Agra, India
3. Great Wall at Mutianyu– Beijing, China
4. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)– Bangkok, Thailand
5. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine– Kyoto, Japan
6. Shwedagon Pagoda–Yangon, Myanmar
7. Petronas Twin Towers – Kuala Lampur, Malayasia
8. Amber Fort–Jaipur, India
9. The Grand Palace–Bangkok, Thailand
10. Cu Chi Tunnels– Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
1. Angkor Wat– Siem Reap, Cambodia

2. Taj Mahal– Agra, India

3. Great Wall at Mutianyu– Beijing, China

4. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)– Bangkok, Thailand

5. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine– Kyoto, Japan

6. Shwedagon Pagoda– Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

7. Petronas Twin Towers– Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

8. Amber Fort– Jaipur, India

9. The Grand Palace – Bangkok, Thailand

10. Cu Chi Tunnels– Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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For the complete list of winners from the 2016 Travellers’ Choice Landmarks, as well as reviews and candid traveller photos, go to: www.tripadvisor.in/TravellersChoice-Landmarks
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site**. Travellers can read millions of reviews and opinions and book their next trip at: www.tripadvisor.in

Notes to editors:

1. Average seasonal nightly rates of all bookable accommodations in each destination are based on TripAdvisor pricing data for June 1 through August 31, 2016, aggregated from booking partners, including online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers.

2. All prices were converted from USD to INR on May 18 2016 with the conversion rate being INR 66.85.

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