Travel and Leisure magazine in India announces "Best Of" list
Posted on Tuesday 21 February 2012
in Short Breaks, Delhi, Jaipur
The travel industry has been booming throughout India, which is partly due to residents taking short breaks and exploring their vast country. Many of the major cities, as well as the more rural areas, have been investing funds into their cultural, historical and entertainment offerings to provide visitors with the best experience possible while they are on holiday. Recently, the India and South Asia version of Travel + Leisure magazine released its first "India's Best Awards" to the locales that provide their guests with the most superior features .
During a special event held in New Delhi, the winners were announced in 20 various categories that represent offerings across the board in travel and tourism. Some of the noted companies included are trains transportation, spas, honeymoon resorts and cruises. Specific countries and regions were also recognized for their improvements, developments and overall appeal for being a great destination to visit.
The decisions were based on traveller polls that surveyed many of more than 500,000 readers of the Indian magazine. Officials from the publication created the final list of nearly 50 awards and announced them at the Kamal Mahal venue in the city. Many tourism officials from across the country were present, as well as various personalities who support the industry, including politician Ruby Dhalla and film producer Aarti Surendranath.
"In a short span of five years, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia has established itself as the most credible publication in the travel and luxury space, much in line with its worldwide positioning," Piyush Sharma, chief executive officer and publisher of the magazine, said in a statement. "It is great for us to now announce the launch edition of the much-awaited and most coveted [awards]."
One of the most notable areas that received several awards for its tourism offerings is Rajasthan. As India's largest state, it often attracts many foreign travellers as well as Indians who are looking to explore different parts of the country.
Those who choose to head to this destination may want to plan out an itinerary before embarking, since the state offers a diverse list of attractions, culinary delights, historical landmarks and more. According to Rajasthan's official tourism website, guests may try out several different routes for their trip, including ones that pass by stunning architecture, highlight natural wonders or include attending one of the area's best festivals.
If visitors to Rajasthan wish to see a little of everything, there are several ways of achieving this goal. In about a week, travellers can fly into Mumbai and check out the nearby Mount Abu, Lake Pichola and the breathtaking Dilwara Jain temple. Jodhpur can be reached by car hire from there, as can Jaipur. Along the way, guests can stop at several palaces, forts and traditional sites that have picturesque views of the natural landscapes and charming villages. In January, those in town can make plans to attend the kite festivals held in major cities, or see the Pushkar cultural fair in October.
Indian travellers can have an adventure travel experience in their own country if they plan well and wish to see some interesting sights. Due to the country's massive expanse, visitors can take flights to Delhi, or visit Goa and feel as if they are in a whole new world. Although international excursions can be exciting, Indian travellers may want to research some of the noted destinations recognised by Travel and Leisure for a future holiday when time is of the essence and affordability is key.
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