Jodhpur ranks # 10 in the World and #3 in Asia
TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, announced the Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations on the Rise, with Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, taking the top spot for Asia, while the laid-back local scene of San Jose del Cabo in Mexico earned the ranking of number one in the world.
The awards recognise 43 destinations around the world selected by an algorithm primarily measured by year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveller review ratings for accommodations, restaurants and attractions, and increase in booking interest. This is the fifth year of the awards and Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise lists were also revealed for the US, Europe and South America.
“The destinations on this list are great options for Indian travellers to start thinking about their 2017 holiday plans especially since these names have been gaining popularity among TripAdvisor’s well-travelled community. It’s also exciting to see an Indian city, Jodhpur, making it to the world list this year which only reinstates India’s increasing popularity as a global tourist destination” commented Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.
Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise – Asia:
(Excerpts in quotes below from TripAdvisor reviewers)
1. Baku, Azerbaijan
Situated along the Caspian Sea, Bakuis a heady mix of Asian and Western cultures, of the old and new, all of which is best reflected in the city’s sights and landmarks. Visitors can explore the famed medieval Old City Baku, hailed as a “must-visit”, which houses the UNESCO-listed Shirvanshah’s Palace, and Maiden Tower. Admire the city’s contemporary buildings such as the Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by ZahaHadid, and the Flame Towers – a trio of skyscrapers covered with LEDs and displaying the mesmerisingmovement of a flame. Rest your feet after a long day of exploration at “the best hotel” in the city, the Hotel Badamdar Baku,for a seasonal average of $99 per nighton TripAdvisor.
2. El Nido, Philippines
Known as the Philippines' last frontier, El Nido in Palawan is perfect for travellers seeking peace and solitude. Visit the off-the-beaten-path Nacpan Beach, ranked as Asia’s secondbest beach inthis year’s Travellers’ Choice™ awards, for a ‘tourist-less’ experience and stay in a water cottage overlooking the sea at the El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island. Described as “paradise”, you can book a stay on TripAdvisor for $550 per night.
3. Jodhpur, India
The second largest city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is a reflection of the royal lineage it has witnessed for centuries. Majestic forts and palaces, remnants of the glorious past, adorn the landscape of this popular tourist attraction. Ratan Vilas, bookable on TripAdvisor at $75 per night is a mansion from the 1920s that has been beautifully refurbished into a hotel and “provides a wondrous setting to recharge and enjoy its magnificent setting”. Travellers can also visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort which is one of the oldest forts in India and “offers sweeping views of the Blue City”.
4. Da Lat, Vietnam
Situated 1,500 m above sea level, Da Lat is also known as the City of Eternal Spring, offering cooling respite from Vietnam’s otherwise tropical climate.Marvel at French-inspired architecture andmake a beeline for theLinh Phuoc Pagoda,an intricate structure with ceilings, walls and installations made from millions of pieces of broken glass, terracotta and beer bottles. Complete your trip by staying at thehighly recommended Dreams Hotel offering a “Jacuzzi with rooftop views”, bookable at an average of $27 per night on TripAdvisor.
5. Jeju, South Korea
A popular honeymoon destination, there is plenty to do in beautiful Jeju, known for its fresh seafood andnatural attractions. Hike throughHallasan National Park, a UNESCO-listed site that is home to
Hallasan Mountain, the highest peak in South Korea and famous for its vertical ecosystem of plants as a result of the varying temperatures along the mountainside. After a day of hiking, put your feet up at the award-winning December Hotel Jeju,, “with its spacious rooms” for a good night’s rest. Rooms are bookable on TripAdvisor for $44 per night.
6. Sapa, Vietnam
Set against a backdrop oftowering mountains and undulating valleys, Sapa is located in north-west Vietnam and known for its trekking trails. Visitors can head to the Muong HoaValleyfor spectacular views of cascading rice terraces, peaks and forests and learn more about local culture as they make their way through hill tribe villages. Stay at Sapa Paradise View Hotel, “a gem of a hotel with the perfect location” for $40 per night.
7. Hualien, Taiwan
Taiwan’s second largest city, travellers head to Hualien for its geological wonders of marble cliffs andwaterfalls. A must-visit activity in Hualien is hiking through Taroko Gorge that offers breath-taking views of canyons, mountains and quaint local villages. Later, head to Kindness Hotel – Hualien Main Stationfor a good night’s rest, bookable on TripAdvisor for $148 per night. The hotel also offerscomplimentary supper, perfect for when the midnight hunger pangs strike!
8. Kuching, Malaysia
A trip to Kuching isan enriching experience for any visitor, with the many museums and attractions which offer insights into the local heritage and traditions. Learn more about Sarawak’s main ethnic groups including theIban, the Bidayuh and the Orang Uluat the Sarawak Cultural Village, a living museum where staff live and work to preserve their heritage and cultural traditions. Check into the centrally-located The LimeTree Hotel, bookable on TripAdvisor for $33 per night, for “quality and comfort” during your stay.
9. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Lying on the northwest coast of Borneo is Kota Kinabalu, a popular destination for nature lovers with its renownednational parks and marine life. Make an advance booking to take a speedboat to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a cluster of islands great for snorkeling and diving and referred to as “the real beauty of Sabah”. Stay in the heart of thecity at Hotel Sixty3, a hotel with an “unbeatable location” for $62 per night.
10. George Town, Malaysia
George Town continues to draw tourists all-year round with its diverse history and delicious food. Take a glimpse at the customs and heritage of the Peranakan community at the award-winning and beautifully designed Pinang Peranakan Mansion,which has been recreated as a typical home of a rich Baba (Straits-born Chinese man). Then, head to the “fantastic” Le Dream Boutique Hotel (bookable for $62 per night), for free movie nights and complimentary snacks and wine.