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The BHA has Spoken! Check Out the Award-Winning Attractions of 2017

The BHA has Spoken! Check Out the Award-Winning Attractions of 2017 facebook.com/kingdomofdreams

India is a treasure trove of wonders and picking the best among the lot is not at all easy. As the Better Holiday Awards 2017 saga continues, here are the attractions that are voted as India's favourite ones by the reviewers of the traveller community. Read on and do share your thoughts. 

1. India's Favourite Spiritual attraction: Kamakhya Temple in Dispur

India's Favourite Spiritual attraction: Kamakhya Temple in Dispursource: wikimedia.org

Kamakhya Temple is considered one of the Shakti Peethams in India which draws a tremendous amount of crowd, especially during the Ambubachi festival. Associated with the legend of Daksha Yagna and Shiva, the presiding deity is the Goddess Shakti who is known to have killed the Narakasur. The captivating spiritual essence of the temple makes it a sure shot winner! 

HolidayIQ reviewer Devarshi talks about the spiritual aura of the temple, “The stone structure and the architecture are simply breath-taking and every step taken towards the garbha griha adds Shakti aka self-confidence to your mind, body, heart and soul.” HolidayIQ reviewer Isfaqur Rahman says, “The Ambubachi mela is held here every year to honour the menstruation cycle of the mother earth. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims visit Kamakhya mandir every year. It is definitely a destination for all visiting north-eastern India.”

2. India's Favourite Urban attraction: Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon

India's Favourite Urban attraction: Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaonsource: facebook.com/kingdomofdreams

First of its kinds in India, Kingdom of Dreams is a live entertainment and leisure destination. It is run by the Great India Nautanki Company, a joint venture of Wizcraft and Apra group. A surreal cluster of Nautanki Mahal, Showshaa Theatre, Culture Gully, Idea Buzz Lounge and a Theme Restaurant draws tourists from all over the country. Live shows and performances are held in Nautanki Mahal every night (except Monday) from 8:30 pm to 10:45 pm. An obvious winner!

HolidayIQ reviewer Urmila Rao says, “Name is apt for this kingdom. There are different states represented by the beauty and details carved out of different materials like thermocol, concrete, wood and so on. They have showcased the specialities of those states like Maharashtra - its train of Mumbai, Kerala - dance models, Tamil Nadu - its temples, Punjab - its bhangra dancers and Karnataka - its temple and cuisines. Food stalls are there, all very nicely made.”

3. India's Favourite Adventure attraction: Gulmarg Gondola in Gulmarg

India's Favourite Adventure attraction: Gulmarg Gondola in Gulmargsource: wikimedia.org

Overlooking the stunning backdrop of the beautiful Himalayan peaks in the Gondola Village of Gulmarg, the Gondola covers Gulmarg to Kongdoor and from Kongdoor to Apharwat. Designed in technical collaboration with a French Company PUMA, and managed by the Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation, it is the only cable car system in Asia that travels up an elevation of 13,500 ft above sea level. Need we say more?

HolidayIQ reviewer Nivedita Das shares her experience, “I visited Gulmarg with my family and took the gondola ride to see the beautiful snow covered mountains. The views are breathtaking. The ride in each way to the first level is for 5 minutes. There is no need to take a guide to see the mountains.” HolidayIQ reviewer Arpit Shah says, “This ride gives you the feeling of floating amidst the clouds and then it rises up to 14000 ft. and gives you the feeling that you are hovering above the clouds.”

4. India's Favourite Beach: Gokarna

India's Favourite Beach: Gokarnasource: wikimedia.org

Initially, Gokarna was visited for its religious importance. The story of the legends and the beautiful temples attracted a significant amount of devotees. In search of tranquil beaches, tourists gradually started visiting Gokarna's Kudle beach, Om beach, half moon beach and Paradise beach that are a must-go. They are perfect for a relaxing break, a massage therapy and yoga retreats. Truly paradise, don't you agree?

HolidayIQ reviewer Girish Krishna says, “There are also some unknown beaches. You can choose to either explore if you are an adventurous soul or just relax and rejuvenate yourself on the shores with some yoga or healing therapies. There are a few ‘themed beach shacks’ and also a few rooms available by the beach side, on all of the three popular beaches."

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5. India's Favourite Waterfall: Raneh Falls in Khajuraho

India's Favourite Waterfall: Raneh Falls in Khajurahosource: wikimedia.org

Named after King Rane Pratap, the erstwhile ruler of the region, Raneh Falls forms 30mt deep falls and a 5 km long canyon, flowing into the Ken Gharial Sanctuary. The interesting part is the crystalline granite which surrounds the falls in varying shades ranging from pink, red and grey. The assemblage of small and large falls together with the colourful granite make it a vision to behold and a clear winner, of course! 

HolidayIQ reviewer Mohit says, “Some places capture your imagination. Raneh Falls is one of them. Situated 20 km away from Khajuraho, Raneh Falls is a natural rock formation made up of Granite rocks. River Ken flows through the rock formation. This becomes a spectacle to be seen especially during the monsoon season when the sound of the river can be heard far and wide.”

6. India's Favourite Hill attraction: Shillong Peak in Shillong

India's Favourite Hill attraction: Shillong Peak in Shillongsource: heritagegetaways.in

Shillong Peak is the highest peak in the Himalayan province with an altitude of 1,965 metres above the sea level. Popular among all, this peak provides a mesmerising view of Shillong city and the Himalayan ranges. The crisp, starry nights along with the city lights is a treat to behold. Hard to compete with, right?

Make sure you have proper photo IDs when you visit, as it is inside the IAF area. HolidayIQ reviewer Ankit Saraf says, “You can have a complete view of Shillong from the peak. The view is breathtaking. Do keep a two-hour slot when visiting Shillong Peak View Point as the military check and pass system recently introduced can consume a lot of time.

HolidayIQ reviewer Soumitra shares, “You get to see the entire landscape with Shillong town sparkling a bit further down. Since the area is under the military, it remains unspoilt due to strict vigilance. Lots of eateries serving fruits, tea etc. You can get photographed in hired khasi attire and capture your pleasant memories forever.

7. India's Favourite Historical attraction: Victoria Memorial in Kolkata

India's Favourite Historical attraction: Victoria Memorial in Kolkatasource: wikimedia.org

the Victoria Memorial hall is the most famous landmark and a tourist attraction of Kolkata. Built in marble in the year 1921, it showcases the remarkable and regal architecture of the British Raj. The museum housed in the hall displays age-old artefacts and paintings from all over the world. 

Why did it win? HolidayIQ reviewers will tell you:

HolidayIQ reviewer Kamal Dahiya says, “Every person in Kolkata will recommend you to visit Victoria Memorial. This place is damn beautiful, which was built for queen Victoria. But it wasn't completed while she was alive. It has hundreds of photogenic areas. If you want to capture it with your camera make sure you have a massive amount of space in your camera. You can learn a lesson of history if you go to the museum and you can also enjoy light and sound show in evening during the winters.”

HolidayIQ reviewer Ami Kothari says, “Made of marble and surrounded by neatly manicured gardens, Victoria Memorial is a place for peace lovers, couples and nature lovers. The nearby area is pollution free as parking is not allowed in the vicinity. After your visit, gorge on delicious food available near its exits. Take a horse cart ride around the memorial for the ultimate feel. Visit on a full moon day and you will cherish the moments forever.”

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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