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The BHA Winners are Announced! Guess Which the Top 8 Indian Destinations Are!

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The Better Holiday Awards were a raging success last night! Apart from a great event, the winners chosen by the travel community were finally announced.  From India's Favourite City and Wildlife Destination to the favourite for Adventure Sports, we have it all. Read on to see who took home the award. 



1. India's Favourite Seaside Destination: Havelock Island

India's Favourite Seaside Destination: Havelock Islandsource: pixabay - donvikro

The largest among all the islands in Ritchie's Archipelago, Havelock attracts tourists owing to its rich marine life, white sand beaches and dense evergreen forests. 

Why did it win? Allow HolidayIQ reviewer Archana Takoo to tell you why:

"This is the only paradise in Asia. Forget about Maldives and Hawaii because this island will give you the culmination of all the beautiful beaches at low cost. The best part of this island is the food. Do not forget to eat smoked fish in banana leaf. People are so friendly. This island is the safest for everyone. Do not forget to ride a bicycle. One can easily rent a bike and visit all the places on the island. And yes if you miss scuba diving here then you will really miss exploring the real secret of the ocean."

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2. India's Favourite City: Visakhapatnam

India's Favourite City: Visakhapatnamsource: wikimedia.org

Despite being a major industrial centre, Vishakapatnam retains it's folk and tribal culture. Members of the hill tribes perform their music and dances such as Dhimsa at various fairs and festivals. The cityscape is speckled with greenery. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Abhijit Pal lists out why Vizag is awesome:

"Visakhapatnam (Vizag) is an excellent port city in Andhra Pradesh. It is the hub of core industries - like an oil refinery, steel plant, heavy machinery and also a naval base. However, the visit to Vizag is not for the industrial tour, but to visit its serene beaches and one of the most scenic valley - Araku valley. The city is surrounded by hills from three sides, with the Bay of Bengal on the other. The entire road from RK Beach to Rushikonda beach and Thotlakonda beach is a scenic driveway. The best part is that the beaches are serene and less crowded."

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3. India's Favourite Wildlife Destination: Sasan Gir

India's Favourite Wildlife Destination: Sasan Girsource: wikimedia.org

Located in Gujarat, Sasan-Gir or the Gir Forest National Park was established in 1965 to protect the dwindling population of Asiatic lions. Today, it is the only home to these lions which makes it one of Asia's most important protected areas. Deserves to be the winner, doesn't it?

HolidayIQ reviewer Vijay shares his experience, "As I could witness two adolescent lions and one lioness during my three-hour safari, it was a fruitful trip. The whole excitement of seeing these majestic, beautiful, awesome and formidable animals lasted only a few minutes but these moments remains imprinted in my mind. Seeing a wild lion at a feet distance was an icing on the cake. These moments can't be orchestrated."

HolidayIQ reviewer Aniruddha Das says, "They issue only 50 permits per day for this safari and anyone can book the safari through Internet paying INR 800 on weekdays and INR 1000 for weekends and holidays. You can book for the permit 3 months prior to the visit date. So if anyone thinks they can just go there and avail the safari, it is not possible."

4. India's Favourite Waterfront Destination: Alappuzha

India's Favourite Waterfront Destination: Alappuzhasource: wikimedia.org

Alleppey is a district steeped in culture and a rich commercial hub that offers some of the greatest travel experiences to its tourists. Picturesque Kerala is fondly known as the 'Venice of the East'. A splendid night cruise on the serene lush backwaters of Alleppey is definitely the winning stroke. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Kiran B. Kutinha says, “We stayed at a houseboat and then toured the city for a day. Alleppey is stunning, to say the least, and yes the backwaters are every bit, as beautiful as you see in the many photographs on the internet.

HolidayIQ reviewer Sheena Benedicta talks about her experience, “We stayed with family on a 3 bedroom private houseboat. These boats are huge, comes with a common lounge room on the lower and upper decks, a dining area and the bedrooms with attached bathrooms. You will be given a captain, a steward who also doubled as our chef. We bought fresh seafood from the little markets our boat anchored at, ate some delicious Kerala-style food and truly spent a relaxed time watching the sun set while our boat moved gracefully over the crimson coloured waters.

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5. India's Favourite Heritage Destination: Konark

India's Favourite Heritage Destination: Konarksource: wikimedia.org

A small town in Puri district in the state of OrissaKonark is famous for the Sun Temple, a World Heritage Site built in the 13th century. It is an ancient place, which was once ruled by the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The Konark Beach is known for its calm waters while the Konark Dance Festival is an annual dance festival which is devoted to classical Indian dance, especially Odissi, held in the month of December. A worthy winner of the heritage award, don't you agree?

HolidayIQ reviewer Karun Kumar says, "If you wish to see what India of the ancient times, you must visit this place. The Surya Temple explains it all. The architecture of the design mesmerises you. The coastal line from Puri to Konark is beautiful."

HolidayIQ reviewer Ashwin Johari shares, “Konark is a small, sleepy town on the Odisha Coast. It is famous for its Sun Temple and the lovely Chandrabhaga Beach. Do not miss the sunrise at the Chandrabhaga beach and then directly set off for the Sun Temple as it won’t be crowded at sunrise. You will get to spend some quality time in the temple premises. If you go to Konark during the Konark Festival in December, do not miss the Sand Art at Chandrbhaga beach.”

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6. India's Favourite Pilgrimage Destination: Amritsar

India's Favourite Pilgrimage Destination: Amritsarsource: Wikipedia.org - Aasil_Atif_Khan

Amritsar is one of the most ancient and sacred cities of India. Abode of the famous Golden Temple, it is the centre of Sikh history and culture. It's peaceful aura and mystical backdrop makes it is an irrefutable favourite among Indians as a spiritual destination.

HolidayIQ reviewer Manav Bhatia says, “Amritsar is home to the Harmandir Sahib (commonly known as the Golden Temple), the spiritual and cultural centre for the Sikh religion. This important Sikh shrine which attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal with more than 100,000 visitors on weekdays alone. It is the most popular destination for NRIs as well. The city also houses the Aka Takht, the highest seat of earthly authority of the Khalsa, and the committee responsible for the upkeep of Gurdwaras. The Ramtirth temple is believed to be the ashram site of Maharishi Valmiki, the writer of Ramayana.”

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7. India's Favourite Hill Station: Gangtok

India's Favourite Hill Station: Gangtoksource: wikimedia.org

The capital of Sikkim Gangtok is nestled quaintly at the foothills of the Himalayas and is a centre of pilgrimage for the Buddhist monks. Since it is a base for hikers organising permits and transport for treks to the Himalayan mountain ranges as well as sports awesome scenery, it is by far the most visited hill station in India. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Sagar says, “One of the most beautiful places located in Sikkim state. People can visit the Rumtek Buddhist temple, Ganesha Tok, Hanuman Tok, Baba Harbhajan Singh temple and so much more." HolidayIQ reviewer Soumyabrata Chakraborty says, “You can visit Changu Lake, Baba Mandir and Nathula. But it all depends on the permit you are getting on that day. It is a heavenly experience to be in Changu Lake where you can do the yak riding also. They charge INR 600-1000 for a yak depending on the time of ride. You will find yourself near a lake  of snow."

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8. India's Favourite Adventure Sports Destination: Rishikesh

India's Favourite Adventure Sports Destination: Rishikeshsource: pixabay - KeithJJ

Rishikesh offers several tourist attractions right from religious sites to thrilling adventure sports activities. White water rafting is the main adventure sport that is popular and the river crossing is yet another challenging sport in which the individual is supposed to cross the river sliding on a single rope just above the heavy water currents of River Ganga. Sounds like the winner alright!

HolidayIQ reviewer Digvijay Sharma shares, “Rishikesh is one of the unique destination in India, which has to offer you adventure trips like river rafting or kayaking, trekking, along with natural beauty and globally renowned ashrams.” HolidayIQ reviewer Tusshar talks about the various sports, “Other activities available here include trekking, biking and rappelling – as well as birding and wildlife safaris."

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