INDIA made a strong showing in the second Travellers’ Choice Attractions Awards ranking of the best Asian landmarks, taking up four of the top 10 positions.
The Taj Mahal in Agra came in first to prove that love conquers all, with the Golden Temple – Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar taking sixth place, followed by Meherangarh Fort in Jodhpur and the Amber Fort and Palace in Jaipur at seventh and ninth places respectively.
Siem Reap, Cambodia put up the strongest fight with a second and third placing for the iconic Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple respectively.
Myanmar came in fourth for Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda. Fifth was Beijing’s Great Wall at Mutianyu, Bangkok’s Temple of the Recling Buddha weighed in at eighth, and Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest in Paro, Bhutan rounded up the top 10.
Peru’s Machu Picchu took the title for top world landmark, followed by Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and then the Taj Mahal. Spain’s Great Cathedral and Mosque was fourth, St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican took fifth, after which came Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple.
St Petersburg’s Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Pennsylvania’s Gettysburg National Military Park and Croatia’s Ancient City Walls complete the list.
In a separate category, Singapore Botanic Gardens was named the top park in Asia. The Gardens, which has submitted an appeal for UNESCO World Heritage site status, beat other parks including Japan’s Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Beijing’s Beihai Park and Thailand’s Lumpini Park.
A total of 929 winners were identified in TripAdvisor’s second Travellers’ Choice Attractions Awards, based on the millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers and determined using an algorithm measuring reviews gathered over a 12-month period.