Iconic attraction of India Taj Mahal has emerged as the fifth most popular landmark in the world and second in Asia, according to the results of online travel portal TripAdvisor’s ‘Travellers’ Choice Awards for Landmarks’. Taj Mahal has also ranked first in the list of popular landmarks in India, followed by AmberFort, Jaipur; SwaminarayanAkshardham, New Delhi; BandraWorli Sea Link, Mumbai; QutabMinar, New Delhi; Agra Fort, UP; Golden Temple, Amritsar; Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi; Gateway of India, Mumbai; and Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur.
“India has many incredible landmarks and paying a visit to them is a fantastic way to get acquainted with the country’s rich history. With summer being the peak travel season owing to the summer vacations, the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Landmarks list will help Indian travellers narrow down the attractions to visit during their trip whether in India or abroad,” said Nikhil Ganju, country manager, TripAdvisor India.
Globally, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center in Abu Dhabi, Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba in Spain, and St Peter’s Basilica in Italy, bagged the first four ranks respectively, placing Taj Mahal as the world’s fifth most popular landmarks, followed by Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Russia; Great Wall at Mutianyu, Beijing; Machu Picchu, Peru; Plaza de Espana, Spain; and Duomo di Milano, Italy.
Whereas, the top 10 landmarks in Asia has been topped by Angkor Wat, followed by Taj Mahal on the second place. Great Wall at Mutianyu, Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Japan, Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur, Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam, The Grand Palace in Bangkok, and Kinkakuji Temple in Japan, held the subsequent ranks.
Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. The awards honoured landmarks across 82 countries.