Lonely Planet Magazine India presents the Travel Awards 2013

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Saturday, June 8th, 2013 10:45 pm

John Abraham at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (105).JPGAditi Rao Hydari at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (22).JPGKunal Khemu at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (41).JPGSoha Ali Khan at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (39).JPGSophie Chaudhary at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (56).JPGDia Mirza at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (117).JPG

India’s favourite travel magazinebrings you the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2013, showcasing the experiences most loved by the Indian traveller.

Tusshar Kapoor, Sharman Joshi at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (87).JPGJohn Abraham at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (81).JPGJohn Abraham at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (82).JPGJohn Abraham at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (101).JPGJohn Abraham at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (102).JPGJohn Abraham at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (103).JPGJohn Abraham at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (104).JPGJohn Abraham at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (105).JPGKunal Khemu at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (42).JPG

For the second year running, Lonely Planet Magazine Indiainvited the country’s increasingly sophisticated travellers to choose their favourite destinations, preferred travel facilitators and most treasured travel experiences. Nominations for some of the awards were shortlisted by a panel of travel experts and professionals, and LPMI readers voted both online and in the magazine.

Compered by ShibaniDandekar, former American television presenter and IPL anchor, the LPMI Travel Awards 2013, held on Friday, June 7, 2013, at the ITC Grand Central, Parel, Mumbai, felicitated 43 of India’s favourite experiences. The winners were joined by the who’s who of the national travel industry, several international invitees and celebrities like John Abraham, Soha Ali Khan, KunalKhemu, DiaMirza, Neil NitinMukesh, NargisFakhri,SonaliBendre,ZebaKohli, Queenie Singh, Sharman Joshi, Aditya Roy Kapoor, PurabKohli,TussharKapoor, AditiRaoHydari and Sophie Chaudharywho enjoy the experience of travel.

VardhanKondvikar, Editor of Lonely Planet Magazine India,said, “The second edition of the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards reaffirms the commitment of the magazine to pointing Indian travellers to the best experiences and holidays they can find. Many of our winners are repeats from last year, demonstrating the discerning nature of our readers, and rewarding travel experiences that offer consistent quality. This year, the awards are particularly relevant, as the nominations were provided by an expert panel of travel facilitators, who know exactly what Indian travellers are looking for. We believe that this format will continue to reward the best in travel, and offer great suggestions to travellers in years to come.”


Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (37).JPGSoha Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (39).JPGJohn Abraham at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (80).JPGPurab Kohli at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (20).JPGPurab Kohli, Aditya Roy Kapur at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (79).JPGTusshar Kapoor, Sharman Joshi at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (88).JPG

Commenting on the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2013,TarunRai, CEO, Worldwide Media Ltd, said, “The Indian traveller is getting more adventurous and is experimenting with newer experiences. He is also becoming more discerning and demanding. And the travel industry has risen to meet the demands of this traveller. We are very happy to get the travel and tourism industry together to felicitate their efforts. The Lonely Planet Magazine IndiaTravel Awards, like the magazine, have established a new benchmark in recognising the industry’s efforts. Our readers have voted in large numbers, across more than 40 categories, to celebrate the best in travel.”

The winners are:
• India’s Favourite Destination – Australia
• Best Emerging Destination – Ireland (International), Gujarat (Indian)
• Best Destination for Culture – Italy (International), Rajasthan (Indian)
• Best Destination for Adventure – New Zealand (International), Uttarakhand (Indian)
• Best Destination for Wildlife – South Africa (International), Madhya Pradesh (Indian)
• Best Destination for Families – Switzerland (International), Kerala (Indian)
• Best Value Destination – Thailand (International), Goa (Indian)
• Best Destination for Food & Drink – Malaysia (International), New Delhi (Indian)
• Best Destination for Relaxation – Bali (International), Kerala (Indian)
• Best Destination for Shopping – Singapore (International), Mumbai (Indian)
• Best Destination for Romance – France (International), Jammu & Kashmir (Indian)
• Best Airline: Economy – Singapore Airlines (International), IndiGo (Indian)
• Best Airline: Business/ First-class – Emirates (International), Jet Airways (Indian)
• Best Wildlife Resort – Governors’ Camp Masai Mara, Kenya (International), The OberoiVanyavilas, Ranthambore (Indian)
• Best Hotel for Relaxation – Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali (International), The LeelaKovalam, Kerala (Indian)
• Best Business Hotel – The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore (International), JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai (Indian)
• Best Value Hotel – Amari Watergate Bangkok (International), Ginger Hotels (Indian)
• Best Heritage Hotel – Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet (International), Devi Garh, Udaipur (Indian)
• Best Luxury Hotel – The Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland (International), The OberoiUdaivilas, Udaipur (Indian)
• Best Hotel for Romance – Chateau de la Chevre d’Or, Eze Village, France (International), Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan (Indian)
• Best Homestay – Emerald Isle – The Heritage Villa, Allepey, Kerala
• Best Tour Operator – Thomas Cook
• Best Travel Portal – Makemytrip.com

Dia Mirza at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (117).JPGSharman Joshi at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (53).JPGSharman Joshi at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (54).JPGSharman Joshi at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (55).JPGSharman Joshi at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (56).JPGTusshar Kapoor, Sharman Joshi at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (89).JPGTusshar Kapoor, Sharman Joshi at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (90).JPGPurab Kohli at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (21).JPGPurab Kohli, Aditya Roy Kapur at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (78).JPG

Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (91).JPGKunal Khemu at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (41).JPGSoha Ali Khan at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (39).JPGQueenie Dhody at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (24).JPGQueenie Dhody at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (25).JPGQueenie Dhody at Lonely Planet Awards in Mumbai on 7th June 2013 (23).JPG

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