It wasn’t us, it was you.
After our Expert Panel shortlisted nominees, YOU, our readers, voted for your choices in our 32 categories, selecting your favourite destinations, your preferred hotels – and above all, your favourite travel experiences; you have yourself anointed the best in travel for this year.
You’ve done a good job, lauding your fave places to stay, the destinations you love kicking back at, and a whole lot more. And though they’re called the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards, their prestige comes solely from you. After all, we might be a big name in travel, but we’re nothing compared to the travellers, the people we write for – so give yourselves a pat on the back. You deserve a Blue Balloon as much as all of the winners.
And, as always, let’s hope the winners go on trying to earn your love – and that the runners-up try harder, because the main thrust, the absolute core of these awards, is to make sure you have the time of your life, year after year.
And the winners for 2015 are:
India’s Favourite Destination – The USA
Best Emerging Destinations – South Korea (International), Daman & Diu (Indian)
Best Destinations for Culture – China (International), Punjab (Indian)
Best Destinations for Adventure – New Zealand (International), Uttarakhand (Indian)
Best Destinations for Wildlife – South Africa (International), Madhya Pradesh (Indian)
Best Destinations for Families – Singapore (International), Kerala (Indian)
Best Value Destinations – Thailand (International), Goa (Indian)
Best Destinations for Food & Drink – Hong Kong (International), New Delhi (Indian)
Best Destinations for Relaxation – The Maldives (International), Pondicherry (Indian)
Best Destinations for Shopping – London (International), Mumbai (Indian)
Best Destinations for Romance – Switzerland (International), Himachal Pradesh (Indian)
Best Wildlife Resorts – Elephant Reach, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka (International), The Oberoi Vanyavillas, Ranthambore, Rajasthan (Indian)
Best Hotel for Relaxation – The Leela Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram
Best Business Hotels – St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel (Marriott) (International), ITC Maurya, New Delhi (Indian)
Best Value Hotel – House of MG, Ahmedabad
Best Heritage Hotel – Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Best Luxury Hotels – Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Switzerland (International), Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, (Indian)
Best Hotel for Romance – Ri Kynjai – Serenity by the Lake, Shillong, Meghalaya
Best Homestay – Silver Brook Estate, Coorg