HolidayIQ Announces Better Holiday Awards

New Delhi, Delhi, India

HolidayIQ, India’s largest travel community announced the best in Indian travel and tourism at The Better Holiday Awards last evening. This annual tourism award has been established to celebrate the sheer beauty in diversity that India offers and equally importantly acknowledges the role of the Indian traveller that is driving Indian tourism like never before.

The award ceremony was attended by a host of dignitaries including Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Union Minister for Railways and Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Hari Nair, Founder & CEO, HolidayIQ said, “The Better Holiday Awards are the most credible awards in Indian tourism simply because they represent the authentic voice of the Indian traveller. All the winners are chosen purely on the basis of ratings & reviews shared by millions of Indian travellers on HolidayIQ. The Better Holiday Awards are an acknowledgement of the best in Indian tourism products & services; the winners being those who have been able to not just meet but exceed the expectations of a very large number of Indian travellers.”

Mr. Nair added, “The Indian traveller today is not just discovering India more than ever before, but is also sharing detailed advice through text & video reviews – using technology to enable fellow travellers to have better holidays. We are happy to be part of this journey where a whole new identity and community is in the making – ‘The Indian Traveller’ is both a badge of pride and a movement to help others discover the best in India.”

The HolidayIQ Better Holiday Awards have multiple categories that include the old and the new, an indication of changing travel trends. Homestays find their place along with Heritage Hotels and Adventure Tourism alongside Jungle Camps. In addition, the Better Holiday Awards recognise the best Indian tourism services in Airlines, Airports, Bus Operators, Railway Stations, making this the most comprehensive Tourism awards for India.

The Awards are critical at a time when India seeks its place on the global tourism map. Increased domestic tourism indicates a higher level of trust and acceptance of what Indian travel and tourism has to offer. For travellers, it is a wonderful opportunity to set new expectation benchmarks for service standards, be it in the hotels they stay at or the destinations that they visit and recommend. Tourism Businesses will have to exceed these expectations if they are to cater to a population that is aware, discerning and most importantly not hesitant to share feedback.

For an India that is increasingly focusing on work-life balance, reviews enable them to Holiday Better by giving them a range of options and trusted reviews to make a better choice and enjoy their holidays.

Over twelve million travellers logging in every month through the site and the app makes HolidayIQ India’s largest travel community. The portal which places great emphasis on innovation differentiates itself with frequently held offline traveller community meets and global firsts like video reviews. HolidayIQ’s traveller reviews & content now reach millions of additional Indians by powering many third party websites & apps including MakeMyTrip, JustDial, Trivago, MSN and Daily Hunt.

List of Winners include:

Top 10 holiday accommodations in India
India’s favourite houseboat- Moonvalley Houseboat, Srinagar
India’s favourite homestay- Dhangiri Homestay, Vythri
India’s favourite holiday cottage- Tree Hill Cottage, Manali
India’s favourite boutique hotel- Old Harbour Hotel, Kochi
India‘s favourite holiday camp- Winds Desert Camp, Jaisalmer
India’s favourite farm stay- Jungle Retreat, Wayanad
India’s favourite heritage hotel- Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
India’s favourite city hotel-Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
India’s favourite resort- Mayfair Gangtok resort and spa, Gangtok
India’s favourite apartment hotel- Oakwood Premier, Pune
Top Tourism Attractions in India
India’s favourite adventure attraction- Nathula Pass, Gangtok
India’s favourite beach- Radhanagar beach, Havelock Island
India’s favourite urban attraction- Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
India’s favourite hill attraction- Triund, Mcleodganj
India’s favourite historical attraction- Mehrangarh fort, Jodhpur
India’s favourite natural attraction- Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore
India’s favourite spiritual attraction- Somnath temple, Somnath
India’s favourite waterfall- Dhuandhar falls, Jabalpur
Top Tourism Destinations in India
India’s favourite destination for Adventure Sports- Auli, Uttarakhand
India’s favourite Sea-side Destination- Tarkali, Maharashtra
India’s favourite City- Chandigarh, Chandigarh
India’s favourite Hill Station- Shillong, Meghalaya
India’s favourite Heritage Destination- Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
India’s favourite Wildlife Destination- Dandeli, Karnataka
India’s favourite Pilgrimage Destination- Vaishno Devi, Kashmir
India’s favourite Waterfront Destination- Alappuzha, Kerala
India’s Favourite Airlines for Holidays
India’s favourite Full Service Airline for Holidays- Jet Airways
India’s favourite Budget Airline for Holidays-Indigo
India’s Favourite Bus Service for Holidays
Orange travels
India’s Favourite Railway Station for Holidays
New Jalpaiguri
India’s Emerging State for Tourism
India’s Best State for Tourism
Jammu & Kashmir
India’s Most Popular State for Holidays
India’s Favourite Airport for Holidays
New Delhi

About HolidayIQ:

HolidayIQ is India’s largest travel community with 12 million travellers across 220+ cities and is also the first holiday planning website in India powered entirely by reviews, photos, videos and other advice generated from these travellers. More than 70% of all vacations planned on HolidayIQ are through mobile devices. is a VC-backed company, invested in by Tiger Global, Accel Partners and operationally headquartered in Bangalore, India. lists over 5000 tourism destinations & 75,000+ accommodation options (hotels, resorts, home-stays, jungle camps & serviced apartments) in India. All of which are bookable through over 1600 partnerships with leading online travel agencies like Makemytrip, Yatra and Expedia & offline players such as Thomas Cook, SOTC, etc.