Monday, 25 February 2013

Delhi No Place for Solo Women Travellers

41% women claim to travel alone on vacation. 76% of them enjoy it.
Safety emerges as grave concern for women when travelling alone for work or leisure.

According to the Solo women traveller survey 2013 conducted by TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site, 84% women claimed to have travelled alone for leisure, business or both. The survey undertaken among 500 female respondents is a mix of working women including a number of self employed, as well as homemakers. The survey also brings to light the disturbing fact that 94% of the female respondents worry about their safety, always or at least sometimes, when they travel alone within India.

According to Nikhil Ganju (Country Manager, TripAdvisor India), “The rise in women travelling alone on business is an understandable fallout of the increase in the number of working women. The real surprise is the significant number of Indian women who are choosing to travel solo on vacation. ”

“Another interesting insight that highlights a latent opportunity for the hospitality sector is that 78% respondents said they would prefer to stay in an all women’s hotel or on a women exclusive floor in a hotel, when travelling alone.” he added

Loving solo: Adventurous Indian women don’t need a Chaperone

It’s a break from tradition as Indian women seek adventure and experience and are confident, enthused and eager to travel on their own terms.

Among women that travel alone, 41% respondents said they actually enjoyed travelling alone for work. To add to that, a whopping 76% said they enjoy going solo on holiday.

And lack of company is definitely not a complaint. In fact ,  majority of the respondents in the survey (58%) said their biggest incentive for solo vacations was that they could do all the things they want without having to worry about what someone else wants. 34% women indicated they loved travelling alone as it was adventurous and exciting. Another 32% claimed the thrill of managing everything by themselves was a motivator as well. 

Safety on Her Mind 
Marring these promising signs of Indian women charting their own path, is the bleak reality of concern for their own safety.
  • About 94% female respondents say they worry either always or sometimes when they travel alone within India.
  • Among women who said they travel alone on work, 37% women agreed that they don’t mind travelling alone but worry about their safety.
  • Even more dismal is the fact that more women travellers have a better sense of safety overseas than in India.  24% respondents said they worry when they travel within India but not when they travel to international destinations, while only 6% said they worry when they travel abroad alone but not within India.
Despite the fear and worry, only 33% women said they carry any item for self defence (like a Taser, or pepper spray) when travelling to a new or unfamiliar city.

A Capital Case
We quizzed our women respondents on which out of India’s 8 major cities* they considered safest and least safe for women travelling alone:
  • Due to the recent spate of crime against women, the national capital Delhi has gained notoriety with 84% women claiming it to be the most unsafe metro and major city in the country.
  • Mumbai came out on top as the city considered safest by a majority of 34% respondents. Ahmedabad and Bangalore were tied at a distant second with 12% votes each.
We also asked our survey respondents to vote for the Indian state/union territory they considered safest and most unsafe for solo women travellers:
  • Delhi NCR takes a clear lead here as well with 60% respondents voting it as the most unsafe. At a distant second is Bihar (18%) followed by Uttar Pradesh (8%).
  • A majority of 27% respondents said they considered Maharashtra to be the safest state followed by Gujarat (15%) and Karnataka (10%).
Women’s Vote of Confidence
TripAdvisor shares a list of 15 top rated Indian hotels based ONLY on reviews and ratings from its female travellers from all over the world.
  1. Shreyas Yoga Retreat,Bangalore
  2. Chandra Niwas, Udaipur
  3. Swades Guest House, Pondicherry
  4. Delhi Bed and Breakfast, New Delhi
  5. Shanti Home, New Delhi
  6. Eleven, New Delhi
  7. Chamundi Hill Palace Ayurvedic Resort, Kerala
  8. Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi
  9. The Imperial, New Delhi
  10. Mother Tree B&B, Kerala
  11. Hotel Shahi Palace, Rajasthan
  12. Sajhome, Kerala
  13. Athreya Ayurvedic Resort,  Kerala
  14. Jaiwana Haveli,  Rajasthan
  15. The Taj Mahal Palace,  Maharashtra

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

India’s Best Beaches Go beyond Goa

TripAdvisor reveals the best beaches in India & the World

India tied with Thailand as country with most winning beaches in Asia

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21, 2013TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2013 Travellers’ Choice Beaches Awards.  Based entirely on reviews and ratings from millions of TripAdvisor travellers, the awards recognize travellers’ favourite beaches in India and around the world. The list includes 276 winning beaches across 40 countries


Goa reiterates its position as the beach capital of the country with 12 of the top 25 beaches coming from the state. Agonda beach in Goa, also known as the silent beach, tops the list in India followed by Radhanagar beach in Andaman & Nicobar.
This year travellers’ favourite beaches go beyond Goa to include blissful stretches of sand and surf and coconut-lined waterfronts from across the country.  Goa is followed by Kerala & Maharashtra as states with most number of winning beaches which also includes the unique, Muzhappilangad in Kerala - India’s only drive in beach.  This year, beaches from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu make their debut on the Travellers’ Choice list.  

“While Goa shines again this year and is undisputedly the most popular Indian beach retreat for domestic and foreign tourists, India’s rich coastline stretching halfway around the country is dotted with other beautiful beach destinations which are not as well explored or famous. Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh - all boast of gorgeous beaches and the Awards list has put them on the map for beach lovers” said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor, India. 

Winning beaches of 2013 : India List 
  1. Agonda Beach,Goa
  2. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  3. Cavelossim Beach, Goa
  4. Varkala Beach, Kerala
  5. Lighthouse Beach, Kerala
  6. Mandrem Beach, Goa
  7. Baga Beach, Goa
  8. Candolim Beach, Goa
  9. Cola Beach, Goa
  10. Rishikonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh
  11. Benaulim Beach, Goa
  12. Ganapatipule Beach, Maharashtra
  13. Tarkarli Beach, Maharashtra
  14. Morjim, Goa
  15. Yarada Beach, Andhra Pradesh
  16. Cansaulim Beach, Goa
  17. Utorda Beach, Goa
  18. Palolem Beach, Goa
  19. Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, Kerala
  20. Dhanushkodi Beach,Tamil Nadu
  21. Marari Beach, Kerala
  22. Malpe Beach, Karnataka
  23. Diveagar Beach, Maharashtra
  24. Varca Beach, Goa
  25. Kashid Beach, Maharashtra
8 beaches from Kerala and Goa make it to the list of Top 25 Asia beaches, tying India with Thailand for country with most number of winning beaches in Asia. Agonda beach, ranked number 1 in India also ranks No. 2 on the Asia list. 

India beaches shines on the Asia List
  1. Agonda Beach,Goa
  2. Radhanagar Beach,  Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  3. Cavelossim Beach, Goa
  4. Varkala Beach, Kerala
  5. Lighthouse Beach, Kerala
  6. Mandrem Beach, Goa
  7. Baga Beach, Goa
  8. Candolim Beach, Goa
For the complete list of winners from the 2013 Travellers’ Choice Beaches Awards including a top 25 world list and 21 dedicated lists for Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Middle East, Australia, Brazil, France, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, U.K., and the U.S. ,  go to
Check out some amazing photographs of these beaches taken by TripAdvisor travellers at:

Wednesday, 6 February 2013


TripAdvisor shares the love for Valentine’s Day with the Travellers’ Choice Awards for the Most Romantic Hotels

Looking for some dreamy gateways to celebrate Valentine’s Day? TripAdvisor ® the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards for the most Romantic hotels based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travellers around the world.

This year, Rajasthan tops as the state with the most number of romantic hotels followed by last year’s winner Kerala. Interestingly, hotels from Tamil Nadu made a glittering debut on the list this year with two hotels from the state ranked at number 8 and 9.

Taj Lake Palace (Udaipur), regains its place of pride as the top romantic hotel this year, after falling down to number 4 in the list last year. Other than Taj Lake Palace, Honeymoon Inn Manali is the other property which has been consistently on the list for the last three years, making them both enduring romantic escapes. 

The awards are based on the feedback of couples who have stayed at these hotels and make them great romantic choices for other couples. Also the list boasts of more boutique independent properties than chain hotels giving an opportunity for moonstruck escapes which could also be easy on the holiday budget.

“The list of winners for India has some great options for couples planning to get away for Valentine’s Day closer to home. However, those looking at more grand celebrations can head anywhere from among the dozens of destinations across the globe for which TripAdvisor has shared the most romantic hotels.” commented Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India. 

India’s most romantic hotels:
  1. Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, Udaipur
  2. Hotel Pleasant Haveli, Jaisalmer
  3. Old Harbour Hotel, Kochi
  4. Kaiya House, Varkala
  5. Oberoi  Rajvilas, Jaipur
  6. Kannur Beach House, Kannur
  7. Honeymoon Inn Manali, Manali
  8. Visalam, Kanadukathan
  9. Hotel Villa Retreat, Kodaikanal
  10. Tree of Life Resort & Spa, Jaipur

Most romantic hotels in the world:
  1. Anastasis Apartments, Cyclades, Greece
  2. La Minerva, Campania, Italy
  3. Cranleigh Boutique, England, United Kingdom
  4. Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, England, United Kingdom
  5. Baros Maldives, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
  6. Casa del Mar, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
  7. Bardessono, California, United States
  8. Al Maha Desert Resort, Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  9. Layana Resort and Spa, Krabi Province, Thailand
  10. Veligandu Island Resort, Alifu Atoll, Maldives
For the complete list of winners from the 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards for the Most Romantic Hotels, more reviews and candid traveller photos, go to

To see the best hotels for luxury, bargain, and more, as honoured in TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards for Hotels in January, go to

To check out some beautiful pictures taken by TripAdvisor travellers of the Most Romantic hotels in India simply click here: Top Romantic Hotels