Friday, 27 September 2013

Indians claim to be focused on their physical and mental health on vacation, but stay away from healthy holidays

73% respondents say they take the opportunity on holiday to focus on mental or physical wellbeing or both.Only 20% respondents have ever taken a holiday focused on their health.

New Delhi, September 26, 2013: TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, revealed the results of their Health and Fitness on Holiday survey which highlights that despite the holidaymaker’s intention to focus on mental and physical health, vacations are still largely times of abandon and not regulation.     
According to Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India, “Some findings from our Health and Fitness on Holiday Survey indicate that travellers do aspire to be healthy on vacation. For example, 41% respondents claim they take the opportunity to focus on physical health on holiday and 66% are saying that eating healthy is important to them on vacation. But habits of majority of the respondents illustrate that travellers can’t help but indulge themselves on holiday.”
He further adds, “Intent seems optimistic for those planning health-focussed vacations, with 58% respondents claiming they will go on one in the coming 12 months. However, 81% respondents accept that they have never taken a vacation dedicated to improving their health.”

Tr-EAT on holiday

Food habits reveal that Indians do intend to, and were making an effort to maintain their diet or opt for healthier options on holiday. But in the spirit of the holidays, a significant segment still gave in to indulgence.
A whopping 66% of respondents claimed eating healthy is important to them on vacation. Despite the claim, a substantial 46% confessed to eating less healthy on holiday.
But it’s noteworthy that 32% respondents said they try and eat as they would at home, suggesting an attempt to maintain their usual diet, and neither limit nor indulge their eating habits on vacation and 23% said they chose eating more healthy on holiday. Additionally, other healthy food practices that found takers were:
¾      38% ‘pack healthy foods or snacks to eat during the journey’
¾      36% ‘choose to order healthy menu items’
¾      19% ‘purposely choose accommodations where healthy foods are available’

However, dieting & vacations don’t seem to get along as 23% of the surveyed said they stopped a diet they were on, during vacation. Only 14% said they either started or managed to maintain a diet on their holiday.

Vice is Nice on holiday

For most Indians, vacations seem to offer the opportunity to further indulge or give in to their vices, as:
¾      More than half or 57% of those who drink concede to drinking more on holiday then they do at home
¾      43% of regular smokers smoke more on holiday; also, 7% non-smokers admit they take to the habit while vacationing.

‘Work-out’ not working out for most holidaymakers

According to the survey, 71% respondents affirmed that fitness facilities are rarely or never a consideration when choosing holiday accommodation. This alone is enough indication of travellers’ enthusiasm towards exercising during holiday.
The survey revealed that majority of 68% respondents don’t typically exercise on vacation, while 76% claimed they do exercise at home.  
The remaining group of 32% who said they typically exercise on vacation cited their two primary motivators to exercise were to maintain their fitness regimen (36%) and the fact that they enjoy working out (22%). These fitness enthusiasts used their time to maintain their fitness momentum and drove it further as 40% said they exercise the same as they did at home while 25% claimed they actually exercise more on vacation than they typically do at home. In fact 43% of those that exercise on vacation, go well prepared with fitness accessories/equipment on holiday like workout clothes or their own racquets etc.

Indulgent but not lazy

While he may neither exercise his body nor restraint on some indulgences, the Indian traveller does enjoy a fair share of activities on holiday.
¾      When planning activities to feel mentally and physically healthy, spa treatments emerged as a favourite with 36% respondents saying they plan to book spas.
¾      Among a list of popular physical activities/exercises, the top 3 respondents mentioned they typically did on holiday were, walking (77%), swimming (43%) and hiking (22%)
¾      Vacationers are not as lazy as we would imagine as 51% respondents said they get up early to take advantage of the day. Only 22% confessed to sleeping more than they do at home.

Guilt-free holidays

Holidaymakers may see their vacations as a break from any rules of routine, so irrespective of whether they curb or allow indulgence, they definitely don’t seem to be weighed down by pangs of holiday guilt.
¾      79% said they rarely or never feel guilty after a vacation on account of overindulgence in food
¾      Majority of 52% said they never feel guilty about being unhealthy on trips
¾      82% rarely or never feel guilty about not exercising or not exercising enough on holiday

Understandably, 87% respondents acknowledged feeling relaxed and re-energised after a holiday. 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013


Depreciating Rupee, soaring airfares and budgetary concerns loom large, indicates TripAdvisor’s Traveller Sentiment Survey

The world’s largest online travel site, today shared the results of its Traveller Sentiment Survey. The survey is a quick check on the pulse of Indian travellers and aims to capture peoples’ travel sentiments against the backdrop of the current challenging economic conditions.

Half the surveyed respondents perceive the current performance of the Indian economy as ’poor’. 66% believe that the economy is going to stay in the current state over the next 6 months or weaken further. Still, the intention to travel remains strong, with 41 % respondents wanting to take more holidays in 2013 as compared to 2012. This figure remains constant when compared to estimates conveyed in the holiday forecast at the beginning of 2013.

Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India, says: “The survey indicates that while budgetary concerns, economic uncertainty and the weakening Rupee are driving travellers to alter their holidays, but they don’t seem ready to abandon their vacation plans as yet. Though the balance may have tipped marginally in favour of domestic holidays, overall holiday estimates remain healthy with 60% respondents still looking at taking between 2-4 holidays this year.”

Domestic holidays hold steady

Plans for domestic holidays show no detraction from travellers’ estimates for 2013 taken at the beginning of the year, indicating that domestic vacations stay stable. Providing that little extra impetus to domestic travel, 19% respondents in the survey said they replaced their international holiday with a domestic one, on account of the staggering fall in Rupee value.

Foreign holidays: Down but not out

Foreign holidays see a marginal dip but traveller sentiment stays optimistic on heading overseas for vacation. 36% respondents believed they would take more international holidays in 2013 compared to their foreign vacations last year but mid-year, the sentiment sees a 7% dip with 29% respondents now thinking they will end up taking more international holidays this year compared to 2012. However, a healthy 62% still claim they will undertake international travel this year.

The survey also reveals a resilient response to the plummeting value of the Rupee, with 36% respondents saying their international holiday plans stand unchanged and 16% picking a more economical foreign destination for their vacation than initially planned. Only 10% respondents said they cancelled their foreign holiday for this year altogether.

Budget woes inflate holiday spend without deflating holiday plans

Inflation, falling Rupee value and high airfares seem to be primary among factors impacting holiday budgets, but resilient travellers are choosing to revise and not refrain from holiday plans.
Even with more travellers estimating their holiday spend to increase over last year, 75% of those surveyed are modifying holiday plans though not abandoning them.

Rough skies for travellers on airfares

Airfares are clearly an area of concern as even at the beginning of 2013, 46% saw it as a major cause of driving the holiday budget up this year. Mid-year as well, it is the second biggest holiday budget concern.
This insight is further strengthened as we explore traveller’s recent perception of airfares in the survey. 48% respondents believe airfares to popular tourist destinations have been consistently higher this year compared to last year. Recent flight sales/deals and discounted fares have also not managed to reverse this perception completely as 37% believe the Air ticket sales/deals do not offer lucrative discounts to popular or relevant destinations compared to only 21% who said that recent airline deals/discounts have made flying cheaper.

Fear factor: Uttarakhand 

While some travellers do stand in support and plan to visit the state soon, quite a few remain fearful in the aftermath.
The floods calamity may have spelt disaster for Uttarakhand tourism but with plenty of alternatives within the country for those seeking cooler climes, travellers seem to have moved their holidays to other hill destinations, according to the survey.

Other travel snippets

·          The destinations most visited during the first 6 months saw Goa emerging at the top followed by Shimla and Kerala. Some destinations popular on the travel map  for the next 6 months include  Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Leh & Ladakh, Rajasthan, Coorg and Puducherry.
·          Thailand, Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok and Malaysia remain favourites as most frequented international holiday spots for Indian travellers till July this year, as well as top destinations on the holiday wishlist for the rest of the year.
·          More people seem to be keen to take off for a short trip this August compared to last year. 43% respondents confirmed they planned to take off during the long weekends in August this year for a short break, with Independence Day weekend being the most popular time to head out. Last year, 35% respondents took advantage of the long weekends during the month.

Traverse through some of the most popular bridges in India

Since times immemorial bridges have made man overcome obstacles. Today, they are more than just natural and man-made wonders. For, travellers acknowledge them as destinations for pleasure and adventure too.
India too has its own set of such breathtaking spans, some formed by nature, while others have been built by man himself. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, brings you a list of highly rated bridges ranked based on reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers.

Double-Decker Living Root Bridges, Cherrapunjee The bridges on the lower reaches of the Khasi and Jaintia hills in Meghalaya are actually extended branches of a species of the Indian Rubber tree that thrives in this warm and humid region. The trees are so adaptable that despite fast-flowing rivers and high soil erosion, they flourish, sending their roots down to the river bed. A TripAdvisor traveller describes the living marvels: “In all my travels, I have never, ever seen anything that so perfectly combines tradition and technology. It was well worth the grueling day-long trek. My only regret is not staying there longer.”

Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Mumbai As a structure, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link is likened with 'Frisco's Golden Gate; in terms of utility, the Sea Link is part of the West Island Freeway Project to de-congest Mumbai's western coastline. It opened in 2009. Mumbaikers have waited for this bridge for a long time, but the experience and the time it saves today has been worth while. As TripAdvisor travellers say: "... Awesome… to drive by at night with the bridge all illuminated and sparkling... It is (the) most wonderful place in Mumbai. We feel we are swimming on the Arabian Sea. Even the air is wonderful and refreshing."

Howrah Bridge, Kolkata If you are travelling to Kolkata by train, the Howrah Bridge (or Rabinra Setu) is the first sight you will catch of a city seeped in its British-era history and modernity. A Wonder of India, the bridge spans the River Hooghly and bears testimony to the engineering brilliance of the Raj era. It is the world’s sixth-longest cantilever truss bridge -- with no pillar or nuts and bolts in between. According to TripAdvisor travellers, it is “a memory of old Calcutta maintained beautifully till date... Amazing to see how it was built when no major cranes or mechanical means were available!" A dusk visit to the bridge, with the shimmering lights of the city reflected on the river, little boats at a distance, and the flower markets underneath the bridge is a must-have experience.

Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, Rameswaram Locally, it is known as Pamban Bridge, connecting the holy island city of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu to rest of India. Driving down the bridge is an experience in itself, with water and beach on both sides of the tail-end of the road. There is a parking ban on the bridge but travellers often stop by to behold fleets of local fishing boats riding the blue waters of the Gulf of Mannar. TripAdvisor travellers say the bridge is the “most beautiful spot in India... The view of the Bay of Bengal and Rameswaram is mind-blowing... a breathtaking view... you see Palash eagles gliding with the fierce sea breeze gracefully and periodically taking a plunge to catch a fish”.

Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh Another engineering marvel, the suspended iron bridge was built in 1939 between two places that Lakshman -- Lord Rama’s younger brother -- is said to have crossed the Ganga on jute ropes. There’s a panoramic view of the mighty river that the bridge gives. Lakshman Jhula marks the old route to the shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath some kilometers away. “… love crossing the bridge on foot so that I can feel the sway. Also, the Ganga provides a great pastime... gives a marvelous view of the river, ghats across both sides and of the hills. While crossing just stop for a minute… feel the vibrations of the bridge...  a thrilling experience,” say TripAdvisor travellers.  

Saraighat Bridge, Guwahati The rail-cum-road, two-tier bridge over the Brahmaputra connects the Northeast to the rest of the country. It celebrated its Golden Jubilee only last year. The bridge derives its name from a place on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, famous for the battle between the Mughals and the Ahoms in 1671. Despite its age and the huge volume of vehicular traffic it endures, an IIT-Guwahati study has found the bridge’s all 11 pillars stable and strong. TripAdvisor travellers suggest a visit to the bridge during sunrise or sundown: “The beautiful view of the river and nearby mountains makes it worthwhile; especially, when the sun is about to go down, and the sky changes its color to all forms of different shades.”

Mathur Aqueduct, Kanyakumari Mathur Aqueduct or Thottipallam (literally, hanging bridge) is result of the Sixties’ drought relief measures in Tamil Nadu. One of the highest and longest such man-made marvels in Asia and voted one of the Seven Wonders of India, the aqueduct over River Parazhiyar has awesome sights of the Mathur hamlet. The bridge is not far from Kanyakumari, the Thripparappu water fall and the 16th Century Padmanabhapuram Palace in Thuckalay across the border in Kerala. TripAdvisor travellers acknowledge the bridge: “While walking on the bridge, you feel that you are walking in heaven! A must-visit place. The breeze… is so good and the scene totally green that you hate to leave the place.”

Mahanadi Barrage, Cuttack The barrage is significant in controlling floods and providing water to Odisha’s former capital, the chief attraction being a road bridge giving passers-by a spectacular view of a gushing Mahanadi. According to a TripAdvisor traveller, “If you happen to have a look (at the river) during the floods, especially in July, Jannat is the word.” The bridge is close to the Bhattarika Temple, a pilgrimage destination with Puranic significance, and is famous as a picnic spot. A traveller says the Mahanadi Barrage is a haven for food lovers, with “local snacks available with a number of hawkers” and “a variety of fresh fish being sold on the pavements of the road bridge”.

Coronation Bridge, Siliguri Part of India’s colonial history, the bridge signifies the coronation of King George VI in 1937. Spanning River Teesta with Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri on either ends, the striking pink structure is also known as Bagh Pool and Sevoke Bridge. There have been calls to declare the Coronation Bridge a heritage site as it is one of the few remaining spandrel-arch bridges, an architectural design dating back to the Roman Empire, in the country. TripAdvisor travellers say the bridge is an “excellent example of British design and architecture”. They say a view of the Teesta, “from either side of the bridge… is really awesome! When you look at the valleys, it feels like you have come in some exotic international location”.

⁺The ranking was determined based on the highest average rating of all the attractions listed as bridges on TripAdvisor.
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Most Bangaloreans conscious of being generous tippers abroad as 80% feel tipping culture is stronger overseas than in India   

Urns labelled “To Insure Promptness” placed in English pubs in the 18th century is believed to be a possible origin of the term tipping.  Today, it is almost imperative to tip for the service one receives at hotels, restaurants, spas, cabs and many more service establishments especially when travelling. While the concept of tipping may appear fairly simple and commonplace on the outset, it is in fact a far more complex ritual with a number of rules, expectations and motivations.  The India Tipping Survey conducted by TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site unravels some of these insights on tipping practices by Indian travellers.

The survey conducted among 1400 respondents found a staggering 97% respondents tip for services while on holiday, which includes 50% who said they ‘always’ tip on such occasions.  On the other hand, 65% of those who never tip said they don't understand why they need to pay extra since they are already paying for the service.

Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India said, “While the survey clearly indicates that the practice of tipping is heavily prevalent among Indian travellers, it is strange to note that our perception of Indians as a community of generous tippers is very low, with only 15% respondents indicating Indians are generous tippers. Indian travellers also perceived themselves as the least generous tippers among travellers from among a number of countries, followed by the Chinese.”

Deciding on the Deserving

Top 3 reasons to Tip: 47% respondents said they tip if staff have met their basic expectations, while another 40% seem harder to please and only tip if they think staff have gone the extra mile in their service. It also seems that people feel obliged to tip as a social norm or courtesy as 35% respondents agreed they tipped simply because they think it’s expected.  

While tipping hotel personnel, helpfulness of service is the most important factor while in case of restaurant service, the top reason for tipping waiters is politeness of service.

The Tipping Ritual

-       While it seems to be common practice while vacationing, 92% respondents said they don’t really plan a tipping budget before going on holiday. However, the 3 services most commonly at the receiving end of tipping generosity by Indian holidaymakers are waiters (87%), hotel porters (76%) and room service (59%).
-       Though for a majority of 47% respondents the current economic situation has not impacted tipping habits, an almost equally large 45% accepted they have reduced their tips as a result of the same.
-       While a tip is most often given at the end of a service, it isn’t uncommon for people to pay tips at the beginning instead to try and ensure a great experience. In fact 48% respondents in the survey confessed to tipping hotel staff at the beginning of their holiday in order to receive better service for the duration of their stay. However waiters have to be at their best, keep their fingers crossed and wait until after serving a patron to see the green, with 90% respondents saying they don’t tip waiters at the beginning of a meal.
-       A sizeable 71% of respondents also denied tipping if a service charge has already been included in the bill or cost of service. Despite this the opinion is quite equally divided on whether tipping should be abolished and included in the bill with 40% in favour and 44% against the change.
Tipping Diversity
Tipping habits seem to be consistent for most Indians as 56% said they tip more or less the same while travelling within India or abroad. However, 27% said they tip more when they holiday abroad.
-       The biggest reason cited by people for tipping more abroad is that they believe the tipping culture is stronger internationally. Interestingly, the next biggest reason for tipping more abroad seems to be that vacationers don’t want Indians to appear as cheap travellers.
-       Tipping norms vary across cultures and countries and Indian travellers don’t seem to be ignorant to the fact and want to be aware and clued in on social expectations as 68% respondents said they take the trouble to find out tipping norms and expectations when travelling to another country.
-       The survey shows that majority of holiday goers tip whatever amount they consider appropriate at a hotel, restaurant or for a cab. For the next largest group of respondents, the most popular tip amount for a restaurant is 10% of the bill whereas for cab and hotels Indians said their tips vary depending on expectation for the country.
-       The survey also unveils that Indians feel the most pressure or compelled to tip when travelling within Asia (32%) followed by North America (28%).
-        The survey reveals that Indians consider Americans (56%) followed by the English (31%) to be the most generous travellers when it comes to tips, based on travel experience and common perception. However, the scales tip against the Indian traveller as survey respondents vote Indians as the least generous of tippers (35%) followed by the Chinese (28%). Further, when asked specifically if they believed Indians were generous tippers, only 15% responded in the affirmative.

Anything for a tip

While a tip is largely at the discretion of the customer, service providers do go the extra mile sometimes to ensure they secure the extra buck. From their tipping experiences, 71% respondents have had a service provider hint indirectly for a tip whereas 41% have been asked directly or specifically to part with a tip. Though accounting for a small share, 10% even said they have experienced a situation where the provider of a service returned their tip indicating it was too low.

Women more cautious tippers

While only marginally more men (52%) ‘always’ tip compared to women(46%), women are harder to satisfy with service as majority of  women respondents cited their biggest reason to tip as, when the staff have gone an extra mile, compared to men for whom staff meeting basic expectations is the top reason to tip.
Women also are more careful if the bill includes a service charge with 10% more women than men saying they don’t tip in the case. Also 49% women are of the view that tipping should be abolished and included in the bill compared to 38% men. Survey results also show that the current economic situation impacted more women, with half of the female respondents acknowledging reducing their tips compared to 44% men.
It also seems that more men tend to be at the receiving end of tipping angst:
·         21% men were confronted sometime about not tipping compared to only 11% women
·         42% men were asked directly for a tip as opposed to 35% women.
·         11% men had their tip returned while only 4% women were returned their tip

Comparing responses from Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata, the survey reveals:
·         Chennai had the largest percentage of respondents(63%) who said they ‘always’ tip on holiday and Kolkata had the lowest at 42%
·         While Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai seem easy to please with majority of the respondents in each city tipping if staff meets basic expectations. Hyderabad seems harder to please with the top reason to tip is when the staff goes an extra mile.
·         One-third respondents from Delhi said they tip more when on holiday abroad, highest among the 6 metros.
·         More Delhiites (80%) are affected in their decision to tip when a restaurant or hotel includes a service charge to the bill while least Kolkatans (56%) are concerned by it.
·         More Mumbaikars (72%) are eager to find out tipping norms and expectations when travelling abroad with lowest percentage of Hyderabadis (60%) worried about the same.
·         Largest percentage of Mumbaikars (49%) have a strong view on abolishing tipping and including it in the bill.


Mumbai is close second as the most expensive city for an evening out, while Ahmedabad, Pune are the most budget-friendly

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today launched the third edition of its annual TripIndex, a travel price index of major Indian metropolitan cities. The index helps travellers determine the cost for an evening out for two people in these destinations. TripIndex tracks the cost for two travellers for one night’s accommodation, a pre-meal drink, dinner and a taxi ride in each city*.

‘City of Joy’ Kolkata takes the top spot from Mumbai as the most expensive city this year with a total TripIndex cost of Rs. 10,115, albeit by a marginal lead. Ahmedabad emerges as the most budget-friendly metro city, with a total TripIndex cost of Rs. 6,406. A night out for two in Kolkata will be about one-and-half times more than Ahmedabad.
According to Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India, “TripIndex is an useful reference for travellers to plan their trip budgets. It helps them estimate how far their money will take them when travelling to any of the main metro cities in the country, whether for leisure or work.” 
He further adds, “TripIndex 2013 sees Kolkata take from Mumbai the mantle of the most expensive metro though the difference is nominal. Also the hotel room rates have seen a fall across all cities compared to last year, making the overall TripIndex cost more economical in all eight metros, than 2012.”

The Pocket Friendly and the Pricey

·         Hotel: With square feet at a premium in horizontally challenged Mumbai, it’s no wonder that the city has the highest average hotel room cost of Rs. 7,580. Hotels in Pune are the cheapest to stay with an average hotel room cost of Rs. 5,230, making Mumbai accommodation over 1.4 times the cost in Pune.  
·         Taxi Ride: A two kilometre return taxi ride in Chennai can set you back by Rs. 230 while the same distance in Mumbai is a meagre Rs. 84.
·         Dinner: Travellers need to dish out 4.5 times the money for a dinner for two in New Delhi (Rs. 2,767) as against a meal in Ahmedabad (Rs. 593). Even if we compare with Chennai – the city with the cheapest dinner cost for a comparable meal (where an alcoholic beverage cost is included in the meal) -- Delhi’s TripIndex cost is still 75% more expensive than the southern capital city.
·         Cocktail: Hyderabad is the most expensive city to grab a beer for two with a cost of Rs. 380, compared to Delhi where a couple of brewskis cost you Rs. 310, the cheapest across all metros. So think twice before you raise a cold one in Hyderabad!

2012 vs. 2013

·           Hotel room rate prices have declined across the board in all cities with an average 17% drop from last year. Chennai, which had the most expensive hotel room last year, saw the biggest fall of 27% in room rate this year. Mumbai, with the most expensive hotel room night this year at Rs. 7,580 saw the least decrease in cost of only 5% from TripIndex 2012 cost of Rs. 8015. Chennai seems to be most expensive for a taxi ride, for two years in a row -- for a two-kilometre taxi ride (round trip) one has to shell out Rs. 230 which was Rs. 210 last year.
·           The TripIndex 2013 total costs have shown a decline across all cities with Chennai seeing the highest percentage of fall of 35% from Rs. 12,530 last year to Rs. 8,122 this year.
·           This year, East leads as the most expensive region compared to the South last year with average TripIndex cost of (Rs. 10,115), closely followed by North (Rs. 9,728), South (Rs. 8,449) and West (RS. 8,076). As for the hotel prices, the highest average hotel room rates are also in the East (Rs. 7,146), followed by North (Rs. 6,551), West (Rs. 6,104) and South (Rs. 5,780).

India TripIndex™ Cities

Hotel (Rs.)
Taxi (Rs.)
Dinner (Rs.)
Beer (Rs.)
Total (Rs.)
New Delhi

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Top global and Asian wineries / breweries

Nashik wineyards among top five winery destinations in Asia

TripAdvisor reveals best known breweries and distilleries in Asia and rest of the world

A traveller likes to indulge himself.  And that’s a high for him. According to a Food and Travel Survey conducted by TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel planning site, 33% respondents say “they have attended a wine/whiskey tour while on a holiday. Among those who hadn’t, almost half expressed their interest in attending one if given a chance indicating a latent opportunity for wine and dine tourism within India as well as promoting such international fests and tours for the outbound traveller”.
The 2012 survey indicates the there’s a sizeable number of passionate tippling travellers touring the world for famous wineries and breweries. In fact, there’s nothing so pleasant as travelling to an actual brewery or winery that produces the boozy goodness and has both, rich brewing traditions and viniculture scenes. At these farms, you can either kick back on the weekend or plan adventurous tours.

The spirited Indian can also raise a toast to the vineyards at Nashik in Maharashtra – the ‘grape-bowl of India’ – among the top five choices in Asian wineries. Travellers to the York Winery & Tasting Room (ranked 4th among Asian wineries) and Sula Vineyards (5th) say visits to these specialised farms are, well… special. Whether you are a connoisseur or an amateur don’t let inhibitions and pretensions get the better of you. Take a tour of the vineyards and be as enthusiastic as you can to learn more about wine – here, they are quite accommodative to people who want to know more about the age-old art of winemaking.

Based on travellers’ reviews, TripAdvisor presents lists of some of the best known breweries and distilleries in Asia and rest of the world:

Top Global Breweries

1.       Ringwood Brewery, Ringwood, United Kingdom              
4.       Laphroaig Distillery, Islay, United Kingdom              
8.       Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay, United Kingdom              
9.       The Blue Anchor, Helston, United Kingdom              

Top Asian Wineries

7.       PB Valley Khao Yai Winery, Pak Chong, Thailand              
8.       Shimane Winery, Izumo, Japan   

Top Asian Breweries

Top Global wineries