Kathmandu in TripAdvisor’s list of top destinations

Trip AdvisorKATHMANDU: Popular travel review portal TripAdvisor has included Kathmandu in the list of 25 best destinations under Travelers’ Choice Awards 2016′.

Kathmandu is at the 23rd position ahead of Sydney (Australia) and Budapest (Hungary).

The award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveler booking interest on its website, TripAdvisor said in a statement.

“The Travelers’ Choice Destination awards recognize the world’s most beloved travel spots, based on feedback and booking interest from the TripAdvisor community,” a TripAdvisor statement quoted Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, as saying.

Kathmandu is the only South Asian destinations in the list which has London as the most favorite destination. Bangkok, Hong Kong and Tokyo, among others, are other Asian destinations in the list. Similarly, Istanbul, Paris, Prague, Rome, New York City and Dubai are the other top destinations in the list.

“Nepal’s capital is surrounded by a valley full of historic sites, ancient temples, shrines, and fascinating villages. Mingle with locals and animals amid Durbar Square’s monuments, or join mountain trekkers in the bustling Thamel district,” reads the brief intro of the city posted on TripAdvisor. “Explore shops for exquisite work by local artisans-carpets and paper prints are specialties.”

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