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Travel review portal TripAdvisor has announced ‘Travelers’ Choice Destinations 2015?, putting Kathmandu in the 19th position. Kathmandu is the only South Asian city to feature in the list.

“Nepal’s capital is surrounded by a valley full of historic sites, ancient temples, shrines, and fascinating villages,” the site writes about Kathmandu. It has suggested travelers to “mingle with locals and animals amid Durbar Square’s monuments, or join mountain trekkers in the bustling Thamel”. The site has also advised visitors to explore shops for exquisite work by local artisans, adding that carpets and paper prints are specialties.

The top 25 destinations were selected 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.

Marrakech (Morocco) features at the top of the list. Other destinations in the list are: Siem Reap (Cambodia), Istanbul (Turkey), Hanoi (Vietnam), Prague (Czech Republic), London (England), Rome (Italy) Buenos Aires (Argentina), Paris (France), Cape Town (South Africa), New York (United States), Zermatt (Switzerland), Barcelona (Spain), Goreme (Turkey), Ubud (Indonesia), Cuso (Peru), St. Petersburg (Russia), Bangkok (Thailand), Athens (Greece), Budapest (Hungary), Queenstown (New Zealand), Hong Kong, Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Sydney (Australia).

“These world-class destinations chosen by our community are rich in history, culture and beauty and offer endless sights to explore,” Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, said in the statement.

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