March 26 , 2015
Popular travel portal TripAdvisor has included Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, in the list of 25 destinations in its 'Travelers' Choice Destinations 2015' list. Kathmandu is in 19th position in the list.
The 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.
Kathmandu is the only South Asian city 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, suggesting visitors to mingle with locals and animals amid Durbar Square’s monuments, or join mountain trekkers in the bustling Thamel. "Explore shops for exquisite work by local artisans -- carpets and paper prints are specialties," it adds.
Marrakech (Morocco) is at the top of the list. Similarly, 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) are the other destinations in the list.
"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. "To help travelers discover these cities, TripAdvisor has surfaced value hotel options that can be booked from the site, along with fantastic places to eat and play."