Wednesday, 26 December 2012


The historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa in China is the most recommended site in the world

Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh is the most recommended site in India

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today reveals the UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are most highly recommended by its traveller community in the world and in India.  The results are based on more than 1.1 million*** traveller feedback forms, collected in partnership with UNESCO, making this the largest study of its kind ever conducted. The Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa in China is recognised as the most highly recommended site in the world and Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh the most highly recommended in India.

World’s Most Recommended Sites

1.    Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa  - China
2.    Iron bridge Gorge - UK
3.    Palace and Park of Fontainebleau - France
4.    Historic Centre of Guimaraes - Portugal
5.    Masada - Israel
6.    Byblos - Lebanon
7.    Persepolis - Iran
8.    Hwaseong Fortress - Republic of Korea
9.    Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological Sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula - Italy
10. Meidan Emam, Esfahan - Iran

 Most Recommended Sites in India

These Indian World Heritage sites are those most recommended, according to TripAdvisor travellers:

1.    Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh
2.    Konarak Sun Temple, Konarak
3.    Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
4.    Taj Mahal, Agra
5.    Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya
6.    Hampi, Karnataka
7.    Ellora Caves, Aurangabad
8.    Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad
9.    Kaziranga National Park, Assam
10. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, Bhopal 

The partnership between TripAdvisor and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre launched in October 2009 to raise awareness of and gain travellers’ support to preserve natural and cultural sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. 

Within the partnership, TripAdvisor is also providing support to the World Heritage Centre to help monitor the conservation of the world’s most important cultural and natural heritage sites. TripAdvisor shares the feedback to the World Heritage Centre so that it may better support UNESCO member states in protection and presentation of the properties.

Notes to Editors
*** When TripAdvisor users write a review for a hotel, restaurant or attraction in a UNESCO World Heritage site area they also asked to complete a survey on their experience of the UNESCO site, including whether they would recommend it.  A total of more than 1,132,522 forms have been collected to date on World Heritage sites around the world. These lists were developed according to the likelihood to recommend the World Heritage Sites reviewed.


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