Travel + Leisure India & South Asia Celebrates 12th Year of India’s Best Awards, Showcasing Excellence in Travel, Leisure, and Lifestyle

Travel + Leisure India & South Asia Celebrates 12th Year of India’s Best Awards, Showcasing Excellence in Travel, Leisure, and Lifestyle

Travel + Leisure India & South Asia marked the 12th edition of India’s Best Awards (IBA) at the prestigious ITC Maurya, New Delhi. The annual celebration of excellence in travel, leisure, and lifestyle, was attended by foreign dignitaries and industry leaders. Renowned as the largest Reader’s Choice Awards in India’s travel and hospitality sector, the 2023 edition of India’s Best Awards offered an unparalleled platform for brand visibility and engagement with the discerning Indian luxury travellers.

This year, IBA garnered over 520,000 votes over a 3-month period which began in September 2023 through T+L India & South Asia’s online voting forum, recognising the best-in-class experiences across various categories.

Travel + Leisure India's Best Awards 2023

Hosted by Cyrus Sahukar and Riaan George, the 12th edition of the India’s Best Awards welcomed over 400 Key Opinion Leaders from across the industry. The journey unfolded with a 30-foot bar, featuring cocktails from experience partners Strangers & Sons and Short Story, along with a stellar performance by Kavya Trehan, followed by Rajasthani rural folk performances.

“We are thrilled to announce that the 2023 edition of India’s Best Awards witnessed an unprecedented response, with record-breaking votes, making it our best edition ever. Aligning with T+L India & South Asia’s dedication to bring people together and share their stories, the 12th edition of India’s Best Awards signifies a positive evolution. By spotlighting inspirational individuals and places, our goal is to continue to inspire readers and curate meaningful experiences for their adventures. This embodies our promise to transform your world, highlighting our commitment to motivating our audience to travel in a life-changing, yet sustainable way,” said Aindrila Mitra, Editor-in-Chief of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia.   

Aindrila Mitra, Editor-in-Chief of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia

The winners of the T+L Champions category which were introduced last year are: 

  • T+L Champion of Indigenous Design: Anita Lal 
  • T+L Champion of Experiential Tourism: Abhimanyu Alsisar 
  • T+L Champion of Community Empowerment: Maharani Priyadarshini Raje Scindia 

To extend the brand ethos, brand-new Awards for International and Domestic favourites include: 

  • Best Transformative Destination (International): Japan and Virginia, USA 
  • Best Transformative Destination (Domestic): Ladakh 
  • Best Transformative Stay (International): The Farm at Sa Benito, Philippines 
  • Best Transformative Stay (Domestic): The Belgadia Palace, Mayurbhanj and Dolkhar Ladakh 

The evening was curated in partnership with Team Envelop, ensuring an immersive and unforgettable experience for all who attended.  

Visit the Travel + Leisure India and South Asia website for the full list of IBA 2023 Award winners and exclusive content. Connect with T+L India & South Asia on social media @travelandleisureindia to stay up to date on the latest trends in travel, leisure, and lifestyle.  

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