Mumbai: Taj – the iconic brand of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has been honoured in the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry, the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 – the first edition to combine the annual surveys in the US and the UK into one Global Reader’s Choice List. Seven iconic Taj hotels have featured across five prestigious categories – The Best Hotels in the World, Top 15 Hotels in India, The Best Resorts in the World, Top 30 Resorts in the Indian Ocean and Top Hotels in Africa.

In The Best Hotels in the World category, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur ranked #3, closely followed by Rambagh Palace, Jaipur at #7, the only two Indian hospitality brands to be featured within the top ten. Both hotels also featured in the Top 15 Hotels in India category, with Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur ranking at #1 and Rambagh Palace, Jaipur featured at second place. Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai came in at #9, followed by Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur at #11 and Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur at #12.

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives was awarded #24 and #3 in The Best Resorts in the World and Top 30 Resorts in the Indian Ocean categories, respectively. Taj Cape Town was also awarded #25 in the Top Hotels in Africa category.

In the first ever year as one global brand, Condé Nast Traveler combined the annual readers surveys in the US & UK into one Global Readers’ Choice Awards List. A record-breaking 600,000 readers and more from across the globe submitted ratings and comments, selecting their favourite travel destinations and brands. Questionnaires were posted on, with readers voting for the best that the travel world has to offer – from hotels and spas to airlines and cruise lines, rating their choices according to criteria such as service and design. Results are then collated and analyzed.

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