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Cox and Kings tells us what destinations Indians most preferred in 2010

travel Updated: Jan 03, 2011 12:10 IST

Maldives is the ideal tropical holiday destination for Indians as it offers a heady mixture of sun, sand and sea. It has a thousand 'Robinson Crusoe' islands, massive lagoons, infinite shades of blue and turquoise, underwater coral gardens, water sports activities and luxurious spas.

Macau is considered to be Asia's version of Monte Carlo with grand casinos and world class entertainment. Most Indians travel to Macau to try their luck at the casino. Another attraction is the proximity to Disneyland located in Lantau Island.

An island of fun and festivities the whole year through, Singapore offers a sophisticated nightlife, gourmet food, great shopping and sightseeing. The fact that Singapore encompasses activities that involve the whole family makes it popular amongst Indians.

The cities of Manila, Cebu and Boracay have a charm to them. Manila offers a blend of cultures and flavours, and an endless list of places, sights and experiences. Cebu is a favourite for its balmy weather, pristine beaches, crystalline waters and luxurious resorts.

The beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus, also known as Aphrodite's Island, is at the crossroads of three continents. It is the closest European destination for Indians.

Thailand is an all-time favourite destination among Indians. Bangkok is a perfect blend of the ancient and modern and Pattaya offers the delights of a premier beach resort, dining, shopping and entertainment facilities with an array of watersports.

Malaysia is filled with fascinating scenery, quaint heritage buildings, friendly people and an endless range of shopping avenues.

Ireland is place of unparalled scenic beauty with diverse yet spectacular landscapes -- the mystical charms of its ancient past, the unique personality of its towns and villages and the warmth of its people are something to seek out. Add to this ample shopping, a vibrant nightlife and Indian food, and you have the makings of a destination Indians are sure to love.

Made popular by Bollywood, Egypt is definitely a destination that has gained popularity amongst Indians over the past two years. Of course, the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the River Nile, etc attract scores of Indians to the country every year. Besides that, on special packages, tourists can also experience the Pharoah's life as they travel down the River Nile in a 5-star luxury cruise.

New Zealand:
New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fjords and lush green rainforests. And the glorious sights they offer have made the country a popular destination among Indians.

First Published: Jan 03, 2011 12:10 IST