These offbeat cities are trending on the bucket list of travellers in 2018. Choose your favourite destination
EUROPE is passé, so is Middle East. Remote, unexplored Asian locations have made it to the traveller’s list in 2018. TripAdvisor announced the Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations on the Rise. Here are the top 10 destinations that are seeing rising interest from travellers around the world. Pick yours and pack your bags. ISHIGAKI, JAPAN
Contrary to its name, which literally translates to “stone wall”, Ishigaki is an island in Okinawa that is surrounded by water. Home to sandy beaches and coral reefs, the destination is a popular diving spot. Ishigaki is known for its soba noodles — called Yaeyama soba — made of flour instead of the more traditional buckwheat. Average annual hotel price is `9,773 per night TAKAYAMA, JAPAN
A city located in the mountainous Gifu Prefecture, Takayama’s appeal lies in its beautifully preserved towns and historic districts. Be sure to head to Takayama in spring and autumn to catch the Takayama Festival. Average annual hotel price is `11,296 per night BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA
South Korea’s second largest city, Busan, is a favourite amongst nature lovers for its hot springs, beaches, hiking trails and nature reserves, while the cultural and art buffs will appreciate the museums, temples, and historical buildings. Average annual hotel price is`4,506 per night PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
The capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh still retains traces of its French colonial history through its temples, museums, palaces and cultural sites, while reminders of its somber past are still palpably felt in the Killing Fields located just outside the city. Average annual hotel price is `2,348 per night NANTOU COUNTY, TAIWAN
Nantou County is the only landlocked county in Taiwan and home to Taiwan’s highest peak (Yushan), mountainous ranges, lush forests and scenic lakes including the famous Sun Moon Lake. Travellers can learn more about the practices of the locals by visiting its temples and cultural villages. Average annual hotel price is `6,600 per night SHENZHEN, CHINA
Situated in Guangdong Province and adjacent to Hong Kong is Shenzhen, a cityscape that is on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities with some of the most modern buildings worldwide. Although the destination is largely industrial, it offers many attractions to travellers including theme parks and cultural villages. Average annual hotel price is `4,252 per night TAINAN, TAIWAN
Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan with over 200 years of history as the capital of Taiwan under Koxinga and later Qing Dynasty rule. Now a modern city of commerce and trade, it is also a religious centre, with more than a thousand tem- ples including Taiwan’s first Confucian temple. Tainan is also known as Taiwan's food capital, with its delectable local dishes and famous street food that is not to be missed. Average annual hotel price is `4,886 per night SEOGWIPO, SOUTH KOREA
Seogwipo is the second largest city on Jeju island and offers swanky hotels, rugged cliffs, popular beaches and gorgeous waterfalls. This coastal city offer many activities that revolve around the
ocean. Average annual hotel price is `6,092 per night NEGOMBO, SRI LANKA Known for its centuries-old fishing industry, one of Negombo’s top sites is its fish market called the “Lellama” where travellers can watch the boats returning with their fresh catch or even try their hands at fishing in the lagoon. Average annual hotel price is `2,665 per night POKHARA, NEPAL
Most visitors to Pokhara stop here before starting or after finishing the “Round Annapurana” trekking route. Because of its popularity with travellers, the city itself has relatively modern hotels and restaurants, but travellers will also be able to find ancient lakes, waterfalls and gorges and majestic views of the Himalayan Mountains. Average annual hotel price is `2,665 per night
How difficult is it to maintain a property like Aamod Shoghi? How are the pollution levels kept to a minimum?
We have placed many signages and wooden boards where we request all our guests to maintain the sanctity of nature. To maintain such a big and hilly terrain, we have an experienced team of gardeners who have a good knowledge about our local flora and fauna. The biggest challenge is to protect the property from fire hazards. During rains too, it becomes very difficult to maintain the pathways as we are not supposed to use any concrete or cement anywhere in the property, so we have to find natural ways to direct the water flow in the other direction.
Any new expansion plans for Aamod?
At Shoghi, we have been working on expanding our property with new facilities and more cottages to stay but as we come under the ecotourism project of government, we have some obstacles. We need special permission from the government for expansion.
What initiatives are taken to maintain the ecological aspect of Aamod?
Every year we plant trees such as deodar and oak, along with the forest department. We have hung clay containers on trees filled with water and you can see mbirds drinking and even
Nantou County is the only landlocked county in Taiwan and home to Taiwan’s highest peak
Ishigaki in Japan is number one destination on the rise.
A beautiful temple in Phnom Penh, capital city of Cambodia.