Best in the World

Well this came out.

The good readers of Travel + Leisure magazine recently voted on a number of important issues like best city in the world for visitors.

This was the methodology

A questionnaire developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure, in association with Wylei, was made available to Travel + Leisure readers at from November 3, 2014, to March 2, 2015. Readers were invited to participate through Travel + Leisure magazine (December, January, February and March issues), T+L tablet editions, newsletters, social media, and online at To protect the integrity of the data, after March 2, 2015, respondents were screened by Travel + Leisure and responses from any identified travel-industry professionals who completed the survey were eliminated from the final tally. The survey website,, was maintained, monitored, and kept secure by Wylei, which collected and tabulated the responses and kept them confidential.

The scores are indexed averages of responses concerning applicable characteristics. Respondents were asked to rate …. cities …… on six characteristics.  For each characteristic, respondents were asked to rate a candidate on a five-point scale of excellent, above average, average, below average and poor. Required component ratings were then averaged, creating an overall score. 

Cities: Sights/landmarks, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, shopping, value. Optional: for romance, for bars.

It turns out that they like Kyoto

Name Score
4. Hall of Fame – On the list for 10 years in a row
5. Hall of Fame – On the list for 10 years in a row

The list is for all cities in the world.

I have no issue with this. These are all beautiful cities.

I can personally vouch for 3 and 6.

Rome, Florence, Jerusalem and Barcelona are all on the to do list as well.


I do, however, have issues with the list for Asian cities.

Name Score
1. Hall of Fame – On the list for 10 years in a row
3. Super Hall of Fame – On the list for 20 years in a row
4. Tokyo
5. Hall of Fame – On the list for 10 years in a row

Lest you forget, here are the categories/characteristics again

Sights/landmarks, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, shopping, value. Optional: for romance, for bars.

Issue 1 – What exactly is there to see in Hong Kong and Shanghai?

Issue 2 – Shanghai is one of the most expensive cities in the world, so what value?

Issue 3 – Where is Kathmandu? It has lovely sights and landmarks, is great culturally, is extremely friendly to tourists, has great shopping and food.

Issue 4- What in the name of the Gudduda’s single testicle (he was born with only one – some rare medical condition, it means he cant have a moustache, beard or erection) is Delhi doing in that list?

If we are looking at sights or landmarks, then Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bhubaneshwar and Hyderabad are better.

When it comes to culture or arts – its Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Cochin, Trivandrum, Bangalore etc. Delhi is literally the last place you think of when you talk of culture.

When its food, its again Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Lucknow, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Cochin, Amritsar and Benaras (for rabri and pedas) [Am leaving out Chettinad, Udupi, Darjeeling and the North East etc as they might not fall under “cities”]

There there is people and friendliness. Delhi people are rude, obnoxious, uneducated, superficial, corrupt, arrogant, violent cheats.

Pahargunj is without a doubt the worst place in Indian soil.

Everything is more expensive in Delhi, so hopping and value do not come in the picture either.

And to top it all, there is that traffic that never moves and the pollution.


The only 2 aspects related to tourism that are even vaguely positive are the Metro and the HoHo bus.

And yet they are somehow in number 10.

It puts that whole list into question, doesn’t it?


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